Throughout my career, I’ve been with a variety of great companies. And, when it comes to people investment, many companies “talk the talk” but very few actually “walk the walk.” I can state with complete confidence, after three months at Meltwater, it’s clear that Meltwater “walks the walk”.
Those who are confident, self-starters thrive at Meltwater; where positive attitude, ambition, and achievements are recognized and rewarded. Many companies hire people with specialized skills, for narrow roles that offer inflexible career paths. In contrast, Meltwater hires people who have an entrepreneurial spark, and then encourages them to ignite it. The company strives to hire top talent and offers challenging opportunities early on so people reach their greatest potential.
This is obvious as you look around the company and see many who have grown their careers from entry level to executive. Out of the current executive team, half of the members are entirely Meltwater developed. For a company the size of Meltwater, this accelerated career path is much more of an exception than a standard. And as new people join the company, great care is taken to recruit people who will not only enhance the success of the business, but also blend well into this awesome culture of success.
Another remarkable investment by the company is its focus on international opportunities. Successful employees, who are inspired to work in other countries or in various areas of the company, are supported to do so. Meltwater invests in people to ensure they are engaged and their highest goals can be realized. According to the Towers Watson 2012 Talent Management and Rewards study, since the 2008 recession, a majority of US employers have laid off staff and cut back on investments in training and career development programs. Only until this year, have employers and employees been more optimistic about opportunities and advancement.
During the same period, Meltwater has experienced year-over-year growth, and has reinvested in its people. For instance, in 2012 alone, over 15% of employees have been promoted, and 8% have had the chance to relocate to other offices or move into new departments. Beyond career opportunities, Meltwater has strengthened its commitment to people development with mAcademy, our intercompany knowledge sharing and learning program.
In a company where personal growth is rewarded, it is great to see a centralized training team developing. If you take the time to attend webinars, utilize the self-serve trainings, and you are proactive with your development, you can be sure you will move forward in your career. Speaking with the mAcademy team recently, I learned that in 2013, they have even more exciting programs in the works like product certification programs and training curriculums on business acumen, management, and more. They are collaborating with all the departments to create well-rounded trainings programs for the whole organization.
So if you are looking for a career that will truly unlock your potential – Meltwater is the place for you!