We celebrate the differences that make us unique all year long, but Pride Month is a chance to highlight coworkers who are members and allies of the LGBT+ community. Branden S., a Talent Development Specialist in Tennessee, was drawn to Enterprise after focusing on diversity and inclusion in his job search. He shares how representation and the support of his team encouraged him to build his career with the company for the long-term.
Tell us a little bit about your career with Enterprise. How did you start and how did you get to where you are now?
I started as a Work From Home Reservations Agent, where I was very successful. My manager asked me to create and facilitate a training for employees on our team, and I realized that I really enjoyed creating and facilitating material. So a year and half into my career, I decided to start over as a Management Trainee in East Tennessee. I was able to hit my goals quickly and received my first promotion to Management Assistant in only 6 months. I spent 8 months as a Management Assistant before taking on the role of Assistant Branch Manager. Shortly after that I got promoted to the Human Resources team as a Talent Acquisition Specialist for the East Tennessee region, and I held that role for 2 years. My most recent promotion was to a Talent Development Specialist.
Why do you enjoy working for Enterprise?
Enterprise offers you the opportunity to be successful while allowing you to be yourself. Diversity and inclusion were huge aspects of my career search. Many companies have diversity and inclusion statements, but I’ve found that Enterprise truly lives up to theirs. The diverse workforce has created a culture that is incomparable.
How did you come out at work? How important is it for you to be out at work?
I introduced my coworkers to my boyfriend, and literally nothing changed about the team’s dynamics – actually, we became closer. For me, being out at work is a MUST! Everyone should have the option to be the truest version of themselves!
How have you felt supported by Enterprise since coming out?
I have felt supported by Enterprise in every aspect of my career. I have never encountered an employee that was not supportive of who I am. Most recently my fiance coordinated and planned an entire engagement without my knowledge with the help of my manager and coworkers. Even the Regional Vice President was in on it!
How important do you think it is to have LGBT role models at work?
HUGE! When I was being interviewed for my Management Trainee position, one of my concerns was that I did not see any people that I could identify as gay (not that it is always noticeable). Then in my 3rd interview, I met with the HR Generalist Manager, who had pictures of him and his husband in his office. That reassured me that I could be myself and progress with Enterprise.
In your opinion, what sets Enterprise apart from other employers?
The willingness to be open, accepting, and inclusive to all types of employees. Enterprise puts initiatives in place to make sure that we are creating the most diverse and inclusive workforce for all!
What career tips would you offer to someone starting out at Enterprise?
Be yourself. Do not be afraid of being authentic!
Ask questions. Do not try to figure out everything yourself!
We work with so many amazing people—get to know them!
Set goals. Know what you are working for and go achieve them!
Personal brand. Make a positive name for yourself that everyone knows!