RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – December 7, 2012: As university students contemplate their next steps upon graduation, one of the rites of passage is the job search process: completing a resume, scouring online job boards, attending career fairs, submitting applications and interviewing. On Monday, Dec. 3, Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) put a twist on this process by inviting 100 North Carolina-area college seniors and MBA students to visit the Morrisville headquarters and learn about the company’s corporate culture, products and strategy for leadership in the PC+ era. Each of the attendees has applied for a position in the North America sales organization, for jobs that will start in July 2013.
“Our objective was to share who Lenovo is and allow the students to consider Lenovo as an employer,” said Barbara Dower, executive director of Human Resources for North America. “This was a unique opportunity to showcase our environment and products, dynamic and global culture, and answer questions they have about our company.”
Participants first heard from Jay Parker, Lenovo North America vice president of Consumer and Small & Medium Business, who shared his own experience when he joined the company in 2006.
“When I started, we were a $15 billion dollar company and today we have doubled in size. No one outside Lenovo imagined us being number 1 PC company in the world then,” Parker shared. “Now, it’s a matter of when we are number 1, so it’s an exciting position.”
Following Parker’s introduction, the 100 students divided into smaller groups for more in-depth discussions of the business with directors and executives within North America. MBA students heard from current Lenovo MBA staff members who rotate across the business in different functions. Undergraduates met with North America executives and directors, learning about the nature of the sales organization and opportunities to develop and grow within the company.
“I’m looking for a company that’s entrepreneurial and it was important to meet people who work at Lenovo to learn what they are passionate about,” said Sean Woohyun Park, an MBA student at UNC-Chapel.
“I have been to a few companies that have approached the hiring process like Lenovo. However, I felt that the Lenovo team had a higher level of enthusiasm and actually conveyed their happiness to have prospective employees tour their facilities and they were glad to answer any questions,” shared Omar Dahbour, a senior Business Administration major at N.C. State University. “Everyone we spoke with was down to earth and got the message across effectively that they will rise to the top.”
“We want to excite young people about who we are and what Lenovo has to offer for their careers,” Dower said. “We’ve got an excellent value proposition for anyone looking to be part of the technology industry.”
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY), the world’s second-largest PC vendor, is a $US30 billion personal technology company serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile Internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile Internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.