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Employee Career Development

EMC offers an array of programs to guide employees on their journeys at EMC and beyond. We believe individuals should play an active role in their own career development to achieve their professional goals. We empower employees to develop their careers and task managers with helping people to hone skills and seek development opportunities. Nighty-three percent of our employees took part in some sort of formal development in 2014, including leadership coaching, instructor-led training, and eLearning.

Performance Management

Performance appraisals and even more importantly, the resulting dialogue, help EMC team members to deliver great results, feel more engaged and satisfied, and grow in their careers. Managers are expected to communicate with their employees openly and frequently throughout the year to clearly outline goals and expectations, provide ongoing feedback, and identify and support development needs. During the annual review, managers and employees review the prior year and set clear expectations for the future. These conversations also ensure that career development is discussed and that actions are identified to help our employees achieve their career goals.

Learning and Development Programs

New employees are introduced to EMC through the award-winning EMC Proven Professional™ program, where they receive an overview of the IT industry and learn about EMC’s values, best practices, and methodologies.

We offer rotational development programs for recent graduates to provide job-specific skills, mentoring, peer networking opportunities, and a holistic understanding of EMC’s business. Our rotational leadership development programs include:

  • Business Operations Leadership Development Program
  • Finance Training Program
  • Global Services Leadership Development Program
  • Human Resources Leadership Development Program
  • Information Technology Leadership Development Program
  • Leadership Engineering Accelerated Program
  • Marketing Development Program

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EMC offers a tailored learning path for employees at different levels within the organization. The curriculum consists of a development roadmap for each career level, including robust and targeted portfolios of courses that are custom-developed for managers and directors in the areas of strategy, business, and leadership. Each learning path includes a combination of highly interactive, team-based foundational courses, and electives that allow employees and leaders to explore topics in more detail.

EMC employees can also take advantage of informal learning opportunities, including podcasts and book summaries through the online repository of business book abstracts at getAbstract.

EMC continues to offer scholarships for EMC employees with MIT Sloan Executive Education, and in 2014, expanded the program to include USC Marshall School of Business.  In addition, we have relationships with Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development to offer discounted courses to our employees.

CAPTION: 2014 Participation Figures for Training Programs

2014 Participation Figures for Training  Programs

Talent Review Process

Our talent is the engine that fosters innovation for EMC’s continued growth. We annually conduct an Organization and Talent Review (OTR) to plan our leadership and talent agenda for the future. During OTR, our leaders identify their high-potential employees, critical talent, and successors. This process yields a plan to actively engage and retain these employees through movement across business units and geographies, promotions, and targeted development opportunities to prepare them for their next roles at EMC. To learn more, see the Organization and Talent Review discussion in EMC’s Proxy Statement for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.