Recruiting & University Relations

EMC is always on the lookout for the biggest thinkers and most innovative minds in our communities and on campuses around the world. Because they are sources of talent and innovation, we collaborate with academic institutions to identify prospective employees and to partner in advanced research. EMC University Relations is our centralized resource for identifying, building and managing strategic partnerships between universities and our global business groups. Our goal is to nurture strong relationships with students so they consider EMC as an innovative thought-leader in technology and sustainability as well as a potential employer and partner upon graduation.

Collaborating to Support the Business Strategy
University Relations works closely with the Academic Alliance, Innovation Network, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Centers of Excellence, Office of Global Workforce Inclusion, Office of Sustainability and Community Involvement. This internal collaboration informs the selection of EMC’s key schools, where we have developed recruiting, research and faculty relationships.

Reverse Mentoring Program
EMC Talent Acquisition piloted a Reverse Mentoring Program in which members of the fast growing Millennial Generation were paired with members of both Baby Boomer and Gen X groups.  The program identified 22 candidates who were paired based on personality and core objectives. This mentoring system allows for inter-generational collaborations that include topics such as social media and current trends in technology. The mentees are also able to gain insight into how millennials want to be managed and understand more around their career development and growth expectations.

Anti-Fraud Command Center (AFCC)
The AFCC, located in Indiana, saw significant growth in 2015. The center has developed into a 24x7x365 sister operation to our main base in Israel. The AFCC, which is based out of Purdue University, employs 50 Computer Science Co-Ops who are responsible for analyzing fraud trends, conducting forensic analysis and research, and detecting phishing attacks, among other responsibilities. 

As part of the Summer Intern Program at EMC, founder of LearnEarnRetire Alan J. McMillan presented three workshops to the students on transitioning from college to professional life. The Transition Workshops focused on how the students could make the best out of their internships at EMC as well as how to prepare for life after college, including creating a personal brand, building a network and future financial independence. The workshops were rated as the top intern event in both 2014 and 2015. As part of a feedback survey, one intern commented, “This was my favorite workshop of the summer. Alan taught interns information that is crucial for their future, but cannot be taught in a college classroom. It was EXTREMELY beneficial.”

Recruiting for Diversity
EMC strives to attract talented people who reflect the diversity of our global communities. In 2015, we partnered with seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to offer students programming and mentoring opportunities and to build relationships with faculty, students and administration by partnering with student organizations and Industrial Advisory Boards. We hired 22 interns from the HBCUs into our summer internship program, and converted half of the eligible seniors into full-time employees.

In 2015, EMC continued to partner with the University of Puerto Rico/Mayaguez (UPRM). Our partnership with UPRM has resulted in several full-time hires, sponsorship of their local college bowl competition, and opportunities for technical talks, information sessions, and student contests and projects, all resulting in very strong EMC brand awareness.

Also in 2015, EMC contributed to the Industrial Affiliates Scholars Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  EMC provided a scholarship to two female Computer Science sophomores in the amount of $2,500 each, and additional funding for five female Computer Science majors to attend national women’s conferences. 

Recruiting Military Veterans
In 2015, EMC won two national awards recognizing EMC as a military friendly employer. We continued to partner with the organization HirePurpose to reach veterans and transitioning military personnel at targeted military bases and with taskandpurpose.com to reach the same groups through social media.

We also continued our involvement as a founder of the Veteran Jobs Mission, formerly the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a recruiting initiative with a new goal to hire one million transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. The coalition, which now includes more than 200 companies, hired more than 292,000 veterans as of October 2015.  

On Veteran’s Day 2015, EMC hosted multiple celebrations across the country during which the company signed statements of support for creating employment opportunities for National Guard members, reservists and veterans. Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Erin McSweeney stated, “In the U.S., EMC is proud to sign this pledge reinforcing our support of the EMC men and women who serve in the National Guard and Reserves, and our commitment to maintaining an inclusive and welcoming workplace for Veterans.” In addition, EMC employees were provided with the opportunity to volunteer at multiple veteran events such as Operation Delta Dog, Hope for Heroes and Run to Home Base.

EMC was one of 12 employers in 2015, along with six top universities, to endorse the U.S. Army Cybersecurity Program. The goal of the program is to use classroom training and hands on experience to educate U.S. Army Reserve members on cyber security.  This opportunity feeds the need for cyber security professionals by matching civilian skills with military jobs.

These initiatives are based on EMC’s desire to bring veterans’ specific skillsets and deep knowledge of IT to our company – especially as a high percentage of military professionals are expected to re-enter civilian life during the next few years.  During the past two years, our outreach efforts have contributed to a 77 percent increase in military hires. 

Supporting Education Outreach Efforts  
EMC partners with Bottom Line, a non-profit dedicated to helping disadvantaged students get admitted to college, earn a degree and succeed in life. Bottom Line provides low-income and first-generation students with one-on-one guidance through the application process and during college. EMC provides mentoring, career counseling, information sessions and résumé writing workshops to the students, and also tracks where they go to college. In 2015, we expanded our participation by obtaining a position on the Worcester Bottom Line Advisory Board and providing a featured panelist and presenter at the annual Go Far Forums held in Worcester and Boston.  After two years of working with the organization, EMC has hired several Bottom Line students into full-time positions at EMC.

EMC and Dean College have developed a 4-day “Introduction to Sales” course. The class will be 100 percent taught by EMC employees and the curriculum will include an introduction to the sales profession, creating a personal brand, and an overview of the sales cycle.  Students will present a final pitch to a panel of senior leaders from Dean College and members of the EMC sales team.

In 2015, EMC resurrected the Campus Ambassador Program in which select EMC interns return to their colleges and universities to assist in branding EMC on campus. Nineteen interns representing 16 colleges and universities were selected as ambassadors for the Fall 2015 semester. The ambassadors were responsible for attending career fairs as an EMC representative, organizing information sessions, connecting recruiters with campus clubs and organizations, and speaking with students interested in working at EMC.

Expanded Recruiting in Europe
In 2015, EMC’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region ranked 11th among the Top 100 companies, up from 45th in 2014, and remained 3rd in the IT Services and IT Consulting Sector by theJobCrowd.com. The EMEA recruiting team was also able to increase the number of females hired directly from universities by 13% from 2014 to 2015.