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Enterprise to hire 11,000 in coming months

By Jim Salter

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:57 a.m. HST, Oct 02, 2013

ST. LOUIS » Enterprise Holdings, the nation's largest rental car company, plans to hire 11,000 new full-time workers by the middle of next year, the company told The Associated Press today.

The hiring is expected to be complete by July 31, and could boost the company's workforce to more than 80,000, depending on attrition, company executive Marie Artim said. The suburban St. Louis-based company's revenues have more than doubled over the past 10 years, from $6.9 billion in 2003 to $16 billion.

The company plans to hire nearly 8,500 for management trainee positions, including many recent college graduates. Others will be hired for positions in information technology, administration and support roles at the company headquarters in suburban St. Louis, and in branch stores.

In addition to the full-time jobs, Enterprise plans to hire 1,500 interns. Typically, about half of its interns eventually become full-time employees, company officials said.

Enterprise Holdings operates Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental. It is one of the nation's largest private companies. Its overall fleet includes 1.3 million vehicles at 8,200 rental stores.

Artim, vice president of talent acquisition for Enterprise, said the new hires are needed because nearly 11,000 people were promoted or changed positions within the company over the past year. She said the company typically promotes almost strictly from within its own ranks, noting that CEO Pamela M. Nicholson began in an entry level position at Enterprise more than three decades ago.

"It's just an exciting time," Artim said. "Being a family-owned, privately-held company has allowed us to think long-term and strategic."

Enterprise was founded in 1957 by Jack Taylor as Executive Leasing with a fleet of seven cars. He changed the name to Enterprise in 1969 to honor the World War II aircraft carrier he served on, the USS Enterprise.

The company grew quickly by developing a niche for neighborhood locations rather than airports, making it popular among those whose cars or trucks were in the shop for repair. Enterprise acquired Alamo and National in 2007.

Nicholson became the first person outside the Taylor family to lead the company in June. Jack Taylor and his son, Andrew, were the only previous CEOs before Nicholson was promoted from president and chief operating officer. Andrew Taylor remains as executive chairman.

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Slow wrote:
Quick, some one explain why this is bad news and is the fault of Obamacare.
on October 2,2013 | 08:37AM
Mei mei wrote:
the Republican nay-sayers all suck!!!
on October 2,2013 | 09:01AM
Joe_DA_Plumber wrote:
No this is great news......8 to 10 bucks an hour jobs are great. Start of the new middle class in Obamaville!
on October 2,2013 | 09:42AM
BillD wrote:
Enterprise would have hired 1,200,000 new people and they would all be paid $100,000 a year if only we would have elected Romney!!!
on October 2,2013 | 10:28AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Hiring 11,000, yet the Republicans say we are doomed with no job growth under a Democratic leadership.
on October 2,2013 | 08:41AM
AniMatsuri wrote:
More likely we have some job growth inspite of the "Democratic" leadership that tends to drive economies into the dirt.
on October 2,2013 | 11:03AM
Anonymous wrote:
Nobody asked Enterprised how many people they got rid off in writing this article. Sure 11,000 new people.....
on October 2,2013 | 10:09AM
Anonymous wrote:
It is faint comfort to note that in this, the country most in debt in the history of the world, we will at least be able to service with rental cars those tourists who will come from abroad to pick through our bones.
on October 2,2013 | 10:50AM
awahana wrote:
Wow. Did not know Enterprise, Alamo and National were the same companies. By chance, been using these three companies in my travels the past 10 years in HI, WA, CA, NV, AZ, PA, NJ, NY, NC. Mostly good results. Horrible experiences with Hertz and Dollar.
on October 2,2013 | 11:06AM
inverse wrote:
Enterprise has 6500 rental office in 5 countries. Makes sense the majority of the new employees would be for the US but the actual number of employees the company wants to hire in the US would be much lower than the total 11,000. Also from a business standpoint most of the jobs would be in entry level positions which means pay scale would probably be similar to McDonalds.
on October 2,2013 | 12:59PM
SteveToo wrote:
Wait til he gets the bill for Obama Care and 11000 more full time employees.
on October 2,2013 | 01:17PM
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