Vets are mature, disciplined leaders, says HR chief Dennis Donovan. “We can see that discipline at work in our stores.”
Along with a military hiring program that recruited 13,000 veterans in 2004, Home Depot offers a store leadership program for experienced managers and commissioned military officers.
The two-year program provides 250 hours of classes and four job rotations, plus mentoring.
Case in point: Navy Lt. Chris Harkness spent five years on a nuclear submarine, enrolled in the Home Depot leadership program and became a store manager.
Marine Corps Maj. Mike Jernigan is actually stationed at Home Depot’s headquarters. He studies the company’s strategy, operations and crisis decision-making, and takes what he learns back to the Marines.
“The corporate world and the military are really quite similar,” he says. “We just keep score differently.”
— Adapted from “Reporting to the Depot,” Martin Booe, Workforce , www.workforce.com.