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Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology



June/July 2010

Diversity/Careers June/July 2010 Issue

African Americans in IT
Communications jobs
Semiconductor careers
Intell & cybersecurity
BDPA comes to Philly
Grace Hopper in Sept
Great Minds in STEM

Energy M/WBEs
Supplier diversity

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Diversity In Action

Wright Express seeks friendly people who are eager to learn

2010 may see a significant increase in IT positions at this fleet-oriented information management and payment processing company with a “family feel”

HR manager Diane Rogers seeks people who are “eager to learn and flexible.”Wright Express Corp is a company with a “family feel” to it. Diversity and inclusion are top priorities, and IT pros can find plenty of opportunities.

“We like to hire at various levels, from recent college grads to people with significant experience, and it’s important to us that they be people who are eager to learn and flexible about work assignments,” says Diane Rogers, manager of human resources.

Wright Express is a leading provider of payment processing and information management services to the U.S. commercial and government vehicle fleet industry.

The company captures transaction data at more than 180,000 fuel and vehicle maintenance locations, including more than 90 percent of the nation’s retail fuel stops and 45,000 maintenance shops. Fleets are offered detailed transaction data, analysis tools and purchase control capabilities, which can improve their cost control and vehicle management.

Wright Express hires programmers, DBAs, data architects, apps engineers, enterprise architects, Unix engineers, QA testers, IT security admins, middleware, Web and network engineers, data center pros, senior project managers and other business ops and sales people. Specific openings will vary over the year, but security has a heavy emphasis, Rogers says.

Skills in Java, Tandem Seibel, PeopleSoft, Oracle, JCaP, Power Center and Cold Fusion are valuable, as well as project management experience. “You use project management in any IT job, whether you’re an actual project manager or a programmer,” Rogers says.

Because of the size of the company, people can move around to different jobs. They won’t be pigeonholed into one role, as can happen at a larger operation. “If there’s another opportunity and we see someone who wants to move over, why not?” is Rogers’ philosophy. “We’re looking for people who want to learn, which is why we have flexible work assignments.”

Wright Express partners with the University of Southern Maine to find job candidates. It also taps groups like NSBE and SWE. Rogers notes that there’s a great mix of experienced and new talent in Massachusetts and Connecticut; she also works with U Maine-Farmington and the University of New England on the Maine coast.

Rogers characterizes the workforce at Wright Express as “very diverse.” Associates are trained in many communication styles, and the company covers diversity issues in its Management 101 program.

Wright Express has employees serving on local boards of organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, Boys and Men, Junior Achievement and the Mentoring Alliance; even the Maine Women’s Ecology Center.

The folks at Wright Express have plenty of opportunities to work toward their career goals. Throughout the year executives and managers discuss the workforce and make plans for people ready to move to the next level, Rogers says.

Work-life balance is also important to the company. “Flextime and telecommuting are both available if we are able to accommodate them based on the nature of the position.” There are flexible benefits for part-time workers. The company also offers domestic partner benefits.

Then there’s health reimbursement that covers gym membership, and the company has initiated a health-management strategy that started with a two-day health fair last November. There’s also an onsite “boot camp” offering noontime and after-work programs of yoga, exercise and gym workouts.

“Our associates are very active volunteers in the community, from serving in soup kitchens to helping out at Ronald McDonald House to organizing fundraisers for dozens of charities each year,” Rogers notes.

Wright Express encourages a culture of inclusion overall. There are quarterly meetings for all employees, as well as fun activities like a summer barbecue. “We believe strongly that our people and culture are a competitive advantage,” Rogers says.


Wright Express Corp
Wright Express Corp

Headquarters: South Portland, ME
Employees: 700
Revenues: $318 million
Business: Payment processing and information management services for the U.S. commercial and government fleet industry

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