LGS succeeds with a mission-driven environment
This networking solutions company has positions in New Jersey and Colorado for engineering and tech pros who seek “an entrepreneurial and flexible culture.”
LGS Innovations, a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, provides networking solutions dedicated to U.S. federal government operations around the world, including the Department of Defense, civilian agencies, and advanced program communities. “In our New Jersey office, we have openings in wireless engineering, cybersecurity, network security and software development,” says Theresa Quallich, senior director for human resources.
LGS also has facilities in Westminster, CO, where there is a projected need for software development and embedded software engineers over the next twelve months.
Recruiting with the trends
Many of the experience skill sets LGS requires from its technical professionals are in high demand, and the use of traditional job boards is not always enough to fill available positions. “We attribute our success to being proactive and reaching out to technical professionals instead of waiting for them to come to us. We’ve conducted open houses and do a lot of advertising through local media and social networking,” Quallich says. “We’ve been able to reach out cross-functionally through LinkedIn.com, and our recruiters have joined MeetUp.com groups to network with professionals with relevant skill sets. It’s a whole new market and this is how people communicate.”
LGS participates in campus interviews and job fair events for entry-level hires and interns. “Every year we try to grow the number of schools that we partner with,” Quallich says. One such school is the University of Maryland of Baltimore County, which has a good cybersecurity focus, Quallich adds. “We also reach out to schools through our current employees. Our staff members join us in connecting with their alma maters so we can reach deeper into the organizations from a recruiting and STEM perspective.”
Last year, LGS hired twenty-five interns for its New Jersey office and anticipates bringing in more this year.
Getting folks engaged
LGS engages in various community outreach initiatives via its affirmative action and diversity divisions and under the guidance of Kevin L. Kelly, chief executive officer. “We started a pilot program in conjunction with the Colorado School of Mines called Recruiting Tomorrow’s Engineers Today, which focuses on middle school students,” says Quallich. The program is a key example of the company’s efforts. “We think it’s important to encourage students to participate early in science and engineering programs before they lose interest.”
In addition, LGS partners with national, local and university chapters of the Society of Women Engineers. The company’s outreach also includes technical professionals with disabilities.
“The biggest appeal of LGS is that we encourage an entrepreneurial and flexible culture. We take great pride that the people who work here are smart and creative, as well as mission driven and dedicated,” Quallich says. “They work hard because they believe in what they’re doing.”
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