Professional and Career Development
Committed to providing employees with the opportunities and resources they need to succeed.
Our people are our most valuable assets. To support them, Leidos provides a broad range of development resources and opportunities to all Leidos employees, including those who work part-time, and empowers managers to assist employees in identifying career interests and accomplishing developmental goals through those opportunities. Attracting, developing and retaining the most qualified and capable workforce is vital to our success and to that of our employees.
Leidos partners directly with employees to understand their career aspirations by aligning their passions and interests to an effective skill-set that serves both the organization and the community. We offer a suite of development and training resources to employees to help them acquire desired skills and experiences that improve job performance and prepare them for more advanced professional responsibilities.
Mentoring and coaching are important to our workforce development goals. Both informal and formal mentoring programs at Leidos support the company's ability to attract and retain a diverse work force and to foster a more inclusive work environment, as well as a natural "culture of mentoring." Our most powerful mentoring tools are the Executive Mentoring Program and the Leidos Mentoring Tool which assists protégés with finding the right mentor for their development needs.
Executive Mentoring Program
Aligns all of our Executive staff as mentors to one or more diverse, high-potential protégés in year-long cycles. Protégés are given rare opportunities to connect with our Executives to support higher level career development aspirations and reach new heights within the organization. The Program also acts as a conduit to identify potential successors for critical roles from our diverse, high-potential talent pool.
The Leidos Mentoring Tool
A free and open mentoring tool designed to support professional development for all employees within the organization. Interested protégés can search for available mentors that fit their development needs across the global enterprise. Partnerships may continue until both mentor and protégé believe that the protégé has effectively achieved the development goals set forth at the initiation of mentoring relationship. The Program also boasts points of contact across hundreds of metro areas around the world, supporting program participants and facilitating local networking and collaboration events.
Tuition Reimbursement Program
To promote continued employee development we provide tuition assistance for tuition costs not covered by other sources (e.g. scholarships, grants, veteran's benefits, etc.) to full-time employees through this program. Approval is dependent on an organization's business conditions, business restrictions, and/or availability of discretionary funds.
The Tuition Reimbursement Program encourages self-improvement through financial reimbursement of formal education so that employees can improve or maintain job-related skills or enhance their ability to compete for reasonably attainable jobs within the company. The company may also pay for work-related training provided by external training vendors (supplemental learning). Upon request, employees are provided personalized continuing education advisory sessions to help determine specific learning needs.
Education Alliance Program
The Leidos Education Alliance Program is a set of established relationships with universities that provide discounted degree programs in areas of study that support our business objectives. These relationships enable us to offer a variety of areas of study and delivery options (online and on-campus) that meet the unique needs of employees at all Leidos locations. The discounted tuition rates and structure vary by school and some include discounts for family members as well.
We have also established relationships and alliances with training vendors that offer employees opportunities to advance their proficiency in technical and professional skills through online training or open enrollment programs at vendor locations. These vendors offer employees significant discounts for public, online and virtual offerings.
Through our partnership with SkillSoft, a leader in the e-learning space, Leidos offers more than 3,000 online courses on topics such as business, management, and information technology at no cost to employees or their organizations. Through Skillsoft's Books24x7® Referenceware® service, all employees also have access to the complete unabridged contents of thousands of the latest and best business and technology books. Professionals across all disciplines can use Referenceware for continuous learning to help solve job-critical challenges.
Leidos Leadership Program
We have designed and launch a new Leidos Leadership Program (LLP). The LLP represents our commitment to making Leidos a great place to work by investing in the growth of our employees. The effectiveness of our employees is critical to achieving our business objectives and providing our customers with innovative solutions, the highest possible levels of service, and enhanced program outcomes. LLP offerings align with our Leadership Framework to shape a collective leadership mindset for leaders at all levels. We integrate peer learning, networking, and simulation experiences with direct application to the Leidos environment. The various offerings for leaders at all levels are intentionally designed to meet the needs of a global organization with dispersed employees working in a variety of environments. By increasing leadership capacity, we are better able to execute our corporate strategy and meet our growth goals.
Retaining Our Most Critical Asset
We recognize the value of having a high performing workforce the value each of our employees contributes to the success of our business. Developing and retaining a talented workforce is essential to our success. The dynamic nature of our work means that our employees may be faced with position reductions and reorganizations when a program ends, is re-competed, or otherwise modified. Leidos is keenly aware of the stress this can place on our people, and we are committed to retaining and strengthening our highly skilled professional workforce while communicating clearly and openly at all times.
Our Talent Journeys organization focuses on driving a more deliberate and forward-thinking culture around Strategic Workforce Planning and Career Mobility across the enterprise so that we can more proactively retain, redeploy, and group our base of talented employees to best support enterprise priorities and business strategies. In a company as large and complex as Leidos, a strong internal mobility program is a necessity. It is important to have a proven, systematic approach to retaining talent and assisting them in proactively preparing for their next position within the company. A variety of resources and best practices have been established and are available to support both managers and employees in tracking program status, identifying opportunities and skill gaps, upskilling/reskilling, and supporting career mobility. By the end of 2019, our internal placement rate for affected employees increased from 33% in 2018 to over 60%.