Team support, career development, and a sense of community brought this Leidos alumnus back
Before returning to Leidos, talent acquisition recruiter Angela Farmer told hiring manager, Lisa Morton, what she had been missing in her career and what she wanted to explore next. What Lisa told her was music to her ears: “We can make that happen." And Angela hasn't been disappointed.
“Lisa has been so supportive, getting me reconnected with the right people for my interests," she says. When Angela left Leidos in 2019, it was to join a former colleague from another company. He was building his HR team and wanted someone with big industry experience who could help.
“It was an interesting change and challenge," says Angela. “At a small company, I'd get to wear more hats and explore areas beyond recruiting." While there, she explored compliance and helped develop processes and policies, testing the waters in new areas to discover what skills she wanted to develop further.
“But I missed having a team behind me—hiring managers to problem solve with and a network of industry experts to call on within my own company," says Angela. So, when Leidos made her an offer to return as a recruiter, she gladly accepted and looked forward to rejoining old coworkers.
“I had missed working at Leidos and still had a lot of friends there," she says, mentioning that this was true even though she worked remotely for Leidos and still does. “They had traveled to visit when I had my baby even though I wasn't working for Leidos at the time."
Angela's not only enjoying the camaraderie, but also a pleasant surprise about returning to Leidos: “The team has grown. It's more than double the size it was when I was part of the corporate talent acquisition team before. This improves flexibility and support. With more team members, there's more opportunities to cover for each other when we need extra support, or someone is on vacation," she says, explaining that the types of work she can get involved in have also expanded.
How Leidos differs from other employers
When asked how working for Leidos feels different from other employers, Angela says this comes down to a culture of empowerment and opportunity. She cites the following examples:
- Internal mobility is powered by mentorship and project opportunities called Gigs that allow you to learn and explore new paths. When employees choose to get involved in gigs or mentorship opportunities, they learn skills that can help them move into other areas of the company.
- Leidos often promotes from within, so there are many opportunities to develop leadership skills and grow into management positions.
- Leidos has long been set up to support remote workers. Angela's manager checks in every week to make sure she has the resources she needs and to find out how she's doing personally.
“The Leidos culture empowers this supportive management style," Angela says. “We still feel connected even though we're all across the globe."
The Leidos talent acquisition team is hiring
Interested in joining Angela? Leidos is expanding our Talent Acquisition team and seeking recruiters at all levels. As the world of recruiting evolves, Leidos is on the cutting edge, implementing technical AI solutions to advance our recruiting strategies and find the best talent to support our customer's missions.
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