Through innovative services in food, facilities management, and uniforms. We provide award-winning services to healthcare institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses in 22 countries around the world.
As a leader in a large, growing market, Aramark proudly serves its blue chip client base through high quality service and innovation to meet their evolving needs. With safety, quality and service excellence as core values that define the company, Aramark is also committed to responsibly addressing issues that matter to our clients, customers, employees, shareholders and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement.
I'm a general manager at Aramark and have been with the company for five years. I started as environmental services director and ended up in more of a general role. I work in the facilities realm. We do housekeeping and plan operations – that's the business that I'm responsible for, but I've been in a few different accounts.
I enjoy being able to develop the frontline managers. As I learn things, I try to pass that onto them. I want to make them better managers and help them find the resources that they need as they develop.
You can be as successful as you want to be within this organization. If you want more, the sky is the limit. There are so many opportunities.
Don't get caught up with titles and the role. You'll be a general leader at Aramark, and it's an opportunity to step into a career. It's a huge business that has so much potential. It's not a glamorous job, but it pays well, and there is a lot of opportunity.
There is a lot of leadership training in the military, and you just can't get that anywhere else. We have jobs for anyone, from an E1 private all the way up to the Four Star General.
After leaving the Army and before joining Aramark, I enjoyed a range of roles in the facility services industry. In the Army, I worked with infantry and army units to make sure that they could move around and be protected. It was similar to the work I do now at Aramark; my customers were just the units I supported.
I think that there are three qualities learned during military service that help veterans succeed at Aramark. First, we are a people-focused company, and leadership is key. Being able to work with people – to understand what makes them tick, motivates them and how to engage them – is crucial for success in a business and in the military. When you're really trying to get things done, a leader that works with a team in a positive way and engages them is going to succeed.
The second quality is the ability to be innovative and creative. In the military you don't have the luxury of saying 'that's not something we do.' It's not 'can we do it?' it's 'how do we do this?' We are constantly confronted with unique situations in our business, and we're always looking to innovate for our customers. We need creative solutions to get the job done.
Finally, we have the understanding that standards and procedures are how things get done. That's definitely part of the military stereotype, but it's something that's learned and is critical for success. You need to be creative, but you need to make sure that the work gets done a certain way.