HAPPY MONDAY CAPTAINS! Last Thursday’s Pizza My Mind seminar was presented by Virginia Beach-based STIHL, Inc. Mike McLean, a talent recruiter for the U.S, operations headquarters came to CNU to talk about what it’s like to work for a company that engineers and manufactures outdoor power equipment.
He started off by sharing a few notable facts. STIHL is the #1 selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America. The company produces 263 products and celebrated 40 years in 2014. He also remarked about the Great Recession, when the country was on an economic decline and a number of companies had to lay their employees off. He said that STIHL was one of the exceptions and that STIHL never had to lay off their employees, even when times were tough. On the contrary, the company grew because there was never a time where grass didn’t need cutting! The company prides itself on controlling 55% of the world’s production in this field. They have four plants, located in Germany, Brazil, China and VA Beach.
Mike also showed a few company videos that highlighted STIHL’s culture and workplace environment. The audience especially liked the patriotic Built in America video!!
Interestingly, STIHL, Inc. employs over 1,900 in Virginia Beach in a variety of positions from manufacturing, produce assembly, manufacturing engineering, sales, marketing and finance. At the end of his presentation, Mike discussed STIHL’s current career and internship opportunities noting that students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to apply. Internship opportunities are posted in February so be sure to check out their website if you are interested!! Don’t forget to join us for this week’s seminar right before Spring Break!