A few weeks ago I visited Discover Financial at their headquarters in Riverwoods and it was quite a sight! The sprawling campus is home to over 3,000 employees and houses teams that work for the credit card, the lending program, Pulse, and many more projects.
In speaking with the Human Resources team, the greatest need for talent is in the following areas: Analytics in Consumer Banking, IT, and experienced hires for Information Security, Risk and Compliance.
The campus offers its employees some great perks, notably a strong internal mobility program. Over the last year, 75% of the vacancies in the company were filled by internal hires. The ideal candidate out of school is someone who is eager, demonstrated leadership and involvement outside of the classroom, career changers are welcome as long as they show passion for their new path and someone who has demonstrated strong networking skills.
Outside of the work, the company boasts a philosophy of collaboration. The headquarters has specific breakout rooms for groups of employees to get together and brainstorm innovative ideas. Everywhere I turned, I saw pods of people sitting in the open and having meetings, discussing projects and connecting outside of their respective divisions.
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