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About Plante Moran
Privately Held Large Enterprise (1000+ employees)
Financial, Business, & IT Services
The Pillars of an Award-Winning Program
The Highlights of Plante Moran's Approach to Early Career Hiring
Building an Innovative and Multi-Faceted Approach to University Recruiting
As part of Plante Moran’s “we care” philosophy, they’re dedicated to recruiting students early in their academic career. The firm pride itself in adding value to the students’ educational experience and help them achieve their professional career aspirations by aligning their internship/work experiences to their academic plan and goals. Plante Moran hosts summer leadership events for freshmen and sophomores which provides them an opportunity to see themselves at the firm, meet some staff, and gives them a chance to give back to their community through a volunteer service project. The students who participate in these events tend to accept an internship or full-time opportunity. Plante Moran also utilizes Campus Ambassadors to help guide prospective candidates towards the firm, and to serve as another resource to answer questions and further mentor students. Plante Moran’s Expo Summer Leadership event is designed for freshmen and sophomores and challenges students with skill-centric activities centered around professional development, followed by a community service event.
Crafting a Standout Candidate Experience
The Campus Recruiting team at Plante Moran knows providing a positive candidate experience is the foundation of a successful recruiting season. From the first-time students make contact through the offer acceptance, Plante Moran pride themselves on open communication and transparency. The firm accomplishes this by keeping students updated on the next steps of the hiring process and expected timing through regular outreach from their recruiter, ensuring a member of their team is available to answer questions directly, and proactively seeking out additional resources and assistance from their internal teams when a student has a unique situation or requires special attention. They’ve also invested in new technology, like an interactive chatbot, that allows them to capture important information while allowing the student to share more about themselves.
Moving the Needle on Diversity & Inclusion
Plante Moran values a diverse workforce and realizes diversity, equity and inclusion is a journey, not a destination. The firm continues to build upon their relationships with HBCU’s and national organizations like NABA and ALPHA. They also offer Track – a multi-year program dedicated to the early recruiting of ethnically and racially diverse talent. The experiences provides a mix of real-life scenarios and educational opportunities, while showing students what career options await them in a professional services firm. Students are paid while in the program and experience academic and professional mentorship as they grow from an intern to a future leader.
Investing in Impactful Internship Programs
Internships at Plante Moran aren’t about getting coffee and making copies – their interns are treated like their entry level staff. They believe in providing a well-rounded and hands-on internship experience with opportunities to network, practice new skills, and learn about the Plante Moran culture. From comprehensive onboarding and training, to structured introductions over coffee and performance review feedback, they pride themselves in offering their interns a true work-like experience. In fact, many of their partners started their careers as a Plante Moran intern.
Supporting the Growth and Development of Entry-Level Talent
Plante Moran is a great place to build the foundation of a successful career. From their “jerk-free environment” (their words), to their multiple career path advancement opportunities, it’s no wonder why many of their staff stay with the firm long-term. Plante Moran provides many opportunities to get involved in groups that matter to their staff, such as their Women in Leadership group, Staff Resource Groups, and PM Cares Community Service Group. Plante Moran hosts a weeklong training program for all new interns and entry level staff which not only encourages shared learning experiences but a chance to connect with your peers prior to coming to the office or client sites. As new staff grow in their career, Plante Moran has a robust performance management process in which formal and informal feedback is shared throughout the year allowing for strengths to be highlighted and areas of development to be identified early.
Congratulations to the team at Plante Moran for being selected as one of the winners of RippleMatch's 2022 Campus Forward Awards!
RippleMatch's Campus Forward Awards recognizes the top early career teams and programs in the nation. Through a detailed application process, early career teams shared their approach to recruitment, candidate experience, D&I, and internship & entry-level programming. The programs picked for this award represent the best of the best, selected from applications submitted by campus recruiting teams across industries.
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