Best Companies Rank (69)Name: Julian Duncan
Title: Assistant brand manager
Tenure: Six months
Best benefit: A recent MBA, Duncan enrolled in Nike's intensive management training program, which rotates him through six marketing assignments in 24 months.
How many people at your company have had its logo tattooed somewhere on their bodies? Anybody? Evidently you don't work at Nike, where it's not at all unusual for employees to get the swoosh symbol inked into their skin (most often below the knee on the left leg - the lead leg for runners at the start of a race). Nelson Farris, Nike's director of corporate education, has been at the company for 33 years and designed most of the policies that inspire such devotion. "Figure out where you want your career to go, and when you see something that would help you get there, ask us for it," he says. That gospel is preached to new hires every 90 days, at a two-day pep rally that outlines Nike's growth and pumps people up to imagine their own role at the company.
"You have to be a go-getter," says Julian Duncan, an assistant brand manager who is enrolled in a training program that moves him through six marketing assignments in 24 months. The rotation, as well as Nike's laid-back culture, means lots of exposure to higher-ups who can help him "navigate the terrain." On his second day at work, Duncan struck up a conversation in the cafeteria with legendary Nike co-founder Phil Knight. A few weeks ago he e-mailed a question to a VP, and "he gave me half an hour of his time, in person," says Duncan. "I think that's pretty unusual."
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