In 2011, Amadeus ranked second most attractive company in South East France. RegionsJob, one of the leading French training and recruitment sites, has announced the results of this year's poll to determine the top employers within the different regions in France. Amadeus came in second place among 1,000 companies located between Montpellier and Monaco. The internet survey was carried out from May to July 2011, in partnership with L'Express, l'Association Nationale des Directeurs des Ressources Humaines (ANDRH), le Journal des Entreprises and was audited by OpinionWay.
Companies were evaluated by a panel of nearly 1,000 participants – employees and job seekers – who were asked to rate 25 criteria on a scale of one to ten. Among the topics: respect for employees, quality of management, work atmosphere, potential to develop skills, recruitment of young talent and job stability.
At Amadeus we seek highly skilled and high performing staff. In clear alignment with our philosophy, Amadeus' staffing strategy is based on growing talent within the company by supporting and promoting internal mobility. For that reason our vacancies are published internally prior going external.
When doing external searches, Amadeus uses a variety of channels to attract talent at different career stages. Entry level and interns are recruited actively from their universities, schools and student job boards. Experienced staff and senior positions are generally recruited at country level to cover their local / regional business needs. We prefer local recruitment whenever possible. Headhunters are instructed to present diverse candidate slates.
In addition, Amadeus has invested in increasing the sourcing pool of talent in the industry by engaging in a social media network. The objective of this new initiative is to increase effectiveness by reaching a larger talent pool and decrease the time to fill positions, minimising the disruption of our business.
In October 2011, we announced the appointment of a senior rail executive as Director of Rail, bringing a wide knowledge of the travel industry. In his most recent role, our new Director of Rail was Vice President of Sales at Deutsche Bahn, where he held commercial roles for the last eight years. Previously, he worked at Lufthansa in Online Sales, Lufthansa IT Services and also for two years at Start Amadeus (currently Amadeus Germany) in Corporate Development and Strategy.
In November 2011, we announced the key strategic appointment of an airport technology executive to lead our Airport IT business. Our new head of Airport IT was most recently the General Manager of EMS Aviation at EMS Technologies. Having started his career with Texas Instruments, he has held a number of high profile roles across the airport technology sector over many years, including Sales Director for Airport Systems at EDS, Senior Vice President responsible for Airport Services at SITA where he spent ten years, and General Manager of Air Traffic Systems at Sensis Corporation.
By attracting top industry talent to the newly created New Businesses division in Amadeus, we have completed the incorporation of industry heavyweights bringing unrivalled experience in the travel industry that will contribute to the company's effort in diversifying the business.
Following the first Global Engagement Survey by Gallup that took place in November 2010 with a high participation rate of 80%, we trained managers about how to build engagement and our Human Resources teams gave adequate support. A total of 1,268 managers, Directors and VPs with team responsibilities were trained in 85 sessions during the month of February 2011.
One of the various activities that we put in place in 2011 to increase engagement was the redefining of the corporate values, starting with focus group sessions with employees and the definition of evolved Amadeus values & behaviours.