Being employee-centric is one of Criterion’s corporate values. As part of this, we are continually looking for new ways to support our employees’ professional development and career goals. Therefore, in 2021, we invested in launching a mentorship program, better organizing our training program, and hosting summer interns. These three programs form the pillars of Criterion University, a centralized resource and benefit for all of employees, and will continue to improve in 2022.
Criterion offers tuition reimbursement for external training and provides a variety of internal management, technical, and other types of corporate training.
Criterion holds two four-month mentoring sessions per year. During these sessions, mentees are teamed with experienced mentors from among the company’s management and senior leadership to help them plan and navigate the next stage of their careers.
Criterion hosts interns each summer. Applications open in the spring.
“Having the opportunity to be part of the Criterion mentoring program has been extremely beneficial for me. My mentor is amazing and addresses all my questions and concerns with ease! It makes me feel like I am not alone in figuring out complex managerial items. In addition, my mentor has presented great ideas for work/life balance. I am grateful to have been included in the mentor program and look forward to continued discussions with my mentor!”
“I feel more informed having gone through this program: More informed regarding items shared with me about my aspirations with my career, and how it may fit in here at Criterion and for our Government clients. More importantly, I better understand how others on my Criterion Teams functions day to day, and how it relates to what I do for the company. I also am better informed about Criterion folks at the main office, and how they help to achieve corporate goals.”
“Everywhere I have ever worked, I have asked about formal mentoring opportunities. Criterion is my first employer to actually offer such a program. Meeting with my mentor has helped me clarify my career goals and the path to achieve them. I have also enjoyed and learned quite a bit thanks to the willingness of other Criterion heavy-hitters to take time out to meet with members of the mentoring program and explain how Criterion conducts business. All in all, it’s been a very inspiring experience, and I am confident that the relationships I developed over these brief months will continue to grow and benefit us all.”