Top Recruits Find a Place They Can ‘Standout’ at P&G

Event showcases our culture of inclusion, development and innovation.

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Our Standout Emerging Leaders Camp gives nearly 200 college sophomores the opportunity to visit our headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and learn why P&G is a great place to work.

More than 30 years ago, Chief Human Resources Officer Bala Purushothaman started at Procter & Gamble as an intern in human resources. That one open door has led to a lifetime of opportunities to explore, learn and grow. It’s one of the reasons he is so passionate about P&G’s early career programs.

“We want to recruit top talent early because our culture focuses on developing from within. It’s not unusual at P&G to find employees like me who’ve spent the majority of their careers growing with the company,” he said.

This August, we connected with top students at the Standout Emerging Leaders Camp. Held every summer, Standout gives nearly 200 college sophomores interested in jobs in Sales, Product Supply, IT, Brand, R&D, Internal Business Services and HR, the opportunity to visit our headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and learn more about our Company.

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Students Tiffany Alvarez (left) and Anjali Kumar (right).

Students like Tiffany Alvarez and Anjali Kumar from Cornell University spent three days attending talks with P&G executives, meeting P&Gers in their fields of study and networking with fellow students. On the fourth day, they interviewed for a spot in the 2024 Summer Intern program.

Both women are hoping to secure a brand management internship at P&G next summer. Kumar especially appreciates P&G’s culture and focus on innovation.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to create and grow a brand,” she said.

Alvarez is most excited about working at P&G because of the ability to make an impact.

“Everyone is so positive, and you can tell they really enjoy their work,” she said.

This year’s attendees represented more than 100 schools from across the U.S., including historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), Ivy League schools and universities local to Cincinnati.

From the moment that door opens, we want employees to know – just like I did so many years ago – that P&G is where they belong AND where they can stand out.

- Bala Purushothaman,

Chief HR Officer, P&G

Like Alvarez and Kumar, they see firsthand our commitment to delivering a superior employee experience, where they can make an impact in their daily work, grow their skills and capabilities, are valued and rewarded and are inspired to serve consumers better than anyone. They learn about our culture of innovation, where we love finding solutions to problems and are always looking for ways to reinvent every aspect of our business.

Representation is important to us.

While Standout is specific to the United States, it’s an example of our recruiting programs around the globe that give students an immersive experience in a culture where diverse backgrounds and perspectives are celebrated and can make a meaningful impact from Day 1.

This commitment to diversity is embedded into every aspect of our recruiting strategy. To deliver a superior consumer experience, we must attract, develop and retain superior talent that reflects the consumers we serve.

In this continually changing external landscape, it’s critical that we have a deep understanding of what job seekers like Alvarez and Kumar are looking for — through the lens of their identity, as well as life and career stages.

“Regardless of where our candidates come from, we’re developing processes to ensure everyone has a best-in-class candidate and onboarding experience,” Purushothaman said. “We know from our survey data that having a community and a sense of belonging are key to retaining employees once they’re here. We’re working to create that sense of belonging and community from the very start.”

For more info on career opportunities, visit PGCareers.com.