Veteran Voices: Clint
Department/Job Function: Human Resources/Training and Development
Nestlé Waters Location: Poland Spring, Maine
Branch of Military: United States Marine Corps
How has your military experience set you up for success in your role at Nestlé Waters?
The leadership training I received in the Corps has definitely played a major role in my success as a Nestlé Employee. The Marine Corps focuses on fourteen leadership traits and eleven management principles that are cultivated in every Marine regardless of rank. This builds leadership at every level of the organization and junior Marines begin their evolution as leaders by first learning to lead themselves. I think the parallels with this leadership methodology are readily evident in Nestlé Waters’ Aspirations and Beliefs (A’s & B’s), in the Nestle Corporate Business Principles (NCBP), and the Nestle Leadership Framework (NLF). Additionally, as a Marine I was used to the “war on waste”, strong focus on safety and risk assessment, standard routines, etc. Being familiar with MilSpec, it was easy to see the similarities with TPM, 5S and even NCE.
What values and qualities embraced at Nestlé Waters are similar to the values instilled in you during your military service?
As stated earlier, I feel the A’s & B’s, the NLF and the NCBP are very similar and I find a great deal of comfort and confidence in the environment created working for an organization that operates with those ideals at the core of who they are.
What resources and support did Nestlé Waters provide to help you transition into the workforce after your service?
I actually bounced around in several other manufacturing organizations before I found my home with Nestlé. One of the reasons that I moved so much was because the environment just didn’t feel right. When I hired in with Nestlé USA in 2007, I knew I was in the right place.
What advice would you give to veterans applying to a job at NWNA?
The best advice I can give is that the environment will not be the same as the one you knew in the service. There will be similarities in almost every aspect that you can use to find comfort in but you will need to find a balance between the military world you are used to and the civilian world that you are entering. Find another veteran that has been out for a while and use them to help mentor you during your transition. It will benefit you both.
Why do you like working for NWNA?
There are a lot of reasons that I love working for Nestlé. Having recently changed Nestlé operating companies 2 years ago, I have had the opportunity to travel to several different factories in the different divisions and enjoy the “family feel” and sense of pride at each location. I have had the opportunity to work with some truly remarkable people. I am constantly learning new things and growing as an employee and an individual. Currently I work at Poland Spring in Maine. The pride in the company and the brand here is amazing. Combining Poland Spring’s heritage with the fact that, even though I have travelled the world and been to 49 of the 50 states, Maine is the most beautiful place overall that I have been to, and it just lets me know I am where I am supposed to be. I am proud to call Poland Spring home.