Our People | Geoff Wightman

Geoff WightmanCan you briefly share with us your military service and what made you decide to join Dell?

Dell is globally recognized as a company that continually strives for success while satisfying its customers. In the Army, I was always issued Dell products which never failed me in my mission. I felt very proud for the opportunity to join the Dell team to help continue that reputation and tradition. My military service before I joined Dell is as follows:

  • 2002 - 2007: Cadet - Marion Military Institute, Marion AL / Cadet - United States Military Academy, West Point NY
  • 2007 - 2011: Active Duty - Assistant Intelligence Officer 1st Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade (Attack) Ft. Hood TX, deployed Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-09 (Baghdad/Al Kut/Tallil). Battalion Intelligence Officer 1-4 AVN, deployed Operation Enduring Freedom X-XI (Kandahar, Afghanistan) providing fires and security for all maneuver elements. Intelligence Plans Officer, 1st Army Division West, Ft. Hood, TX
  • 2012 - Present: US Army Reserve - Intelligence Operations Officer, 1st Army Division West. Executing training for Army Reserve and National Guard component intelligence personnel in the latest technologies and methods in order to ensure their combat readiness for contingency operations overseas

What skills did you learn in the military that helped your career at Dell?

My military experience was extremely fast-paced, goal-oriented, and full of opportunities to seize the initiative and work on commander’s intent. In every facet of my Army career, people were first and foremost – we needed to have a common vision and communication to reach the objective. Dell is a company filled with high achievers who know what it takes to remain cohesive. A lesson I learned early in my military career was that there will never be enough time to do everything needed without teamwork, planning, and communication. This is a lesson that Dell needs you to know right away, and one veterans are exceptionally acquainted with.

What advice would you give veterans that are trying to get into the private sector?

Your military experience has given you all the tools and experience that you need to succeed in the civilian sector. The difficulty most of us have is interpreting those experiences and skills in a way which business leaders can also understand as unique and valuable. I recommend finding a mentor in a field you are interested in and meeting regularly to discuss how your knowledge and abilities translate into that field.

What values does Dell have that are aligned with your military background?

Dell is committed to the global goal of helping people do more through our products and enterprise solutions. We recognize and love that technology enhances peoples' lives and can help make the world a better place. As a veteran, it was important for me to transition to a company that had a culture which valued more than just business success, but also the contributions that the business gives back to people. Proof positive of this is also evidenced by the Dell leadership making it extremely easy for me to continue my service as a US Army Reservist.

When did you join Dell and what roles have you held in your time here?

In June 2012, I left the Army on a Friday and started  the following Monday morning as the Americas regional HR Operations project manager. In 2014, I took on the expanded role of the Global HR Business Controls program manager.

What keeps you here at Dell?

One word – leadership. Those that tell you leadership only exists in the military are wrong. I have been fortunate enough to have extremely strong leaders here at Dell who've developed me at every opportunity and given me the freedom to thrive. My leaders in Dell HR are committed to building all of us as the next generation, and continuing the legacy of Dell’s success for years to come.

How does Dell differentiate itself when it comes to being an employer of choice?

Dell’s overall commitments to flexible work solutions and career empowerment make it easy to satisfy our customer’s needs. Additionally, we constantly benchmark ourselves against the competition and take pride in striving to be the best at what we do. For veterans, the competitive spirit you thrived on in the military lives on here at Dell.

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