Getting rehired at a company used to be taboo – sort of like calling it quits on a love affair and then eventually begging to be taken back. Once an employee left a company, that was it – done, see you, have a nice career. This is absolutely not the case at salesforce.com where rehires or “boomerangs” are welcomed back with open arms and new #dreamjob opportunities.
It’s clear the company believes in a second time around. About 40 employees have made their way back to the company this year with an average leave-and-return time of 1.5 years.
“The fact that many come back shows what a great place this is to work,” said Benji Jasik (SVP, Customer-Centric Engineering and Operations). He worked for salesforce.com from 2003-2007 in a variety of engineering and platform product management roles before leaving to work for a startup. He returned to salesforce.com in February 2010 after being offered an exciting role to “build a new team from scratch.”
Benji’s thankful the transition back was smooth but still had to think it through. “I had some hesitation,” he said. “I knew there would be some hazing, and probably a bigger concern was there are no ‘third-timers’ that I know of. I wanted to be fairly confident I wouldn’t leave again and could be here again for a long time.” So far, so good.
Chris Lee (Regional VP, Enterprise Sales) left salesforce.com in fall 2010 and returned nearly a year later. He said that salesforce.com’s willingness to rehire demonstrates the company’s incomparable confidence. “Confidence that there aren’t any companies out in the industry that can offer their employees what salesforce.com offers. Essentially, the company is allowing employees to test the waters and see for themselves. It’s a great approach because the employees will be able to ‘scratch their itch,’ yet know that salesforce.com trusts that the culture is better here and will leave the door open for their potential return.”
Lisah Kmet (Account Executive, Marketing Cloud) left salesforce.com in 2007 and returned the following year. For her, salesforce.com simply had a lot more to bring to the relationship. It was the complete package. “I interviewed with companies big and small and realized salesforce.com has amazing people, culture, and a killer product.”
We reached out to several other salesforce.com employees who left, only to return a short time later – sometimes even a very short time later. They enthusiastically shared how they rekindled their love affair with the most innovative company in the world.
Employee: Derek, Principal Customer
Left salesforce.com: April 2007
Boomeranged: June 2008
Anything unique about your boomerang experience you’d like to share?
“I was taken to task, in a good way, by Dean Robison (SVP, Global Services, Customers For Life) when I resigned, and he told me straight up that he would welcome me back at any time. It was nice to leave on such good terms.”
Rebecca, Workplace Services Manager
Left salesforce.com: March 2012
Boomeranged: July 2012
What spurred your decision to return? “One night, I was working late at my previous job. I was only working a seven-hour day and it was as if a light bulb went off. I thought to myself that I used to work nine-plus hours a day at salesforce.com and didn’t think twice about it because I was proud of the work I was doing. That was my turning point.”