Shoes will always be essential to our society, so why not be a part of the ever-growing business? Nike CEO Mark Parker did an interview with the Portland Business Journal about himself, the company, and how to get a job at the powerhouse company.
Nike is a creative brand that has been around for 52 years, and has many subsidiaries like Converse, Hurley International, Nike Golf, and more. The company is named after the Greek goddess of victory, which also relates to the sports brand.
Parker started out at the company on the design team. He gradually moved up in the company, and has been there for 35 years. Parker states he likes to have his team think critically and expand their minds. He asks his team the following questions. “are we making something or somebody better? Will this fill a need? Does the customer really care? Will this inspire the athlete? Or enhance our brand?”
When asked by the reporter “Nike has hired more than 2,000 workers at its Oregon headquarters since 2012. What does the company look for in new employees?”, Parker gave the following response.
“At Nike, we’ve built a culture that attracts smart, curious and highly creative employees. Of course a passion for sport is also critical because no matter where you work — in design, at retail or in the supply chain — we are all focused on serving the athlete. We also look for people who strike a balance between mastering the fundamentals of their role and pushing the edges of what’s expected from them. That’s what drives new thinking across our company and that’s how people grow in their careers here. I started at Nike in design, but I was always looking for ways to contribute to the team in an expanded way. And we are big believers in the power of the collective – in uniting individuals with different strengths, experiences and points of view. The chemistry across our diverse teams makes us stronger together than we could ever be as individuals.”