Behind any successful company are talented individuals who build it into what it is. Even for one of the world’s largest fashion retailers H&M, their employees are their backbone.
As one of the leading and largest fashion retailers in the world, they have over 161,000 employees in different countries across the globe, including more than 700 employees in the Philippines since their opening here in 2014.
“Our values set us apart from the others,” country HR manager Gigi Mathay proudly states. “At H&M, it is important for us to foster healthy relationships among our teams. We’re very proud to see our employees continuously progressing and achieving success for themselves.”
The people who make the company can attest that H&M is a great place to work and build a career into. It comes down to positive culture and values, growth opportunities, capable and motivated team, and purposeful and challenging work—and these testimonies from H&M employees from different positions prove that the company has got all these.
H&M’s indoor window responsible Jennifer Tantiado shares, “When I heard it was coming to the country, I jumped at the opportunity.” Jennifer entered in 2014 as a visual merchandiser and worked her way up to visual merchandising manager, and then to the indoor window responsible who is in charge of window displays in all of the H&M stores; and a part of the support office sales team. She says she owes her success to “training with amazing mentors and working with a great bunch of people who supported and believed in [her].”
For VM material responsible Exzequiel Esquivel and department manager and mentor Walter Ortiz, the company’s principles and regard for employees are what they admire most of H&M. “They prioritize progression for the employees, without discrimination,” says Walter who now holds a management position in the H&M flagship store. Exzequiel, meanwhile, started out as a visual merchandiser for one of the H&M stores, now coordinates with the global team, and heads the acquisition of all materials for store visuals.
Jennifer de Leon also shares her appreciation for the “socially responsible” company “with a big heart” that teaches her new things every day. After working in another company for over 10 years, H&M gave her the opportunity to be the department manager in H&M Canada. “I was given the chance to support in expansion, recruitment, and trainings,” she says. From there, she progressed to become a store manager in Vancouver. When the Philippine market was about to launch, she grabbed that opportunity to be reunited with her family and work in H&M Philippines.
Another stellar example is Henrik Nordvall and how he started his now-nine-year career in H&M in another country. Straight from university, the fresh grad went to work for H&M in Sweden, and eventually ended up working for the company in Norway, Hong Kong, Finland, and United Kingdom. In the last 2 years, he has been staying in the Philippines with his family. He says, “Within the H&M team, regardless of your position, you are counted on to contribute and share your opinion, and there is no prestige in being right or wrong. It is what allows us to continue carving great career paths for our ever-growing crop of new talents, especially here in the Philippines, where the people are already so driven and loyal.”
Seeing how fulfilled H&M’s employees are, it’s no wonder that the company has been so successful. With over 4,135 stores in more than 63 markets worldwide, the company continues its expansion in the country with more stores and more opportunities waiting for future employees.
For more info, go to www.career.hm.com