Donald Lang, Director of Information Technology at Boeing Military Aircraft, admits that his company hasn’t handled staffing well during economic downturns. In previous down cycles, the company wanted to keep the people with the most experience, and laid off younger staffers who had the least.
As a result, a tremendous number of the company’s 10,000 IT workers are within 5-10 years of retirement. Land says Boeing’s now consciously replenishing its IT blood supply with entry level IT people, even when times are tough.
Lang wants people who’ve got good communications skills, presence, and technical skills. Plus, he wants people who are eager to try new assignments.