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<p>Employment Recommendation Report StephanieBeyer </p> <p>EmploymentRecommendationReport: English320:Unit2</p> <p> By:StephanieBeyer October10,2010 II</p> <p>ExecutiveSummary KevinNiccumaBusinessAdministrationstudentatNorthDakotaState Universityhaspickedthreecareersthathefeelsheissuitedforaftercollege.They arePolarisIndustriesinMedina,MN,AssetAcceptanceinDetroit,MI,andBlueEagle EnterprisesinMinneapolis,MN.Aftermanyinterviews,aquestionnaire,and personalresearchIhaveidentified,basedonsomecriteria,thebestjobfitforKevin. ThecriteriaIusedfallintwodifferentcategories,jobcriteriaandlocationcriteria. Thethreejobcriteriawereasmallcompanysize,positiveemployeefeedback,anda goodmissionstatement.Thethreelocationcriteriawere,locatednearalake,asmall town,andasafetowntoraiseafamilyin.Ofallthesecriteriatheresultsareas follows. SmallCompanySize:Assetacceptancewinsforthesmallcompanysize.Althoughit isabove1000itisstillsmallerthenPolarisIndustries. PositiveEmployeeFeedback:IamgoingtohavetosaythatPolarisIndustrieswins forthePositiveEmployeeFeedbackbecausetheywereratedhigherthenAsset Acceptance. GoodMissionStatement:PolarisIndustrieshasabettermissionstatement.Itis morecustomerorientedthenAssetAcceptance. LocatedNearaLake:Minneapolis,MNhasthemostlakeslocatedinitsarea.Ithave over16lakes6ofwhicharepartoftheChainofLakes. SmallTown:Medina,MNhasthesmallestpopulationofjustover4,000peopleinits townalthoughitislocatednearmajortownsandcitiesinMinnesota. SafeArea:Medina,MNhasthelowestcrimeriskoutofallthreeoftheareasmaking itthesafestareatoraiseafamilyin. Overallbasedonthese6criteriaIhavedecidedthatPolarisIndustriesisthe bestjobforKevintotake.Ithasthemostpositiveemployeefeedback,ithasthebest missionstatement,itislocatedinthesmallesttownandisinthesafestarea.Italso haslakeslocatednearitalthoughitdidnotwinforlocatednearthemostlakes.</p> <p>III</p> <p>TableofContents ExecutiveSummary.III ListofFigures...V Introduction...1 JobOpportunities...3 Criteria..3 Jobs..3 AssetAcceptance.3 BlueEagleEnterprises.5 Polaris5</p> <p>Locations..6 Detroit6 Minneapolis/St.Paul.8 Medina....12</p> <p>Conclusion14 Recommendation.14 WorksCited.16 </p> <p> IV</p> <p>ListofFiguresFigure1:MapofDetroit,MIandLakeSt.Clair.6 Figure2:Detroit,MICrimeRiskvs.UnitedStates..7 Figure3:Detroit,MICrimeRiskvs.UnitedStates..8 Figure4:ListofMinneapolisLakes.8 Figure5:ChainofLakesMap..9 Figure6:Minneapolis,MNCrimeRiskvs.UnitedStates.10 Figure7:Minneapolis,MNCrimeRiskvs.UnitedStates.....11 Figure8:Minneapolis,MNvs.Detroit,MICrimeRisk..12 Figure9:MapofMedinaMinnesotaandSurroundingLakes...12 Figure10:Medina,MNCrimeRate...13</p> <p>V</p> <p>Introduction FortheEnglish320Unit2projectwewereassignedtowriteanemployment recommendationreportthatwouldassistourpartnerinchoosingbetweenthree differentjobsthattheywereinterestedinandfeltqualifiedforoncegraduating fromNorthDakotaStateUniversity.Iwasassignedtocreatethisrecommendation reportforyouNiccum,ajuniormajoringinBusinessAdministration.Through multipleinterviews,aquestionnaire,andsomepersonalresearchIwasabletocome upwiththeinformationprovidedinthisreport. AfterthefirstinterviewwithKevin,itwascleartomethathisgreatest</p> <p>interestinlifeatthemomentwasbeingintheoutdoors.Helovesfishing, snowmobiling,fourwheeling,dirtbiking,andanythingelsethatrequireshimtobe outside.Hisfavoriteplacetobeisbythelake,whichiswhyheworksatLord FletchersonthedockslocatedonLakeMinnetonka. Kevinstatedthathisidealjobwouldbetoworkforacompanywherehehad</p> <p>theopportunitytotestprototypessuchassnowmobiles,andotherpowersport vehiclesofthesort.Hisidealcompanysizewouldbeamediumtosmallcompany, becausehefeelsthatalargercompanywouldfeeloverwhelmingandwithasmall companyhewouldbeabletocreateamorepersonalconnectionwithhisco workers. Kevinsmainprioritywhenlookingatjobsisthefactthathewouldenjoy</p> <p>whatheisdoing.Wagescamelastonhislist.Hewantstoworkforacompanythat hasagoodtrackrecordandisstayingoutoffinancialandlegaltroubles.Kevin</p> <p>1</p> <p>wouldprefertohaveajobthatisnotabehindthedeskjoballofthetime.Healso doesnotmindhavingtodoworktravelatthemomentbutwhenhestartsmakinga familyhewouldprefertostayasclosetohomeaspossible. LocationisalsonotanissueforKevin,aslongashecanbeclosetothelake.</p> <p>HestatedthatlivinginNorthDakotawasdifficultforhimbecauseofthelackof lakesinthearea.HegrewupinMoundMinnesota,anareasurroundedbylakes. KevinNiccumisahighlymotivatedindividualwholikestogethisworkdone assoonashecan.Hedoesnotliketoprocrastinateandfindsitdifficulttoliveor workwithpeoplewhoinhibithisabilitytoworkhard. 2</p> <p>JobOpportunitiesCriteriaAfterconductinganinterviewwithyouandhavingyoucompleteaquestionnaireI havecreatedalistofcriteriafortheworkplaceandforyourlocation. Job: CompanySize GoodEmployeeFeedback PositiveCompanyMission</p> <p>Location: Locatednearlakes SmallerCommunity LowCrimeRate</p> <p>JobsAssetAcceptanceDetroit,Michigan Assetacceptanceisapubliclyownedcompanythatcollects defaulted and</p> <p>charged-off accounts receivable portfolios from credit companies. The position that you applied for is the Data Administration Team Lead. According to the job posting on careerbuilder.com, the Team Lead isresponsibleforpartneringwiththeManagerof ApplicationandDataSupporttoensurethatalldataadministrationandSQL databaserequirementsaremet.Thispositionisalsoresponsibleforactingas</p> <p>3</p> <p>technicalleadandmentorforateamofdatabaseadministrators,ETLandSQL programmers.In2006AssetAcceptancehadrevenueof$254mil. CompanySize: Assetacceptancehasabout1,701fulltimeemployeesworkingattheir</p> <p>company. GoodEmployeeFeedback AccordingtoGlassdoor.comemployeesatisfactionwasrateda3.7outof5.0.</p> <p>Employeessaidthatthecompanyhadagoodstartinglevelofpay,goodrecognition forhardwork,andgreatcamaraderiebetweenemployees.Theyalsosaidthatthe workenvironmentwasveryrelaxedandupbeat.Thedownsidetothecompany, employeessaid,itwasastressfullineofworkbecauseyouaretryingtocollect moneyfrompeoplewhofaultedontheircreditcardsorloans. CompanysMission Themissionstatementforassetacceptanceisreturningvaluetoourcredit</p> <p>driveneconomy.Soifyouareapeoplepersonthiscompanysmissiondoesnotline upwithhelpingtheircustomers. BlueEagleEnterprisesMinneapolis/St.Paul,Minnesota BlueEagleEnterprisesisapromotionalmarketingcompany.Thiscompany</p> <p>doesnotofferalotofinformationaboutthemselves,whichmadeitverydifficultto lookupinformation</p> <p>4</p> <p>CompanySize Iwasunabletolookupthecompanyssize.</p> <p>GoodEmployeeFeedback BlueEagleEnterprisesissaidtobeagoodplacetogetyourfootinthedoor.</p> <p>Itisagreatexperiencebuilder,andhasalotofdifferententrylevelpositions.Blue Eagleisnotacubicletypejob. CompanysMission Iwasunabletolocatethecompanysmission.</p> <p>PolarisIndustriesMedina,Minnesota CompanySize PolarisIndustrieshasabout3,000fulltimeemployeesworkingattheir company,whichiskindofahighernumber.But,PolarisIndustriesalsohasalotof differentlocations. GoodEmployeeFeedback PolarisIndustrieswasrateda3.9overalloutof5.0oncareerbliss.comwhich</p> <p>isawebsitewhereemployeescanratetheircompany.Manypeoplesaidthatthey likedtheenvironmentoftheirworkplace,andthattheyhadgreatcareer advancements.Majorityofthepeoplesaidthatitwasjustanoverallgreatplaceto work.</p> <p>5</p> <p>CompanysMission PolarisIndustriesmissionstatementis,Understandtheridingexperience.</p> <p>Livetheridingexperience.Worktomakeitbetter.Theirmissionstatementgoesto showthattheywanttounderstandallaspectsoftheirproductandworktomakeit thebestitcanbe.</p> <p>LocationsDetroit,Michigan Locatednearalake DetroitMichiganislocated ontheborderofamajorlake, LakeSt.Clair.LakeSt.Clairis connectedtotwoofthegreat lakes,LakeHuron(tothenorth) andLakeErie(tothesouth),by theSt.ClairRiver.Thislakeis greatforfishingWalleye,Muskie, NorthernPike,Bass,Bluegill, Sturgeon,Salmon,Trout,and Steelhead.Thelakeisabout430squaremilesandhasanaveragedepthof11feet throughoutthelake.Figure1showsamapofDetroitlocatedinthebottomleft cornerandlakeSt.Clair.</p> <p>Figure1MapofDetroit,MichiganandLakeSt.Clair</p> <p>6</p> <p>Smallcommunitysize Detroit,MichiganisthelargestcityinMichiganwithapopulationofaround 871,121 peopleaccordingtothe2006censuspostedbytheU.S.CensusBureau.The populationoftheStateofMichiganis10,095,643accordingtotheU.SCensus Bureau2006.AlthoughDetroit,Michigandoesnotfallinthesmallcommunitysize thereareplentyofsuburbslocatedaroundDetroit,suchasHighlandPark,Michigan withapopulationestimatedtobe14,153.HighlandParkislocatedabout11min. northofDetroit. Safe communityto raiseafamily Figure2</p> <p>andFigure3 showsDetroits crimeratevs.the UnitedStates averagecrime rate.Personal crimerisk representsrape, murder,assault,androbbery.Propertycrimeriskrepresentsburglary,larceny,and motorvehicletheft.Figure2Detroit,MICrimeRiskvs.UnitedStates</p> <p>7</p> <p> Figure3Detroit,MICrimeRiskvs.UnitedStates</p> <p>Crime Statistics Detroit, MI Michigan United States Personal Crime Risk 468 113 100 Murder Risk 774 114 100 Rape Risk 369 168 100 Robbery Risk 565 86 100 Assault Risk 281 120 100 Property Crime Risk 333 93 100 Burglary Risk 273 96 100 Larceny Risk 150 88 100 Motor Vehicle Theft Risk 685 123 100 Total Crime Risk 369 95 100 ClearlyDetroithasamuchhighercrimeriskthenMichigansaverageandtheUnited Statesaverage.Iwouldnotrecommendraisingafamilyinthisareabasedonthe crimerate. Minneapolis,Minnesota Locatednearalake ThenameMinneapolisactuallymeanscityoflakes.Sixteenlakesarelocated intheMinneapolisarea.Figure4showsalistofallthelakes.Figure4</p> <p>Birch Pond Brownie Lake Lake Calhoun</p> <p>Lake Nokomis Meadowbrook Lake Powderhorn Lake</p> <p>8</p> <p>Cedar Lake Lake Harriet Lake Hiawatha Lake of the Isles Loring Pond</p> <p>Ryan Lake Spring Lake Sweeney Lake Twin Lake Wirth Lake</p> <p>6ofthese16lakesarepartoftheMinneapolis chainoflakes,whichis located2andahalf milessouthwestof downtown Minneapolis.Figure 5showsamapof theselakes. </p> <p>Figure6</p> <p>9</p> <p>Smallcommunitysize Minneapolis,thecapitalofMinnesota,hasapopulationofabout372,833. AgainlikeDetroitthisisnotasmallpopulation,butMinneapolisislocatednear manysuburbs.Itisonly30minawayfromyourhometownofMoundMinnesota.It isonlytwentyminfromPlymouthMinnesota,whichwasrankedthenumberone bestplacetolivebymoneymagazinein2008.Ithasapopulationofabout70,000so itisstillalargerpopulationthenpreferred. Safecommunitytoraiseafamily Figure6andFigure7showsMinneapoliscrimeratevs.theUnitedStates</p> <p>averagecrimerate.Personalcrimeriskrepresentsrape,murder,assault,and robbery.Propertycrimeriskrepresentsburglary,larceny,andmotorvehicletheft. Crime Statistics Personal Crime Risk Murder Risk Rape Risk Robbery Risk Assault Risk Property Crime Risk Burglary Risk Larceny Risk Motor Vehicle Theft Risk Total Crime RiskFigure6</p> <p>Minneapolis, MN 55411 301 213 392 561 234 272 207 224 281 337</p> <p>Minnesota 60 41 113 60 54 89 76 99 63 85</p> <p>United States 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100</p> <p>10</p> <p>Figure7</p> <p>AsyoucanseeMinneapolis,likeDetroit,hasahighercrimeratethenthe</p> <p>UnitedStatesaveragebyquiteabit.Figure8belowshowsMinneapolisvs.Detroitin crime.Minneapolishasalowercrimeratebutnotbymuch.Figure8</p> <p>Crime Statistics Personal Crime Risk Murder Risk Rape Risk Robbery Risk Assault Risk Property Crime Risk Burglary Risk Larceny Risk Motor Vehicle Theft Risk Total Crime Risk</p> <p>Minneapolis, MN 55411 301 213 392 561 234 272 207 224 281 337</p> <p>Detroit, MI 468 774 369 565 281 333 273 150 685 369</p> <p>United States 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100</p> <p>11</p> <p>Medina,Minnesota Locatednearalake: MedinaMinnesotaislocatedneareightdifferentlakes.LakeArdmore,ThiesLake, Thomaslake,LakeMedina,KatrinaLake,WinterhalterLake,LakeWolsfeld,and HalfmoonLake.Figure9showsamapoftheMedinaareawhereyoucanclearlysee howclosethelakesaretothetown.</p> <p>Figure9</p> <p> Smallcommunitysize: Asof2000theestimatedpopulationforMedina,Minnesotawas4,005.You</p> <p>statedduringthequestionnairethatyouwouldliketoliveinatownthatwassmall butwasalsolocatednearthecitysothathehadtheoptiontogointothecity. Medinaisonly32min.outsideofMinneapolis,MNandabout16minfrom</p> <p>12</p> <p>Plymouth,MN.Medinawouldallowforthesmalltownfeelbutwithinshort distancesfromlargertownsandcities. Safecommunitytoraiseafamily Medina,Minnesotaisaverysafetowntoraiseafamilyin.Figure10below</p> <p>showthecrimeratefrom2001to2008allofwhicharebelowtheUnitedStates averagebyalot.OutofthethreelocationstoliveinMedina,Minnesotaisthesafest toliveinandraiseafamily.Figure10</p> <p>Crime in Medina by Year TypeMurders Rapes Robberie s Assaults Burglarie s Thefts Auto thefts Arson Citydata.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 320.9)</p> <p>20010 0 0 3 13 39 2 0</p> <p>20020 1 1 1 18 69 9 1</p> <p>20030 1 0 1 8 47 3 0</p> <p>20040 1 0 1 19 70 5 3</p> <p>20050 0 0 1 29 84 5 0</p> <p>20060 N/A 1 5 23 74 5 0</p> <p>20070 N/A 1 2 25 86 3 0</p> <p>20080 N/A 0 1 15 104 6 0</p> <p>79.8</p> <p>147.8</p> <p>87.9</p> <p>128.8</p> <p>128.0</p> <p>N/A</p> <p>N/A</p> <p>N/A</p> <p>Conclusion</p> <p>13</p> <p>Inconclusionallthreecompanies,andallthreelocationshaveapositive</p> <p>aspecttotheminwhattheycanofferyou.IfyoulookedjustatcompanysizeAsset Acceptancehasthemostappealingcompanysizebecausetheyareonthesmaller end,whichiswhatyouwanted.WhenlookingattheemployeefeedbackIwouldsay thatPolarisIndustrieshadthebestcompanyfeedbackbecausetheirratingwas higherthentheratingofAssetAcceptance.IfeelthatPolarisIndustrieshasthemost fittingMissionStatementbecausetheyareallaboutmakingtheirproductbetter. WithlocationMedina,Minnesotahasthelowestcrimerateoutofthethree</p> <p>andalsohasthesmallestpopulation,whichwaswhatyouwanted.Iwouldhaveto saythatMinneapoliswinsforbeinglocatednearalake,althoughDetroitislocated nearalargerlake.</p> <p>FinalRecommendation MyfinalrecommendationistotakethejobatPolarisIndustriesinMedina, Minnesota.Ifeellikethisjobwillbethebestfitforyoubecauseofmanyreasons.My firstreasonforthisbeingsuchagoodfitisbecauseoftheinterestyouhaveintheir products.Throughouttheinterviewyoumadeitobviouslyclearhowmuchyoulove tobeintheoutdoorsandhowmuchyoulovepowersportvehiclessuchas snowmobilesandfourwheelers.Youalsostatedthatyourdreamjobwouldbeto testprototypesforacompanylikePolarisIndustries.Evenifthecompanyisalittle bigforyourlikingIstillfeelthatyouwouldbeabletofindyouknackwithinthe company.</p> <p>14</p> <p>Mysecondreasonforthisbeingsuchagreatfitforyouisthelocation.The</p> <p>othertwolocationsIfeltwerefartoolarge.Medina,Minnesotaisasmallcommunity thatislocatedrightoutsidemajortownsandcities.Minnesotaisalsoknownfor beingtheLandof10,000Lakeswhichmakesfindingalakenearbynotvery difficult. Mythirdreasonforchoosingthiscompanyforyouisthepossibilityfor</p> <p>advancementwithinthiscompany.Havingalargercompanycouldallowforalot moreadvancementwithinthecompany.Makingthisagoodplacetogetyourfootin thedoor. OverallIfeelthatworkingforPolarisIndustriesisthebestoptionforyou.</p> <p>Basedonthelocationofthecompany,theinterestyouhaveintheirproducts,and thepossibilityforadvancement. </p> <p>15</p> <p>WorkCited http://www.citydata.com/city/MedinaMinnesota.html http://www.lakeplace.com/lakefinder/mn/hennepin/ard more/27015300 http://www.michiganslakes.com/lake_st_clair.html http://www.clrsearch.com/RSS/Demographics/MI/Detroi t/Crime_Statistics http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/27/2743000.htm l http://plymouthmn.gov/index.aspx?page=360 http://www.citydata.com/city/MedinaMinnesota.html</p> <p>16</p> <p>maps.google.com http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/AssetAcceptance CapitalReviewsE30129.htm http://www.careerbliss.com/companyreviews/polaris industriesreviews682436/ </p> <p>17</p> <p>18</p>