At Gartner, veterans become a part of our community and make an impact with their work. Meet Alex Henry, a First Lieutenant and Executive Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and current Territory Planner for Gartner’s Global Sales Operations team. Like Alex, you can join the Gartner team and apply your military experience to a corporate role.
How has the military prepared you for working at Gartner? The military gave me, sometimes too many times, the ability to multitask in high-pressure situations. These experiences helped shape my short time at Gartner, where we can deal with short deadlines, multiple projects and yearly planning all in the same hour.
Describe your experience in coming to Gartner: I’m currently a Military Intelligence Officer in the Army Reserves, which is a 35D. I’ve been fortunate to have been Reserve my whole career so I have simultaneously been able to get real-world experience since leaving college. The Army afforded me good-enough training to attain beginner intel analyst jobs, which helped me land at Deloitte, and then happily move to Gartner.
What is your favorite part about working for Gartner? I think my favorite part about working at Gartner is the people. Everyone is hard-working, but also very nice and eager to explain the processes.
What advice can you give to people joining the workforce from the military? Don’t be afraid to fail. The only way to transition out of a military type of mindset and adopt a civilian one is to try things that may not be comfortable or seem familiar. Most business processes make more sense than anything we’ve done in the military, but you won’t know unless you really invest time and invest in the culture.
Learn more about career opportunities for veterans and transitioning military members here.