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As a millennial, I want to work for a company that meets three top criteria:
1. Offers innovative work opportunities
2. Has an ethical and prestigious business reputation
3. Maintains realistic environmental and socially responsible practices.

 

In searching for an internship, I reviewed several company 10Ks, websites, and blogs to find the right company that aligned with my values. Eventually, I landed my summer position at Keysight.

 

What first attracted me to Keysight was its business involvement with cutting-edge technologies like 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), and radar. And while I was not familiar with the Keysight name, I did recognize its heritage from well-reputed HP and Agilent. Check off two of my top three criteria right there!

 

Then, in talking with Keysight about a specific internship opportunity in its corporate social responsibility (CSR) team, I knew that Keysight had a vested interest in the practices I valued – check off my third criteria! My choice to accept Keysight’s internship offer was easy.

 

Fast forward three months – as I enter the final week of my internship, I have been reflecting upon my time with Keysight, its CSR program, and the valuable experiences I’ve had. There has not been a dull moment!

 

Keysight employees exemplify the company’s values

Tasked with researching and developing global response materials for the environmental and social responsibility area, I was able to engage with Keysight employees across several departments and across the world. My research spanned from  investigations to individual employee conversations including the company’s senior executive staff. It was a unique experience that showed me the diversity of the company as well as how strongly Keysight employees, and their work practices, emulated the company’s values and CSR vision.

 

The company walks the talk on CSR investments

Additionally, I found Keysight’s environmental and sustainability practices impressive. Locations across the globe actively invest in low-emission building amenities, including some leading-edge installations, to offer a comfortable, beautiful work environment for its employees. The installations were both practical and innovative. My favorite Keysight initiatives have been the transfer to natural gas to power electricity, goats to maintain fire breaks in the landscape, and native grass planted to replace higher energy and water consuming grass.

 

Specifically related to CSR, I’ve been impressed with Keysight’s strong support of its local communities around the world, especially in STEM education for all levels and in crisis support and recovery. I had first-hand experience being located at Keysight’s headquarters where last year’s wildfires damaged the facility. In the face of this crisis, Keysight has remained stable, illustrating the high aptitude of the employees and the business support infrastructure, all while supporting the local community.

 

Taking a piece of CSR learnings with me

As I leave my internship this week and head back to complete my MBA at Penn State University, I’ll take with me a new perspective that I learned from Keysight. Work-life balance is not only important for morale, but also it is important for local communities. Rewards come from building relationships within local communities as it grows the local economy and innovative solutions come from these collaborations. Not to mention, it’s enjoyable to step away from the office! Being a person of action, I plan to organize a CSR-related event when I return to school. After all, my fellow millennial classmates will welcome the opportunity to give back.

 

Diana at her internship at Keysight/

 

See the Keysight CSR Web page for more information. Diana returns to Penn State University in mid-August to complete her MBA. If you would like to contact her, please message directly on LinkedIn.

 

In my short time with Keysight at Santa Rosa, I’ve been amazed by its attention to sustainable environmental practices. Signs dot the lawn indicating “Recycled (non-potable) water used here.” Solar panels cover a huge portion of the employee parking. Three acres to be exact. Vegetable gardens located near the office buildings are cultivated by employees. Compost trash is collected in the employee breaks areas.

 

During an employee 5K walk on the 200-acre property, I discovered that half of the landscape is covered with native trees and grasses on rolling hills in their natural habitat. And, Keysight has a recycling center on its property!

 

With all these sustainable amenities in place, I should not have been surprised by some unusual practices too.

 

Walking out of the office one late afternoon I heard an unusual sound: hundreds of goats grazing near the parking lot! Not what I was expecting when I left for the day. Later that week the goats appeared again, only this time they grazed closer to the office buildings and near the vegetable gardens. Employees interacted with the goats by taking pictures and even petting the young kids.

 

As I watched, I could see that goats were effective in clearing the dried grass surrounding the property, and I wondered if they were doing more for the health of the landscape? I contacted Tricia Burt, Keysight’s site manager, to find out more about the goat herd. Tricia informed me that Keysight used goat and sheep herds annually to maintain the fire breaks around the property. Keysight started using herds nine years ago. Goats are preferred as they eat invasive plants, like Scotch Broom, and lower tree limbs which keep the landscape maintained to code levels. Tricia said that locals informed Keysight that areas where the goats had grazed the grass and underbrush last year were less impacted by the 2017 fires.

 

I was not in Santa Rosa during the fires, but I still see the environmental and emotional impact left behind. So, while these goats have been entertaining to watch, they also play a crucial role in maintaining the natural landscape. And in a sustainable way that does not interrupt the natural habitat surrounding Keysight Santa Rosa.

What are some surprising sustainability practices that your company has done?