Michael Kneeland, CEO on Working at United Rentals

CEO Michael Kneeland talks about the benefits of joining the nearly 19,000 United Rentals team members in the growing rental industry. With over 1000 branches across the US, Canada and Europe, United Rentals is the largest equipment rental company in the world, offering great opportunities to build a successful career with us. Apply today and be on the fast track to an even better future ahead.

Matthew Flannery has been appointed the next CEO of United Rentals

It’s official – Matthew Flannery has been appointed the next CEO of United Rentals, starting May 8. What else does this mean? For starters, Michael Kneeland, the current chief executive officer, will become non-executive chairman. Bobby Griffin, a 10-year member of the board and chairman of the Strategy Committee, will become lead independent director.

The appointments become effective at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders on May 8, 2019, when Chairman Jenne Britell and CEO Michael Kneeland will step down from their respective positions.

Dr. Britell said, “It has been an honor to help guide United Rentals through a decade of remarkable growth. The collaboration between our directors and senior management is unique in my experience, and on a personal level, it is gratifying to know that we have achieved our objectives. The transformation of the company has created substantial value for our customers, employees and shareholders. Michael has been involved in the board process from both sides for more than a decade, making him the ideal choice to succeed me as chairman.”

Dr. Britell, Mr. Kneeland and Mr. Flannery have led the evolution and growth of United Rentals for more than a decade. Since 2009, the company has nearly doubled in size to approximately 1,200 locations with 18,800 employees and annual revenue of more than $7.8 billion. In that time, the company has successfully integrated numerous acquisitions, significantly expanded its strategically important specialty rental offering, and effected a cultural transformation that has elevated employee engagement, safety, innovation and customer service. The company joined the S&P and Fortune 500 in 2014, and over the 10-year period ended December 31, 2018, generated a total stockholder return of 1008%, outperforming the S&P 500 index by 830 basis points over the same period.

United Rentals is a Forbes 2018 World's Best Employer

GI Jobs - United Rentals recognized as a GOLD Award Winner

United Rentals has been recognized recognized as a Top Military Friendly Employer by GI Jobs for 2020. This will be our 11th year on their list. For 2020, we were designated as a Gold Award winner, which means that we scored within 20 percent of the 10th-ranked organization within a given category.

United Rentals Awarded National Diversity Excellence Award

ABC Diversity presented United Rentals with the National Diversity Excellence Award in the Supplier Diversity category for the 5th year in a row due to our continual enhancement of our diversity and inclusion programs.

United Rentals has been recognized by US Veterans Magazine as a Top Veteran-Friendly Company and a Top Supplier Diversity Programs

U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for this year’s Best of the Best evaluations. At USVM, their goal is to open up employment, business and supplier opportunities within the federal government and corporate America for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans, spouses and veteran business owners. The annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions.

Military Friendly: 2019 Top 100 Military Friendly Spouse Employer

United Rentals has been selected as a Military Spouse Friendly Employer. We ranked 2 on the 2019 list of companies who have chosen to make military spouse employees a priority.

Great to work for a company that takes care if it's employees in a time of need.

The United Compassion Fund is an employee-funded, first-response program intended to assist employees in distress who have experienced an uncontrollable crisis situation that creates a financial hardship.

United Rentals is proud to partner with Fisher House

Fisher houses, which dot the country, aren’t your typical homes. They are refuges where military families can stay, free of charge, while their service member or veteran is receiving medical treatment for an injury, illness or disease at a nearby major military or VA medical center.

“It provides them a comfortable place to go back to at the end of a day that might be a tough day — or maybe it’s a good day — but it’s a day when a little bit of trauma’s going on in their life, and we try to make it a little easier on the families,” said Steve Kuykendall, president and CEO of Fisher House Southern California.

The homes benefit the families — saving them hotel and transportation costs, for instance — but also the service member or veteran. As a Fisher House Foundation motto goes, “a family’s love is good medicine.”

Families enjoy private bedrooms and baths, a common kitchen, living room, dining room and laundry facility and something else: an instant community of other military families facing similar struggles.

United Rentals has donated hundreds of pieces of equipment for the construction of 11 Fisher Houses (and counting) since 2015 in places ranging from Tucson, Arizona, to Orlando, Florida, to Houston, Texas, and Long Beach, California. Averaging 12,000 square feet, the houses take from 8 to 12 months to build.

For United Rentals, partnering with Fisher House Foundation just made sense.

“Fisher House is a great organization that shares our passion for helping veterans. So donating equipment to build Fisher Houses is a natural for us,” said Tim Rule, vice president of market development for United Rentals.

The company’s involvement doesn’t end at providing backhoes and excavators, however. Countless volunteers have put in thousands of hours sprucing up the landscapes, building playgrounds and in one case even donating and hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for the families. Employees have also raised more than $30,000 in donated funds through events such as customer golf and fishing outings.

“It’s really our employees, stepping up to make a difference by volunteering at their local Fisher Houses, or other great causes in the community, who are the face of giving back at United Rentals,” said Rule.

Service to Employment Program

United Rentals partnered with Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS) in 2013 to create our Service to Employment Program (STEP). STEP is a unique work-study program to help veterans transition back into working life. It offers 10 weeks of in-class and hands-on training, where veterans learn technical and social skills, meet with our leaders and experience what it’s like to work at our branches. Apply for our STEP program. https://www.wforce.org/programs/service-technician-equipment-systems-1379

About United Rentals, Inc.

No cash to buy a bulldozer? No worries -- just lease one from United Rentals. The company considers itself the #1 commercial and construction equipment renter in the world, serving customers in the commercial, infrastructure, industrial, and residential sectors. It operates through a network of more than 970 locations in the US and Canada, and provides – more... 

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Headquarters
100 First Stamford Pl
Stamford, CT 06902
Revenue
$5bn to $10bn (CAD)
Employees
10,000+
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