For most of my career I have worked in a corporate setting. As an Account Executive in the past, I was one of at least 300 other representatives scattered across the US. I wasn’t completely enamored with any one position, and I kept thinking that if I took a different job with a different giant company I would find the missing link. What took me 7 years to figure out was that I had to make a true change. I decided to take a leap of faith and come to Terakeet, a small local company doing big things. Here’s what I learned when I finally threw in the corporate towel:
You gain accessibility
When I was a pharmaceutical rep, I didn’t have access to our Regional Manager, let alone our President. If I had a question, I could call my district manager or maybe a more veteran sales rep. But my road-warrior position kept me moving on my own, with little time to really get to know any of these people, let alone start up a work-related conversation with them. At Terakeet, even the newest strategists have access to our CTO to talk about a new idea at any time. If you’ve been here 6 weeks or 6 years, you can ask to sit in on just about any sales call you want. Is there a Director whose position interests you? No problem — just ask them to meet you at Starbucks and talk about it. The ability to have so much access to anyone at any level of the company creates an open environment for learning and communication, one that is seldom found in the traditional business world.
You can choose your own destiny
Here, you can choose any direction you’d like to go in that interest you. You aren’t limited to the position or even the department you were hired into. Maybe 6 months after succeeding as a Brand Strategist, you decide you’re interested in Analytics. Or, maybe your supervisor notices your excellent writing skills and asks if you’ve ever thought about joining the Content Team. Whatever you decide, there will be someone you can count on to help guide you on the path that suits both you and the company best. It’s this freedom, the kind of freedom I could have only dreamed of in the past, that sets Terakeet apart from most other companies.
Your ideas are heard
Many of the ideas you have when you’re working at a big business end up staying just that — ideas. There is rarely an opportunity to put them into action. But here, even as an Account Executive, if I have an idea for a great fashion-forward outreach tactic, it can be made a reality. With a homegrown company like ours, the ability to make a direct impact on the end product happens every day. It’s empowering to know that your idea could develop into something that positively influences multiple clients and facets of the company.
Your work doesn’t go unnoticed
I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a company that regularly acknowledges when you’re doing a great job. It was easy for me to feel like the work I did in my previous positions went unnoticed. The big wins never felt as big once I shared them, and it always felt like someone was asking, “But what have you done for me lately?” The small gesture of recognizing and positively reinforcing the good work of your team members goes a long way in boosting their morale. It’s refreshing to be in a working environment where that acknowledgement is not only encouraged, but mandatory.
You’re working with people like you
I was pushed into the working world immediately after college graduation. While I was one of the lucky few that got to start my career early, I was by far the youngest person in my office. This gave me some great people to learn from, but no one really relatable. I often had no office coworkers, or even an office at all. My office was my car, and my coworkers were my clients. I hadn’t really thought too much about it at the time, but now, I can’t tell you what a difference it makes to be surrounded on a daily basis with people who are just like you: millenials, Syracuse natives, first-time moms, fellow alumni and lovers of Dinosaur BBQ. The fact that we can talk about growing up in Syracuse, or attending the same college or maybe living in the same neighborhood, really promotes a sense of unity and, most importantly, accountability to one another. It’s the strong relationships we’re building that will help make us successful, reminding us that we’re all in this together.
It’s fun to come to work
Having a job I dreaded going to each day was a draining, negative experience, and I knew I wasn’t the only one in this position. Was I ever going to wake up on a Monday and not check my calendar to see how many sick days I had left before even hitting the snooze button?
Every job comes with good days and bad days, and I can’t say that every Monday morning 6 a.m. alarm sounds like a choir of angels to me now, but the ever-changing environment and autonomy of my job here at Terakeet makes all the difference. I like interacting with my coworkers, and my clients as well. I’m surrounded by visionaries; they’re identifying problems and coming up with creative, original solutions to them. Every week is inspiring here. Each day presents a new challenge to overcome together, with new learning experiences and chances to take ownership of my work. For me, that’s worth getting up for.