Special Series: Why I Work Here by Stephanie Smelewski
“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” – Aldous Huxley
The chase of challenge is an art that never ends at Paradigm Sample, one of the reasons why I love to work here. “How can we take it to the next level?” is a question we are constantly asking ourselves in the Paradigm Innovation Labs.
Back in 2018 after I had graduated college and was trying to find my way out of the Air Traffic Control route I had so hastily chosen, I found myself searching for a role that checked a seemingly impossible set of boxes: challenging, accountability for your own actions, “outside of the box” thinking cap and self-starter energy required, all while trying to bridge into a software/product-centric role. I interviewed with my now boss, Steve Danziger, and everything seemed to fall into place at a company that constantly pushes and emboldens me to grow.
Why do I work here? I am surrounded by frolleagues and industry experts who love to work as hard as they play. Communication and transparency are key, a mantra that never has to be repeated.
Why do I work here? I am immersed in a company culture that encourages me to have interests and hobbies outside of the office and focus on my personal development and mental health when needed. I am provided the tools needed to keep up with industry knowledge and encouraged to learn new skills, take classes, and prioritize education.
Why do I work here? I am given the space I need to be my most productive and successful self. This carefully cultivated environment ensures that those who work smarter and harder are rewarded, with smarter as the gold standard for success. I am provided with a blank slate and trusted to fill this with the actions needed to take Paradigm to that next level. My voice is never covered by those who outrank me, but instead nurtured, refined, and bolstered.
Why do I work here? I don’t know, you tell me.