Today is a cool day. It marks 8 years with my company. I worked for a civil engineering consulting firm for my first year and ten months after I graduated from NC State. I figured out that consulting and sitting in an office all day wasn't for me so I started looking in December 2006 and found this job in February 2007. I started working April 29th after I wrapped projects up at my old gig.
So now I work for a small commercial developer that develops the most square feet annually among other Charlotte developers. The funny thing is - we do nothing in Charlotte. As you all know, I'm on the road often. But when I'm not, I walk this hallway to the stairs or elevator and go up to our floor.
Some fun things:
1. The company is run by father and son and the father is in his 80's but still comes in every day. He's SO sweet.
2. I've worked here longer than I've known Kevin which is super crazy. I met him in November 2007.
3. I lived in Southpark (Phillips Place to be exact) when I first started working here.
4. My coworkers aren't coworkers, they're family. We don't have any of that silly petty stuff go on at our office. We genuinely like being with each other. It is a good thing since we travel together often. We do dinners with our spouses in Charlotte and our boss takes us on trips for fun (been to Vegas, New Orleans, Bahamas) - no work, all play. I love that Kevin knows all my coworkers well and I know all of their spouses well.
5. I've gotten SO many awesome experiences from working here. Insane dinners, seeing places I never would have and holding a famous trophy that I can't talk about!
6. Some people dread work - this isn't work to me. I love it! I love the people we do business with, I love going to my office and seeing people and I love what I do (most days ha!).
7. I feel fortunate to work with GOOD people. Our mission is faith based and prayer begins every corporate meeting and company social event.
8. Last one for 8 years - they have truly been incredibly accommodating to me the entire time I've been here, but especially with being pregnant. They have no idea how you do not find employers any more (or very rarely) that say - go and do what you need to do with appointments. Or if you aren't feeling good, go work from home. Or if you need to pick that baby up from day care - go and do it, you don't have to tell us. Truly family oriented and I couldn't be more thankful for that as I move to this new phase in life.
So here's to 8 years today and many more!!!!