Careers, Company, Marketing Musings
To celebrate being named one of the top 20 companies in Seattle Met magazine’s “The Best Places to Work…and Play” in Seattle, we thought it would be fun to do a little Q&A with our longest-term employee (our first employee) and our most recent hire (just in week three). So we asked Erica Hansen, Customer Engagement Marketing Division Director, and John Meaker, Marketing Campaign Desk Coordinator, the same questions.
Erica Hansen, Director of Customer Engagement
John Meaker, Marketing Campaign Desk Coordinator
How long have you worked at Projectline?
Erica Hansen: 6 fabulous years!!
John Meaker: On week 3!
What is your title and what do you do?
E.H. Customer Engagement Director. I have the pleasure of working on a variety of things associated with our Customer Engagement Marketing Practice-working daily with our awesome consultants, advising our clients, bringing in new business, and making every effort to keep livin’ the Projectline dream.
J. M. Campaign Desk Coordinator. As a Campaign Desk team member, I support a client marketing team that concentrates on Fortune 500 companies. Our support includes setup and tracking of their marketing campaigns so that they can effectively measure success.
What were your interviews like?
E.H. I met with Anika (co-owner) while at one of our client sites. I don’t remember our conversation, but I remember thinking that Anika was one of the savviest people I’d ever met. I was totally one of those people who wore a three piece (skirt) suit and was completely overdressed.
J.M. Interviews were always fun and friendly. I didn’t feel nervous, anxious, or stressed like I have Interviewing for other companies. They played out like long conversations about me, the company, and how those two might fit together, never an interrogation.
Why do you think you got the job?
E.H. I have no idea how I got the job…maybe the suit? Many people also know this story, but when I first met Mike Kichline (co-owner) he had been told I had a glass eye by a mutual friend of ours. He kept looking at me funny the whole time, trying to figure out which eye it was. (By the way, I don’t have one!)
J.M. I would like to think I was hired because of a combination of the right work experience and being a good personality fit with the team, but it probably also had a lot to do with being referred by another Projectliner and her following up with HR on my behalf.
How do you have a positive impact on your colleagues, our customers, and our community?
E.H. Great question! Colleagues: I think my colleagues have a positive impact on me. I love being in the presence of my co-workers-makes me happy! Customers: Probably accountability. Nothing puts a smile on your client’s face more than doing what you say you will. Community: Projectline volunteer events and donations to community organizations. Holding the monthly book club for Projectliners and FOPs (Friends of Projectline)! Increasing our collective marketing brainpower one book at a time.
J.M. I try to impact my colleagues by keeping an upbeat, humorous attitude and keeping a smile on my face. I am just beginning to impact our customers, as I have been mostly training so far. I try to stay green when possible by recycling and using mass transit. And I don’t J-walk.
What is one thing you know about Projectline that you think would be a surprise for others to learn?
E.H. Mike Kichline used to hand-deliver my paycheck to me in Redmond every payday.
J.M. I’m still just learning the basics; I don’t have any secret gems yet.
Why do you think we are one of the best companies to work for in the area?
E.H. Hands-down, the people are what make this place the most amazing. We have incredible leadership that starts with the owners and so many amazing benefits that keep us all happy-from an open work environment, green commuting benefits, soccer teams, book club, office snacks, office happy hour, incredible parties…. I could go on.
J.M. Because we don’t just care whether or not our colleagues do their jobs, we care whether they enjoy their jobs, and that trickles down into everything that happens here!