What’s it like to work in a Top 50 Best Places to Work company (Inc Magazine 2016)? We interviewed Millennials at SimVentions, about 40 miles south of Washington DC.
Adam describes his work in HR as “taking care of our people,” whether it’s their benefits, administration, or hiring.
Although Adam VanderWijst has the stuffy job title of Human Resources Generalist, his job is anything but stuffy. Adam describes his work in HR as “taking care of our people,” whether it’s their benefits, administration, or hiring. In order to take care of people Adam is dedicated to the culture of the organization. He laments the fact that, “most companies do not place emphasis on culture.” In contrast, SimVentions has set up a culture team—of which Adam is an active member—where employees meet monthly with a set agenda and action items. The culture team places value on maintaining the same company environment that exists in smaller companies (think 10-20 people). Adam describes the SimVentions culture as a “tight knit fabric.”
From his very first day on the job, Adam felt the familial culture. “On my first day, I was introduced to everybody.” Says Adam. “It’s not just: ‘Here’s where you sit.’ ” After that successful first day, Adam has made it his mission to replicate this experience, making sure newly hired employees feel this warm welcome. This culture also extends beyond the SimVentions employee; contractors and customers form real relationships as well.
When asked about Adam’s favorite day on the job, he smiles and says, “Everyday is a blessing. There’s a great workforce here.” The familiar goal to ‘enjoy what you do’ is evident here. Adam is excited to go to work and wakes up each morning feeling ready for a new day. The work itself is fun, but Adam really enjoys the relationships being cultivated with coworkers and customers.
When asked about other hobbies, he says, “I like being outdoors, being active.” When they can, Adam and his wife go for walks and long hikes. Although their new son takes up a majority of his time, he’s happy to have one more person to take care of.