What did you work on yesterday?
I worked on Ridgeline’s new compensation structure which will give us a more mature way of making compensation decisions. The two most important outcomes are that we know we’re competitive externally, and we identify and fix any internal discrepancies. I also had my weekly standup meeting with the recruiting team where we review and strategize our open reqs; scheduled a start date with a candidate; and spoke with managers about a few candidates in the interview process.
How would you describe what you do at Ridgeline?
I oversee recruiting, compensation programs, and training and development at Ridgeline. I also dabble in Excel coaching to help out teammates with their data.
Why did you come to Ridgeline?
Before coming to Ridgeline I was at a large government contractor, running talent acquisition for a large portfolio of programs. I had lunch with a former colleague who had come over to Ridgeline and talked about how different it was. I toured the office and saw how different it was. Although we have government clients, we run a lot more like a tech company. Ridgeline is such an employee-centric place I just had to come over. This is the kind of place I wanted to be.
Why have you stayed at Ridgeline?
Ridgeline is the kind of place where you can seek as much challenge as you want. It’s very entrepreneurial where if you have a good idea, it’s easy to get buy-in and implement it. That goes for my area, which is a business support function, but it’s the same for individuals supporting our clients. There’s also a community feel to this place. It’s not uncommon for me to get into a conversation at one of our happy hours with a developer who wrote a program, an engineer who runs the infrastructure and a trainer who teaches our clients how to use it. A lot of innovation happens around the cold brew machine!
What advice would you give to someone considering working at Ridgeline? Why should they do it? Why should they not?
The one piece of advice I give to candidates is to know what kind of job they want. The candidates who do really well here want to be challenged intellectually and work in an environment that is a little unstructured. Candidates who are looking for a job where they’ll do the same thing every day would find the way we work a little too loose and iterative.
What kind of things do you enjoy outside of work?
I spend a lot of time hanging out with my wife and English Bulldog Culpepper. I also spend a lot of time mountain biking and road cycling. I get to enjoy these things a lot more now than I did in my last job. It’s still a really brisk pace at Ridgeline but it’s a lot more managed so it’s not so overwhelming.