Speaking From Experience… Our Employees and Leaders Spill their Secrets
It’s not very often you learn exactly what to do when you start a new job. Luckily, Perficient is known to have outstandingly friendly and supportive team members strategically activated to help employees succeed, both at the start of their Perficient career and moving throughout it.
The most direct and action-oriented advice is below. Take notes. This is your guide to success.
While many people know about Perficient and what we do, to fully comprehend our vast range of services is to experience it. To impress your director or manager, be prepared to excel at these checkpoints:
- By the end of this week, your first week will be counted as a success if you can say that you know more about Perficient (who we are as a company, what we do in the market, etc) than you did when you started.
- By the end of the second week, your week will be counted as a success if you can explain how your role fits into the big picture at Perficient.
LEADERSHIP TIP: This conversation takes the pressure off for them to absorb every piece of information that will be thrown at them in the first two weeks.
8 Tips for Starting a New Job at Perficient
1. Understand Your Expectations
“Understand Your Expectations: Expect to Succeed, and Expect to Fail. Expect to try and Expect to try again. Expect to ask for help, and Expect to be asked for help. Expect to learn and Expect to teach. Expect change and Expect to adapt. Expect opportunity to grow and Expect growth around you. Expect exceptional and Expect to be exceptional.” — Ben Corse, Technical Consultant
2. Make a Plan
“Be ready for anything! With that said, be an active listener, ask questions, engage with every colleague you meet, take notes, schedule a regular check-in meeting with your supervisor (ask for feedback) and lay out a plan of short term milestones to achieve in your first 30-60-90 days. Most of all be present with your positive attitude and have fun learning the ropes.” — Frances Christensen, HR Manager
3. Go All In
“Embrace our culture and vision.” — Mark Modesitt, Sr. Recruiting Specialist (see below)
4. Be Proactive
“Be confident, ask questions, bring up ideas, and don’t give up. Be a team player. If you’re a manager or leading a team of folks, praise people as soon as possible, let people know how it helps when they do something right. Show them how you have confidence in them and support their success. Don’t wait for work to come to you go find it. Keep smiling life is easy we make it hard on ourselves.” — Dani Aoude, Delivery Director
5. Communication is Key
“Communicate! Because we have so many moving parts, we make sure to not assume a task is being handled by someone else or wait on a colleague to initiate the next step. By communicating with them directly and making it visible to the entire team, everyone is on the same page about what the current status of a project is. We also make sure to keep everyone informed by sending regular updates to everyone. The more everyone on the team knows, the smoother the project goes!” — Matthew Dickerman, Marketing Coordinator
6. Come Prepared
“You’re going to be overwhelmed because there is a lot to learn. Be ready to connect the dots and know who is aligned to who. It’s a lot of learning, and when you join a new team as a manager, there’s a lot of finesse you have to exhibit and personalities to learn. But I’m glad a made the decision to come here and it is the right place for me.” — Tanya Stewart, Manager Talent Acquisition, Corporate Talent Acquisition
7. Do the Right Thing
“When in doubt, just do what is right for the client and – more importantly – for their customer Every single new hire I’ve met.” — Jim Hertzfeld, Principal, Digital Experience
8. Be Ready to Learn
“Keep a notebook and pen handy! You’ll be taking a lot of notes because there is so much to learn about your position at Perficient.” — Kaleigh Schniepp, HR Reporting Specialist
With all these tips, you should have a clear understanding of what the foundation for success looks like at Perficient. It’s up to you to fill in the details and make your role within Perficient (and the world) all it can be.
The Perficient Playbook is a series for anyone seeking success told straight from the stories of our employees. Perficient is known for having the best and brightest industry leaders on our teams. We treasure talent, embrace effort, and reward results. We cultivate a culture that challenges and champions great people.
At Perficient, we continually look for ways to champion and challenge our talented workforce with interesting projects for high-profile clients, encourage personal and professional growth through training and mentoring, and celebrate our people-oriented culture and the innovative ways they serve Perficient and the community.