Less than a year ago, I walked across the stage at my college graduation ceremony and subsequently entered the workforce. This moment was exciting, but as many other recent grads know, it was also accompanied by the fear of the unknown. What would I do next, and how would I make the right choice? Once I began my job search, I was overwhelmed by how many different routes I could take: private sector or public sector? Large or small company? San Francisco or Washington D.C.?
Three notebooks full of notes later, I began to narrow down the pool of companies I was considering to those who had a positive and collaborative company culture, placed a high value on continuous learning, and took on challenging but rewarding work. Looking back, it comes as no surprise that pMD became my top choice.
Before beginning the interview process at pMD, I did my homework and read that the interviews were very comprehensive and intense. Since I’d had quite a few interviews in the past for internships and fellowships, I felt I had a good grasp on what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised (and
exhausted) at the end of my first interview.
The interviewers wanted to understand who I was and what I felt passionately about before beginning to discuss anything work-related. I appreciated that the interview was much more of a conversation, rather
than a barrage of the same cookie-cutter questions that every interviewee before me had already answered. I also had plenty of opportunities to ask questions about each interviewer’s own experiences and why they chose pMD. What I appreciated about this was that, while each person had their own professional journey, all of their answers revolved around a similar theme: a desire to work in a driven, mission-based company.
Once I progressed to the in-person interview, I became even more excited at the prospect of working at pMD. First, I was provided breakfast -- anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with breakfast foods. Secondly, I had the opportunity to talk during that breakfast with many members of the team, not just my interviewers. I also felt a sense of community between the pMD team; they genuinely enjoyed each other’s company and were excited to add new members to the team (rather than begrudgingly add a newbie to the office). The warm welcome and sense of purpose I felt from each team member were some of the main reasons that I was thrilled to accept an offer from pMD.
During my pMD onboarding, colloquially referred to as “bootcamp,” I immediately noticed the pace and drive of the team. Not only do pMDers give their best effort on their individual responsibilities, but they
also contribute to cross-departmental projects and the overall customer experience. Because of this, it was apparent to me that pMD employees are extremely versatile and every day is a learning opportunity.
Forget online modules on the first day -- at pMD, new employees are engaged in hands-on tasks that teach important skills, which continue to develop throughout their career at pMD. I also worked on projects during bootcamp that incorporated team members from each department, not just those in my department of operations!
As someone who previously had little exposure to software, I was almost giddy with the opportunity to learn something new that I will build upon for the rest of my career. My manager listened to my feedback during our weekly meetings and tailored my projects to both suit my passions and make me a stronger contributor to the pMD team. To this day, my favorite aspect of pMD is that there is always more to learn, more to achieve, and new avenues to explore!