In today’s economy, we at Parts Town consider ourselves fortunate to be part of a thriving business. Chris Reynolds shares his thoughts on the subject:
Today I was reminded today of how fortunate I am to have the job that I do.
This coming weekend will mark my 5 year anniversary at Parts Town. I was hired January 15, 2007 and I was sporting blue hair. Yes, I said blue hair. Getting this job was one of the best things that could have happened to me. I finally found a place where I could be myself and actually enjoy my job.
I say this because a reality set in today. My mother called to tell me about how her company had laid off two entire departments in one fatal swoop. They let go 15 employees with no warning due to a failing market. Now, her company deals with airlines and sales. Granted it is not the same line of work that we do here at Parts Town, but it does put into perspective of how lucky I am, not only to have a job, but to have a job with a company that is flourishing in a struggling economy.
I am proud to be a part of the strides that Parts Town has taken in the last year alone, improving our productivity for our customers with our cutting-edge online tools and consistently planning for our future. All of us here have played a significant role in this innovation. It is one large puzzle that we all take part in piecing together.
Update: Chris is far from alone in his sentiment. Upon reading this blog, Kyle Slack was moved to share his own thoughts:
I too am proud to have a job at a great place like Parts Town. Just over a year ago, I moved to Chicago to take a job with another company; however, in December of 2010 I had an unfortunate accident and was left with a badly broken ankle/leg and could not work.
The whole time I was laid up, I believed I would have a job when I came back. Unfortunately, when I was fit to return to work I was told my employer was unable to fit me back in due to the economy. Little did I know how well this would work out for me.
In June, my friend Kat convinced me to apply at Parts Town, and I had an interview for a warehouse position. After the initial interview, I was asked back to interview for a position on the customer service team. They had the courage to take a chance with me and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve been able to join a GREAT family here at Parts Town, I’ve seen so many innovations in the way we’ve done business in just these 7 months, and I was even asked to be part of our new Wendy’s/Arby’s team. It is a great honor to be asked to assist with such an important new team and I look forward to more challenges and innovations in the future.
Thanks for the stories, guys. You’ve inspired me to share my own.
Five years ago, I worked in outbound sales for a company that was extremely results-driven. My work was measured in graphs and statistics, and my salary was augmented by commission designed to turn the relationship between myself and my coworkers into one of competition. I did not enjoy the work, but I believed it was the best I could do in a tough economy. Then, one day, I got a phone call from Parts Town.
From the first interview, I knew this was a different kind of place. In addition to the typical professional questions, I was asked about my favorite band, what I did for fun, what movies I liked, and what it had been like to spend four years living in Iowa (more exciting than you might assume). I was definitely rough around the edges, but management apparently saw something in me and decided to give me a shot.
In the four years I’ve spent here, Parts Town has helped me mature into a responsible professional without sacrificing my sense of fun. I’m extremely fortunate to find myself here, and I look forward to many more years.