Pros: freedom to manage my workload and schedule, ability to apply bilingual skills, positive work environment; great location.
Cons: limited ability to work remotel, google office products, was not able to travel to quebec, or the atlantic provinces for any of my projects.
SDM provided daily challenges from a multitasking perspective. Working on projects in other provinces meant constantly reaching out to other team members and vendors to ensure that the project timeline was respected; and to reschedule priority tasks, when necessary.
Moving into the role of Bilingual IT Project Coordinator allowed me to apply knowledge – more... gained in my previous support role to the best effect when scheduling the installation, move, addition or change of any IT related equipment. It also provided an avenue to learn about Project Management; and build the necessary skills to work toward PMP certification.
The corporate culture at SDM is such that from the top down, management and co-workers promote a positive work environment. The people I knew and worked with appreciate hard work, dedication, a willingness to learn and the ability to back each other up whenever needed. I developed a familial bond with many people throughout the company. (Including in other provinces)
The most difficult part of my time at SDM was when they made the decision to switch from Microsoft Office products to Google's Gmail and Office products, which are not very conducive to a large business/office environment. Using the Google product meant automatically adding several steps to tasks that we had honed down as a team to their most efficient processes. In short, we went from being very efficient, to being as efficient as frustratingly possible with extremely inefficient tools.
Working with people would have to be the most enjoyable part of the job. Whether on the phone with someone in another province, or with other team members, or with people from other departments. It was extremely rewarding to share experiences with such wonderful people on both a professional and personal level.
At the end of my contract, my co-workers/friends all pitched in to buy my a propane BBQ; and many of them took me out to farewell dinner parties, as well as the cake party at the office. Truly wonderful people! – less