Q: What you do for SOAR clients?
A: I am currently part of a team helping the client organization focus on architecture and business transformation efforts. I have been engaged in a variety of activities from process definition to technical planning guidance where my daily tasks include reviewing existing products, preparing draft products, and coordinating between stakeholders.
Otherwise, I was heavily involved in setting up several of the SOAR backend systems/processes when the company originally stood up, so I am still involved in review and oversight of many aspects of those efforts including bill payment, 401K funding and management, taxes, and coordination with the IT service provider.
Q: What do you like best about working at SOAR?
A: Other than the fact that my wife owns the company? Though, I know that can be a plus and a minus. I am most pleased with the fact that we don’t have the administrative overhead of larger companies. For example, I know that if anyone in the company wanted to make a change to the Employee Handbook that they would be offered the chance to propose a change and help justify the need that would be satisfied by the change. Other than this handbook, SOAR Management Consulting is a rather lean organization with the benefits of a large company.
Q: How is your experience here at SOAR different?
A: In the case of SOAR, not only does my work provide value to the client, but I am responsible for helping run the company. This is very similar to prior positions where I was responsible for business development and team management, but now I have the opportunity to influence a lot more of the benefits we offer employees. It has been very rewarding to have leadership discussions about what the employees’ value is and how SOAR can offer a benefit that fits their value definition.
Q: What would you say to someone who feels like they’re stuck in a job they don’t feel is meaningful to them?
A: As for anyone who feels they are stuck in a job they don’t like, it is always better to start having conversations sooner than later. Just know “who” you are talking to. Complaining to co-workers on a Task Order where you work might get you an opportunity to apply for a job elsewhere, but it may also get shared with individuals who have the ability to get you relieved from the current Task Order without concern for where you will work next.
Q: What’s your favorite part of working with your teammates?
A: I enjoy the virtual communications that we have at SOAR and our ability to joke and relate to each other without “sitting in the same room.” Not everyone feels they have the time for this activity and/or prefer more of the face-to-face interactions, but for me it offers the chance to stay involved in these team interactions at my own pace.
Q: Why would you recommend that a prospective candidate consider working for SOAR?
A: I believe that if you get through the interview and hiring process with SOAR you will be a good fit. We are looking for people that want to make a professional difference, but are also involved in their community. If you are someone who steps up to help your local youth sports team, church, or Home Owners Association (HOA) then you are someone that will fit right in at SOAR!