Are you interested in joining the Gartner team to make an impact with your work? Meet Angela Pierre, a Program Manager for Gartner’s Research Board, who works in our Fort Myers office. Below, she details how Gartner has helped her to grow professionally and personally.
My name is Angela Pierre, and I am proudly from Miami, FL. Before starting my career with Gartner, I was a grad student at the University of Florida pursuing a degree in business management. Communications and presenting have always been highlights for me, so I pursued communications and public relations in undergrad.
I first joined Gartner when the campus recruiting team visited the University of Florida’s campus. The team took the time to speak with me and several other students about the different roles Gartner had to offer recent graduates. They gave me great information, including what type of company Gartner is and how I could fit into the big picture as an individual contributor. Although I could not fully comprehend everything Gartner did at the time, I knew I wanted to be a part of something great. As I learned more about the company, I noticed the stark difference between Gartner’s newly hired employees and many of my classmates and friends who recently graduated and had all kinds of awful stories about life after college. However, everyone who was awesome enough to work for Gartner loved their company, team and job. From there, Gartner’s campus recruiting made that possible. Even though I did not have a tech background or advanced computer skills beyond PowerPoint, I still felt comfortable applying skills I had learned in completing my business degree. However, there are some traits and values that just cannot be taught, so I am glad Gartner takes that into account, regardless of your background and experience.
I started at Gartner as an Associate Client Partner in the services groups. Being a Client Partner gave me a critical foundation to truly be successful at Gartner because I learned about and actually executed what we do for our clients. Thankfully, I was fortunate enough to be awarded an all-expense paid trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico. Then, after a challenging but rewarding 3 years, I moved into the premium services client-facing group. I became one of the very first Team Client Managers and possibly the youngest at the time. Within just three years that organization went from 10 to 180 associates. From there, I decided to look for a change and add to my skill set. All of my client services experience positioned me for a promotion to Program Manager, where I now manage the Consult the Board program with Gartner’s Research Board. Six years ago, I have had the pleasure to work with professionals from all levels of IT. Today, I work with large complex organizations with global leaders like Coca Cola, P&G and Nestle.
Do I love my job at Gartner? My answer is yes. I have been given the opportunity to stand before some of the most brilliant minds in the industry and am in a position to actually help them be successful. Everything we do can always be tied back to the client’s success and not our own selfish goals, which is what I respect and love about my job. Whether I am traveling abroad or meeting a client up the road, the client and corporate relationships I have had the pleasure of developing are a privilege to have.
In addition to loving the day-to-day of my role, Gartner has allowed for me to be both a professional and a person. Many of my colleagues know about my passion for the arts and entertainment. Throughout my career here, the work-life balance offered to associates has allowed me to act in a play, sing in a tribute show, perform with a live band and travel. My second life as a singer and actress would not be possible many other places. Gartner has allowed me to be who I am, and has actually supported me in doing so.]
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