When Ryan Brady decided to make the radical leap in leaving a small, fast-paced marketing agency to join Gartner’s content production team in Fort Myers one year ago, he was a little bit apprehensive, to say the least. Below, he is sharing why he decided to join our Content Production team as a writer and how he has grown with Gartner.
Don’t get me wrong — I was beyond excited to join a dynamic and rapidly growing global leader in research and advisory. Having already been familiar with Gartner’s breadth of research through the work I did in my previous position as creative writer for other consulting organizations, I knew this was the positive step I needed to advance in my career. I knew a well-established and well-respected organization such as Gartner would provide me with the opportunities and resources to help me take my skill set to the next edge and truly challenge myself. I was looking for an environment that would help me grow — and I knew I had found it.
But, could I adapt well to a corporate environment after having been so used to working remotely with a small, homegrown team for so many years? Would I just be one more employee, lost in a sea of new hires and cubicles? These were the questions I had bouncing around in my head as my first day at Gartner was rapidly approaching.
Now I’m going to explain to you why these concerns were quickly swept away in my very first month at Gartner. Here are four reasons I actually look forward to making the 40-minute commute from my home in Naples to the Fort Myers office every day
The people. Hands down, the people who make Gartner what it is and what we stand for is the No. 1 reason I love coming to work every day. Beyond our small (but quickly growing) content production family of writers and editors in Fort Myers, everyone down here is just so friendly. It’s a positive environment, full of smiling faces and open-minded individuals (hat tip to all you recruiters and HR folks reading this). It’s truly refreshing and fun to be able to walk to the cafeteria to refill my cup of fruit-infused water or the pantry for another cup of coffee and run into new and familiar faces. Whether it’s Ken from facilities, Laura from RES or Andrea from campus recruiting, catching up and learning from people from different parts of the organization is what really adds color to my workday and helps me feel jazzed and energized.
The work. Being one of two writers who support the Gartner for Marketers team of analysts, I get to work closely with some of the world’s most perceptive and forward-thinking marketing minds to help write must-have research read by marketing leaders around the globe. What can be better than that? The work is engaging, and every project I work on is truly its own “beast.” Being in an office setting allows me to turn to my neighboring writer and editor colleagues and bounce ideas off them or ask for their advice if I’m not quite sure how to navigate unfamiliar territory.
The opportunities. The opportunities at Gartner are vast, and like most things in life, you only get out what you put in. Working at Gartner has allowed me to do more and push myself further than I ever thought was possible. In just my one year here, I have taken on so many variant and unique tasks and responsibilities that have allowed me to grow — not just as a writer, but as a person as well. Even writing this blog post provides me a fun, new opportunity to make an impact outside of my normal responsibilities. I have a boss who respects and challenges me. I have a team that supports me and holds high expectations. And I have an environment filled with yet-to-be-explored opportunities and challenges. That alone is enough of a reason for me to come to work every day.
The purpose. In the corridor to the cafeteria in Fort Myers, there’s a message pasted on the wall that reads, “Our brand opens doors.” At first pass, this may seem like some cheesy corporate language (at least, that was my initial reaction). But the longer I’ve worked here, the more I’ve come to understand its meaning. Working at Gartner allows you to contribute to research and advisory services. We help direct the future course of global businesses, both big and small. But we don’t just help open doors for other brands. Working at Gartner helps open doors for our own career and personal development as well — as long as you’re willing to put in the effort to knock.
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