Director of Projects
“We allow flexible schedules to accommodate work-life balance. If you have to work a little less today and make it up tomorrow, that’s fine. As long as your work gets done and you are generally available, we are pretty flexible with any situation that may arise.”
Tell us more about your job. What are you responsible for in your role, and what’s a typical day like?
My main goal at Susco is to lead a diverse portfolio of software development projects. My day starts with a company stand-up meeting, where I get to see all of my coworkers together. After that, I usually clear my inbox as much as I can and prepare for my first meeting of the day. I will be anywhere from 50% to 100% occupied with meetings in a given work day, but that’s what it takes to coordinate with so many people. It’s also important for me to take care of any action items I may have and check out my project portfolio exception reports for things that may not be quite right. Then I would follow up with the responsible parties to try to get the project back on track.
What attracted you to work at Susco? How did you know it would be a good fit?
I knew Susco would be a good fit during the interview process. I had three rounds of interviews that lasted about 12 hours total (it may have even been 18 hours). I saw how important it was to our CEO Neel Sus to hire the right person, and he made sure that was me. I thought it a bit much at the time, but soon I realized how integral and necessary it was.
Tell us about when you’ve felt most proud of your work or colleagues.
I think the most proud I have been is the year we grew to a team of 18 employees. When I started, we were six employees and working long hours each day to succeed. To look at how far we have come and how many lives we have enriched makes me proud of what we have done over the six years I have been at Susco.
What do you value most about your company’s or team’s culture? What sets it apart from other places you’ve worked?
The thing I value most is our determination and refusal to quit. This translates into many good qualities, but the fact that I know I can depend on all of my coworkers certainly sets this place apart from other places I have worked. We are also very honest with each other, and while it is rare for someone to “toss something over the fence” to make it your problem, when it does happen, we can have these types of conversations with each other to improve.
How does working at this company allow you to have a work-life balance?
We work hard, but we also know we need to recharge. We value our employees’ time off and we allow flexible schedules to accommodate work-life balance. If you have to work a little less today and make it up tomorrow, that’s fine. As long as your work gets done and you are generally available, we are pretty flexible with any situation that may arise. We know that life happens and we would never reprimand or fault someone who has to take care of a family or life emergency.
What advice do you have for someone in your field applying to jobs at your company?
I hope you like excitement! As I said before, we work hard and expect a lot from each other but that results in success and achieving our goals. Making custom software is not an easy job, but none of us would have gone into the industry if we wanted to do something easy. We like solving problems and we like doing it together. If that sounds like something that you want to do, send us your resume.