Why Dana joined Lending Club, or, four things you should look for when you make your next move
Hi, I’m Dana Burns, head of recruiting for Lending Club. In our new blog category, Career Currency, we’re going to talk about jobs and how to get them, careers and how to manage them, company culture, and all things work related. We hope our thoughts are helpful to you and welcome your feedback!
In Silicon Valley there are a lot of companies that are innovating and changing the way we live and work in the world. With a wealth of opportunities and endless demand for talent, it can be difficult to decide if and when it’s the right time to make your next career move. When I meet job seekers today and reflect back on why I joined Lending Club, I find that I based my decision on four principles that I think any job seeker should consider when deciding whether to make a move.
Money might pay the bills, but working toward a meaningful mission will give you a richer experience and motivation to do your best work. Lending Club’s mission — to transform the banking industry – is what first attracted me to the company. Lending Club is changing the world and creating opportunities for its customers and employees, and I was thrilled to have a role in contributing to that mission.
Passionate People and Talented Teams
Lending Club’s mission and business model sounded promising, but meeting the team sealed the deal on my decision to take the position as Head of Recruiting. Impressed by the intelligence, drive, engagement and energy of everyone I met with, I knew growing a team of like-minded and talented people would be the perfect role for me. Find a company whose people and energy can keep you inspired and motivated to produce your best work every day.
Company Culture, Energy and Environment
The typical job entails working five days a week for 8+ hours, so finding the right company culture that fits your vibe is important. Ask yourself – what kind of energy and environment do you need to be in to produce your best work? Do I enjoy silence of my own office or the liveliness of sitting alongside my team members in an open office space? For example, Lending Club’s office space reflects our conviction that collaboration fuels innovation, and is loaded with collaborative workspaces and areas to promote a social lifestyle including game rooms, a mini golf course and café with a barista. But if your ideal is a super quiet cubicle with tall walls, it may not be the right choice for you.
Opportunities and Ownership
You’ve heard the phrase “a rising tide lifts all boats?” That’s true for companies too. A company that’s growing quickly offers more opportunities for new challenges and growth. Having the opportunity to learn new skills keeps things fresh and having ownership over specific projects makes every team member feel like they can have a real impact on the business. Lending Club has grown from about 150 employees to almost 500 in a year. That kind of growth opens up lots of opportunities for our team members to explore new areas, develop new skills, and move up.
This is just the first post in our series about careers, finding a job right for you and Lending Club’s company culture. Please feel free to leave a comment or if you are interested in a position at Lending Club please apply online or email us at email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 8:55 am