Fake Santa. Real Job.by Amanda Yang
As I write this welcome blog sitting on Santa’s lap, I am realizing that Christmas is over. This isn’t Santa. It’s a guy with a beard. I’m in Brooklyn. Everyone has a beard. Let me tell you the story of how I came to be here:
It was a dark and stormy night, as it usually is in Chicago in November, I was sitting in my parents’ windowless and unfinished basement drinking a Dark and Stormy listening to Tamara fighting on “The Real Housewives of Orange County”, while my very cute cats smelled my feet.
Today, the cats were particularly interested in my feet. It was a rough day at my old office. It was also the day that Andrew Tully gave me the call to let me know I got the job to come on board the Analytics Team. Little did Tully know that, prior to his call, it was a previously poopy day; you see: the toilets at my old office had overflowed from the sixth floor to the first, and the smell let us know it was time to go. I headed out early, dredging my way through the muck and out the revolving doors. Surely, this was a divine sign, a symbol that sealed my decision to accept Tully’s offer to move to Brooklyn and live out my dreams. The job sounded challenging, fast paced and exciting, and (almost equally as important) it was a geo-strategic move that would get me one step closer to getting an Instagram picture of Al Roker holding me like a baby.
One month into it, every single day has been full of fist pumping jams and booty banging beats that only make you want to work harder. The eleventh floor loft is full of smiling and quick-witted creatives with all kinds of cool art-math-science skills that come together as one bountiful cornucopia of grains, fruits and vegetables that make for a very fulfilling work environment. I feel very #blessed and happy to be here sitting along side the coolest coworkers I’ve ever had. Working here is amazing for a lot of reasons, but I think the greatest thing is working hard on a lot of fun projects, learning a lot, and knowing that you’re making a difference with your team. As the ball drops and brings us into 2015, I can’t wait to see what adventures our team hustles our way through this year.
Amanda joins us from the Sears Holdings Corporation as our new Sr. Analyst.