A Palladium Energy Perspective

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GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE ... & Advance Your Career (Part 1 of 3)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I recently read that talent only goes so far...and that passion and hard work will help you succeed and go further in your career than you ever imagined. This really resonated with me as it has been my experience that passion and hard work really do pay off. But in addition to those things, I also know that you need to get out of your comfort zone OFTEN and do different things that make you more versatile, more visible and create value to advance your career.

Today I want to focus on becoming more versatile. There’s a couple ways to do this:

    1. Within your Function: Learn enough to be dangerous in all aspects of your core function be it finance, human resources, marketing, sales, operations, etc. For example, within my core function of marketing—there is strategy, research, communications, media planning, public relations and an entire host of channel expertise needed to round out the function. Earlier on in my career, I worked on not only understanding, but getting hands-on experience doing most everything within the marketing function (and I continue to do so as marketing evolves). You can be excellent at one thing – but being really good at many different things will make you more versatile within your core function, and a lot more valuable. Employers love this.
    2. Cross-functionally: Get ready to REALLY get out of your comfort zone. It’s intimidating to go outside of your core expertise. But, once you understand how other functions operate and how they impact the business, the more rounded and versatile you’ll be (and more value you will add to the business by having a 360 degree perspective). This doesn’t mean you get into everyone’s proverbial “sand-box” (still adhere to the black lines between functions), but you drive to understand the business fundamentals of each function, how they operate and their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Mentorship is key here…and this provides a perfect opportunity to find a mentor that is in a leadership position in a different function (start with the function you have the least experience with or is difficult for you to understand).
    Get out of your comfort zone & advance your career by being more versatile in your current function and across other functions. Palladium Energy is a technology and engineering company that develops portable power solutions for the world’s largest device brands across medical, military/government, industrial and commercial markets. We aspire to be an Employer of Choice…this includes giving our employees every opportunity to get involved and work on career-challenging /growing projects in a supportive environment.
    JOIN OUR TEAM TODAY. We are looking for talented electrical and mechanical engineers to help us further push innovation and we have other open positions as well at our corporate headquarters in the Chicagoland area.Stay tuned for part 2 focused around becoming more visible and part 3 around creating value.

--Rebecca Kritzman, Director, Strategy, Marketing & Communications

An Engineer's Perspective: What's it REALLY like to Work at Palladium

Friday, January 23, 2015

I lead talent management efforts at Palladium Energy. I talk with potential candidates (a lot of engineers—as we are always looking for talented people in this function) all day, every day. The question I get asked the most is: What is it REALLY like to work at Palladium? In order to answer this, I want to walk you through my personal job-seeking experience to share some best practices AND let you hear it from the horse’s mouth (well, an engineer’s mouth really) …

When I was looking for my next career move, I spent lots of time customizing my resume, networking and doing company research. I wanted to be ready when I landed an interview and made sure that I walked away with a clear idea of what would be waiting for me if received and accepted the job offer.

In order to be super prepared, one of the first things I asked myself was: Who do I know there? As you can imagine, having someone on “the inside” was extremely valuable in order to gain insight into the company, its culture and what it’s like day-in and day-out. This “inside” person was a current or ex-employee, a friend or relative, or anyone else who was in a position to have good information on what it was really like to be a part of the organization. Of course, I didn’t always have an “inside” person but when I did the information they provided was beyond insightful.

Consider me your “inside” person when it comes to answering: What is it REALLY like to work at Palladium? I put on my reporter hat (us HR types really do wear many different hats) to do a bit of snooping in our engineering department to get the real deal just for you. And don’t worry…you can thank me later!

Here is some verbatim feedback from Palladium’s own engineering team…

“It’s pretty cool to do “hard core” custom design work and own it from concept to production.”

“We get to work on a variety of projects across multiple markets (medical, military and consumer) and that’s huge as it broadens our skillset and expertise (we don’t work in silos!!!).”

”We are intentional about creating a vibrant culture where we REALLY do work as a team. You are never left out there to figure things out all by your lonesome.”

“We are a talented and fun group (we work in a secluded engineering and technology center that has a relaxed, but energetic and innovation-focused atmosphere) that works hard to give our customers what they want to give them the competitive edge to power their devices.”

Well, there you have it…working at Palladium in the engineering department is centered around working with a great team that’s willing to support you while you work on a variety of power solutions to deepen your skillset that really makes a difference in the world! Not many folks are able to do that.

If you haven’t already, take a closer look at Palladium Energy. You can find our latest job openings here.

--Courtney Powell, Manager, Total Rewards and Talent Management

Our Brazil Facility Invests in the Community

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Every year, our Manaus facility is required to invest R&D funds to help push technology and innovation locally. This year, we partnered with a local organization, FPF Tech, to open a Computer Training Informatics (CTI) center in Manaus' New Israel neighborhood. Containing 15 computers and printers, CTI provides free job training for people with low income and social vulnerability.

Since the grand opening in June, over 250 students have graduated—already exceeding the 2014 goal! A huge success! We thank our Brazil team for their focus on giving back while manufacturing power solutions for the world's largest OEMs and contract manufacturers.

"By supporting the training center, we favor education and training as being pillars for people’s future success. It enhances the positive relationship we have with our neighbors and employees, as they too will be able to enjoy the courses offered.” –Bob Murayama, Director, Brazil Operations





































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