Collaborative Solutions' blog series highlights amazing employees who exemplify the 'Collabie' way. Each month, a new hire who hit the ground running or a tenured high-performing employee will be featured to share about their experience working for Collaborative. From career paths to culture, get the inside scoop directly from those who bring the talent and fun every day, making us an award-winning workplace!
September Spotlight: Shannah Shamrakov
Title: Financials Associate Consultant
Location: Pleasanton, CA
Tenure: Since July 2019
Why did you choose Collaborative?I chose Collaborative for several reasons. Primarily, I found that my personal values aligned well with the company's values. Learning more about Collaborative's values and culture throughout my recruitment process solidified my belief that Collaborative truly cares about its employees. From that point on, I knew Collaborative Solutions would be an exciting place to start my career.
Tell us a little bit about your background!
I graduated from Boston University in May 2019 with a degree in Management Information Systems and Accounting. For a while, I thought I would get my CPA and work in public accounting, but then I realized that I wanted to take a different path. As such, I discovered that consulting and working with information systems was more for me. I am happy to be back home in the SF Bay Area and escaping the Boston winter!
What makes you enjoy the Associate Consultant program?
I really appreciate how supportive the environment is overall. A goal of mine has always been to improve my communication and presentation skills. Through the program, I've had various opportunities to hone these skills. Additionally, I have developed great relationships with the other Associate Consultants (ACs) in Pleasanton & still chat with everyone from my Financials cohort daily.
How has the program helped you grow as a person and in your career?
In my opinion, the five-week training program here in Pleasanton really helped set us up for success. Personally, I gained a lot of invaluable skills during this time, and by the end, I felt like I could comfortably be staffed on a project. Moreover, Collaborative has pushed me to continually broaden my horizons and enhance my skills. I am given the space and support necessary to thrive.
How have you been embraced into the culture of the company?
There have been several opportunities to meet Collabies in the Pleasanton office, such as Board Game Day, Tropical Thursdays, and Ice Cream Days! I have really enjoyed getting to know the ACs in Pleasanton, whether that be during our lunches & activities, or outside of work.
Why do you enjoy working here?
I enjoy working here because there is a great balance of work and play. I love that I can take a break and play ping pong or get Hot Pot for lunch with the Pleasanton ACs. I think Collaborative has done a great job of establishing a work environment that is both highly motivating and fun!
Which show are you currently watching?
I am re-watching Friends for the nth time :)
Shannah is a great example of the Collabie way! If you're interested in joining Team Collabie, check out our openings and apply by clicking the button below.