In this latest installment of our ongoing blog series, Faces of FPX, we sit down with Jodi Anderson, Director of Human Resources and Facilities.
Let’s start with how you came to work at FPX.
I started with the company in 1990, but I didn’t begin my career at FPX in Human Resources. After graduating college, I joined the company as an Executive Assistant. Although it wasn’t my dream position, I knew that I wanted to work with the company and was willing to see what opportunities presented themselves.
As it turned out, it led to all types of new opportunities. I’ve held a variety of positions over the years, including: Project Coordination, Account Director, Sales and Marketing Administrator, Sales Operations Manager, Product Planning and I eventually made the move to HR.
That’s quite a run with one company! What’s kept you excited about coming to work at FPX throughout your career?
Yes, it’s definitely not the norm to stay with one company for 27 years. As mentioned, I’ve held a variety of different positions and I think that has motivated me as I address new challenges and work with new people across the company.
I also think the people, the leadership, the direction the company is headed...there’s always something new on the horizon, all those things come together to make this a great place to work — but for me it always comes back to the great people we have working here.
What’s it like working in HR for a tech company like FPX?
I don’t think “typical” really exists for me. I can come in with a plan for the day, but most of the time that changes immediately. Any given day I can be interviewing job candidates or handling employee relations, benefits administration, job postings and descriptions; I also work in the facilities side of things as well. You really have to be open to new ideas and adopt a jack-of-all-trades mentality in this position.
You’re involved with the interview and hiring process. What do you look for in potential FPX employees?
We’re always looking for smart people. Not just book or industry smarts, but I believe that having street smarts is really important as well. We want well-rounded people who are excited to join a growing company in a fast-paced industry. Our company has grown quickly over the past year and I think we’ve done a great job of hiring people who are a good fit with the company and the culture.
I routinely talk with employees, both new hires and those who have been here for many years, and they often talk about how they enjoy collaborating with their coworkers, the vision of the product, the excitement of the market, and the opportunity to help businesses be successful.
Working on the Facilities side of things, you get to experience our different offices somewhat regularly. What can you tell us about the culture of the different FPX offices?
It’s been exciting to be a part of the growth and expansion of the company. I wish I could spend more time at all of our offices, but most of my time is divided between the Mankato office and the Minneapolis office.
The tenure of the employees is probably the biggest differentiator as a lot of the Mankato employees have been with the company for many years. In a sense, we have grown up together; we’ve graduated college, experienced marriages, kids, everything life has to offer. It’s a really unique experience. I hope the same happens at the Minneapolis, Dallas, and European offices as we continue to grow.
What keeps you busy when you’re not working with us in the office?
My family, my kids, the activities that keep them busy also keep me busy. I also enjoy those brief moments of quiet that don’t seem to come around often enough.
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