Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Lake Oswego, OR – August 21, 2014
Pros: free parking, short commute, good benefits
Cons: no room for growth, small wage increases
My previous employer was an enjoyable place to work at that had a friendly environment, a great work/life balance, and was easy to get to. An average day began a little before 8am and ended at 5pm, with an hour long lunch break at noon. Depending on the time of year I would also work longer hours and on Saturday. I had many tasks including answering phones, greeting and directing clients, spreadsheet management, data entry, and tracking tax returns. This position helped me to better manage my time, stay calm during deadlines, and to communicate more clearly to my fellow employees and clients. My coworkers were all hard working, and when one of us needed assistance someone was there to help. When one of us went on vacation or was sick an effort was made to equally distribute duties so that no one person had to cover all of the work. My manager set a great example by being easy to talk to, open to suggestions, and worked the longest hours out of my department. I admired them greatly, and because of their example I feel my abilities improved. The hardest part about my position was that I was always in the spotlight. When dealing with a rude client or fellow employee I had to keep calm and have a smile on my face. I couldn't hide in a cubicle, or turn off my phone, but ultimately not being able to hide from unpleasant experiences helped me to be better prepared for them and not become flustered at the first sign of trouble. My coworkers were the best part of my job, not just in my administration department, but in the company as a whole. Despite the difficulties of the job the people I worked with were wonderful, and I am happy to say a few still keep in touch with me since my departure. They were a great source of support, and were always there in a pinch.