- ROCK Culture
- January 2018
The heady heights of HR
Emily has been with RockIT for almost four years. In that time she’s seen the company grow rapidly and has experienced significant career progression. This is her story…
How long have you been working for RockIT?
I have been working here for 4 years next month.
How has the company changed since you first started?
When I started at RockIT in February 2014, there were 48 employees and just 4 years later, we are now at nearly 100 employees. I am sure you will agree that for a company to grow this much in such a small space of time is extraordinary and such an incredible achievement!
When I joined RockIT, I started in an entry level role as an Admin Assistant in the Admin Department. We were a small team of 3 and coming from a crazy call centre in Swansea, you could say I had a bit of a culture shock. Every company that I had previously worked in was the type of company where you couldn’t approach the CEO or Directors, RockIT wasn’t like that at all and still isn’t today. I can remember my first day – I was taken around the building for a tour, I was so nervous (I was shaking) and I prayed everyone would like me! I didn’t need to be nervous at all, everyone was so friendly, kind and treated me as part of the family - I instantly felt at home.
After 18 months of working in Admin, our CEO wanted to start an HR Team – this was my chance and I grabbed it with both hands! After working in an HR role a few years earlier, I felt this would suit me perfectly and I was given a chance and started as an HR Assistant in October 2015. After proving myself and dedicating my time to complete an HR qualification, in March 2017 I progressed to an HR Officer role and just recently I was provided with an even more amazing opportunity to prove myself in a more senior level role and become a Senior HR Officer.
What has been one of your highlights?
I have 2, I couldn’t pick one!
- One of my highlights has been successfully completing my college course in order for me to become a member of the CIPD (The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development). This has been a massive achievement for me and has helped me progress within the company to get me where I am today. I couldn’t be more grateful to the Directors for giving me the opportunity to prove myself and progress in my career.
- Another highlight of mine has definitely been meeting my husband here! I never believed in fate before I met Ashley but that quickly changed just after a few months of starting! RockIT has provided me with more than “just a job”. It has given me the best career path, the best opportunities and the best husband, what more could I ask for?
What progression have you personally seen?
When I started at RockIT, a few people were in an entry level role (much like myself). A lot of these people have changed departments, progressed into slightly higher level roles or have even become managers. It is so lovely seeing these employees progress and you can tell they love working here. When you work at RockIT, you can sense the passion people have for the company and can sense they want the company to succeed. This is what makes RockIT the best place to work in IT and this is one of the reasons why it is so successful!
What training have you been encouraged to do?
As I have previously mentioned, I have been very fortunate in this area due to the company putting me through college to complete my CIPD qualification. I attended college for 1 day a week for 9 months and used my evenings and weekends to complete assignments and research. My hard work certainly paid off and my qualification has provided me with the opportunity and confidence to become solely responsible for the HR function at RockIT.
Finally, if you could say one thing to someone that was considering working here what would it be?
If you are passionate about what you do and want to work somewhere where you feel valued on a daily basis, apply now! Like our core values say, we create an environment where people can have fun, flourish and grow. RockIT is certainly full of opportunity and if you are not afraid of hard work, you will succeed here!
I can honestly say that RockIT has completely changed my life and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. The feeling you get when you work for a company who values you on a daily basis and gives you an opportunity to prove you can do anything if you work hard and put your mind to it, is a wonderful feeling!