Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Angel

This week’s Featured Employee has been with Vocus since January 2012. Angel is  part of Vocus’ Mid-Market PR Sales Division. He is an all star when it comes to closing deals and is hoping to make the President’s Club for the 3rd year in a row! When asked what he loves about working at Vocus, Angel says, “There are so many things I like about working here, but what really keeps me motivated day in and day out is the culture and people I work with.” He goes on to say, “I’ve met some amazing people who have become some of my best friends, but I also love that even though we are good friends, we are competing with each other and pushing each other to continue crushing our goals!”

If you want to learn more about Vocus, connect with Angel on LinkedIn.

Me & Becs in PRQ: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: Any song by Circa Survive…my all-time favorite band.  If I’m working out…which happens like once a month… it’ll be a anything heavy rock with lots of screaming.

 Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Chick-Fil-A Spicy Sandwich or nuggets…I love it so much that I once at 78 nuggets in one sitting…yes…78…with sauce.  Honorable mention would be Fish Tacos.Just Me

 Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: That’s a tough one…I’ve never been to Australia, but any place that has Koala’s & Kangaroo’s has to be awesome.  As long as I’m near a beach, I’d be happy anywhere.

 Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: I don’t know if saying my wife Rebecca is a good or bad answer here…because I don’t think she’d appreciate being called a “possession”, but my wife is my best friend and I treasure her more than anything else in the world.

 Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: Likable.  For as long as I can remember people have always told me that I have a way about me that makes people feel at ease and comfortable around me very quickly. I’ve always been friends with all types of groups and personalities that are all very different and diverse.  Even my prospects say the same thing over the phone, and feel bad telling me no because they “like me” so much.

 Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?Becs & I - Fins Game

A: Talk to me of course….just kidding.  My first piece of advice would be to always stay positive.  Sales is very tough and there will be rough days, but the beautiful thing about it is the very next call you make or email you send can completely turn it around.  The other piece of advice would be to be open to criticism or ideas/advice from your peers. Even  though you can feel like an expert and get very strong at your craft, it’s extremely important to continue evolving; take advice/criticism from peers who are successful, and always stay hungry to improve.  

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Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Gilford

Happy Friday everyone! This week’s Featured Employee joined Vocus in October 2012. Gilford is a Junior Systems Administrator in Vocus’ IT Department. He is originally from Ghana; his Mom brought him to the United States in 2004.  Gilford loves the “culture and atmosphere of Vocus”. Outside of work, he enjoys drawing and playing soccer and basketball. He believes he can’t be beat at ping pong so reach out and challenge him to a game! You can usually find him walking around Vocus Town, helping his fellow employees with any IT troubles they might have. If you want to learn more about Vocus be sure to connect with Gilford on LinkedIn!

Q: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?photo 3 (1)

A: Girlie O by Pato Ranking.

 Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Lamb Jollof Rice with Salad and Avocado.photo 5 (1)

 Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: Dubai or Brazil, because why not?

 Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: A picture of my Mom!

 Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: People might not guess it, but I’m very observant.

 photo 2 (1)Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Learn to be good at what you do and to be resourceful.

 

 

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Eric

TGIF! This week’s Featured Employee is Eric, a Marketing Consultant in Client Services! Eric joined Vocus in January 2013. When asked what he loves most about working at Vocus, Eric says, “the facilities are a major plus, but I just enjoy helping companies reach their goals. Marketing is constantly changing and I love learning and teaching new Marketing tips and trends to clients.”  If he is not at his desk, he is most likely playing HORSE/Vocus at the basketball court. Eric claims he is the “resident ‘Granny Shot’ specialist” on the court!

If you want to learn more about Vocus, connect with Eric on LinkedIn.

1374838_10153368303325245_1100445525_nQ: What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

A: I would say it is more of an addiction, but my wife and I picked up golf earlier this year.

Q: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: Craig Morgan – This Ole Boy.

 Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: I’ll take a cheeseburger. I’m easy to please.

 Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?10458016_10152207954043358_8273863420260637351_n

A: Somewhere with a view and a lot of land, I’d rather have grass and trees than cement and parking garages.

 Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: Probably my wedding ring just for what it symbolizes.

 Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: Peculiar. 

10475605_10152267005813358_4622951184702708588_nQ: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Don’t limit your learning to your own department, try to learn as much as your can about Sales, account management, client services, and product. It helps a lot to know what other people do all day at the company

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Adrienne

Happy Friday! This week’s Featured Employee is the “voice of Vocus on social media.” Adrienne joined the Vocus family in September 2013. Her favorite part of being Vocus’ Social PR Manager is “getting to travel and meet leaders in the public relations and marketing industry at events.” If she is not at her desk, you can most likely find her in the bean bag room. Outside of work, Adrienne spends her free time playing in her kickball and flag football leagues! If you want to learn more about Vocus be sure to connect with Adrienne on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Adrienne SunglassesQ: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: I don’t have one particular song. I have a 90′s playlist that’s always going. If I’m taking a break from 90′s, I’m probably listening to Beyoncé.

 Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Chicken enchiladas with verde sauce.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: I would live in Spain because I could easily travel to other countries and take a nap during the day.

 Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: A bracelet my mother gave me. I rarely leave home without it.pic

 Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: Determined.

 Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Be sure to socialize with people outside of your department. They can often teach you invaluable lessons and help you when you run into roadblocks. 

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Robert

This week’s featured employee is celebrating his one year anniversary this month!  Robert is one of Vocus’ Marketing Sales Consultants. His favorite part about Vocus is the “freedom each employee is given to run their own business.”  He loves how he has the chance to figure out what works and what doesn’t work to achieve his goals and is able to plan his own day and implement it in his own way.  Robert enjoys the fact that “success at Vocus is very self-driven,” the company allows employees to learn and grow every day.  If you’re interested in learning more about Vocus, connect with Robert on LinkedIn. 

1798965_10200656087003902_657661754_oQ: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: Beachin’ By Jake Owen.

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Maryland Blue crabs.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: Anywhere in southern Florida. My favorite activities are golfing and boating; you can pretty much do that every day of the year there.

1459655_10101971226847665_1573326508_nQ: What is your most treasured possession?

A:  My Family. You can replace almost anything in life, besides the ones who made you who you are today.

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: Consistent.

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Be consistent and never give up – The day you stop learning is the day you start falling behind – You can always do better, be better, and make more.

 

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Melissa

This week’s Featured Employee comes from our Professional Services Consultant team.  Melissa joined Vocus in October 2013.  Her favorite part about Vocus is “how social everyone is.  It’s easy to talk to employees about work and other hobbies.”  Another perk she enjoys is the casual work environment that really helps to keep people like her upbeat and energized.  Melissa’s favorite place in HQ is Sundogs because it is a great place to relax and read during lunch and to take a quick break.

If you want to learn more about Vocus be sure to connect with Melissa on LinkedIn.

Melissa KatskiQ: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: Up on Cripple Creek by The Band, always puts me in a good mood

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Any and all seafood – Crabs, lobster, scallops, oysters, fish… Cadbury cream eggs are a close second.

10419639_10102313090215719_2934743905371817987_nQ: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: Somewhere with great weather and open space so I could be doing things outside all of the time, like New Zealand or Costa Rica 

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: My running shoes – without them I would go insane!

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: Loyal

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Build relationships with your coworkers. Nothing gets you through a tough day at work better than being able to laugh with your coworkers! And you can learn something new from every person here.

 

Be sure to check back next week to read about the next Featured Employee!

 

Vocus Named Among DC’s “Top Workplaces” in The Washington Post

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If you picked up this week’s Washington Post, you’ve read the great news! Vocus has been named among the Top Workplaces in the area by The Washington Post! Vocus is among winning companies that received the highest ratings from their employees based on a survey conducted by independent research firm WorkplaceDynamics, LLP.

“The company’s headquarters in Beltsville is designed to resemble a small city, complete with cafes, a radio station, clock tower and bookstore,” said The Washington Post reporter Sarah Halzack in her article highlighting evolving workplace culture in DC. “Health and wellness amenities are central to the company. An annual fair provides employees with free health screenings. There’s also an on-site gym and basketball court, and a spa where employees can slip away for some needed rest and relaxation.”

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Photo Credit: Recruiter Nieves Chavez

Followers of our Employer Brand are very familiar with the perks of being a Vocus employee at this point, but the recognition for our teams here is very special. We won this award because of our employees and it is a true testament to the hard work we put in each day. Our industry-leading people are what make our employee experience so rewarding.

“The productivity of our people is entirely related to the experience they have at work,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Holly Paul in an interview given to The Washington Post. “That’s why creating Vocus Town and building this culture was always so important to us.”

Top Workplaces GalaVocus was honored alongside other recipients at an awards gala on June 19, 2014. Senior Social Media Manager Stacey Miller, myself, Marketing Manager Channing Muller, and Social PR Manager Adrienne Sheares represented Vocus at the Awards Gala on June 19. The complete list of Top Workplace winners was published in The Washington Post on June 22, 2014.

Congratulations to all Vocus employees! This is a great award for Vocus as an employer in the DC region and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Christian

This week’s Vocus Featured Employee will celebrate his one year anniversary next month! Christian works in Sales at our office in Herndon, Virginia. He is the first in his family to work in software sales. “The men in my family were all Stone Masons and Pool Construction Workers, so I became the first to work away from that field. Vocus has a nice environment because it allows me to bring a ‘blue collar’ work ethic to a ‘white collar’ party,” says Christian of his experience in our work hard, play hard environment. Christian initially was attracted to working at Vocus because of the opportunity to work with businesses. Prior to joining Vocus,  he worked in sales for three years. If you’re interested in learning more about Vocus, connect with Christian on LinkedIn.

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Here’s our Q&A with Christian…

Q: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: The Script: Hall of Fame 

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: South County, MD Blue Crabs with a side of Cheeseburger 

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: Malta most likely. It’s the brightest place I’ve ever been, and who can be sad on a sunny day? 

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: I have an Omega 8006 Fruit & Vegetable Juicer that does things right 

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: Boondocks 

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Dive in and get embarrassed. The more you’re on the phones, the better stories you’ll have at the end of the day, and before you know it, your phone skills will be sharper than ever before. 

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Kera

Happy Friday! Today’s Featured Employee Kera joined Vocus at the end of 2011. She brought her marketing and sales experience to our Mid-Market PR Sales division and has done an amazing job. Towards the end of this year, she will celebrate her three year anniversary with Vocus, reaching a few other milestones along the way, including Q1 MVP, Presidents’ Club, and qualifying for four consecutive Mid Year Sales trips in a row. Asked what she loves most about working at Vocus, Kera says, “It does not seem like a ‘job.’ I have met some of my best friends here (not to mention, my husband!), so I love having the opportunity to work beside such talented, amazing people each day.” She’s right, isn’t she? Work feels most rewarding when you work with talented people in a collaborative environment. At Vocus, our teams- across all departments- thrive off of collaboration. To learn more about our PR products or if you’re interested in learning more about what it’s like to work here, connect with Kera on LinkedIn.

Here’s our Q&A with Kera…

Featured Employee Kera 1Q: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: At this very moment it is Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips… but it is always changing.  I am from Alabama (ROLL TIDE!), so there is a lot of country that rotates through!

 

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Mexican- anything Mexican!  I am convinced that a taco is the perfect food- it has all the food groups! :)

 

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: Close to my family.  They are the most important thing in my life, so whereever they are is where I want to be.  Although, I would prefer for it to be down south, in the mountains and by a beautiful lake (not too picky!) . 

 

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: My wedding ring.  My husband Dustin and I are a “Vocus Love Story”.    We met here 3 years ago and my ring is a constant reminder that I am not alone on this journey, I have my best friend by my side.

 

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: Quirky.

 

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Be a sponge.  Some of the most talented people that I have ever met are here at Vocus.  Take every possible opportunity to soak up their knowledge, skills and experience- you will learn a ton!

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