How long did you work for The Panel?
I worked at The Panel for a little over 3 years.
What area did you recruit for?
I started recruiting in the Fund Administration area and then I also recruited for the IT area.
What is your best memory from that time?
It’s hard to pick just one really. I thoroughly enjoyed going to work every day and that’s a testament to the company as a whole. From organizing and hosting client and candidate events to having staff outings and weekend getaways, The Panel truly was a great and rewarding place to work. Companies always want to claim that they have a “family” environment but this really was like a family and everyone wanted to succeed but also wanted to help each other succeed as well. Plus, we went to some pretty awesome restaurants and countries.
What have you been doing since?
I left The Panel to move back to the US and have, for the most part, stayed in recruiting. Recruiting in the US is very different. Emphasis is put on money and closing deals as quickly as possible. Emphasis is not put on taking the time to understand a business or a candidate’s wants and motivations so recruiters don’t have a great reputation in general over here. I’ve struggled to mesh my training I received from The Panel with working for NYC recruiting firms so I decided to just go out on my own. I tend to work with smaller companies and on various positions within their organizations. When I returned to the US, my first boss out of University started giving me freelance editing work to do to keep me busy, so fast forward 9 years, I spend a lot of time editing healthcare information for a global management consulting firm. I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina a few years ago and recently bought a house to the delight of my 2 four-legged babies/co-workers.
In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
Best company to work for.
Lyris, many thanks for sharing your memories of your time with us and we wish you all the best!