ALL4’s Employee Spotlight: Hailey Sykes
Posted: April 8th, 2014Author: All4 Staff
Each quarter ALL4 interviews one of our employees, highlighting some of his or her career and thoughts about ALL4. This month’s employee spotlight is on Staff Engineer Hailey Sykes.
What piece of advice would you give to college students looking for a position in the consulting business?
My advice is to stop being afraid to ask questions! No one graduates from college knowing how to be a consultant, so ask every question you can think of throughout the interview process.
What are your roles at ALL4?
My biggest role as a Staff Engineer is to support the Project Managers and Leaders. I have developed spreadsheets, filled out forms, worked on applications and permits, and done some modeling in the few months that I have been here.
What do you like best about your career?
Definitely the people I work with. Everyone, even those I haven’t met up in Kimberton, are so willing to go out of their way to help me out when I am stuck on a problem.
Keeping it real, what do you not like about your career here?
The closest chipotle is 10 minutes away, so that’s a bummer.
What has been your biggest challenge since joining ALL4?
I have had a hard time remembering that in consulting you can’t just know something; you have to become an expert in it. It’s definitely a different way of thinking from college when you are just trying to do the best you can in several different classes.
What was your biggest surprise since joining ALL4?
My biggest surprise was that I started getting involved in projects on day one! It was great to start contributing right at the beginning and having full, busy days.
Which ALL4 employee is most likely to make you laugh?
Definitely Maggie. She has some hilarious stories about her first few months in Atlanta.
Give me an example of an event, system, or person that best represents the ALL4 culture?
I think “dinners on the go” is a really good example of the ALL4 culture. On nights when you are stuck at the office late and won’t have time to make dinner at home, you can grab a gift card to a local restaurant on your way out the door. I think it really shows how much the hard work we put in is appreciated.
It has certainly been an atypical winter here in Georgia. What are you most looking forward to about the warm summer months?
I’m looking forward to spending weekends at the beach or the lake!
For those ALL4 employees visiting from the Kimberton, PA office, what’s the number one thing that they should experience when they visit the Southeast Regional Office?
I think everyone should experience one of the bizarre things Georgia has to offer. My personal favorite weird Georgia thing is Stone Mountain. You can hike to the top for a great view of the city then watch a laser show on a carving of Confederate soldiers.