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Interview With Grant Shantz, Project Manager

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For our Computronix employee interviews, we sit down with people from all levels of our company and ask them about their jobs, and what it’s like working for Computronix.

Computronix places a strong emphasis on helping people find the role that suits them best. Not only the role that they are most skilled in, or the one in which they are most useful to the company, but also one that they enjoy, and can feel fulfilled in. Grant Shantz is an excellent example of an employee who has ‘risen through the ranks,’ so to speak, and is now in the job where it really “feels like I found what I enjoy the most, in project management.” He has worked for Computronix for over 20 years, and has spent roughly 14 years of that time as a Project Manager.

Grant admits that, although he loves his job (and is very good at it), project management doesn’t seem like a natural fit for his personality, at least at first glance. “I think my parents are still pretty surprised by what I do for a living,” he says with a wry smile. He’s naturally a very shy person, and had to learn to become more comfortable around people and to be a more effective, confident communicator. This personal growth has not only made him better at his job, which frequently requires him to bridge communication gaps between customers and staff, but in his opinion, “I think I’m a better person for it.”

Of course, that isn’t the only thing that he’s learned in the last twenty years. As he’ll tell you, “I’ve been here a long time. I’ve learned a lot.” Discussing some of these, he brings up points from subjects as heavy as human nature, to simple statements like “there’s always more questions to ask,” to the foundational truth that Computronix was built on, that “a positive, nurturing and challenging environment built on solid ethical principles and good business practices can exist.”

That environment is what Grant likes most about his job, along with the people he works with. Along with that environment comes a high level of trust and autonomy that is given to employees. He says that “as long as I’m within budget and stay consistent to the values of the company, I have freedom in all aspects of my projects,” which isn’t the case at many other companies.

Describing himself as an “all-in kind of guy,” Grant has certainly been all-in for Computronix for the past two decades. One of the company’s core values is commitment, which Grant explains as simply “we don’t give up on each other or on our clients.” Despite the many changes that the company has gone through, those values have always remained the same, and because of what they mean and the culture they create, Grant is glad to be part of the team at Computronix.

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