Supervisor Relationships

An important part of the culture at Computronix is the supervisor relationships. Developers Dalainya Bruinsma and Chris Johnstone explain how and why these relationships are a key part of the work environment at Computronix.

At Computronix, we value people as individuals, not just as workers. It’s part of the culture we’ve created here. In this video, developer Kevin Thang, CTO Jim den Otter, and developer Eissa Pavo share about what that culture is like.

At Computronix, we have created an environment that is healthy and welcoming for all employees. Developer Kudzai Mboko, Tech Lead Andy Patterson, and Human Resources Director Dave Neumann share about what a healthy environment means for them.

At Computronix, we want all of our employees to have a balanced life. In this video, Operations Manager Chris Stolte, Tech Lead Yars Tsaytak, and Operations Manager Doug Fairchild share their their thoughts on how Computronix supports Work-Life balance.

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.

One of the core principles that Computronix values is learning. Employees are constantly encouraged and given opportunities to deepen their knowledge in a wide range of areas. This could include anything from taking classes on programming or leadership, allowing for on-the-job mentorship, or just assigning people to projects that will require them to develop new skills. Chris Schulz has experienced a lot of this learning during his two years at Computronix.

Within his first year, he was given the opportunity to be a lead developer on a database upgrade for a client. Along with that, he was required to update their website to match the new code. Because he had never worked on websites before, it was a challenge, and it required him to learn and gain experience. However, whenever he was faced with a particularly difficult problem, he was able to consult with his co-workers and the other members of the project team to figure out how to find a solution. Chris described the project as “challenging, but it was a lot of fun.”

His position is somewhat unique within the company, because instead of working full-time with a large client, he serves a lot of smaller clients – seven at the time of the interview. This provides him with a lot of variety in his work, and also allows him to gain experience in a wide range of tasks.

Aside from the learning that happens within his team, Chris appreciates that Computronix allows and even encourages “cross-team working,” meaning that just because an employee is assigned to a specific project, doesn’t mean they can’t help out with other projects. This wasn’t the case for him with past employers. There is also a company-wide social network in place that allows people to post their questions and receive answers quickly. All in all, “It’s just a really supportive, friendly, fun environment to be a part of.”

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.

When starting any new job, there’s a learning curve involved in becoming familiar with the company, with your new position, and learning where or who to go to for help. To understand how Computronix tries to make this transition as smooth as possible, we spoke to Lori Bluemel three months into working for Computronix as a Senior Business Analyst – just long enough to have caught up with the learning curve, but still have the transition process fresh in her mind.

She says that there were two main reasons why she chose to join Computronix. The first is because the company’s needs lined up extremely well with her skills and experiences. She has an extensive background in both the government and technology industries, making it very much a win-win partnership between her and Computronix. The second is that two longtime colleagues and friends of hers, Doug and Laura Fairchild, both work for Computronix, and Lori knew that if it was the kind of environment that they enjoyed, she would also be able to thrive. For her, it was “all about the people – hard work is easy if you’ve got the right people, and good work is more challenging if you’ve got the wrong people.”

Even with industry experience, there was still a lot to learn about the specific capabilities and requirements of our POSSE product. But Lori found that her co-workers constantly made time to help her. “People listen here,” she says, “Ask a question, you always get an answer.”

In her opinion, this is because there is a unique environment in place at Computronix “that permeates throughout the company, starting from the top.” She describes it as “treating everyone like individuals, not just numbers…like people, not just employees. We all care about each other, and everyone comes together when someone needs help.”

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.