Employee of the Month-November 2020: Camille Ray
This month SharpNet selected the vibrant and charismatic Camille for our Employee of the Month. When you meet Camille, you just want to be friends with her, you want to be in Camille’s circle, you want to know what it’s like to be Camille. That sounds a little creepy…but you just want to be around her! She’s fun, she’s colorful, she dressed as Guy Fieri on Halloween! It doesn’t get much cooler than that. Camille stepped up immensely over the last month during a significant company transition and she always displayed a confident and amazing attitude towards her clients, even when it was busy as all get out. She also regularly goes above and beyond in her communication and project organization to ensure success is achievable both with clients and with coworkers. Leighanne sat down for a socially distanced interview with Camille at our very own local Mugs, where they talked about the necessity of iced coffee on winter days, how she came to be at SharpNet, and what makes Camille, Camille!
Let's learn more about Camille!
Before working at SharpNet, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’d ever had?
C: I have worked a lot of random jobs; I have to pick from my extensive repertoire. I worked at Dyson before SharpNet! I only saw the manager of my district in Colorado maybe once a month because of how often we worked with every other Dyson district around us, and I got a lot of free products, which I was more than ok with. I got to go to Dallas when new products where released for trainings. The one odd thing about when I started working for them was, I didn’t know where my interview was going to be held. They told me if was going to be at some random building in Denver, and to just show up there. I really thought I was going to get murdered.
How did you first learn about SharpNet?
C: I found the job listing on Indeed, of all places. I had just graduated college and was applying anywhere that I could. My mom is actually the one who found the job posting. It was when COVID had really started getting crazy and I needed a job, because not a lot of places were hiring; pandemic and all. My mom used to help people write their resumes, so she helped me create mine for SharpNet. I actually didn’t know anything about SharpNet until I applied for the job.
How do you balance your career at SharpNet and your free time?
C: It has actually been a big transition because ever since COVID and everything shutting down, I didn’t really leave my house too much. So, I was at home for 2 months with my family and I had a lot of free time. I started at SharpNet and all that kind of went away! The very first month I started I was just so mentally drained and overwhelmed, but I feel a lot more comfortable now that I have gotten in the swing of things. I make sure to have a destressing period after work where I just reset my brain and relax. I also have “to do” lists at work and that has made a big difference in helping me feel organized. #iPad life. Learning to organize my emails has also been a really good thing to keep me on track in my day-to-day. I always make sure to make time for family and friends, even when things get busy. My family is two hours away, so seeing them is something I try to make happen at least once a month.
How has SharpNet helped you in your career development?
C: I have definitely learned what I do like and what I don’t since starting at SharpNet. I’ve learned so much about marketing that I didn’t know before. I had an internship doing social media before SharpNet, but I never really learned much about the marketing side of things. SharpNet definitely helps you build your knowledge in the digital marketing realm and the community at work is really nice.
If you could pick one theme for SharpNet to turn into a book about the company, what would it be?
C: FANTASY! Everyone is a little bit nerdy. Come on, we’ve got D&D going on in the basement on Tuesday nights. Joel and Arron could totally be a two headed dragon while Chris is the papa dragon. I’d read the heck out of that book.
Any favorite line from a movie?
C: I love the movie White Chicks: Oh you wanna talk about mothers? Your mother is so old…” Anything from Harry Potter of course, even though I am a Hufflepuff. I love Grown Ups too, when they are talking about the one guy’s daughter being really hot: How did “that” come out of “that.”
Any random facts you could share?
C: My brother and I have the same birthmark on our foot. I don’t know if that’s cool or not!
Are you messy or organized?
C: Personally, I am organized. I clean a lot when I get anxious. Cleaning helps my brain settle a bit. My roommate says she knows when I am having a mental break down because the house will smell like bleach. Work wise, it’s a bit of chaotic energy. It’s messy/organized, I think.
Best vacation you’ve been on?
C: Hawaii! Hawaii is dope. It was going to be Germany this year, but then COVID. Thanks 2020. But Hawaii is super fun, it feels like an “out of the country” experience.
If you could be any force of nature, what would you be?
C: I kind of want to be a tree. When I die, I want to be made into fertilizer for a tree. Whenever I die, make me a tree. Make me a forest!