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At Global Alerts (or My Experience as an Employee)

Today was my last day at Global Alerts and there are 3 weeks before I leave for Uruguay.

Global Alerts is “the leading Cause Media company since 1991″ and it’s where I’ve been spending a lot of my time the past 6 months. They’re the guys that run earth911.org, pets911.com, and amberalert.com. They have a little over 20 employees (I’m probably guessing too low) and they’re constantly adding more members to the team. All the sites do some really cool stuff (just ask Oprah) and it was an incredible experience working there.

At Global Alerts I worked as a “web developer” meaning I did web design, CSS, and some WordPress stuff. It was nothing like what I was used to. My clients had always been small businesses, bloggers, web design agencies or entrepreneurs who just needed a small site that would get the job done. Every day I knew what needed to be done. I worked on my own and everything was my fault, good or bad.

At Global Alerts I was no longer working on small websites. I wasn’t working on my own and some days I had no idea what I would be working on. I was part of a team and we worked on pretty big sites that try to help save the environment, pets, and kids. I was still just working on a website but it was nice to know that my work was going towards a good cause.

At Global Alerts I learned a lot about business. Currently, it’s a small company and so I got to meet everyone. I got to see how the company worked with other really big companies. I got to see how things were done, how decisions were made, how they worked with the larger companies, how people dealt with problems and how people dealt with other employees. I got to be part of discussions with the CEO and VP (even though they’re both a bit crazy… in a good way :) ) and I was able to learn a lot from everyone.

At Global Alerts I learned what it’s like to work with a team. I learned that this team is not at all like a sports team (no matter how many baseball analogies you hear). It’s still a team but it’s much different. I’ve seen how a lot of other web teams have worked (although not as an employee) and none of them are the same, not even close. I liked the team I was on and when I get back they’re the first people I’ll look up. In the next 2 years they’re gonna do some amazing stuff and I had an awesome time working with them. The sites haven’t changed much now but they’re gonna be incredible when I get back.

Lastly, at Global Alerts I had an awesome experience. Today I was asked if I had any complaints and truthfully the only thing I could think of was the 30 minute drive to work. It was an awesome place to work and I enjoyed my stay. But at Global Alerts I also learned that I’m a terrible employee. Even though I learned a lot. Even though I got to work with an awesome team. I don’t think it’s what I want to be doing. I like working on my own and when I get back I’d like to start my own business. I’m extremely grateful for the chance I had to work there, but I don’t think it’s for me.

Global Alerts and especially Jason (for hiring me), thanks.

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