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The Metal Toad Difference, A LadyToad's Perspective

Let me start by getting this out of the way and speaking frankly about being a female professional working in technology. There are very few of us, like unicorns really. We are growing in numbers everyday which in inspiring to see, but this still a reality of the profession. Now as for me, I'm a seasoned female (over 35), hispanic, with a kid, and in technology! Eek!

I know, I know its hard to believe. How do I survive??! LOL!

Let me tell you that it has not been easy over the years. Trudging my way through a sea of a majority male colleagues. I feel like there were sandbags on my feet at times. Putting in all those extra hours, sticking my neck out, doing the projects no one else was willing to do.

I start with these stories because I want to emphasize the dramatic difference I have found at Metal Toad. We are still majority male, but we hire for cultural fit. We look for qualified good people. Truly good humans. So everyday I feel an overarching theme of humbleness and caring for each others success.

Now here is where it gets unbelievable. You don't just have great coworkers, the work to life balance is wonderful. Working from home is very simple and not laden with guilt as I have experienced in the past. The medical benefits for my entire family are incredible and we have unlimited time off. Who does that? How do you do that? I don't see anyone abusing it or taking advantage because of the amazing workforce of people that we have cultivated.

So yes there is foosball, beer, and good times every day. But this culture isn't just about that. I believe people are happy here because they feel taken care of, they trust their coworkers, and they feel safe.

Metal Toad is not just a wonderful place to work for a seasoned Mom, its a great place to work for everyone.

Date posted: December 11, 2014

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