It seems like just yesterday that I graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and took off for a month in Europe. Coming back was difficult, but starting at Fifth Gear, an Ecommerce fulfillment company looking to double revenue in five years, and the Orr Fellowship Indiana was an abrupt trek back to reality. However, it is great to be in a high-growth Indianapolis company, were the focus is on people. Management recognizes that in order for profitable growth, new people will need to be brought on;
The next morning started with a delightful visit to a local favorite café called Daybreak, located a stone’s throw from the Mississippi River. A pleasant man took our orders. Delicious omelets, California style with spinach and feta cheese is what I got. At the end of breakfast, a nightshift worker recognized our badges and gave us recommendations on how to improve the warehouse. The recommendations were genuine and thorough. After breakfast, it was back to the warehouse. The community office that is shared by temporary visitors is quant with street views. The information I attained over the next few days advanced my knowledge incredibly more than sitting in Indy for four days starring at my computer wondering, “What does this Operations Analyst role I have really mean.” Later, I was invited to sit in on a freight meeting with our CEO, President, and VP of Operations; yet again emphasizing the honor it is to be an Orr Fellow. Two more days of business meetings and shadowing carried on like this. Except on the last day where we all splurged with homemade cinnamon donuts from Daybreak. It was hands down the greatest donut these taste buds have experienced.
The five hour ride back home allowed for reflection on what I learned, as well as a vital phone conference with my manager, we couldn’t find time to meet in Louisiana, further emphasizing exactly how important time is to growing companies. I walked away with valuable insight of what Fifth Gear does, but more importantly I put a face with a name and each person I met was able to do the same. The warehouse was hot, the restaurants were only opened a few nights a week, but the people had the right attitude needed for growth. The people were friendly and everyone acknowledge my existence in passing. It felt simply like home away from home.
In addition to my exciting new role with Fifth Gear on August 1st the Orr Fellow crew met and I was placed in the Fellow Development Group. The group plans the all-Fellow retreat coming up in mid-August, as well as, five personal and professional growth seminars throughout the next year. Finally the group is responsible for smoothly transitioning our next class of Fellows. Though starting “two” jobs in quick session was a brain shock, I am already seeing the benefits from both. I am excited to spend more time with current Fellows and learn more about Ecommerce.