I joined WeWork in 2018 as an opportunity to try something completely new. I sought to reinvent myself and take a break from architecture. I felt that I was pigeon-holing myself and wanted to expand my horizons while also challenging as much as I could about myself. WeWork offered all of that. Before WeWork my pride came only from the projects I did. At this company, I learned to take pride in teamwork by joining a team of very talented men and women of all backgrounds who celebrate their individuality. WeWork has gone through some really rough months but at its heart are many of the people that made it such a great place to work and learn. They encouraged and supported independent thinking, innovation, emergent leadership, creativity, exploration, and the people I work with constantly bring their all to work every day. Even now, when our future with the company is as uncertain as ever my team continues to show up for work energized and focused. I have learned how to deal with change in a fast-paced environment. Change management and resilience to change can only be learned through experience. I challenge that even the best business schools in the world would have a difficult time showing their students just what it feels like to be part of a team that grows from 6 people to 50 people in a company that grew from 6000 to 11000 people in just one year, while also experiencing filing for IPO valued at $47B at the start, dropping the IPO, losing the CEO and one of its co-founders, almost running out of money, and then being acuired by another company that seems to have an endless amount of money-- all that in less than 2 years. I take pride in having been part of the WeWork adventure. It has been an emotional rollercoaster but, for me, I am coming stronger and better equipped to deal with a wide range of problems. Thanks to WeWork I have been able to reinvent myself as well as meet a lot of incredibly smart, hard-working people.
I was employed for WeWork Construction, a new division for The We Company, for one year. I was part of a team responsible for the startup of the self-perform Construction division. The people I shared this journey with were intense, immensely talented, driven, and dedicated. We took on the monumental workload, (re)built the aircraft in-flight, and exceeded our goals delivering on time and on a budget all of our projects. It was truly an honor working with these were dynamic and talented individuals and although my peers and my direct supervisor were amazing, the company faced many significant and insurmountable challenges, and leadership at corporate headquarters was deficient and irresponsible. Although the core business was very strong, the company diversified too quickly and the business direction changed due to significant financial problems. A re-organization followed eliminating our entire division and the company divested multiple assets. As a result, I was laid off along with thousands of my coworkers.
I’ve worked for WeWork for 8 months and it has been a great place for me to start my career and learn as much as I can. I have had a great experience because I was able to complete rigorous projects and schedules in a safe, timely manner. I’m searching for a new journey to continue my career as a superintendent. In recent news that has taken place within our company, my position as well as many others in the department is unstable and there is uncertainty of sustainability for our department. I believe my talent is of worth and I’d like to potentially explore achieving success elsewhere.