Meet the Team: Izabela Baldyga

  • Nov 16, 2017
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Q. How did you get started here?

I was researching tech companies in Worcester when I stumbled upon the ten24 site. I immediately starting reading about Slatwall, and I knew I was interested in working here very soon after that. But it wasn’t until there was a job posting that it was a better fit for me.

Q. How long have you been working here?

Only four months, I’m still pretty new!

Q. What exactly is it that you do here?

I was hired as a sales engineer, and my title is Client Solutions Manager. I don’t think of myself as a very salesy person at all. What attracted me to the position was the opportunity to work with companies that have complex ways of doing business, to help translate their requirements for an eCommerce platform like Slatwall.

Q. What are some of the projects you’ve worked on in the past?

My previous company was essentially a startup with a consumer product. In late 2012, we launched with a few sales a month. Five years later we had over 10,000 sales a month. It was exciting, but we also had a lot of growing pains. I wore several hats there to support the business in different ways, but the biggest project I was involved in was our eventual ERP implementation. I played a supporting role to help figure out how we were going to translate or change business processes to fit into NetSuite.

Q. Best resource you have found for work?

I read a lot of articles that show up in my LinkedIn feed. I also visit this site called Multi-Channel Merchant which is kind of like a business news site that is particularly interesting if you are working in operations. I also like to listen to podcasts. NPR has a couple on business and tech, Planet Money and Innovation Hub. I just recently started listening to the futurecommerce podcast. It’s kinda nerdy but cool.

Q. Do you have any special tricks to be more efficient at your job?

I try to tune out the rest of the world when I have a very specific task that I have to focus on. I like to listen to Spotify.  Also, if I have a task that I don’t want to complete but have to, I try to break it up into smaller tasks and spread it out over whatever period of time.

Q. Are you a coffee drinker?

Definitely! I have a small but growing collection of coffee making stuff at home. French press, pour-over, Chemex, moka pot, you name it.

Q.  What do you spend the most time doing each day?

I’m four months in, but I’m still spending a lot of time learning. I’m just beginning to help out in the initial discovery and engineering process with few prospective clients. It’s a lot of note taking, and then processing those notes into useful documents. I’ve also spent some time sitting in on calls with existing clients to see how they are using Slatwall. It’s helping me to build a base of knowledge to help out future clients.

Q. How do you spend your free time?

I love to travel. I actually really enjoy planning travel, too. A lot of people who know me will usually just ask, “So, where are you going next?” They just take it for granted that I’m going somewhere.  When I’m not travelling and I’m home, I really like to cook and experiment in the kitchen. My family is Polish so I learned how to cook a few things from them, but I also like to experiment with recipes I find online. My roommate is my guinea pig for anything I cook.  

Q. Favorite movie?

That’s a really hard one to answer. I don’t really have a favorite movie, but a classic movie that I like is Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Q. Favorite local lunch place?

From what I’ve tried around here, Shawarma Palace.

Q.  Do you have a nickname?

I just go by Izzy but I’ve heard that people here get named other things.  So far I haven’t received any other nickname.

Q. Favorite restaurant?

I like to try new places that open up, but my favorite place right now is Pho Sure in Shrewsbury.

Q. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I was in college during the time that the recession hit, so I had a lot of different jobs in college.  One of the worst jobs I had was selling advertising for a For Sale By Owner website. They were overpriced and very dishonest.  So when I figured that out, I left.

Q. Do you have any special secret talents?

I can speak Polish, but that’s not really a talent. I have a hitchhiker's thumb and I can touch my nose with my tongue.

Q.  Favorite Video Game

I don’t really play video games now, but I grew up playing Nintendo 64, and some PC games like Zoo Tycoon and Rollercoaster Tycoon.  My brother and I were so addicted to them that my mom used to have to take away the keyboard.

Q. Project you are most proud of?

At my previous company we were using a desktop based fulfillment program to generate shipping labels and it was crashing all the time.   It was crashing on Mondays when we had hundreds of packages to ship out.  I worked with a consultant to research alternatives and we found a great cloud-based solution, which worked faster and was much less expensive.  It felt really good to be a part of a project that had an impact on people that I was working with.  You could see that it made their day to day jobs easier.   

Q. Dream vacation?

When I’m daydreaming about trips, I’m usually thinking about an active vacation, so I would love to spend a few weeks in India.

Q. Favorite website to kill time?

I have happily wasted hours of my life browsing airbnb listings. I also like to read on Quora. It’s like a better Yahoo Answers, where you can subscribe to specific topics. I read Food52, which is kinda for foodies.

Q.  What is your favorite internet cat celebrity?

My favorite is Maru, who is a real cat. And my second is Simon’s Cat. He is an animated cat, but still very cool.

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