Dear candidate looking for new opportunities, green pastures, and fulfilment in work and play: This article is both a sneak peak and a warning to all the fantastic candidates looking for new adventures. Adventures we have. Opportunities are boundless here. Times are exciting. Faces are friendly. Our clients are to-die-for. And yet, you are reading an article called ten reasons why you don’t want to work at PD.
This article intends to air out our dirty laundry. Not all work environments are suitable for you. At PD, we have an eclectic and intense culture. For some, our culture is the only place to want to work. For others, working at PD would be hell. Take the time to understand, get to know, and ask questions. PD might not be the right place for you.
In our latest culture review, we asked our team members what are a few reasons why someone wouldn’t like working at PD. The quotes below are words of encouragement and warning from team members new and tenured.
Goals you will hit. 🎯
We will hold you accountable to your professional and personal goals. One can say, “we have “accountability groups.” You can also say, “we have drill sergeants and executioners.”
You Lack hunger. If you’re looking to coast, best to go elsewhere. While no one should become a martyr for their job (I say this as I’m writing this at 10 pm oops), it’s another thing to want to remain stagnant and do the bare minimum. Coasters are for tables.
Only your actions will be heard, words mean nothing.
High expectations: We hold team members accountable to their goals and ambitions. This may be too much for the average player.
You have a fragile Ego, as in: you can’t handle the public call-outs.
Health you will improve. 🫁
We expect you to eat healthily, work out, and continuously improve your health. If you are unwilling to take care of number one (that’s you), you will underserve our team and clients.
You do not work-out or invest time to better your health.
Being healthy is the #1 Permission to Play value.
You do not place your health above all.
Wisdom you will pursue. 🧠
We expect you to study, learn, get mentored, and continuously invest in your knowledge and wisdom. We live in the information age, and you are a knowledge worker. Don’t love studying? You’ll hate PD.
If you aren’t into reading and studying on your own time you will have a hard time keeping up with this team.
You lack the passion for learning and are not a reader.
Required I+C (intelligence + consciousness) readings & learnings.
Teamwork you will cultivate. 🫀
We expect you to play fair, fight hard, argue passionately, lead with kindness and curiosity, and cultivate teamwork. It’s all about the team. Never about you. NEVER.
You view peers as workers within the same company and not as teammates.
Nobody cares about your Ego.
You don’t enjoy teamwork.
We not me, will be your mantra. ✊
We expect you to take extreme ownership of failures and give all credit to the team for successes. Leadership and servitude are studied, practiced, and exemplified. Have an Ego? It will shatter here, and so will you.
You lead with an ‘I’ mentality, vs a team mentality.
You don’t think as “we”, instead you think “I”.
Complete ownership requirement.
Laugh, cry, and cringe; you will simultaneously. 😅
We have an eclectic, wide-in-spectrum, no-bs, anti-pc culture of laughs and giggles. We joke, laugh, and giggle every day, so much that it hurts. Being at PD won’t be a laughing matter if you have a sensitive sense of humour. Not to say we won’t laugh — at you.
You are woke. You believe wokeism is the answer to the world’s problems. You mistake virtue signalling with virtue living. You mistake having a voice with seeking the truth. You mistake having an opinion with knowing the truth. Your online and offline lives are incongruent.
Someone who is overly sensitive or can easily be offended.
Pain you will endure. 😳
Only the gritty survive at PD. Loud or soft-spoken, jock or geek, gal or guy: grit is what binds us together. If you are weak-kneed or weak-willed, you will be crushed here.
Transparent, no BS communication – will call you out on whatever mistakes you make. PD will make it clear there is no place for Ego.
Grit: You simply don’t have the grit to exist within our ecosystem. You are too soft. Despite talent.
The workload can be a lot at times. Certain weeks you may have back-to-back late nights.
Host with humilty and honour you will 🥰
Hosting is in our DNA. What does hosting mean? Graciousness, kindness, openness and more. All great qualities in hosting come from a genuine curiosity to understand other people’s realities. If you don’t like and trust people, you’re not getting near our clients or team members.
Lack of curiosity — people who don’t want to know more beyond ‘I just need to know what I need to know for my job.’ You won’t last long here.
Someone who brings negative energy into an environment.
Is not grateful to be a part of a team who loves to have fun and support each other.
Professional Joker is the hat you will wear. 😎
We exude professionalism at work and are a bunch of jokers at play. PDTers live in the extremes of work and play. We dig deep and muster the goal needed to win championship games. We also party hard like the world is going to end. If you live in the middle, this place will stretch you dead.
There is a quote on the career listings that I will always remember: ‘We take work and study seriously, but not ourselves’. The atmosphere is light-hearted and it’s a breath of fresh air compared to most workplaces.
Being surrounded by ambitious people, and the pressure to get ahead, or catch up or not fall behind.
Fast paced. High expectations. Performance looked at.
Coachable and open is who you are.
Team members are malleable, coachable, and great students of mentors and life experiences. All realities are possible. Working here will aggravate you if you have a tough time dealing with tough feedback or are closed to realities outside your current belief systems.
No sugar-coated feedback, your feeling is not to be spared. Honest & uncomfortable conversations about reality.
You defend every aspect of your work/decision-making and don’t lead with an open, curious mind in conversations.
You have to be ready to throw away everything that you’ve learned or have gotten accustomed to. Be like water.