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Why did I choose Polymershapes? Hmmm. What is it that you’re looking for in an occupation? Is it money, is it experience, is it new challenges or are you searching for something deeper – purpose. The reason I ask is simple, I was searching for the same meaning 12 years ago when I stumbled upon Polymershapes on Indeed.com. At that time I was thinking about occupational impact, I was thinking about occupational fit and most importantly, I was thinking about occupational fulfillment. If you find yourself staring outside the west-facing window of your cubicle wondering what an occupation with fit, impact and fulfillment feels like, have a listen to the following.

Twelve years ago I started at a company called Polymershapes and didn’t have a clue what a performance plastic was. Was it plastic cutlery? Was it those bags that go over your dry cleaning? I remember I had just returned from backpacking in Europe and needed to generate some income quickly – did submitting a resume to Polymershapes ever turn out to be one of the luckiest days of my life. What I discovered was a job that developed into a life-altering career – the proverbial house to a home. I’ll assume you’re asking the same question I did when I walked through the door on day one, what’s a performance plastic? Imagine working on new bushings going into wind turbine development, high optic and coated materials that become the latest in heavy equipment window production, bullet resistant materials that keep many of our front line professionals safe or just being a part of the specification process for materials going into your favorite retailer. Imagine you get to do all this in a day and you get to do it with a great group of friends. Why did I choose to work at Polymershapes? I didn’t. Why did I choose to stay at Polymershapes? Because I wanted a career with fit, fulfillment and impact! Who wouldn’t want to change the world with a great group of friends!

Ryan Bay General Manager, Vancouver

One of my favorite things about working for Polymershapes is the company culture as a whole and at the branch level. Everyone I have had the opportunity to work with is focused on personal and professional growth and is so helpful and genuinely interested in assisting others in their development. I love working a sales role in the profit share model as well.

It eliminates a lot of unhealthy internal competition that is typical in an individual commission based sales role. Everyone is truly working as a team and it makes things more efficient and provides a higher level of customer service that sets us significantly above our competition. The company has great benefits and is genuinely supportive of and encourages personal and professional development. There are always trainings and educational opportunities aimed at professional development that cover diverse topics and strategies such as product knowledge, sales techniques, and creating value for our customers.

Olivia Koperek Outside Sales, Providence

Why did I choose Polymershapes? Well, there are a ton of reasons but 3 major ones. The first being the people who make the up the company. From the moment I first found Shapes two years ago, every team member was more than willing to lend a hand. It didn’t matter if they had been in the business for two months or 30+ years; everyone shared advice, love for the company, and the experiences that have shaped their career.

Which leads to the second reason for choosing Shapes; my career path mattered. From my first time meeting the team, they wanted to know what type of skills I wanted to gain, where I wanted to take my career, and what I envisioned my future with the company to be. Polymershapes cares about developing a career. I was able to choose from various locations around the country and I chose Elkhart, Indiana. Having this type of care for my future made me feel right at home.

Lastly, the preparation provided for new employees to hit the ground running is second-to-none. I was able to complete a successful summer internship while in college and then join the team full-time post-graduation. Even now after being part of the Shapes family for a while, I am still learning everyday via team members, product training and hands-on experience with customers.

All in all, I couldn’t have made a better choice starting my career with Polymershapes. I go into the office everyday excited to see what new experience lies ahead.

Collin Burger Inside Sales, Elkhart

The thought of graduating from college and looking for a company that I wanted to start my career in sales with was daunting. Then I heard of Polymershapes and I knew this is where I wanted to be. I chose to work at Polymershapes because of the great people who make up the company and the products that we sell. The plastics industry is not glamorous but I love that I get to provide a solution that can help so many people.

Polymershapes truly cares about their employees. They do everything to help you succeed both professionally and personally. They also have one of the best training programs around that has me learning new things every day and keeps me on my toes. The culture of integrity, empowerment, along with the great team environment in the office makes me excited to come to work and be the best I can be. It’s a great company that I enjoy working with.

Ashley Milburn Inside Sales, Raleigh

When I first heard about Polymershapes, my first initial reaction was this opportunity is too good to be true! I have worked my way from the bottom to the top of both private and Fortune 500 companies, all of which claim to put their customers and employees first and foster a community of shared encouragement and growth. However, it was rare that their founding values and everyday practices actually aligned with these claims. Polymershapes truly does this!

From the moment I started with Polymershapes, I have been immersed in a diverse, fast-paced and growing environment with an incredible community of people. From the obvious wins like great benefits and a wonderful work life balance, it has also been incredibly enriching to be challenged each day, while also having the autonomy to problem solve and be solution focused on your own. I firmly believe that “happy people work hard” and “happy customers foster growth” and Polymershapes is the first company I have seen truly be able to illustrate these beliefs and values. I am very excited to be a part of the Polymershapes team, especially during such an influential time for the world market during COVID19. I look forward to what the future will bring for our company!

Ashleigh Johnston Inside Sales, Atlanta

Why I work at Polymershapes is because I am just not a number. The culture at Polymershapes is positive which encourages growth in my personal and professional life.  Work life balance is a real thing at Polymershapes. I look forward to my future at Polymershapes. I am happy that I took a risk to change my career.

Katie Thayer Inside Sales, Atlanta

When I first started exploring the possibility of employment with Polymershapes I was very impressed by the customer centric approach that permeates every aspect of the company.  Polymershapes employees are very passionate and eager to help our customers – traits that aligned closely with my core values.  Additionally, Senior Leadership is highly vested in developing Polymershapes employees and future leaders.   This commitment to employee development was very key in my decision to join the Polymershapes Team.  The time, energy, and knowledge imparted by Senior Leadership at Polymershapes has had a profound impact on me as a business leader and person.  I am thrilled to be part of the Polymershapes Team and look forward to an exciting future ahead!

Sher’ron Underwood General Manager, Tulsa

Polymershapes provides a fun, energetic, and challenging place to work! I have gained multiple mentors and countless life-long relationships while working at a best in-class organization. Polymershapes allows me to learn every aspect of a business from operations to sales. The daily responsibilities really challenge me which strengthens my skill sets both personally and professionally. Every employee is empowered to make decisions to help the organization succeed, and that creates a sense of teamwork since we are all working towards the same goal.

Jimmy Snidanko Outside Sales, Chicago

At Polymershapes, the Culture of Empowerment isn’t just something we talk about, it is something we live every day.  Having the opportunity to grow and shape the business, while also mentoring and leading a team of great people is truly exciting. I couldn’t be happier that I joined the Polymershapes Team!

Terry Kelly General Manager, Atlanta

Choosing to work for Polymershapes was the best decision I had ever made. With such an attractive business model and a fast-paced work environment, it was hard to say no to in the slightest.

We are employees that wear many hats, and there are no two days that are alike. With such a diverse work environment, there leaves zero opportunity to feel daunted by work life. Whether that be an item that needs to be fabricated, an order that needs to fulfilled, or a customer’s wildest idea that needs to be brought to life; we are there to make it happen.

Jack Nowaczewski Inside Sales, Charleston