Working in Marketing

Based in our Athens office, Stella has a keen eye for detail. As the front-end developer on
our digital marketing, she’s a key part of a tight-knit team.

Workable is...
Fun, challenging & motivating
- Stella Papantou

Where were you born?

I was born and raised in Kalabaka, Greece, under the rocks of Meteores!

Describe yourself in three(-ish) words:

Grateful, positive, open to new experiences.

What do you feel strongly about?

Kids and the way they grow up; they should have everything they need to be healthy and happy.

But also, please don’t leave the table before finishing your food!

Talking of which, what’s your favorite food?

I’ve always enjoyed chicken with rice and extra yogurt, cooked in the oven by my mum.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like going to the theatre, exhibitions, events and hanging out with friends. Over the past few months, I’ve started practising lettering and calligraphy. It’s a good way to relax.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

Hiking in paths that I don’t know, usually on islands during the summer.

Describe your first job:

My first job lasted for almost a week! It was at my home town’s annual summer festival and I was around 16 years old. I worked as a cashier in a tavern next to my mother’s bookstore.

My first job as an adult was right after my Bachelor’s degree in Thessaloniki. I finished my university studies in March and was due to start my Master’s degree in Edinburgh, UK, in September. I worked as a web developer for an online tourist guide, promoting hotels and online booking in Greece. The company was quite small (2 bosses and 3 employees). The fact that I got to work on lots of different tasks helped me develop my skills. I was very enthusiastic about the whole thing.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

Ouf! Many things… The first job was a paediatrician, then I wanted to be an air-hostess (but I was too short for that). Then I wanted to be a journalist, or an architect. Easily influenced at that age, lots of people told me there weren’t many job opportunities in architecture, so I quit. I finally chose to study computer science, as I’d always liked computers (meaning I liked surfing the Internet, using my pc to draw, making funny/useless PowerPoint presentations and editing videos!).

What or who makes you laugh or smile?

Lots of things and lots of people. Letters and postcards from friends are top of my list of things that make me smile. My newborn nephew is also a very good reason to smile. Funny stories told by funny friends are top of my list of things that make me laugh.

When did you join Workable?

June 2015.

Describe your role:

I make sure that people using the marketing site can easily find information about our products; that they get updated with details of our latest features; and that content is easily accessible and stands out. I also help people access resources to help make their daily tasks simpler. It’s nice to be able to help people do their jobs quickly and efficiently.

What’s the highlight of your day?

Towards the end of the day, I take stock of what I’ve completed. I get together with my colleagues and we update each other and schedule our tasks for the next day. It’s a good feeling - there’s lots of harmony, clarity and a sense of achievement.

I love the way our team works together. We all respect each other’s work and are willing to help each other when needed. When we have to face a new challenge, we discuss what we think is the best thing from everyone’s perspective to get the best result.

What’s on your desk?

A notebook, a tiny Christmas hat and a Christmas ball given to me by my colleague Christina (because they are colorful and I like Christmas), two colored pegs with London and Paris written on them, and a small poster with some of my calligraphy work on it. When my lettering skills get better, I plan to put up more!

What have you learned since joining Workable?

There are lots of things you learn by working in a big company, but there are important things you learn particularly by being part of the team here at Workable. When what you do has a big impact on the daily work routine of so many people, you want to create the best results for them. You need to respect your users and put yourself in their shoes. And then you realise that great results come from great teams, so respect your team, be a team-player.

Who in the company has had the most influence on you and why?

I can’t pin this down to just one person. I get inspired by new people who join the company and are extremely enthusiastic about our products (this reminds me of what an important job we’re all doing), but I’m also inspired by people who manage their own teams and whose enthusiasm is infectious. I’m lucky enough to have these kinds of people in my own team. My manager and my colleagues have made me love my job even more. We’ve found our own way to work things out and it’s having a really good impact.

The best thing about working here?

People! But I also appreciate the fact that Workable motivates you to become a better-skilled employee. We get to go to annual conferences abroad, take part in training days, and internal meetups, and have access to lots of online resources.

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