Meet Randall, a dynamic member of the Magic who embarked on a career journey that defies convention. From humble beginnings of creating an account on Kalibrr to becoming a Senior Operations Manager, Randall’s story is a testament to the limitless possibilities within the work environment. His experience not only showcases the company’s unique culture of trust and collaboration but also how it promotes work-life balance in today’s fast-paced world.
Discover Randall’s remarkable journey and find inspiration for your own career path at Magic, Inc.
Career Journey and Growth
“I created an account on Kalibrr, got an invite to apply, got the job, enjoyed my work, and bonded really well with people here in Magic!
I used to be the type of person who’d rather keep things the way they are and mostly uncomfortable with change. But over the years, with Magic being a company that’d always been rapidly iterating, I learned that in a lot of times, you can be as calculated and rational with your plans as much as you can but it is taking risks and taking that leap of faith that will get you to where you deserve to be.
Started off as a Magician, then became one of the first few Pod Leads for Freelance Magicians (Cloudies), then on to becoming one of the Project Coordinators that formed the Cloudie Expansion Team, after that, also one of the people forming the Client Retention Team, to now heading the team as the Senior Operations Manager that aims to help PVA grow even more sustainably. So much for someone uncomfortable with change, right? 😅
Funny thing is, I initially planned to work in Magic temporarily just to gain experience. Turns out, I did gain a lot of experience, but I don’t think 6 years in the company is very temporary. 😉”
Factors have contributed to his effectiveness and success:
“I think a lot of the core values instilled in me way back as a Magician are essential in very much every role I’ve assumed. Like I said, I’ve learned to take risks, but not blindly. Paying close attention to detail, anticipating risks, and sticking to facts have made it manageable for me to take things to the next level.
As for people, there’s a lot. All of the managers I’ve had here in Magic has greatly influenced my development as a person and I would always call back to their strengths so I myself can be that great of a manager as well.”
The Magic Culture: Shaping Careers and Satisfaction
“I’ve always heard stories from my friends and family regarding their work experiences, especially those working in big corporations. And it amazed me how different my experience is with Magic. I can comfortably bring up my ideas or work without getting micromanaged; which I think helped a lot for me to showcase what I can do. The culture here in Magic is definitely one of the biggest factors why I lasted this long here.
I firmly believe that one of the most important considerations as an employee would be being able to speak up and comfortably share anything on your mind that might affect your work, productivity, or motivation. Which I have continuously done so with my managers and which I apply as well with my team. This helps identify any concerns and be able to make the necessary adjustments even before it becomes a bigger issue.”
Balancing Work and Life: A Magic Advantage:
“I guess the biggest thing I can think of right now would be the remote work set up. As someone who had been using public transportation when we were coming into the office a few years back, it would take me about 1.5-2 hours of travel time each way! Being able to work remotely is probably the best way that Magic has helped people in maintaining a work-life balance.
For me, a part of the company culture has also helped with work-life balance. Back in the office, working overtime was very much frowned upon. I remember when Amber would go around and jokingly unplug your monitor if you were caught working past your shift. And I think to this day, that has been carried on.
Personally, I’m saving 3-4 hours a day by not having to commute to work. Those are precious extra sleep time in the morning or time to go out in the afternoon or even just to chill and watch after a busy day.”
Thriving in the Magic Work Environment
“Being logical and critical sets the foundation and taking risks builds the house; doing both, and you’re likely to find yourself where you deserve to be.”