My beginning at Dot was a unique one, simply because I joined the company involuntarily. I was part of a company acquired by Dot Foods in the early 2000's. Many times you'll consider something like that to be bad, but it was one of the best things that's happened for my career.
Prior to the Dot acquisition, I worked in order entry, customer service and purchasing. While all of that different experience certainly prepared me for my current position, I wasn't able to reach my goal of working in human resources. I'd always had the degree and interest in HR, and Dot helped make my dream of working in that area a reality.
Along with my new career opportunity came a new culture at our distribution center. It was more laid back, people were empowered to make decisions, and everyone worked as a team. I really had to get used to thinking on my own and being confident in those decisions.
Dot has made our DC the place it is today with great people and great opportunities.