My Degenkolb: Laurie Johnston
Principal
San Francisco

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Life & Culture at Degenkolb

How would you describe the culture at Degenkolb?

Degenkolb provides a unique blend of teamwork coupled with individual entrepreneurial spirit. Everyone goes out of their way to help their co-workers and leverage their knowledge and experience. At the same time, Degenkolb fosters every individual’s interests and talents. There is room for everyone to contribute to the success of the company and unlimited opportunities. Also, Degenkolb is amazing at supporting work/life balance. I was fortunate to be able to take many months off after my daughter was born and come back to work a flexible part-time schedule.

Your Career

Why have you stayed at Degenkolb?

I often get asked this question when I am interviewing engineers just coming out of school. 2010 is my 15 year anniversary at Degenkolb and I often find myself surprised at this milestone. My simple answer to this question is “the people.” While that may sound like an over-used response, I can’t emphasize enough how true this is. I’ve made many long life friends through the years, worked with amazingly talented people and have gotten such tremendous mentorship.

On the Job

Projects are almost never typical, creativity is needed constantly and everyday is different.