February 26, 2018 by texasbbacareerservices
Crystal Sisneroz, UT Austin Alumni
Major: Religious Studies
Grad Year: Spring 2015
Company & Title: Barton Associates; Group Manager – Account Management
Almost 3 years after graduation it’s interesting to look back and see how I found my way to my current company and position.
When I first graduated I had no idea what I wanted to do and anything and everything in the hopes of getting a job. When I got an offer to start a team of Business Development Managers at an insurance software start-up I jumped at the opportunity. There were some aspects I loved: management, the chase of a lead to a sale, the competitive drive of the office. The only downside was the sales were closed by the sales team once the BDR team gained consideration and all commission would go to them. I started looking for positions that had the opportunity for management, a competitive environment AND the ability to close my own sales. I stumbled onto Barton Associates a year and a half ago and haven’t looked back.
What do you like about working for Barton Associates?
There are a couple different things that really make me enjoy working at Barton Associates. A big one for me is the opportunity for advancement. They only promote from within so there is always room for growth. After working here for about six months I was offered the opportunity to go into management training. After four months of non-stop training I was promoted and allowed to run my own team. Another thing I enjoy about Barton is the amount of money that is up for grabs. I’ve never worked anywhere that has so many people in their mid-twenties making six-figures. The best part was that most of them started making this after just a year of working at Barton and I had the same opportunity. Lastly, I love the culture at Barton. Because we only promote from within everyone is very understanding of the grind and helpful. Your team and the office in general becomes like a family. We have regular office outings with both your team and the entire office. I’ve made life-long friends here and nothing’s better than coming to work with your friends.
What does a normal day at Barton Associates look like?
A day at Barton starts at 7am. Everyone sets up their day and then goes into a morning meeting that’s divided by tenure and position. After this everyone jumps on the phone. The day itself changes as your tenure at Barton changes. When I first started my days were filled with cold calling and trying to create a database of clients. Currently, I’m still adding to my base of clients but my days are very different. They’re filled with managing assignments, talking with clients who’ve become like friends, and managing a team.
What skills make a person successful at Barton Associates?
Barton is a locum tenen staffing company that helps in the placement of physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants on a temporary basis. We work with large health systems, smaller clinic chains and everything in between. At its core it’s a sales job. If you have a strong work ethic, a competitive drive and the will to make it through the grind you can be very successful here. It’s not a “punch the clock, cash a paycheck” kind of job; however, if you are willing to put the work in you have the opportunity to grow your career and make insane amounts of money.
What have you learned about choosing a career after graduation?
I think the most important part of choosing a career is being true to yourself. Don’t choose a job because it’s something someone told you to do or because you think it’s something you should do. Chose a job because it helps you obtain your personal goals and makes you happy. Sales isn’t for everyone but for me sales is an opportunity to continue using that competitive drive that helped me as a Longhorn. If someone else feels the the same way I’d highly suggest Barton and I’d love the opportunity to work alongside more fellow Longhorns. Hook em! \m/