CAREERS: Where I Work - Paula Charest assistant account executive,Collaborative Communications

Number of employees: 28

Address: Two Canal Park, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142

Phone: (617) 621-1800

Web: www.collaborative.com

Senior manager: Martha Tacy



How long have you been in your job? One year, three months.



Describe the space you work in. My desk is clear of clutter, although it

is most difficult to keep up the tidiness from the mounds of press

release drafts, research information and multiple copies of e-mails.

There is enough purple in the office to think Prince himself designed

it. The view of the CambridgeSide Galleria (local mall) is not one to

complain about when it comes time for a lunch break or shopping

spree.



Do you socialize with your colleagues? I am a social butterfly, so the

answer to the question is most definitely. The office is all pretty

close in age, therefore we tend to get together to see a Red Sox game or

grab some dinner on a social level.



Who is the craziest person in your office? I think if you asked around

the office everyone would agree that I am the crazy one. In addition to

my usual client responsibilities, my day consists of walking around the

office barefoot, reminiscing with reporters about their theories on

life, or blaring Pat Benatar Shadows of the Night every day at 4:30pm to

lift the energy in the office.



How comfortable are your offices? Hmmm ... I am not sure how anyone in a

workplace environment feels about cubicles. However, I make mine as

comfortable as possible, complete with a teddy bear, Nomar Garciaparra

poster, pictures of friends and family and a wide range of music. If I

could add anything, I would like a beanbag chair.



What is the best thing about working there? Working with a large

majority of women.



And the worst thing? Working with a large majority of women.



What's been your biggest mistake while working there? Not realizing how

thin the walls are in the office.



And your luckiest break? Having my former boss resign and being promoted

after four months.



What is the biggest thing to hit your office in the past year?

Engagements - there must be a large ultimatum going around.



Sneak us a good piece of gossip from your office When we work late we

sneak "beverages" from the company fridge.



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careers@prweek.com.



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