How long have you been in your job? 10 years with Best Buy, two
years as director.
Describe the space you work in. It took 10 years, but I finally have new
office furniture. I've endured hand-me-down desks, chairs and bookcases
for many years. Now, I have lamps for softer lighting, a fountain for
atmosphere and toys to keep meetings fun.
Do you socialize with your colleagues? We plan monthly lunches and
quarterly team-building events, but haven't found much time for
How often do you see the boss? At least once a day, even if it's just to
Who is the smartest person you work with? My boss. She has a mind like a
steel trap and never forgets anything, even when I wish she would.
Who is the craziest? One of our senior PR specialists does great
imitations, especially of TV reporters.
How comfortable are your offices? While not plush, the office atmosphere
is exciting and visitors often comment on the energy. Our campus is
spread through 10 buildings, some are miles apart. You need to plan
travel time for meetings.
How often are you still there when the cleaners come round? Too often, I
know them all by name.
What is the best thing about working there? One of our company mottos is
to 'have fun while being the best.' If there isn't an element of fun in
each day, it has not been a good day.
And the worst thing? The commute. Minneapolis is in desperate need of
What's been your biggest mistake while working there? Thinking a small,
local crisis was a little blip and it oozed for two years.
And your luckiest break? Getting out of reporting and into public
What is the biggest thing to hit your office in the past year? Sting in
Sneak us a good piece of gossip from your office One of the EVPs lives
in the house that Sheila E. built.
Number of PR dept. employees: 8
Address: 7075 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Phone: (952) 947-2450
Senior manager: Susan Hoff, SVP, IRO and public affairs
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