I have been with the same company for close to a decade and there are a couple of reasons that have contributed to my stay with this company.
The key reason is the great work culture and the fact that they create an environment where women can also excel and even take up high positions.
I started as a junior technician who would take customers through the process of uninstalling the washable filters, cleaning them then re-installing them as well as controlling the thermostat. After some time shadowing the best supervisors while they worked, I perfected my skills in more complex processes such as duct sealing and installing ductworks. The team that integrated me after I graduated from the apprentice program only had one female who was myself. After working with the team for a year, I became the senior leader. By then, we were specializing in air quality systems. This was such a great time for me, a woman leading the department. With the new position came new challenges. The men in the team did not believe in my skills in executing complex processes like the installation of air purification systems. They did not believe that I knew my way around complex heat and AC products. There are times I felt like I was doing a lot to prove myself to them. I would lead the team in increasing indoor air quality by executing a couple of things including keeping the air filters and air ducts clean via the duct cleaning process. Despite the challenges, I would always seek to improve my skills when it came to heating pumps and air purifiers. I now head a couple of departments at my company and I am the most recognized technician at the local business.