Positive communities created at work shape the way you live your life outside of work. Helen Whitby, the senior product manager of biopharma products in the marketing department at Phenomenex, says there is a major emphasis on philanthropy and environmental sustainment at the company. “It's something we’ve always done,” shared Helen
This sense of community creates a positive work environment for everyone working at Phenomenex.
When thinking about the company, Helen reflects on the word “team.” The company has always been focused on the customers and their experiences. The ability to be successful in providing a great customer experience stems from the camaraderie among internal team members. “I've never worked in a department at Phenomenex that lacks team connectivity,” said Helen. “I think we're very unique in that respect, and there is a lot of support globally and cross-organizationally as well.” She appreciates the opportunities she has had to develop real relationships with her colleagues outside of work during her time with Phenomenex.
Helen and her team never shy away from adversity. “We're not a team that gives up very easily; if the doors close on something, then we try to look for a side gate,” said Helen. Analyzing problems, taking them apart, and building out 10 different potential solutions gives Helen’s team an advantage over others. Taking the time to do all the small things can open up new ideas for solutions that others may miss because they didn’t take the proper time to investigate. Helen takes pride in her team’s ability to always go the extra mile.
With a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry, Helen was drawn to Phenomenex because of the variety of growth opportunities it presented. “The chance to work at Phenomenex piqued my interest because I would be able to apply all of my existing skills and expertise in analytical chemistry to a commercial environment and introduce our products to people who are developing new methods,” said Helen, “I liked the combination of that commercial element and the use of my analytical chemistry knowledge.”