Chelsea Andrade, the administrative assistant for Geek Powered Studios in Austin, Texas, wears so many hats that she has jokingly given herself the title executive administrative office assistant.
Geek Powered is a startup that builds websites and provides SEO and pay-per-click services.
Andrade says she moved from a Fortune 500 corporation with rigid structures to her role at Geek Powered, and one of her challenges has been to adapt to a setting with more ambiguity.
“I sometimes find myself at a loss and even intimidated at the idea of uncertainty, but it’s fast becoming my favorite part because it allows me to learn to adapt,” she says. “I learn to ask lots of questions to make sure I’m getting the results my team needs from me, but I still get to do it my way.”
On a typical day, Andrade organizes the CEO’s schedule as well as her own, and prepares for client meetings. She touches base with clients, fields phone calls and keeps the office organized. Every Friday she gets the team mimosas, but beyond that she takes on duties as they come.
“I dabble in different areas and assist wherever I can, and that’s my favorite part,” she says. “I find myself learning new things and taking on new tasks.”
The culture in the office of about 25 people is one of the biggest rewards of the job, she says. They play “Super Smash Bros.” on breaks, and have “Magic: The Gathering” tournaments and bad-movie nights.
“Geek Powered is the first place that I don’t feel like I have to cover or hide any of my personality,” she says. “Everyone here is a pleasure to work with, and I can be myself in front of everyone.”