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Employee Spotlight: Meet Lauren

Abraham Mendieta | November 18, 2022

To grow professionally, find an organization that truly invests in your development. Just take it from Lauren, a software development team lead at Paycom’s corporate headquarters.

Lauren has grown with Paycom since starting as an intern six years ago. Every day, she enjoys the countless benefits of the company’s employee-centric culture.

A University of Oklahoma graduate with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science, Lauren represents the 26.7% of tech employees who are women, according to AnitaB.org. She helps change the narrative of a historically male-dominated industry.

Having advanced from intern to team lead, Lauren plays a vital role at Paycom. We interviewed her to learn how she’s grown and developed throughout her Paycom career.

What is your Paycom story?

I interned at Paycom for two summers while in college. Now, I’m celebrating over four years of working here full-time. I was recently promoted to team lead of software development. It’s been a privilege to witness Paycom’s growth over the past six years and grow along with it.

Why did you join Paycom?

During the recruiting process, every team member I met was so passionate about the organization and their work. The workplace culture has a great balance of “work hard, play hard,” and everyone wants each other to succeed. It’s just an inspiring place to work!

How do you define success?

By how much you grow in your role and develop as an employee. If you leave the office with something new that day, then that’s a success in my book.

What advice would you give a new employee for being successful at Paycom?

Ask questions! There’s no such thing as a dumb question. Every workplace has a learning curve, and Paycom is no exception. But there are so many talented and experienced team members who have been around for a long time. They’re always willing to answer any questions or help out in any way they can. I’m extremely thankful for the mentors I’ve had along the way.

What would you say to emerging women in tech?

Trust and surround yourself with people who uplift and encourage your growth. It’s okay to ask questions and be continually learning.

What’s one thing — either industry-related or not — you learned in the last month?

I’ve learned a lot about the importance of matching leadership styles to meet employee needs. This has been extremely helpful in my new role. Paycom is great about encouraging its employees to continuously develop industry skills as they advance their careers.

What is your favorite #PaycomPerk and why?

There are so many that it’s hard to pick. But if I had to choose, I’d say the $1-per-pay-period insurance and catered lunches! Qdoba and Chick-fil-A are my absolute favorites.

What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?

I love University of Oklahoma sports and spend every Saturday in the fall in Norman, watching football. I also play sand volleyball every Wednesday with a group of co-workers. If it’s related to sports, I’m there!

What’s your favorite place you’ve been or would like to travel to?

My favorite place to travel to is Mexico. I love the beach, and who doesn’t love all-inclusive vacations?!

A workplace like Paycom where you learn and grow is incredibly important and rewarding. Earlier this year, Comparably ranked Chad Richison and Paycom as the only Oklahoma-based executive and company on the site’s Best CEOs for Women and Best Companies for Career Growth categories.

If you’re ready to take your career to the next level and be part of a supportive team, check out our openings and apply today!

About the author
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Abraham Mendieta
As Paycom’s Recruiting Marketer, Abraham Mendieta helps the recruiting teams engage top talent and increase brand awareness. Mendieta is a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he earned degrees in both sociology and advertising. His efforts on Paycom’s recruitment marketing team include company culture; careers; and diversity, inclusion and belonging. Outside work, Abraham enjoys reading, going to the gym, spending time outdoors and hanging out with his family and friends.