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Corporate Culture

Joining the Ropella Group is like joining a new family. Numerous team building exercises and outings bring Ropella’s team members together so that working together just comes naturally. Productivity is driven through investing in people. Each member of Ropella feels his or her own unique role in building the company’s success. Families come first at Ropella, and employees are encouraged to have a healthy work-life balance.
New hires will be welcomed into the Ropella family with specialized and individual onboarding attention, rather than outmoded “orientation” methods. Regular performance reviews and opportunities for advancement promote a solid foundation for success and an environment for a fulfilling career. As we like to say: We work together; we learn together, and we play together.
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Skills vs Attitudes:

What's more important Skills or Attitude? "We hire for attitude and train for skills" is the motto of South West Airlines, and we think they're on to something great. Here at Ropella, we know the best team members are not necessarily those with the most credentials - they are the ones with great character and attitude.

Essential Attitudes:

  • Humility At All Times
  • Honesty To A Fault
  • Hunger to Succeed
  • Common Sense Smart
  • Eager to Learn and Improve

A Great Ropella Employee Is:

  • Well Organized
  • Self Disciplined
  • A Focused Listener
  • A Sales Professional
  • A Relationship Builder
  • Interested In Mastering Work
Standards of Behavior:

I am focused on meeting client expectations and following directions from my direct supervisor.

  • I will represent the Ropella Group professionally in a respectful manner in all areas of communication: emails, phone calls, and face to face meetings.
  • I will protect our client’s corporate privacy and candidate’s personal information privacy.
  • I will make every effort to address our clients and candidate’s needs and wants, while promoting a positive Ropella experience. I’m all about aligning expectations.

I conduct myself responsibly.

  • I take ownership for my work, and will follow-up diligently with all assigned tasks and searches.
  • I arrive to work on time, avoid distractions, and stay until work is completed.
  • I provide timely notice about vacations.
  • I follow the Ropella dress code.
  • I hold in confidence all private Ropella Group information.

I recognize and reward the contributions of others.

  • I treat everyone with respect.
  • I support and recognize positive qualities of all members of the Ropella Group.
  • I value the contributions of all members of the team regardless of job, role, or title.
  • I recognize and encourage positive behaviors.

I passionately pursue excellent performance.

  • I bring enthusiasm to and show that I enjoy the work I do.
  • I perform my job with excellence.
  • I seek out learning opportunities to enhance my skills and ability to serve.
  • I share my knowledge with others.
  • I follow all policies and procedures.
  • I recognize change for improvement is necessary.
  • I ask for help if a concern is beyond my knowledge, ability, or scope of authority.

I accept ownership of the organization’s success.

  • I work towards Ropella Group’s financial success.
  • I use resources (time, personnel, and equipment) wisely.
  • I take personal responsibility for Ropella Group’s successful fulfillment of its mission and goals.
  • I stay current with Ropella Group communications.
  • I promote cooperation between departments/sites.
  • I take the initiative in maintaining the cleanliness and safety of Ropella Group’s facilities.

I communicate effectively.

  • I listen openly, and acknowledge others’ ideas and concerns in a respectful manner.
  • When I have questions or concerns on issues, I present them directly to the individual in question and try to resolve it directly and professionally. If not resolved I then notify my direct supervisor. At no time do I pull others who are not involved into back office debates, backstabbing, or gossip.

CEO Blog:

Spring Forward Event 2018

Spring Forward Event 2018

May 02, 2018

If you regularly follow Ropella, you know that we like to work hard and play hard. We engaged in both of these long-standing traditions last Friday with our Spring-Forward Event. Our morning was devoted to professional development. After lunch, it was all about fun (and competitive) team-building!

Images clockwise from top left:  Communication presentation from a Ropella Client Partner; the men of Ropella playing Ultimate Frisbee; a game of Giant Kerplunk; and the Ropella team studiously listening to Sales & Marketing guru Dr. Bob Kimball’s presentation on Time Management.

ACS 2018

ACS 2018

April 18, 2018

Ropella Update: Last week, Jeff Bennett (VP Client Partnership Development; pictured at bottom) and Christian Hogue (Manager CPD; pictured in top right) traveled to Indianapolis, IN, for the 2018 American Coatings Show & Conference (ACS).

Jeff and Christian met with leaders across the industry, from small niche manufacturers to household names, though we noted that we were meeting with many more small-company executives than in years past. One Director of R&D from a concrete-color producer mentioned that there were more entrepreneurs at the show than ever before.

Even more telling, many of the executives we spoke to described record-breaking growth – divisional year-over-year growth of 10 to 20%. This rapid expansion is a great opportunity to build your relationship with an executive search partner like Ropella - and even consider Recruitment Process Outsourcing. By bringing in hiring experts to focus on building your team, you free yourself up to focus on higher-level strategic planning to sustain the growth you're currently experiencing.

My Nephew - Commander of the Presidential Helicopters

My Nephew - Commander of the Presidential Helicopters

March 23, 2018

Yesterday, my nephew, Colonel Eric Ropella (of the U.S. Marine Corps) was promoted to commander of the Presidential Helicopters, including Marine One. We are very honored to count Colonel Ropella as a member of the ROPELLA family and would like to express our deepest gratitude for his long and loyal service to our country. In the pictures, you can see me with Colonel Ropella, as well as me sitting in the pilot's seat.
Patrick & Robbie Ropella Visit Madison & Chicago

Patrick & Robbie Ropella Visit Madison & Chicago

March 14, 2018

This past week, Robbie and I were in Madison, WI, and Chicago, IL, practicing our work-life balance. This trip fulfilled both: visiting with Robbie’s family as well as attending several business meetings. Both are essential to Ropella’s core values; everything in life is about relationships, so we always find time for these relationship-building trips.

First we visited Hoffman Estates to meet with Tate & Lyle. T&L is the world’s leading sweetener company, committed to “helping [their] customers make food healthier and tastier.” The Ropella Group has a strong business partnership with T&L, and we look forward to strengthening this key relationship.

From there, Robbie and I headed to downtown Chicago, where we conducted career coaching sessions with corporate executives. (Our job is about much more than just “recruiting”. It’s not enough to fill positions – we want to ensure everyone we work with has the tools to be successful.)

The hiring game has changed a lot in the last year, and we educate our clients on what economic shifts we see taking hold. Executives are often surprised when they realize the scope of the talent war, and what competitive offers really look like in 2018. Do you need some direction? Give Ropella a call today!

Chicago Again

Chicago Again

November 07, 2017

Proof that you can truly work from anywhere:  In this picture, I’m in the Atlanta airport, squeezed inside the coat closet behind the Delta desk.  When it comes down to it, we do whatever it takes to meet the needs of our clients… Even if that means squeezing into a little cubby in a crowded airport to take an important call, where they can hear me speak.

Last week was a whirlwind.  In addition to high-level discussions with a major brand name in consumer products for a large multi-search project, a new retainer with a leading skin care and cosmetics company for a senior executive and finalizing the placement of an exceptional candidate into a CTO role with a major chemicals manufacturer; Robbie and I made our way back to Chicago at the request of a global Food Industry client for meetings with key leaders to develop and drive an aggressive growth strategy with over a dozen new searches.

Looks like this last quarter of 2017 is going to be very busy, my favorite kind of busy, helping our clients Grow their Great Companies. 

YMCA Corporate Cup Games

YMCA Corporate Cup Games

November 01, 2017

One of Ropella’s more fun traditions is participating in the local YMCA Corporate Cup Games.  Last weekend we made our second annual appearance… And took home Third Place for the Small Company Division!  (Robbie and I are pictured above, accepting our award.)

Of course, most of my employees and I are extremely competitive, as we all really want to win.  Those of you who follow my blog know I’m a fan of compiling the pictures I take at various events.    As you can see from the smiling faces, we didn’t take ourselves too seriously. I think one of our Executive Search Consultants, Cathy, said it best: “The whole day was fun… [and it was] great to see our team laughing and having a good time.”

In addition to the athletic events, each company had two optional creative tasks to undertake before the day of the competition.  One was designing shirts for the team to wear, and one was to create a homemade banner.  Both the shirt and banner had to keep with the theme of the day, which was “Reach for the Stars”.  The banner was all about recreating Starry Night by Van Goh, with the addition of a few people reaching for the stars.  All day, we had people asking whether it had really been hand-painted, or if we’d had it printed.

Tug of war was the final event of the day, and even though we didn’t make it past the first round, my team dug down deep.  I am constantly appreciative that my employees put their all into everything they do, and this was no exception.  While most of the faceoffs were decided quickly one way or the other, our battle took by far the longest, and our resolve did not slip once.

Overall, it was definitely a great day.  We’ve got more exciting adventures on the horizon around the office, including our yearly pre-Christmas getaway to Destin (and our annual Gingerbread House Competition, which is always fierce). Stay tuned!

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