How Pariveda Solutions Powers a Grassroots Learning Culture
“Learn. Coach. Give.” — That’s not just Pariveda’s mantra for its customer relationships; it’s also the mindset that drives the company’s innovative learning culture.
As a 650-person consulting company, Pariveda helps companies creatively solve complex business, technology and organizational challenges. This holistic approach with clients mirrors Pariveda’s internal talent development strategy. By “growing people towards their highest potential,” Pariveda powers successful outcomes for their employees, their customers and ultimately, their communities. “That’s really our purpose as a company, based on the vision of our founder and CEO,” says Ted Cogan, Talent Development Projects Lead.
Challenge: Scale consistent career development
Pariveda strives to balance the growing demands of consulting work with consistent employee development. Each consulting project requires different skill sets, which ideally should match the assigned employee’s growth trajectory. “We want to balance our clients’ outcomes with our employees’ growth. So even if an employee has been on a project long-term, we continuously assess how well the role suits the employee’s skill level. In some cases, if the employee has outgrown the project at hand, we might encourage employees to move to a different project and challenge themselves while still providing the best experience possible to our clients.”
Additionally, Pariveda recognizes the need for career pathing to keep employees engaged as the company grows. Having clear, consistent expectations empowers employees to architect their future, no matter how new or tenured they are.
Lastly, Pariveda wants to provide different options for career growth. “We don’t just want to see specialization because we know that can limit our employees’ career options,” says Ted. “We want more of a well-rounded development model so that employees choose their own career journeys.”
Solution: Create a path for employee growth
To guide these career journeys, Pariveda presents employees with five role personas to choose from: Professional, Architect, Leader, Player/Coach, Advisor. To break down these personas, Pariveda’s team offers level-based expectations. “Your level doesn’t dictate the work you do,” Ted says. “It just clarifies expectations so that you can define success as you grow.”
Having evaluated platforms like Pluralsight and LinkedIn Learning, Pariveda’s talent team chose Udemy for Business. Not only did they love Udemy’s variety of content, but they appreciated the breadth of courses for mastery of critical topics. With the flexibility of Udemy’s mobile apps, employees could master these topics from anywhere, anytime. Best of all, the simplicity of the UX provided an elegant learner experience, encouraging the team to embed Udemy into each employee’s Pariveda journey.