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Employee Spotlight: Josh Packer

Nov 25, 2019

What is your position at Zennify and what do you do?

I am a Solution Architect at Zennify.


How long have you been working with Zennify?

A little over a year now.

How has Zennify supported you in your career goals?

Zennify has allowed me to work on a large variety of Salesforce orgs, in a variety of industries. It is really cool to see the flexibility of the platform and how it fits every industry and every business, and can be molded to specific company business practices. When I was running a large Salesforce org for a corporation, a consultant friend of mine told me "there is no substitute for reps". The more components and features of Salesforce you get exposed to, the stronger knowledge base you gain of the platform itself. Zennify has provided that experience for me.

What has your journey with Zennify looked like?

I came to Zennify knowing I wanted to be an architect and gain experience in all aspects of the Salesforce platform. I had 12 Salesforce certifications at the time. The variety of experiences I have had at Zennify have helped me to deepen my knowledge of all aspects of the platform, and get to work with components I would not have had the opportunity to elsewhere. I am now working on my 17th certification thanks to the experience I have gained here at Zennify.

What’s your favorite part of working for Zennify?

Definitely the people. We have a fantastic team with all levels of Salesforce expertise. It seems that everybody is committed to deepening their knowledge and growing their career, as well as delighting our clients with amazing solutions. Management is focussed on keeping the employees happy, so that we can focus on keeping the clients happy.

How has Zennify grown since you’ve been here?

Zennify has doubled in size since I joined just over a year ago. I remember that I was the 45th employee and HR was very happy because that meant we qualified for a better health insurance package, which we have since implemented. I believe we now have over 90 people. The team and the benefits keep getting better and better.

What does your average day look like?

I start with standup meetings to check in with my clients and teams, additional meetings (internal and client), then I spend most of the day designing solutions and working with other developers to build out client-specific solutions on the platform.

What advice do you have to other's who are considering a career in this industry?

Just do it! You can't go wrong. I just read on LinkedIn this morning about a white paper that is predicting 4.2 million new jobs in the Salesforce economy between now and 2024. It is not slowing down. Demand is great, and so are the salaries.

Is there anything else you would like to add about your experience and success with Zennify?

In his post entitled "What Kind of Company Should You Join", David Liu compared consulting and corporate jobs in the Salesforce industry. Zennify offers the best of both worlds. At Zennify, we get the benefit and accelerated learning potential of a consulting company, with the work-life balance of a corporate position.