By signing up you accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy
T Rowe Price Group Inc

Navigating as a New Hire

Advice from a New Associate at T. Rowe Price

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt everyday life, but new employees are still onboarding at T. Rowe Price. In-person meet and greets are Zoom calls, a first day lunch is a virtual hangout, and starting your first day involves a help desk call.

The onboarding vehicles have changed, but the purpose of the process has not. Onboarding aims to give new employees a strong start and tools for success. And, like everything here, it's done with a collaborative spirit. New hires shared their experiences and offered advice on navigating the virtual halls of the firm.

Focus on Building Relationships.

At T. Rowe Price, relationships are key. As a highly collaborative company, it's important to develop networks right from the start. Your manager will have a list of "meet and greets" on Day One. Be prepared to ask questions:

  1. Tell me about your role.
  2. How do you expect our roles to interact? (Or how have our roles traditionally interacted?)
  3. What does it take to be successful in this role?
  4. What is your preferred method of communication?

Be Proactive about Social Interactions.

Having strong connections at work is a great way to build happiness both physically and emotionally. But in a remote environment, there's no coffee pot or courtyard to mill around and chat. At T. Rowe Price however, your colleagues are likely socializing in different ways.

Ask your team or your manager about social events. Your team may have water cooler chats or virtual happy hours to maintain connections. Also, consider incorporating 1:1 chats with folks, inside and outside your team, to learn about the organization and to network.

Ask If an Onboarding Buddy is Available.

You may have the opportunity to partner with an onboarding buddy. They are typically veteran employees who can explain the rules of the road. An onboarding buddy can also help build your network, provide role clarity, and highlight the nuances of the organization.

Lean on Your Colleagues

Starting a new job can be stressful but can be amplified in a virtual environment. To acclimate to a new role and the firm, associates recommend:

  1. Get ready in the morning just like you would for the office.
  2. Use video during meetings to connect names to faces.
  3. Ask questions (even uncomfortable ones) to understand how things work.
  4. Take frequent breaks like you would in the office for coffee, snacks, and pets vying for attention.

T. Rowe Price is often described, by our staff, as a global company with a community feel. Whether in the office or on Zoom, associates connect and help each other. Having a collaborative nature is a key to success at the firm. Just as important, is having a trusted network to counsel, support and when needed, humble you to make sure you thrive at the firm.

Take the advice of new hires and find your place at T. Rowe Price.


How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

Career Advice

How to Scale: 3 Tips from VTS’s Jess Scott on How to Go from 200 to 1,000 Employees

Remember when, in movies from the late 1990s, characters who were looking for a job would leaf through a newspaper's classified section to see who was hiring?

Jess Scott has been running HR teams and talent acquisition teams since then. "You would circle in red pen the job they're going to go apply for. That's how you applied!" she says, laughing. "Sending emails, especially with attachments, was still a very new thing."

Career Advice

5 Tips to Grow Your Career In Tech Sales

Insight from Rain Hu, RVP of Sales at Elastic

One of Rain Hu's favorite moments of the day is her early morning run. "I run six kilometers minimum daily, rain or shine," she says. "I enjoy the time alone because it allows me to have time for self-reflection and self-conversation."

The discipline that it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle is carried throughout her life. As a wife, mother of two young boys, and sales leader, Rain optimizes her time so that she can show up fully and authentically in all aspects of her life.


[VIDEO ▶️ ] Prepare for Your Interview With Helix

📼 Watch the video to get super valuable interview tips from Suzanna Earle, lead recruiter and DEI co-lead at Helix—the leading population genomics company working at the intersection of clinical care, research, and genomics.


Common Technical Interview Mistakes (and What to Do Instead)

You're perfectly qualified, you've arrived on time, and you're ready for your technical interview. What could possibly go wrong?

Technical interviews can be a mind wracking experience for job seekers. Everyone makes mistakes, but according to interviewers, candidates for tech positions are prone to a number of common interview blunders. To avoid them, it's helpful to know what they are.

© Rebelmouse 2020