Paddio, headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, opened August 2020 with a crew of 20 and less than a year later has grown to more than 100 employees with an eye toward exponential growth.
“It’s great to be a part of something that’s growing from the ground up in Springfield,” said Stephanie Johnson, HR business partner at Paddio. “Anyone who joins the team is getting in on something really special.”
Paddio’s purpose is to make the home loan process faster and simpler. It is also a subsidiary of Veterans United, which was named by Forbes as the #1 place to work in Missouri and one of America’s Best Employers in 2020.
It’s not necessary to have a financial or mortgage background to join the team at Paddio. In fact, the staff is made up of people who come from diverse career backgrounds including teaching, real estate, construction management, fitness training and restaurant management just to name a few. “It’s wonderful to see what a group with these diverse backgrounds brings to the table,” said Johnson.
Ryan Kluttz, director of production, cited the company’s core values as being easily translatable from work to life outside of work. “We look for people who already embody these principles.”
Paddio core values:
“We have great technology and a great product that we’re so excited about but without great people backing those up, we can’t win. We work on our culture to the degree that we do because we know that’s what will attract the people we need to build this brand,” said Kluttz.
“It’s not just about the numbers,” said Kyle Langham, loan officer. “So much of the focus is on the people and making sure they feel comfortable and equipped to do their jobs. The numbers come because they hire good people.” Langham said this allows employees to take more ownership of their role in helping the company succeed.
“In most jobs, it seems like ‘culture’ exists for about an hour during the orientation and then once you start working, that’s gone,” said Christopher Compton, loan officer. “There is a very clear vision of where the company is going and everyone here is really protective of it.”
“The culture here is just beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. You walk in on day one and feel like you’ve known these people your entire life,” said Casie Brower, loan officer development. “Not only can you have a career that allows you to be successful and make good money, you’ll also love what you do.” Brower even recruited her husband, a former firefighter, to join the team.
Brower mentioned that there’s no fighting over leads or competing to outdo one another at Paddio. “Everyone can win, and we want everyone to win. I think that’s why Paddio stands out. We want everyone to sit at the table.”
“It’s really easy to just be yourself. I don’t think I’ve ever had a job where on Sunday evening, I’m really looking forward to going to work the next day,” said Compton. “It’s really inspiring in a way. You really feel like you’re a part of something.”
Kluttz says, “You don’t have to change who you are to work here.”
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