At iD Tech, we have many people here who have been with us for years and years. In fact, we have a Wall of Fame in our Main Office dedicated just to them.. that’s right, a whole wall!
One iDer in particular, Nina Lord, actually started with us out at camp 15 years ago!
Although her camp days are behind her, she keeps the camper spirit alive at our HQ as she now works on our engineering team. We had the chance to sit down with her in a one-on-one interview to learn more about her and her life at iD Tech!
Can you tell us about your iD journey?
“My first year with iD was as a camp instructor at our UCLA STEM camp in summer of 2003. Two years later, I discovered that the Main Office was hiring for year-round positions. I could tell from their website that they had improved the camp experience since I had been there, and I knew I wanted to continue my relationship with this company.
Over 12 years here, I've explored many positions, from client services support, to health/safety compliance, to university contracts and invoicing, finally landing in the engineering group; a perfect fit for my skills and interests. I love the people I work with and work for—some are truly rare gems.”
So you’re a Requirements Analyst currently at iD Tech. How would you describe what you do to a child?
“I learn from several people the best way to build something and then I write it down to give it to the people to build it.”
What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
“Finding a job that feels like a perfect fit for my abilities and interest.”
What’s your most memorable facepalm moment?
“Slipping on a banana peel in real life! I was in a parking lot and the outside of the peel was facing up, so when I stepped on it, it made the inside of the peel even more slippery.”
Before working at iD Tech what was the most interesting or unusual job you've had?
“I worked at a startup that was similar to Pandora, where my whole day was listening to different kinds of music and recording attributes of songs into a searchable database. I got introduced to all kinds of genres.”
What do you do for fun when you aren't working?
“I sing and play instruments at my church. I play guitar, piano and drums. Go kart racing was a short time of my life, also hiking and watching nature documentaries.”
What’s your favorite line from a film?
“Oh gosh, let me see. It’d probably be… ‘I'm a dude, playing a dude, disguised as another dude!’ That’s from Tropic Thunder.”
What is your guilty pleasure?
“Eating a few pieces of biodegradable packing peanuts. I think they’re made out of corn… I just can’t resist!”
Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day and why?
“Maybe if I had the ability, a Cirque du Soleil acrobat. Because then you get to fly all dressed up, and there’s a lot of teamwork involved as well as entertainment.”
What advice do you have for prospective candidates interested in working at iD Tech?
“We’re located in the Silicon Valley, but we are not a Silicon Valley tech company. We are a camp company. And if you don't love camp, then you won't get working here.”
iD Tech is not only a place for professional development but also for personal growth. We love our people and strive to give them all the tools necessary for success, and if we can help find the perfect fit for their skills and career goals along the way, that's a plus!