Sometimes not knowing is the best asset you have.—30+ days ago
Mission: Transforming Organizations Transforming the World
Sometimes not knowing is the best asset you have.
Gap International's Eric Jackson on http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIfGF
Transforming Organizations Transforming the World
This is Gap International’s purpose and our only work. For more than 30 years we have built expertise and a track record of results in transforming the performance of executives and their organizations from the expected to the extraordinary.
Our breakthrough methodologies, tools, and programs are continuously at work inside many leading global organizations, government agencies, businesses and non-profits of all shapes and sizes across dozens of industries. We are earning a worldwide reputation for partnering with executives and their organizations to deliver breakthrough results, for developing executives and their teams into powerful, effective and dynamic leaders, and for engaging leaders and teams at all levels to deliver outstanding results for their organizations.
Gap International works with leaders in transforming organizations in a variety of ways, including enterprise-wide consulting initiatives, breakthrough diagnostics and measurement tools, as well as leadership and team growth and performance programs (both in person and online).
Regardless of the scope of work, our consulting services, tools and programs are for leaders who see changing the way people think as a necessary pathway for executing strategy and accomplishing their most ambitious objectives. The context of everything we do is breakthrough – breakthrough thinking, execution, leadership, strategy and performance – with an intense focus on outcomes.
BREAKTHROUGH ENTERPRISE CONSULTING: AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD A CAREER
A consulting career at Gap International will provide you with constant growth opportunities and the ability to make a meaningful contribution to the global marketplace.
COMMITMENT TO BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE AND INNOVATION
The same intense focus we bring to our clients, we bring to Gap International to fulfill our results. We pride ourselves in the belief that there is no limit to your growth at Gap International. The environment is one of innovation - everyone is free to create and become innovators regardless of their function. We have moved away from the idea that only a few creative types possess the special capability to innovate. Rather, we believe that everyone can learn to be innovative in all aspects of the organization. At Gap International, you have the opportunity to create something new and embrace the best thinking of everyone around you.
When your orientation to your job is less about performing tasks, and more about making a difference, you become exponentially more effective in producing extraordinary results. Gap International's purpose is Transforming Organizations Transforming the World. We are a purpose-driven organization and our associates always find some aspect of themselves inside of our purpose.
Gap International was founded in 1978 by Ms. Pontish Yeramyan. The original mission of the company was to provide cross-cultural training for executives and their families relocating overseas to accelerate their cultural integration as well as impact their productivity.
In 1980, Ms. Yeramyan began a relationship with the Wharton School Applied Research Center, bringing her expertise in cultural integration to the management of family-held corporations, causing breakthroughs in alignment and effectiveness through communication between owners, family and non-family management.
By 1985, Gap's organizational consulting practice had expanded to include public corporations, partnering with executives and teams to produce breakthrough results – results that seemed unpredictable. The methodologies that were developed focused on breakthrough thinking, leadership, team and high performance improvement and made a lasting difference to the productivity of thousands of executives. During this period, Gap International won two Inc. 500 awards for being one of the fastest growing companies in America.
As Gap International continued to grow, the company actively invested in research and development to meet the emerging needs of its clients. Today, at the core of all partnerships is a relentless focus on the delivery of specific, measurable breakthrough outcomes, including building the kind of environment and leadership necessary to have these outcomes be realized. The company has invented a wide array of tools, diagnostics andprograms all focused on developing the capability to deliver dramatic improvements in performance, breakthrough outcomes and sustainable growth. It has also continued to expand its consultant base both domestically and internationally, working with leaders of corporations and government agencies in multiple capacities around the world.
I worked at Gap International full-time
I was with the company for 10 years. It was my first job out of college, and I would say the job that shaped me into the executive I am today. I moved on because I was at a place in my life where I couldn't keep up with the consulting life style anymore.
- At Gap I was encouraged to attend graduate school and get my MBA, while working full time. Not only was this supported in terms of me taking the needed time away from the office, it was financially supported as well
- I literally traveled the world, and sat at board room tables with some of the most senior executives at some of the largest and most powerful companies in the world, if that isn't training, then I don't know what is
- In addition to consulting, everyone also has an internal function, which makes you incredibly marketable if and when you decide to move on from Gap. I found it very easy to get a new job in exactly the industry I wanted at the exact level I wanted
- In addition to just having a function, Gap believes in tours of duty, giving people the opportunity to try out many different things while at the company. I started out in marketing, went to internal training and development and ended up in HR (simply because I expressed the desire)
- I made life long friends. When I got married, half of my wedding attendees were from Gap, and a few were even in my wedding, and so where their kids!
- Sometimes I wasn't exactly clear what my career path was. I didn't know what boxes I had to tick in order to get to the next place
- While I happened to be pretty good at the "mandatory" business development/sales aspect of the job, I never really enjoyed it, and I know plenty of people found it to be the worst and most stressful part of the job
- Since my family lived far away, sometimes I did find the required company meetings to interfere with personal time. It was easy to get jealous of those who worked with their family members, so it didn't matter to them that they couldn't get away for Christmas or Father's day
- I understand the strong "culture" isn't for everyone, I loved it, but it can really get under people's skin!
Advice to Management
Create career paths for people so they can look back and see how they have grown, and look forward to see what is needed for them to get to the next place...make it less subjective.
This was a great place to build my career. When I went to find new jobs afterwards, having consulted senior executives, having an MBA and also an internal function made me incredibly desirable to would-be employers.
I applied online. I interviewed at Gap International.
The hiring process was pretty long. I had to talk to 7 different people on the phone over the course of several weeks, then was flown in to simultaneously participate in the company's flagship 3-day seminar program, while also doing 2 interviews a day before and after hours. Final interview was in front of all the VPs (like 18 at the time I think) and I just had to openly talk about myself with little to no prompting on what to say.
Pretty much all interview questions were behavioral. There was little to no assessment of skill needed for the job.