Best Places spotlight: Avery Dennison offers challenges, career development

Hard work is recognized and valued at the No. 94-ranked company on our 2012 Best Places to Work in IT list.

When Rajeev Subbarao joined Avery Dennison a year ago, he welcomed the chance to do a job that had an impact on the business. "What's exciting to me is that I'm getting the opportunity to leverage IT to influence the growth of the company and make IT a true enabler," says Subbarao, an enterprise applications architect at the Pasadena, Calif., maker of adhesive products.

IT employees at Avery Dennison
IT staffers Susana Tamayo, Rajeev Subbarao, Rob Devers, Ryan Ramirez and Kavitha Nair. Credit: Avery Dennison.

He says his managers and peers are all approachable, friendly and open to new ideas. There's a collaborative atmosphere where hard work is recognized and valued.

Avery Dennison supports its employees' professional growth through a comprehensive career development program. It also promotes work/life balance with benefits such as summer hours that allow people to leave early on Fridays.

Marie Smith, vice president and IT business partner/materials, says all this contributes to a supportive culture. "It creates an environment where people come together to make things happen," she says. "It is a results-driven organization, but we value relationships."

Smith, who oversees 160 people, says her bosses hold her accountable for what her team accomplishes as well as the tone she sets. She points out, for example, that one leadership principle is to rally and empower workers, and she has set a goal to coach others to stay positive and be proactive.

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