Life at PiP Stories

Life at Partners in Performance is fast-paced, challenging and supportive. But don’t just take our word for it – hear what life is like, directly from our team.

A unique onboarding experience - Ahmed's story

At Partners in Performance, we pride ourselves on attracting, retaining and developing the very best talent around the world. With that, we recognise the importance of building a workplace that is welcoming, inclusive and promotes a sustainable lifestyle. We’re focused on four key areas to help our people unleash their potential, both in and out of work:

  • Unleashing flexibility

    Everyone’s needs are different when it comes to balancing work and personal life. Our goal is to ensure each person is given the resources and flexibility to make that balancing act work for them. In some regions this means offering additional short-term unpaid leave, allowing a total of six or eight weeks of annual leave. Whether it’s taking a ‘career break’ to fulfill personal goals such as travelling the world or having the ability to work from home to spend more time with family, we work with each person to put in place the best solution for their lifestyle.

  • Unleashing family

    If expecting a new family member or serving as a primary caregiver, we want to make life as easy as possible. We do this through paid parental leave (up to 16 weeks for Primary Caregiver and 3 weeks for Secondary Caregiver) and offering ways to balance work and family commitments. In some situations, where partners and family members need to be together and there is a requirement to travel on engagement, we work with them on a case-by-case basis to find a solution that works.

  • Unleashing diversity

    Diversity isn’t just a buzzword - it’s vital to our culture, policies and systems. We recognise that diversity is imperative to a great work environment, and it’s part of what makes our people so interesting to work with. Our ethnic, gender, religious, political or sexual orientations may be different, but it’s these differences that allow us to bring new and unique ideas to the table. Whether it’s working with our senior women to support women in the workplace, or reviewing our hiring practices, we are continuously striving to improve our initiatives in this area.

  • Unleashing inclusiveness

    As part of our extensive internal training, we strive to ensure every person is aware of what it means to be inclusive and how unconscious bias can affect those around them. We actively coach our team so they understand the importance of their words and actions being fair and fact-based.

 

Now hear from our team

Meet Ahmed, Associate from our Middle East team. Ahmed joined us earlier this year and has shared the highlights of his first few months at Partners in Performance. Find out about his onboarding experience with us below... 

As a way of introduction, my name is Ahmed, and I applied to Partners in Performance late in 2018. After a very interesting interview process, I had the chance to learn, share my stories, and meet the most amazing people from the Dubai office. After hearing from one of my interviewers that “we are not here to challenge you but set you up to succeed”, I immediately knew this was the place that I wanted to be, and I started with the Dubai office in early 2019.

My first day

I truly believe that the first day at work, or school is usually an underwhelming experience. I mean, what normally happens is that you get a lot of introductory content that you will likely forget the next day, you don't know anyone else on the team, and you start to learn at a snail pace. However, at Partners in Performance my experience was quite different.

On my first day, I was given the chance to shadow Anthony, one of our Directors in the Middle East region, in a meeting full of Arabic speakers (none of whom realised that I also spoke the language). One of the speakers, speaking in Arabic, was discussing whether to accept the proposal of an engagement. It was a daunting moment for me,  as one of my previous roles was to evaluate proposals from other management consulting firms, and now I found myself on the other side of the discussion. Having this experience on my first day gave me a great appreciation of how Partners in Performance creates a culture of empowerment that allows each employee to truly thrive. As a result, my first day was an incredibly enjoyable experience and I knew that it would be the right place for me to belong.

Our growing Middle East team!

Balancing work with my passions

Before or after work, I enjoy swimming competitively and my speciality is in sprint 50m and 100m Freestyle and Butterfly. Why swimming? Well, it is the perfect sport for the summer heat in the Middle East!

Ahmed Abushomi - swimming 1-1

A glimpse of my swimming career

The other two things that keep me busy outside of work is my Australian cockatiel that wakes up and shouts whenever a stranger comes by, and an African grey parrot that speaks to tell us who has arrived. Along with the fact that I grew up in the Middle East, but residing in the UK for the past seven years prior to relocating to Dubai, I (and my birds) definitely fit in with the company's geographical span.

Ahmed Abushomi - cockatiel  Ahmed Abushomi - grey parrot

My two very vocal birds

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues in the Middle East and North Africa region for making my first few months at Partners in Performance a great experience – especially the Dubai office for their continuous support, the nice herbal tea and the daily mentorship.

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A group photo at our recent UP Day - which stands for 'Unleashing Potential'

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Team building at  UP Day (I'm on the far right)

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