We’re programmers, designers, security experts, cloud junkies, tech support superheroes, and more — but we’re also real humans, not the faceless robots some people like to imagine us as. The DreamTeam is made up of many hardworking talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our new Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do (on and off the clock), and how they keep DreamHost irreverent and fun — just the way we like it.
A Los Angeles native, Lashone Arreola is DreamHost’s Accounts Payable Coordinator. Lashone is responsible for paying all the bills for DreamHost, processing reimbursement requests for employees, and acting as the primary liaison between DreamHost and its vendors. She works internally with all departments to help insure AP compliance requirements are met, and that DreamHost’s AP payment processing procedures are effectively communicated. When she’s not working, Lashone enjoys reading (her all-time favorite book is Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings), snowboarding, wakeboarding, and golfing (she even has her own custom snowboard and golf clubs). A Long Beach resident, Lashone also spends her downtime riding her bike and spending time at the beach.
In today’s Employee Spotlight, we were pleasantly surprised to discover a lot about Lashone, including why she loves working at DreamHost so much, the best place she’s ever traveled to (you’ll never guess), her love for Nina Simone, and more. Read on!
On how she got the job with DreamHost:
I started working with DreamHost as a temporary agent back in June of 2011. I was assigned DreamHost by an accounting agency. It’s weird because at the time I was given the temp position, I had just completed an assignment working in an extremely corporate environment. I was asked to stay on as a permanent employee but passed on the offer. I wanted to move away from the more conservative business culture and find a work place that was less restrictive, and had a more relaxed feel. I was told by my assigning agent that DreamHost would be a great fit for what I was looking for. And she was right! During my tenure as a temp though, I begged, harassed and cajoled everyone from the CEO to the management team to consider me for a permanent position. All of them worked on my behalf and made it happen!
So you started at DreamHost as a temp, then moved on to a full-time position. What was that experience like for you?
I was a temp for over 8 months. This was mostly due to several changes that were taking place within the Finance & Accounting department. At the time I started, a search for the new Controller was in process. It was felt that any staffing decisions should be made once the Controller was in place. By the time I became a full-time permanent employee I was already fully inoculated into the DreamHost culture. But becoming a true employee of such a dynamic company was still a wonderful feeling. I felt now I had a real opportunity to share in the amazing things that were happening here.
What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? What is the number one challenge you face in your role?
I enjoy helping my fellow co-workers. I find joy in providing excellent service to our vendors and I welcome the opportunities available at DreamHost that make our work life that much better by promoting accessibility and transparency. My challenges, which are actually ongoing goals, lean toward continuous improvements and focusing on new and inventive ways to provide incredible service internally and externally. The AP department is unique in that it is the primary go-to source for information within finance for all departments. Our goal is to continue to be responsive and effective at all times!
What do you love most about working at DreamHost?
What I love most about working here at DreamHost is its absolute commitment to its values. The DreamHost way means to empower people, practice shameless honesty, give everyone a voice, speak hacker, embrace open source, practice flexibility, provide superhero service and be irreverent and fun. I love that DreamHost strives to infuse each and every one of us with the concepts and belief that a truly democratic company can exist.
If you could switch your job with anyone else at DreamHost for just one day, whose job would you want?
If I could switch jobs with anyone it would have to Brett, our VP of Brand & Community. He is just flat out too cool for school. Of course, I’d have to somehow become super smart and funny to pull it off for that day, but I would give it the old college try. He gets to write our insanely clever newsletters and heads a team of amazing people charged with letting the world know just how awesome we are. Yep, I’d be Brett for a day.
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
I haven’t had any weird jobs. The most interesting, I guess, would be when I worked as a party host at McDonalds. We used to set up parties for kids every Saturday morning and help Ronald McDonald in an out of his costume. It was disheartening (but, funny, really) when the kids would accidentally see Ronald without his costume head. You would have thought he stole Christmas!
Where’s the best place you’ve traveled to, and why?
Oddly enough when I tell people this, they are truly surprised. The best place I’ve ever visited was Des Moines, Iowa. The place was fabulous! The food, cultural vibe, college/capital atmosphere and diversity truly made it a trip worth taking.
What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
I lost a truly dear friend recently. Coping with that has been my biggest challenge to date.
How do you define success?
I define success as a state of happiness. Whether it be in moments or as goals strived for throughout one’s life, if the pursuit is filled with happiness, then that is the definition of success to me.
Words to live by — What are yours?
Words to live by? My mom has tons of them, but the one that resonates with me is “ Say what you mean and mean what you say”
If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead, famous, non-famous), who would it be and why?
Hands down I would have dinner with the incredible singer, songwriter and civil rights activists Miss Nina Simone. I would ask her what it was like, and what made her decide, at the height of her career, to challenge social injustice during the 60s. I would love to listen to her stories of Africa and of her time spent in Paris. It would be the best dinner of my life. Finally, I would ask her to sing “Feelin’ Good”, and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. If I had a second choice, it would be Michael Jackson because he was the king!