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Meet the Team: Megan LaPlante from Finance

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Meet the Team is a recurring series on the PowerReviews blog, allowing you to get to know the people behind our success.

We recently sat down with PowerReviews Senior Accountant, Megan LaPlante, to chat about Razor scooters, volunteering, and what it’s like to work on the finance team.

Megan LaPlante | PowerReviews

How does PowerReviews compare to other places you’ve worked in the past?
I’ve worked at companies with buttoned-up cultures and companies more open and collaborative. I definitely prefer the latter. I learned from experience that I hate cubicles and the culture they bring. The tech companies I have worked for, including PowerReviews, allow me to be my quirky self and encourage interaction amongst departments. Considering I’ve worked in both extremes, I’ll never take that for granted. I’m also an avid online shopper who puts a lot of value on reviews, so it’s easy for me to get behind our product.

Looking at numbers all day can be overwhelming for non-finance folks. What do you love about it?
I wouldn’t use the word love to describe my feelings about numbers. I LOVE gelato. I sort-of-kind-of like numbers. I do love interacting with departments about their spend and forecasts which help them to make business decisions. And I’d be lying if I didn’t confess to geeking out at a great Excel formula or macro.

What’s the best part about working at PowerReviews?
Would it be lame if I said the fleet of Razor scooters? They seriously bring me so much joy. The Finance team is small, but mighty. We are a close knit team who has a lot of fun together. Plus, it’s great to work on a team who actually covers for you while you go on vacation. No more fearing the mountain of work waiting on your return.

You’re involved with NFTE, one of PowerReviews’ volunteer initiatives. Can you explain a little about what you do and why you love it?
NFTE (Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship) is a really neat program. They partner with schools and build an entrepreneurial mindset and startup skills in youth from under-resourced communities. There are 10+ volunteers from PowerReviews that go spend a morning with the students twice a semester and offer help virtually when needed. In October, we helped to workshop and shine elevator pitches for their businesses. There are some really fantastic ideas coming out of that classroom. I think volunteering and giving back is important, and it’s great to work for a company that thinks so too.

Do you have a favorite way to unwind after work?
My heart says to go home and snuggle into the couch and literally Netflix and chill after work, but my brain pushes me straight to the gym most nights. I always feel so much better and less stressed when I’m done. I also love a good glass of red wine and a puzzle session.

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