Staff Profile: Aimee Abby
Title: Human Resources Manager
Education: BA in Spanish, UC Santa Barbara, MA in Spanish, Middlebury College
How long have you worked for Flow Science?
I've worked for Flow Science for about a year and a half.
Why do you like working at Flow Science?
The small company, low key atmosphere, schedule flexibility, and intelligent, friendly employees are just a few of the things that make Flow Science a great place to work.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and how?
A lot of people have influenced me in my life, but I'd say most recently it would be my 5 year old daughter, Emma. Being her mother has really made me think about the kind of person I want to be, how I should live my life and treat others, and about the kind of world I want to help create for her future.
What is a typical day for you? What projects occupy most of your time?
Currently I am working with others on recruiting, interviewing and hiring an MPI Developer and a Software Engineer, and working with a consultant to review our compensation structure and benefits. Other typical things I work on are reviewing and recommending policies and procedures, employee benefit administration, employee surveys, employee immigration, and employee relations and communications.
Aimee Abby, Flow Science's Human Resource's Manager
What's the most challenging aspect of being in HR?
It's difficult having to suppress my inner Elaine (from Seinfeld).
What's the most surprising or funniest answer you've ever gotten in an interview?
It's not so much a single answer during an interview as the whole interview itself. I've interviewed a lot of people and the one that sticks out in my mind is the one when, after a few questions, the candidate said she was so tired and asked if she could take a nap. She climbed up on the desk and lay down, using the computer keyboard as a pillow! I found out later that she'd had a little too much to drink before that 9:00 a.m. interview. She didn't get the job. (Editor's note: This occurred in a prior job.)
Why is your computer named Catbert?
I am the original Evil Director of Human Resources. Scott Adams got that character from me.
What do you do in your spare time (when you're not at Flow Science)?
When I get a little bit of time to myself, I love to practice yoga and read. Mostly when I'm not at work, though, I'm trying to create memories for my daughter: reading to her, baking with her, taking her swimming, to play dates, to the Children's museum, playing Winnie the Pooh with her (I usually get to be Tigger). And a lot of picking up of toys, crayons and tiny plastic paraphernalia.
What is on your reading list? Do you have a recent favorite?
I'm currently reading The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. The other books on my nightstand are The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein; Drive by Daniel Pink; Everything Changes: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper; and The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory. The best book I've read in the past year was The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
What are your important accomplishments?
Sometimes I think reaching the age of 43 is pretty monumental.
How would you describe yourself?
Some days it's happy and excited to be living and working and parenting in Santa Fe, NM! Other days it's exhausted and crabby.
What helps you get out of bed each morning?
Depending on the day, it's usually either the alarm clock or the smell of freshly brewed coffee.
Who has the best Mexican food in New Mexico?
My favorite New Mexican food restaurant in Santa Fe is The Shed.