Ever wonder what it would be like to graduate from college and immediately land your first full-time job offer?
Josh Reid, Cloud’s newest full-time Estimator, knows that exact feeling.
Josh graduated from Auburn’s McWhorter School of Building Science on December 14 and began his full-time position with Cloud shortly after on January 2.
The Cloud internship program is designed to give upperclass students helpful industry experience while they obtain their respective degrees. We differentiate ourselves from other industry leaders by giving interns the opportunity to work remotely while resourcing them to live balanced lives wherever they choose.
As the workforce begins to see the benefits of remote work, Cloud is establishing itself as an innovator in an industry that is traditionally field heavy with broad office support. In contrast to that, we are on a quest to expand coast-to-coast with both our team members and clients, allowing for localized and cost-effective solutions to Cloud’s services.
Consequently, our cloud-based model helps set interns up for future success when they transition to a full-time role.
For Josh, he had to balance his personal life, the rigor of the Auburn Building Science program, and estimating for Cloud’s preconstruction team. His noticeable and calculated efforts helped land him a transitional role from part-time intern to full-time team member following his graduation from Auburn.
Read more about Josh’s decision to “take the plunge”:
What sparked your initial interest in Cloud’s internship?
“One of my professors at Auburn gave me [our Managing Member] Lee Carroll’s card. He told me that this company might be one I’d be interested in working for. I did some research and saw Cloud’s approach to working remotely. So, I applied. I never actually had an official interview. One day, I ran into Lee and [our HR Manager] Caroline at Moe’s BBQ doing a promotion event in downtown Auburn. I told them who I was, and I gave Lee an elevator pitch on why I would be great choice as an intern for the upcoming fall semester. I received an internship offer letter the next week. The rest is history.”
What differentiates Cloud from other companies? How did this affect your choice to pursue Cloud?
“I really liked the remote aspect. I had worked as an estimator for another GC, and I felt like the work I was doing could be done from home. I also liked the smaller commercial projects that Cloud built and building good owner relationships for future repeat clients. For me it was a no brainer. I enjoyed the work I did as an intern, and financially it made sense to stay where I am. My girlfriend and friends are all in Auburn, and working for Cloud allowed me to stay in Auburn.”
Describe the ease/difficulty of balancing a school schedule and personal life with working for an innovative, fast-paced company.
“This past semester was by far my most difficult. The last semester in Auburn’s Building Science program is called “Thesis”. It is a very intense senior project. Add a job, and other classes’ schoolwork, and you have a student who is holding on for dear life. I didn’t have much of a social life outside of school and work. However, I knew that this was just a season in my life and if I made it through, I would be better off for it. So the Lord helped me persevere and now I am a graduate from a prestigious university, using my degree at a company that I enjoy working for. You can’t ask for much more.”
What was it like weighing the decision between potential career opportunities? Why did you choose Cloud?
“When I started looking at career opportunities, I had a few factors I was considering. I wanted to enjoy my work most of all. I wanted the company to have strong values. I wanted to enjoy my co-workers. Lastly, I wanted to be able to make a good living. Money isn’t everything. In the end, I had three offers. All offered various salaries, but it checked off everything I wanted in a career. I chose cloud because I believed that’s where the Lord wanted me, and I enjoyed my work.”
How do you live balanced? What about your workflow, environment, or other factors contribute to Living Balanced?
“I live in Auburn where I have lots of friends and my girlfriend. I think the key to living balanced is to make time for yourself and enjoy the things that bring you joy. Hanging out with my friends after work is a way that helps me reset and destress. My workspace is organized. If it is unorganized, it does affect my work and I can get distracted more easily. I also burn candles to keep my workspace a calming and comforting environment.”
What are two values (choose from below) that you believe our team(s) demonstrates the most? (Our values are precision, creativity, relationships, integrity, balance, stewardship, teamwork, simplicity)
“I would say the two [most demonstrated] values are teamwork and relationships. I think the precon team members work well together and enjoy talking to each other. For me, when I enjoy working with my coworkers, I am more productive. I think these two values go hand in hand. If there is good collaboration and teamwork, relationships will start to form and grow. These relationships bring teams together and they become more productive as a whole.”
How does your experience with Cloud set you up for future success in the industry?
“I think working for Cloud gives a person a unique perspective on the construction industry. I had never heard of remotely working in construction and it gives a new skill to someone who has never done it before. I also hadn’t worked in the commercial industry before. My experiences have been much better than my opportunities in the Public and Ministry sectors.”
What is your favorite part about working for Cloud?
“I like working from home. It gives me flexibility in my hours. It saves a lot of money on gas. And when I get off, I’m already home and can immediately start to relax. I enjoy the freedom and autonomy that working remotely allows. I also enjoy the team I get to work with daily. There is respect and a healthy learning environment that allows for growth for new members.”
We are currently accepting applications for internships! Apply on our Careers page, or email your résumé to email@example.com to be considered for an opening.