Michael Henry enjoying some down time at HxGN LIVE 2019 in Las Vegas. Kind of makes you want to go, huh?
More than 2,500 awesome people in 50+ countries work for Hexagon PPM, empowering our clients to transform unstructured information into smart digital assets. With our solutions in hand, they visualize, build, and manage structures and facilities of all complexities, ensuring safe and efficient operation throughout the entire life cycle.
In our “Life at Hexagon” blog, we will introduce you to some of the interesting people and fabulous places that call us home.
LIFE AT HEXAGON: Featuring Michael Henry
Tell us what you do at Hexagon PPM, where you’re located and how long you’ve worked here.
I’m a quality assurance engineer for Intergraph Smart Construction, located in Huntsville. I’ve worked here for 4.5 years.
Before working at Hexagon PPM, what was the most unusual/interesting job you’ve ever had?
I was an engineering co-op for a Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Alabama.
How do you balance career and family?
I strive to work well and efficiently with my hours at work so that the time outside of it can be protected for other various activities, such as time with friends, working with high school students at my church, etc.
How has Hexagon helped you in your career development?
This being my third job at Hexagon, I’ve been able to explore and try out different teams and different jobs to get a feel for what I enjoy here, and what I don’t. With that, everyone I’ve surrounded myself with has also been more concerned that I’m where I want to be in regards to my career, rather than just enjoying my job. That’s something that I value from Hexagon, and it isn’t easy to find that at most places.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Hexagon, whose job would you want?
I don’t know of any specific person in the company who does this, but I would like a job where I am well-networked with the entire company and then get a chance to hear our customers’ needs and do what I can to get them what they need. At the end of the day, I feel like a job well done is when everyone walks away getting what they need. Customers can bring their problems to me, I can go to the respective parties in PPM to provide the solutions, and PPM/customer relationships become stronger and more established.
What advice do you have for prospective Hexagon candidates?
Realize that this is a place with several great benefits that can’t fully be understood in an offer letter. Relationships with the people you work with, the attention to your career, the ability to move around within the company to find the job that fits you best … all of these qualities about a company are hard to find, but Hexagon possesses them well! As you consider Hexagon, the question you need to ask everyone you meet here is, “Why do you still work here? What is it about Hexagon that you enjoy the most?” That will be the information that should make the most difference.
What are three words to describe Hexagon?
Relaxed, career-oriented, relational.
What has been your favorite project at Hexagon?
I have enjoyed working with Intergraph Smart Construction. The team is small enough that it feels like a start-up, where my ideas are still taken into consideration just as highly as a customer’s. At the same time, as I work and talk with upper management, there is so much potential in the market for our software to realize, and we’re on the cusp of becoming untouchable with what the software offers the construction industry. That’s something I want to continue being a part of!
Any random personal facts you could share with us?
I always carry a Bic mechanical pencil with me, usually behind my right ear.
Best vacation you’ve had?
Cape Town, South Africa
Do you have a favorite quote?
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky” ( and Michael Scott!)
If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
The launch of MTV
What advice would you give to recent new hires?
Always find ways to communicate your career goals to the people you work with and the people you work for. Having a team of supporters helping you achieve your desires makes it a lot easier for them to become realities!
What is the first concert you attended?
Warped Tour 2008
What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
Money isn’t everything, and a better-paying job isn’t worth it if you don’t receive the support you need from the job.
Interested in joining the Hexagon PPM team? Learn more about our culture and employment opportunities here.