Monica Khun, Senior Human Resources Generalist
Can you share what you do at Oncopeptides each day?
Each day is a little different, which is one of the reasons I like my job so much! I am a “Jill of all trades” in human resources. I spend most of my time onboarding new hires so they will have a smooth transition into their roles. I also stay in touch with these individuals on an ongoing basis so they continue to feel supported at Oncopeptides. Additionally, I spend a lot of time with employee engagement initiatives and managing our benefit programs.
As a human resources generalist, you must hear quite a bit about the reasons people decide to join Oncopeptides. What are the most common themes you hear?
First, many staff members tell me they joined Oncopeptides because they wanted to make an impact on a growing company, and there are certainly many opportunities for people to make their mark here. Second, people find it exciting to join a European company that is still relatively new in the United States. Working with an international organization broadens a person’s career experience and exposes them to different ways of thinking. For many of us, working at Oncopeptides has been one of the most rewarding periods of our careers.
Why did you decide to join Oncopeptides?
“Laying down the railroad tracks,” as I call it, has always interested me. Building out the human resources department and setting up systems in the U.S. has been especially gratifying. I was looking for a company with whom I could grow and be part of a collaborative team, and I have found that here at Oncopeptides. Also, during my interviews, I was told not to be afraid to make a mistake. That advice resonated with me because I believe that to learn and grow, mistakes may be made along the way.
What motivates you in your daily work?
The opportunity to make an impact on people’s lives keeps me motivated each day. When people feel supported and empowered, they bring their authentic selves to work. In turn, the best ideas are shared, teams work together and we are able to stay focused on what matters most -- helping patients who need our treatment. I find that Oncopeptides is a relatively flat organization and no matter what your role is here, you can speak up and your opinion is valued.
Can you describe the Oncopeptides culture?
At the end of the day, we always put people first. Lots of companies say that, but here it is integrated into our company culture and put into practice every single day. Working with a diverse group of people from all over the world keeps our work life stimulating and appealing. People make this company what it is, and I can say that the people are incredible!