Work & Life in Monsanto

May 15 2007, this is my first day at work in Monsanto, a multinational biotech agricultural firm. Having a consumer and NGO background, Monsanto, BT corn, herbicides, agriculture is a bit strange for me. The first thing I did when Evalou called me up for interview is to search the company in Fortune 500 listed companies, and there you go, Monsanto ranks 323 while Kimberly Clark ranks 137. It is a tough decision, but since I will be based in Alabang and they offered better compensation and benefits package, I accepted the job offer as Sales Support Officer.

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My few weeks of on-boarding was really exciting, it was my first time to meet a real “scientist” and colleagues with Doctorate degree who are successful in their field yet maintains a low profile. I admire this kind of leaders and I found out that these is normal for people in agriculture industry. Doc Arnold, Doc Gab, Sir Dodong, Doc Vic, Sir Nonong to name a few.

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Then after few months, I have the opportunity to meet my internal customers during Value Selling Workshop in Phinma, Tagaytay and Technical orientation in Gensan. They are the sales team from Luzon and Mindanao… I was hired by Adi, to support this team and it was good to know I will have colleagues of my age and lifestyle levels whom I can relate with. The Sales Team from Luzon and Mindanao are cool, funny, hip and like me, they are all very eager to learn and are truly dedicated in their job. I feel that all of them are having  a great time in Monsanto. Image

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 After 2 years, a new team was formed… The Customer Operations. Finally, I’m no longer adopted by Commercial Sales, this time I belong in a team. Customer Ops was lead by Erwin and Customer Ops Representatives for different areas were lead RJ, Bernice, Gen, Cha and Aileen. Most of them resigned and some go back to Sales, yet they will always be a good friend.Image

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In my 6 years, I have several chances to visit the corn fields in Luzon, Mindanao, Thailand and Indonesia. Most of the time, I join DKLC or Dekalb Learning Center…

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I also enjoyed every Monsanto’s National Annual Conferences, aside from knowing the next FY strategies, directions and targets, this is also an opportunity for everyone to be together as one PH team to talk about business during the day and chill, relax, sing and dance at night till dawn.  Mophil peeps knows how to work hard and party hard!

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I’m also grateful because my job in Monsanto, gave me a  chance to travel in and out of the country, I see to it that every business travel would be fun. So I really tried to squeeze in some time to go around and enjoy the place. Either I go out at night or extend my stay with my colleagues.

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I’m so blessed to be part of Monsanto family, Monsanto is a great company. I thank God the opportunity to work here and to work with this bunch of professionals. For some work is just work, but as for me, here I also found good friends, whom I can share my stress, my rants and even my life. Endless chat, joke and rants over a cup of frappucino or dinner at Westgate, ATC and Molito. These are my some of my closest friends met in this journey.

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Lastly, more than my rewarding job and amazing colleagues, I also thank God that He bring me to this kind of industry where we can help farmers to improve their lives. Everytime I see farmers, excited for our product breakthroughs, because of higher yield (which means higher income for them), I see hope in their eyes, hope not just for themselves but hope for their families too!

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The Ultimate Source of Wisdom

If you are into financial management i guess you already read one of the books of financial coaches – Dave Ramsey, Warren Buffet, Robert Kiyosaki. Yeah, they give practical advise on savings and investment. But I agree with financial  guru Randell Tiongson that more than the wisdom we can get from self-help books we can great source of wisdom from the Bible.   The author of broken mindset shared a blog where does financial gurus get wisdom.  http://www.brokenmindset.org/where-does-financial-gurus-get-wisdom/

Randell Tiongson’s Bible verses that affect our daily lives:

On work – “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” (Proverbs 10:4, NIV); “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” (Provebs 6:6, NIV)

On handling money & integrity – “Whoever can be trusted with very little can be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10, NIV)

On debt – “Owe nothing to anyone – except for your obligations to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.” (Romans 13:8, NLT)

On lifestyle – “Some who are poor pretend to be rich; Others who are rich pretend to be poor.” (Proverbs 13:7, NLT)

On productivity – “Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another – or maybe both.” (Ecclesiastes 11:6, NLT)

On investing – “But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.”  (Ecclesiastes 11:2, NLT).

On generosity – “Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:24-25, NLT)”

 And here’s what I’m believing God for…

On work – “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.”  Colossians 3:23

On handling money & integrity – “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” 1 Corinthians 4:2

On productivity – “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised“. (Hebrews 10:36).

On saving & investing  – “Four things on earth are small,   yet they are extremely wise:  Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;” (Proverbs 30: 24-25)

On keep doing  “Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed“. (Psalm 119:116)

On generosity “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25)

On living avsimple lifestyle “One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has
great wealth.”  Proverbs 13:7

On Debt “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”  Proverbs 22:7