Over the past four years, PadSplit has grown from a handful of team members to more than 100 fully-remote employees located across more than a dozen countries.
We’ve kicked off a new series of employee spotlights to help you get to know the employees behind the keys.
Meet Gayle Abrahams, Head of Finance at PadSplit
The PadSplit team is fully remote. Tell us where you’re based.
When did you join the PadSplit team?
I’ve been on the PadSplit team since May 2021. Many companies aspire to achieve a positive social impact and a profitable business model, but few can sustainably pull it off. I was immediately drawn to PadSplit because the company has the actual ability to check both boxes.
What is your favorite core value? Why?
My favorite PadSplit core value is Intellectual Curiosity. I love to work with my team on challenging problems, and I’m inspired by the toddler strategy of repeatedly asking “why” until we understand what we’re trying to accomplish. There are few things more satisfying than simplifying a complicated process with the help of a little intellectual curiosity.
Tell us what a day in the life of your role looks like.
I start most days checking on key financial and operational metrics that indicate how we’re progressing against our goals. I’m lucky to have access to new data daily that helps me keep an eye on company performance in PadSplit’s high-growth environment. After these morning rituals, I spend time with my finance teammates to work through accounting, reporting, and strategic initiatives. Recent projects we’ve been working on include budget reviews and improving our Hosts’ and Members’ financial transparency.
What are you working on that you are most excited about? Why?
It’s incredibly satisfying to convert highly-manual, error-prone processes into simplified, repeatable rhythms. Even better? When we can automate them. In particular, at PadSplit we’ve made significant progress in improving our payments infrastructure for both Hosts and Members. It’s been a wild ride working with our technology team to develop system-driven solutions that allow us to reduce our reliance on manual spreadsheets. These projects help our internal finance team, and they also give our Hosts and Members better visibility of their financials. It’s a win-win!
How do you stay engaged with your team in a remote environment? What does collaboration look like in a remote environment?
PadSplit has a “cameras on” culture, and it has helped me build strong relationships with colleagues across the company. Talking with someone over video feels a lot closer to meeting in person than talking on the phone because the use of body language and eye contact adds a lot of value.
In our weekly All Hands meeting as an ice breaker, we ask new employees to share two truths and a lie about themselves for the team to guess. Let’s play with you. Tell us two truths and a lie about yourself.
I am a die-hard baseball fan.
I took a drum lesson taught by Phil Collins.
I have never broken a bone.
Ready to join the PadSplit team? Check out our open positions.
Psst: The second one is the lie! Gayle says this is her husband’s true story. Not hers. Did you guess correctly?