Sheboygan-based insurance company ACUITY has received plenty of press lately for its U.S.-record 400-foot flag pole and 60-foot by 120-foot American flag.
But long before it erected this sky-scraping tribute, ACUITY earned a reputation as one of the nation's most fantastic places to work.
No wonder 2014 Lakeland College graduate Katie Freitag was so delighted when she had not one, but two different job offers at the same time from ACUITY.
"Honestly, it made me feel really great, the fact that such an amazing company offered me two different positions," said Freitag, who graduated in May after majoring in business management and minoring in psychology. "I was ecstatic, having the opportunity to choose from two great opportunities at such an amazing company right out of college."
Freitag, from Kiel, Wis., accepted a commercial underwriter position over a customer service claims representative offer. She began ACUITY's intense training program in mid-June.
"It's well known that ACUITY treats its employees very well," she says. "And the training is outstanding. They really want us to know our stuff before we get out into the field. I will complete a 10-week training process, and after that, I will have three months of mentoring, where I work with someone and learn from them."
Freitag said her Lakeland College experience prepared her for the demanding ACUITY interview process. While a student, she earned an internship at global company Curt Joa in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Her duties there included high-level data entry, matching part numbers with project proposals and performing other logistical duties.
On campus, Freitag completed her senior season with the Muskies volleyball team and absorbed new knowledge during her final year of classes.
"I think Lakeland does a wonderful job preparing students for life after college," Freitag says. "Since it's a liberal arts school, you take a lot of different classes and learn many different things. And the career services staff really helps out with resumes, phone interviews, internships and other helpful tools to succeed in the real world.
"I interviewed at Acuity feeling very confident. Being involved in many different things at Lakeland helped me get to know lots of people. Volleyball was huge for me, because of the teamwork and leadership aspects. I used volleyball examples to answer questions during my interviews.
"I really loved my time at Lakeland. I developed great relationships and grew as a person. If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn't change a thing."