Why I joined ThoughtSpot: Gregg Sears, VP of Global Talent Acquisition

This blog is part of our ongoing ‘Why I joined ThoughtSpot’ series, where we profile Spotters from around the world to learn who they are and why they chose a career at ThoughtSpot.

Gregg Sears has recently joined ThoughtSpot as the VP of Global Talent Acquisition and is based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He spends most of his weekends making sure their son has the opportunity to participate in various activities such as swimming and soccer. A big foodie, Gregg also loves exploring new types of cuisines and restaurants. At ThoughtSpot, he is responsible for defining and driving our global recruiting strategy, including how we attract talent from all walks of life that can help us achieve our mission of creating a more fact-driven world. 

Here’s what he has to say about #LifeAtThoughtSpot.

How did you hear about ThoughtSpot?

With the job market opening up recently, there are a ton of opportunities available in the talent acquisition market. To be honest, I wasn’t actually looking for a new role but after learning about the organization I was intrigued. After going through the interview process, I was hooked! I was able to meet with a lot of the different leaders. They all talked about the opportunity and our differentiation, which you expect when meeting with executives. But it was the consistent excitement I heard around the values and culture here, specifically around Selfless Excellence, that really got me really excited. So when the time came, it was a natural choice to join ThoughtSpot and be part of this exciting journey.  

What are your top three reasons for joining ThoughtSpot?

The first is our culture. This is what really sets the organization apart. Second, ThoughtSpot is a growth organization, which is perfect for me. I love to build, not only from the talent perspective, but also from an efficiencies and process standpoint, too. Third would be the overall expertise and background of the leaders I met with during the interview process. 

How is working at ThoughtSpot different from your past roles or teams?

The biggest differentiator is the relationship with hiring managers. I never been at an organization where hiring managers were this involved and integrated in the interview process. It’s a true partnership! It’s not just in the interviews, however. They are very active when it comes to using our hiring tools because they share the same desire to build great teams, build them quickly, and do it as efficiently as possible. 

How do you use ThoughtSpot in your day-to-day work? 

It should come as no surprise, but as an analytics company, data plays a huge role in everything we do - including how we build our team! For me specifically, it’s been incredibly exciting to get data from our Applicant Tracking System (ATS) into ThoughtSpot. This gives hiring managers and stakeholders across the business more visibility into the day-to-day activities of the recruitment team that are helping them meet their goals. With the data in ThoughtSpot, we’re able to go beyond this, and leverage predictive analysis related to trends we’re seeing in the talent marketplace to make sure we have every advantage when it comes to bringing the best talent to ThoughtSpot.

What advice do you have for new Spotters joining the team?

Be ready to dig into a lot of details and expect a lot of collaboration as we help build ThoughtSpot into the absolute best analytics business. In my short time here, I’ve already built a lot of strong relationships and made an impact on the organization above and beyond my own role.

Join our team and work with Gregg! Check out the open opportunities on our careers page today.