One Year Out of 68

My name is Simon Brazik, and I am part of the Murphy Company marketing team as well as an integral piece to our logistics division. After recently reaching my one year anniversary here, I began reflecting and felt it appropriate to share a bit about my experience with my Murphy Company family. I have had several jobs in my working life, beginning with mowing lawns at 13 to pay for all of my teenage ambitions. By 20, I was writing for an online music magazine -- my short lived and ultimately doomed adventure into new media. I have to say, out of all of these occupations, Murphy Company has been the most uniquely incredible.

After finding myself unemployed, like so many others in 2013, I responded to an ad on Craigslist for a position as a part time delivery driver. Less than a week later, I walked into a high pressure two-on-one interview. My expectations hadn’t quite prepared me for what I was getting into. I wore my best clothes, brought my extra resume copies, but I never anticipated getting grilled in an oak paneled conference room.

Murphy Company truck parked in the warehouse
Murphy Company truck parked in the warehouse

At first, I was asked a flurry of questions that had little to do with my ability to pilot a van. Some were the typical, “where do you see yourself in ten years,” but as the questions continued, I realized that they could tell I was comfortable driving a van; they knew I was not some shady figure looking to recklessly joyride for an afternoon like the garage attendants in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. What eventually dawned on me was that the questions were coming from a place of security. The interviewers were merely discerning how well I would fit within the tight-knit group who worked there.

That is the magic of Murphy Company. There is so much family history, familial ties and ostensibly, a laid back aesthetic that goes along with that kind of environment. Yet, under the surface exists a lot more that is not quite visible to the outside observer. In reality, the pacing feels more akin to the intense, high speed nature of a Silicon Valley startup.

My ability to quickly adapt has been an absolutely crucial component in regards to seamlessly molding to company's needs. It can be stressful having to pivot on a moments notice, but I appreciate the variation of my day to day tasks; anything from data entry to helping build out our marketing strategy.

I find the most fulfillment in doing the deliveries. It is nice to be greeted by the same familiar faces, continue previous conversations about the psychological effects of wearing Hawaiian shirts in the winter months or proper beard grooming techniques. These moments serve as a constant reminder that behind each company are people with lives and their own stories. In the business world, this is something that can easily be forgotten, but it is so important. At the end of the day, I'm doing far more than merely dropping off an order. I'm making true connections.

I have delivered almost everything we have sold over the past year, spending about 14,000 minutes behind the wheel -- the equivalent of 5 cross country trips. Taking the above into consideration, there is also something soothing about the solace that comes with driving that much by one's self. Feeling the momentum of that giant truck, getting to know a new town's character, building personal mental landmarks; these all synthesize into a warm, inner peace on par with the feeling of returning to one's hometown after their first semester of college.

In spite of all of these faux-nostalgic feelings, there is always something new on the horizon leading us ahead of the curve, which can be both exciting and terrifying. For any anxiety this may cause, it is nice to know that there exists a comfort, a distinct feeling of inclusion and personal connection at Murphy Company. Funny thing is that even though I've only known my co-workers for a year, when I pull the van back into the warehouse and I walk through the office, I truly do feel at home with my family.