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Eagle’s Trace named top workplace by the Houston Chronicle

West Houston community recognized for the fifth time

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December 31st, 2015
Nick Tondeur, restaurant manager at Eagle’s Trace
Nick Tondeur, restaurant manager at Eagle’s Trace

Eagle’s Trace was recently named to the Houston Chronicle’s 2015 list of top Houston workplaces.

It’s the fifth time the Erickson Living community in West Houston has been named a top workplace since the local list debuted in 2010.

“We have a wonderful working environment at Eagle’s Trace,” says Vickie Antoine, director of human resources. “Our employees have the opportunity to use their gifts to benefit residents and staff in the community.”

To compile the list of top workplaces, nearly 79,000 Houston-area employees evaluated their employers, rating them in areas such as opportunities for advancement, the value of pay and benefits, and the leadership and environment of their workplaces.

Eagle’s Trace was the only senior living community to appear on the 2015 list.

“I’m proud that Eagle’s Trace was once again named a top workplace in Houston,” says Executive Director Stephen Aigner. “This recognition from our staff speaks to both their commitment to our residents and the community’s focus on continually engaging our employees.”

Relationships are key

Fatema Malik, senior information technology site manager for Eagle’s Trace, says the relationships between residents and staff keep her engaged on the job.

“I love interacting with our residents,” she says. “I’m able to go in their apartments and help them if they’re having computer trouble. They teach me about life through their experiences. Every day is a new opportunity to build relationships.”

Malik was a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, when she first learned of Erickson Living.

“I did an internship at Riderwood [the Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md.],” says Malik. “The company hired me right out of college and asked if I was interested in moving to Houston. Eagle’s Trace was just opening in the fall of 2005. I’ve been here ever since. I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”

‘Happy to come to work’

Nick Tondeur, restaurant manager at Eagle’s Trace, agrees that relationships are key to job satisfaction.

“In my position, I have the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of age groups,” he says. “I work with our student wait staff, so I’m learning about teenagers. Then I get to work with and learn from our residents, so I also get the benefit of their wisdom and experience.”

Nick says no two days are ever alike at Eagle’s Trace.

“Every day is something new,” he says. “I’m happy to come to work in the mornings.”

Friendly environment

Sabrina Weiss offers personal training in the community’s on-site fitness center as a fitness specialist.

“The residents give me a reason to get out of bed in the morning,” she says. “It makes me happy to see them getting stronger through exercise and physical fitness. I get a lot of satisfaction from helping them improve their overall well-being.”

Weiss began her career at Eagle’s Trace seven years ago as a volunteer. Two years later, she transitioned to a part-time position in the fitness center.

“This is such a friendly community,” she says. “We have supportive management and a good working environment.”

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