Tracy Corbett is our Operations Accounting Manager at JSG. She works out of our corporate office in Westmont, IL and has been with JSG for over 13 years. She plays an integral role at JSG and has an impressive accounting background. Take a few minutes to read her spotlight and learn a little more about her and her career.
Tell us a little more about your career and how you ended up working at JSG.
I’ve been in the accounting field for close to 30 years. Before coming to Johnson Service Group, I worked for several large companies, including Marriott Corporation and IFS North America, Inc. But in 2005, I received a call from Dale Slater offering me a position in the accounting department. On November 1, 2005, I officially became a member of the JSG team.
You’ve been with JSG for 13 years now. How has the company grown and changed over the years?
When I first started at Johnson Service Group, there were only three people on the accounting team. Fast forward to today, we have an amazing accounting team of roughly 25 people. When I first came onboard, the accounting department was somewhat rudimentary. We didn’t really have any internal controls or procedures in place. Since then, we have worked hard to establish continuous education, instill proper protocols, and ensure we are following all necessary compliances.
Over the years, the atmosphere of the corporate office has definitely changed. We went from having just a couple of accounting employees to completely rebuilding and growing our team to better support our operations, clients, and our contractors. We have built new internal programs which have not only made us experts in our field but also improved employee morale and have provided growth opportunities for all of our employees. Essentially, we have matured as a corporation as we’ve grown through the years. And one of the biggest changes over my tenure at JSG is how much we have grown as a company. Thirteen years ago, almost no one would have guessed we would grow to what we are today in such a short amount of time!
What is the most challenging part of your job? Why do you enjoy working for JSG?
Accounting is the easy part. The most challenging part of my job is keeping up with all the labor laws and payroll tax changes. Every branch of JSG is a little different and my team and I must ensure we are properly following all compliances.
The best part of JSG is the people. I am proud to be part of such a great team who does such a tremendous job every single day. Every one of our team members is hardworking, loyal, and dedicated to JSG’s success. They see the growth potential of the company and they have helped develop a fun working environment. I am honored to be in a position to help lead them.
What’s it like working in the accounting department for a staffing firm?
Where I was working at before, the organizations were fairly straight-forward. But in the staffing industry, there are no clear-cut lines. Every contract, client, and candidate are unique and require different needs. Essentially, there are a lot of gray areas which can be challenging at times. You always have to be quick on your feet and fast to respond to changes in the industry! It’s a very fast-paced environment and you’re always busy.
Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun?
When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and being in the outdoors. I also love riding my Harley any chance I get!