Why I Moved to Pittsburgh – Shared Services Part II

Last month we introduced you to two members of our Shared Services team in our “Why I Moved to Pittsburgh” blog series. Matt and Claudia told us why they moved to Pittsburgh and talked about some of the things they love about the city and working here.

We’re going to keep with the Shared Services team once more, this time talking to Caitlin in Marketing and Josh from Finance.

As a reminder, the Shared Services team at UPMC Enterprises includes Marketing, Legal, Finance, Human Resources, and Talent Acquisition. Just like the name suggests, each works across the entire UPMC Enterprises landscape and with our portfolio companies. Team members do everything from filling open positions and drafting investment contracts to reviewing benefits, crunching numbers, and creating marketing plans.

Find out how you can start calling the ‘Steel City’ home at our careers page.

Where are you originally from and when did you move to Pittsburgh?

Name: Caitlin Goodrich
Title: Communication Specialist II
I’m originally from the sailing capital of the world, Annapolis, Maryland (sorry, Newport). I moved to Pittsburgh two years ago after my boyfriend (now fiancé) was accepted into a graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh. I found a job working for UPMC Enterprises and it’s been a great fit!


Name: Josh Danko
Title: Business Analyst
I was born and raised in a small town just northwest of Baltimore, Maryland. After high school, I attended a college located on the eastern shore of Maryland and then accepted an accounting position in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Fast forward a few years, my fiancé (now wife) graduated college and was offered a job in Pittsburgh. Shortly after, I applied for a position with UPMC Enterprises and then moved to Pittsburgh with my wife in May of 2017.

What brought you to Pittsburgh and what has kept you here?

Josh: I’d say the combination of work and proximity to family. At the time, my wife and I were looking for a location that put us in between both of our families. She was offered a job in Pittsburgh, which is just a few hours north of my family, and a couple hours south of hers. The location made our decision on where to live an easy one. I was offered a job with UPMC Enterprises shortly after, so it all worked out well!

Although we’ve only been here a little over a year, the city has already made an impression on us. We both really love living in the South Hills and appreciate that everything we need is within a 15-mile radius. It also helps that we really like our new jobs!

Caitlin: My boyfriend’s (now fiancé) graduate program was the catalyst behind our move to Pittsburgh. Now that we’re here, I’d say one of the big things that’s keeping us here is the neighborhood.

I live in the Shadyside area and love that I can walk to work, walk to Walnut Street to meet friends, and walk to the gym. Everything is very convenient. It’s also a fun place to live. I can’t think of a weekend where an event isn’t happening.

In your opinion, what makes Pittsburgh a great place to work and live?

Caitlin: A huge perk is that it’s affordable. Having grown up in the DC area, I can tell you that it’s almost impossible for a young professional to live, work, and play in the city. You can actually do that here.

I also think the people have a lot to do with what makes the city great. I moved here without knowing anyone and was very hesitant to go outside my comfort zone to try and meet new people. But I will say that Pittsburgh has a very midwest vibe. The people here are very nice, welcoming, and approachable. They make you feel like you’re a part of the city from day one.

Josh: I really like that Pittsburgh is big enough to have all the same opportunities of much larger cities, but still maintains a small-town feel. The city has so much to offer for people of all ages and stages of life.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Pittsburgh?

Josh: I really like the size and feel of the city. It’s not often that you can go somewhere without seeing a co-worker or friend. The city also hosts a lot of events throughout the year and is especially lively during the holidays. There are a lot of things happening that bring you into the city and make you feel a part of it. On the nights we feel like staying in the suburbs, my wife and I also enjoy attending the local high school football games during the fall.

Caitlin: There’s so much to do here. I grew up in Raven’s territory and was practically raised to dislike anything Steelers related. I thought it was going to be an old, dirty, steel town with nothing to do. Boy was I wrong! It seems like there’s always a concert, event, or meet up happening somewhere.

While I do miss having access to the open ocean, the city more than makes up for it by keeping me busy. Even if that’s something as simple as walking to Millie’s for ice cream with my fiancé and dog.

Pittsburgh is great, but our staff is what really makes UPMC Enterprises one of the best places to work. Get an inside look from some of our staff, including Chief Talent Leader, Amy Cook, and a different perspective from two of our four-legged coworkers.

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