“I think people are surprised by Pittsburgh’s charm. We really are on the rise and people are taking notice.”
After graduating from Ohio University, Amanda Thompson decided she wanted to challenge herself with a new city and moved to Pittsburgh to take her first job out of school. Though you can still spot her wearing a bright orange Browns jersey on Sundays, she has found her niche here and is proud to call Pittsburgh home.
You moved here for a job, what makes LANXESS unique?
LANXESS’ company culture is really focused on being welcoming and flexible. We have a Commercial Trainee Program that allows trainees to do six-month rotations through different business units. Particularly for recent grads with little job experience, it’s hugely beneficial for the company and the staff to make a well-informed decision about what role is the best fit and their future in the company.
What’s it like being a young professional new to Pittsburgh?
At first it was scary! The only person I knew in Pittsburgh was my brother, so a lot of my first year here was spent getting to know the city. I joined PUMP’s Pittsburgh Sports League to play softball and kickball, and that’s where I met friends and ended up really feeling like I belonged. LANXESS also made sure I was connected with the city, and joining Pittsburgh Young Professionals helped grow my professional network.
What advice do you have for young people considering a move to Pittsburgh?
The hardest part is putting yourself out there. Pittsburgh has so much to offer; you just have to get out there and look for it. If it’s going to a game, exploring new neighborhoods or paddling down the rivers, Pittsburgh will always have something interesting to do. When I first moved here I had to explore the city on my own, and it was a little daunting. But by getting to know Pittsburgh, I got to know myself better, as well.
What are some of your favorite places in Pittsburgh?
I live in Mount Washington, so one of my favorite places is Bigham Tavern. It’s a great local hang out with phenomenal food. Another great part of Mount Washington is Grandview Avenue. I run down it every day, because I just can’t get enough of that city view. Also, while I draw the line at rooting for the Steelers, I do love PNC Park. It’s one of the most beautiful stadiums in the country.
“I think people are surprised by Pittsburgh’s charm. I have friends from Cleveland visit often, and no one has a bad word to say about the city. I think our sports rivalry has jaded us over the years, but we’re really on the rise and people are taking notice.”