Pros: grass roots people at every level, cutting-edge technology and practices, the bleeding edge of organizational development, barbecues in the summertime, company-sponsored field trips and pizza on my birthday!
Cons: painting the ship while it sails, occasionally difficult days and long hours, wearing numerous hats and keeping lots of balls in the air
I've worked at Speed Wire for 17 months and it has been one hell of a ride. My career prior to Speed Wire was with large corporations, large institutions, and entertainment concerns, each with their attendant – more... idiosyncrasies, assets,liabilities and headaches. It took me 8 months of searching before landing here, and it was well worth the wait.
Speed Wire is in a state of hyper-growth at this time, and while every day isn't your birthday, the company has managed to strike an exquisite balance between the "big company" mentality and the grassroots, homegrown family culture that is its true signature quality. In spite of the lumps the company has taken in my brief stint so far, they've never veered from the highest moral, ethical and professional standards.
And speaking of birthdays, each time an employee is celebrating one, our executive team makes a point of recognizing it! This past summer, the company HQ even held barbecues every Friday. Around the country, field offices are encouraged to engage in activities that go the extra mile to make new employees feel welcome, valued, and appreciated.
National incentives for performance have been established and adhered to, and Executive Management continuously seeks newer and better ways to provide monetary incentives for employees at EVERY level of the company.
But money is secondary to the culture that Speed Wire has solidified around professionalism, partnership, transparency and commitments to both its customers and employees. This gazelle didn't land so many elephants by being "shady" or through any other questionable behaviors. The company's founders are accessible, visible, and on a first-name basis with each and every employee. There is no pretense here around expectations, and what you see is what you get. It's the most energizing, ethical and enjoyable workplace where I've ever had the privilege of being a part.
The hardest part of my job is not knowing what will happen next and the most enjoyable part of my job is not knowing what will happen next. There have been bumps, even a collision or two in these past 17 months, but I can say in all honesty, with no reservation, that Speed Wire is the coolest place I've ever worked.
Goliath, you'd better watch out. David has arrived. – less