One of the things that really struck me about the company I work for is their ability to not base their hiring process on the background of future employees. They highly value the personality and life experiences of people over their academic grades. It has really enhanced my experience, because you have a complete combination of people collaborating on projects and providing different outlooks on projects and the problems that occur within them.
With this diverse background, it has opened different approaches to certain situations; particularly when working on project Wilmington. Because of the complex nature of the project it became an office wide collaborative effort for the final delivery. Whenever we encountered an issue it became common practice to ask those around you for input and knowledge on certain topics.
This collaborative experience has really built on the culture at the company. Being quite small, the interaction with everyone is personal and the exposure to knowledge has been fantastic over the course of the past 4 months.
That leads me onto core values of the people I work with – and this really stems from the attitude that the managing directors have around not taking everything too seriously. I have repeated conversations with all three, Ryan, Stuart and Simon, about the fact that you need to be able to enjoy work and the people your with to do your job well, and when you start to not enjoy work that’s when the culture fails. The mix of personalities has provided me with some fantastic memories and a great viewpoint on what corporate culture should be – not a straight, down the line mentality of formal structure, but a place that can feel comfortable.