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Invincible.

And thats a good thing in some respects! We have about 50 people of at least 10 nationalities. Among us, I think we speak at least 20 different languages fluently. The CEO/founder is an Israeli who bakes whole wheat bread for Monday mornings. Hes also been known to bake lovely low-fat, low-sugar muffins.

In contrast to the nightmare luncheons and parties that Jonathan and others have described, we always have an array of fresh fruit [alongside the cookies!], and salad with dressing on the side. Sandwiches are always ordered with mayonnaise on the side. Pizza does not come with extra cheese, and there are always a few veggie pizzas along with the sausage and pepperoni.

But how many companies have decided to forego the annual summer picnic in favor of closing one Friday afternoon for each summer month? And what are we doing on those Fridays? Were going hiking! Biking! Bowling! And there have also been suggestions of a trip to the Jersey shore, or a large softball tournament.

How did we get to be such a company? Not quite sure, but I do have some thoughts. First and foremost, this firm views itself as innovators, with a commitment to diversity. These points are in the mission statement. It also places a tremendous emphasis on team building.

Were not a youthful company. About half of us are in middle age, and most of the rest are in their late 20s to mid-30s. One or two are close to retirement, and one actually came out of retirement to join us.

In addition to hiring people with great resumes, the firm looks for people who have had life-altering experiences, whether from international travel, overcoming obstacles, or surviving tragedies.

Its hard to tell which came first, isnt it? The company wants mentally agile employees, and maybe this interest in sensible habits comes along with that. Or maybe only the strong survive here! All I know for sure is that this is a very unusual group of some of the smartest people Ive ever met, and Im looking forward to our Friday afternoons of playing!

8 thoughts on “This company is a little weird

  1. syd says:

    That sounds like an amazing company to work for, on so many levels. More companies should try thinking that way. I had a job right out of college where we did a lot of food stuff, but we discussed it and we changed it up a bit, we did movie afternoon, and game room day. It was a great team and we were closer after we stopped eating our way through commraderie and started doing more activities.

  2. Goddess Jessica says:

    Ummm… so where do I send my resume to? 😉

    Although I work with a bunch of boys who would rather eat a bowl of sugar than a vegetable, I have a female co-worker who has joined my efforts to bring more good things to the office. Turns out they don’t mind apples!

    We also our a dog-friendly office. And I think that adds to our happiness when our fuzzy friends can join us at our desk.

  3. tszuj says:

    are you hiring? 🙂

  4. Megan says:

    No kidding, where’s the website link to the HR Department?

    Fresh fruit at an office function? How unbelievable and sublime.

  5. Tami says:

    What kind of company do you work for? It sounds amazing!

  6. Greta says:

    I didn’t know there was such a firm, but this month marks 20 years of being in business for myself and I have an even better boss…me! I ALWAYS have fresh fruit “on the job site” and never anything is here that I don’t want to have here! My husband also is self-employed so we walk the dogs together first thing in the morning. We share meals with each other then head off to separate parts of the house to talk to clients and get our work done. I am thankful daily for my life as it is.

  7. Sarah says:

    Boy, and I was all excited because my company sprang for new gel mouse pads for us graphic art nerds 😉 Though we ARE having a company BBQ this coming week and they usually buy some veggie burgers to grill too. And we are a pet-friendly place too. All dogs all the time, wish we had some cats too to balance it out, heh!

    But the boss baking?! What a dreamy work environment… sounds amazing. Um… need a designer? 😉

  8. jane says:

    yes, we’re hiring. and don’t get me wrong, this is still a place of business with strong personalities and hierarchies and all the other STUFF that goes with it…

    it’s a technology service company that provides strategic consulting services to pharma.

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