And that’s 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. He’s 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? We’re 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.
We’re not a youthful company. About half of us are in middle age, and most of the rest are in their late 20’s 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.
It’s hard to tell which came first, isn’t 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 I’ve ever met, and I’m looking forward to our Friday afternoons of playing!