I almost wonder if I was placed in certain work experiences in the past - starting from freshman year, that initial sense of hopelessness and is-this-the-future dread while building out financial models, to feeling like a non-technical outsider the next year - to make the first few days working as a full-time(!) designer all the sweeter. Of course I was. Connecting the dots backwards, right?
My somewhat unfairly high expectations have been soundly met. More companies should be like this one when it comes to onboarding; the social component and the ramp-up speed that I’ve been met with is perfect - not too overwhelmingly fast, but not too boring either (Mind you, I’m taking careful mental notes for when I start my first legitimate company in the future). I’m happy to be a place where my designs have extreme impact (10 designers to 100M users is a pretty good ratio, I’d think); where my voice is simultaneously nurtured and heard.
The logistical business trappings also fit well with my personal preferences. I’ve always said that I’d be happy to and would prefer to work long hours (working hard and smart, of course) for a company that I’m really passionate about.* A place where I can listen to Beyonce all day if I want, take a nap on the hanging ceiling couch, and scooter over to the most delicious food ever. Really, the more similar the workplace is to my personal room/home set-up (plus the food part), the better.
I feel very lucky and optimistic. This is where I will grow.
*Rank: 1) long hours filled with genuine, passionate work; 2) short hours filled with genuine, passionate work; 3) short hours filled with unnecessary, boring work; 4) long hours filled with some unnecessary, boring work.
PS: Also life is better in Retina.
Thursday, February 21 2013
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