When I was searching for a career, I wanted to find a place where I could be fulfilled, constantly learning, and challenged to be a better designer. Tierra, a dear friend of mine who was already working at IC, referred me to work there. I asked her a couple of questions: Are you happy? Are you constantly growing and being inspired? What are the people like? She answered “yes.”, “yes.”, and “I can’t complain, they are great and fun bunch.” Getting positive answers to those questions was important to me. Now, I have worked here a little over a year, and I love it. This is why:
Genuine nice people
On the first day at Ideas Collide, I still remember I was amazed by how nice and accommodating everyone was. It was surreal and I came to realize why I went through three interviews before getting the job offer. The leadership really cared about finding a person with the right skill set and fit for the culture. We all know some days at work are tough and it makes it so much easier when you work with people you like.
A place for constant learning
To me, personal development is as important as professional development. Ideas Collide really supports both fundamentals. Employees are encouraged to make yearly goals with both personal and professional targets. I believe this is such a valuable element to have in company culture. The things that keep me on my toes at Ideas Collide are continuous learning and being challenged.
Moreover, one of the things that attracted me to work here was the company’s support of their employees to grow into an entirely different role from where they began. This is especially important for someone who is just starting to build a career and figure out what they really want to do.
Finally, what I love about Ideas Collide is free food for days!
This one is my favorite! I am a total foodie and love free things (who doesn’t?). Other than the pantry that is stocked up every other day, we get a lot of free meals. Some of these meals include welcome lunches for new hires, birthday lunches, work-meeting lunches, brown-bag lunches (yes, learning and eating), quarterly happy-hour, celebratory happy-hour, and many more! It also helps to have the office located in Old Town Scottsdale where there is a wide range of delicious food to choose from. I brought this topic up to my family, and my dad commented, “For some unexplainable reason a successful company is one that feeds its employees. Gratified employees work harder.” I find that to be completely true.
In a nutshell, I am very grateful to be a part of the company. I am spoiled with wonderful things here at Ideas Collide.