Being involved in all of our face-to-face interviews, one of the most common questions I get asked is “what is your favorite part about working at Bridge?”
And that might just be the easiest question I ever have to answer in my job because I always answer it the same way: it’s the people.
Growing up, I thought that work was a necessary evil, and if you’re lucky you’ll like your job and tolerate the people you work with. You’ll see them every day during work hours, but then you have a completely separate personal life outside of work.
I worked in an office environment during my first few years of college where I passed people’s desks every single day, but I never knew some of their names. People didn’t go out of their way to get to know you, and most people listened to music through headphones at their desk – closing themselves off from the possibility of any conversations. I started to assume that all work environments would be like that.
So I was shocked to find that I was completely wrong when I started working at Bridge. Granted, we’re a small company with around 50 employees, but I know everyone on a personal level. Everyone gets thrilled every time our summer volleyball league rolls around and we get to spend a couple extra hours together after work every week – even though we never win a game.
I’ve made some really close friends here – some of whom don’t even work here anymore. I think it says a lot about our company and culture that it is so common for people to form close relationships that often span moving on to different companies and opportunities. And it says a lot to work with people for 40 hours and then want to spend time with them outside of work on the weekends as well.
I know we’re not the only company with so many of our teammates being friends outside of work, but I also know that not everywhere has that type of environment. I’ve had friends who work for other companies tell me that they wish they worked at a company where everyone was so close like we are at Bridge.
The people we have working at Bridge are supportive. They tell you you’re doing a great job even when you’ve had a rough day and feel like you aren’t. They send emails out congratulating team members for hitting goals. They push you out of your comfort zone when they know it’s going to be a good learning opportunity for you. But maybe most importantly? The people I work with every day are hysterical.
I’m a big believer that it’s important to like your job and what you’re doing, but I think it’s just as important to like the people you work with. Thankful that I get to have that at Bridge.
By Allison Walke, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding