Hey everyone, my name is Sean Howe and I am a new member of the Strategy team and one of the latest additions to the ever growing SilverTech staff. Over my first few weeks of working here, one thing has really stuck out, and that is the company culture. I’m sure you are rolling your eyes at the prospect of another “culture” blog that the internet seems to be jam packed with these days. Have no fear though, I’m going to explain what having a great company culture really means from the perspective of a brand new hire.
Like any good potential employee who is interviewing for a job, I did my due diligence and researched the company I was applying for. Granted, I was already very familiar with SilverTech and what they did, but I decided to dive a little deeper to really get a sense of what the company was like beyond the work they did for their clients.
One of the things that I found was that there is a clear sense of community that comes across in everything that SilverTech does. From the content on their site, to their blog, to their social media posts. You really get the feeling that they care and are extremely passionate about what they do. When I went in for my interview and met with members of the team, this sentiment was reaffirmed. When I asked everyone what their favorite part about working here was, every single time I got the answer, “the people”.
Soon after my interview, I was offered this position and excitedly accepted. At first I was a bit apprehensive. Would this awesome culture that had been on display through the website really be as good as advertised?
What Makes for a Great Culture
The simple answer to my question is a resounding YES. I could not be more happy about the reality of the culture here at SilverTech and I could not be more excited to come into work every day and get to interact with such talented and passionate people. So here are some of the things that I have noticed that actually make up the great culture here at SilverTech.
1. It Isn't Fake
A lot of places will say they have a great culture, but when you actually get to work, it is the complete opposite of that. That isn’t the case here at SilverTech. The employees are noticeably passionate, driven, and motivated about the work they are doing and what it means to work here. This, first and foremost, is what makes for a positive work environment.
While communication breakdown might be a really great song, it isn’t so great when trying to get things done and done right. One of the things that I have come to realize about SilverTech is that communication is at the forefront of what we do. Not only are different departments constantly talking and bouncing ideas off each other, the upper level management is always willing to talk and explain the reason for doing things. Every two weeks we hold a “fire side chat” where the entire company gets together and talks about projects that we are working on and what we are looking to accomplish in the future. Offering this avenue for everyone to get together and be on the same page goes a long way in keeping those lines of communication open and making everyone feel like they are an integral part of the company’s success.
3. Perks Aren't Everything, But They Help
A lot of times people confuse having a great company culture with the amount of cool stuff they have in the office. Ping Pong tables, videogames, and other perks don’t automatically make for a good culture. You need to build the foundation first. It just so happens that we do have all of that cool stuff in our office at SilverTech, but it complements the hard work and dedication that each team member has.
Having the right people is the most important part of a great company culture. They are the ones that make everything tick, and without them, there would be nothing. Luckily for SilverTech, we have assembled a great team of people who are all incredibly smart, hardworking, and friendly. They are the main reason why the culture is so good and why everyone says the best part about working here is the people.
So there you have it, the four parts of what make up a great company culture. Don’t believe me? Just ask any other employee here and I’m sure they will tell you the same thing. As for me, my first month at SilverTech couldn’t have been better and I can’t wait to see what’s next.