Posted by Josh | Posted in Life As A DBA, SQL Server | Posted on 06-25-2012
A few days ago I read a post over on Simple Dollar titled “How Much Are Family Friendly Benefits Worth“. It made me think about the non monetary things I appreciate in my job. I’m fortunate to work for a great company with a very open mindset. If you were to visit my offices, you’d probably think we were some kind of art studio, as opposed to a financial technology company. All our buildings are wide open spaces, with everyone mingling with each other. No one has an office; not even the CEO. It’s a wonderfully creative and collaborative workspace.
I love that I can work from home when needed, and that I’m given the freedom to innovate and be creative when it comes to problem solving. There would be nothing more frustrating than being stuck in antiquated or rigid rules, simply because that’s the way things have always been done. That’s not to say we are careless, far from it! We operate very cautiously and hold ourselves to very high standards. But that doesn’t come at the expense of an entrepreneurial spirit.
Most of all, I love the people I work with. We’re a nutty, humorous bunch of geeks for sure. We rib each other constantly, but we also push each other to be better. And we always support one another when we need it. The value of a good team cannot be underestimated. I, for one, have probably stayed in my position longer than I shold have, solely because I feel a great sense of loyalty to those around me. Some might tell me that decision has hampered my advancement. So be it; I’d go to war with these folks any day.