Today's post is a first-hand account of what it's like to be "The New Guy" at Blinds.com, from new UX Designer John.
Before I'd come to work here, I did a fair amount of research on the company. I knew they nurtured employee growth, that they loved cake more than anyone, and that they'd been named the number one place at which to work in Houston. After reading so many good things about the company, I had to find out for myself. I've always valued company culture more than company perks—organizational chemistry and staff synergy are very important to me—and I believe Blinds.com has met if not exceeded those expectations. It has been an incredible experience so far. Here are a few of my observations on why Blinds.com is a unique place to work.
Most companies are too busy to focus on getting new employees up to speed; new hires are often put to work immediately without an understanding of the business as a whole. I've frequently been thrown into the midst of company chaos, and even though I've always managed to figure things out, it takes time to grasp a company's culture, goals, and overall business. Blinds.com, on the other hand, has the most detailed and in-depth "on-boarding" process I've ever experienced. People here take the time to explain things and answer questions; they've helped me figure out where I fit in and how I help paint the larger picture. Different department heads have met with me to show me their roles, their goals, and how they contribute as a whole. This has helped me understand how the company works inside and out, bottom to top. I've yet to experience this level of on-boarding at any of my previous jobs, and I'm very appreciative of those who've made the time to meet with me.
On my second day at Blinds.com, as a team-building exercise, the creative team went to Mad Potter to paint. This gave my teammates and I the opportunity to get to know each other outside the office environment. I learned that my team is an eclectic mix of sci-fi geeks, sports lovers, and bicycle enthusiasts. The few people that I have met in different departments are also filled with musicians, photographers and many other interesting backgrounds.
I've been here for a little over a week. I've learned that we here at Blinds.com put the customers first; we strive to be the best blinds company in the world by offering the best possible customer experience, and that's my job to make it so. I'm glad to be part of this exciting company, and I'm looking forward to what lies ahead.