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thunder::tech is a pretty cool place to work.
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But for us, it goes beyond a great open work environment with a pool table in the corner. We have a unique office culture that plays a big role in keeping up the morale in our office. To maintain this culture and keep spirits up, the thunder::tech operations team offers a variety of perks and activities for our employees to enjoy.
Activities and Fun
This year we decided to hang up our softball cleats and have joined a recreational volleyball league. It turns out we are much better at volleyball than softball and our record proves it. We took first place in the Hermes Sport and Social spring recreational sixes league - a first for any thunder::tech team! Look for us on Thursday nights at Battery Park as we try for winning season number two.
In addition to our volleyball team, we also hold several office activities (both on and off-site) for our team. From happy hours and luncheons to cooking contests and trivia challenges, these events help bring the team together and can provide much needed stress relief during a busy work week. Recently, the operations team hosted a cookout lunch/potluck where employees were able to take a break to relax and enjoy good food and conversation. We’re looking forward to a Friday afternoon cookout this month at Edgewater Park.
We also acknowledge our employees for going the extra mile. The operations team encourages team members to thank each other or pay a compliment using our “What You Did Was Neat::t” boxes. These boxes are on each floor and offer employees a chance to recognize their team members for outstanding work. At our monthly staff meetings, these are read out loud to celebrate our team’s achievements.
Growth and Learning
The operations team also helps members stay educated on the latest happenings the marketing world. Education helps our professionals stay knowledgeable and inspired. The operations department schedules monthly “learning lunches” which allow our team members to share their expertise with each other.
In order to maintain a positive work environment, especially during the current economic climate, the operations team relies on a mix of fun, appreciation and continuing education to keep our employees engaged and upbeat.
For this edition of get:ting answers, Operations Coordinator Katie sits down with Web Developer Chris to get his thoughts on development, marketing and more.
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Katie: What is your specialty at thunder::tech?
Chris: I can work on many different projects at once. Since updates and/or site fixes get high priority, I can drop what I'm doing and switch over right away. I can always pick up my thought process where I left off really easily. Basically Web development to the ‘nth’ degree.
K: You seem to be the go-to guy for fixes and updates. How many different projects would you say you work on in a day?
C: On slower days, probably about three to four, on some busier days, it can go up to 10 a day, depending on what needs to get fixed right away.
K: If you could trade places with anyone else in the office for one day, who would you be and why?
C: That’s a good question…………….I wanna be me! Quite honestly, I like what I do so much that I wouldn’t want to trade with anyone else.
K: During last year’s thunder::tech Christmas Party, you won a thundee award as ‘Most Likely to Beat You at any Video Game’. Do you think it’s true?
C: For most of the Cleveland area, I would have to say so, considering I have a record for how many people I make quit games because I’m so good - the person gets so frustrated. I have a real competitive spirit when it comes to video games, where I try to better myself at any game for competition’s sake, because it’s fun to play against other people.
K: Do you think marketing within video games is can be a successful strategy?
C: I believe video game marketing is successful when games incorporate flat billboard ads that actually do add to the experience. If marketers push any further, they will be met with a lot of resistance. An example of good marketing is in a racing game I recently played; they had raceway billboards over the track that advertised the Fast and Furious DVD, which just came out. An example of bad marketing is another racing game that forces you to watch a commercial before every new race.
Chris and Katie battle it out on the set of Street Fighter
Each week, one of thunder::tech’s different departments will provide some insight into their field. This week, our operations team shares a few job search tips.
As we continue searching for talented individuals to join our growing team, our Operations department reviews hundreds of resumes each month and conducts several candidate interviews. Below are few cautionary tips to keep your application at the top of the pile.
1) Send a resume or cover letter referencing a different position than the one we are offering
The resume and cover letter are the first impression we get of potential candidates and referencing another position shows a lack of attention to detail. Missing an important detail like this makes us wonder what other details the candidate will let slip through the cracks.
2) Post inappropriate information/pictures on any public social media sites
Social media continues to play a much bigger role in our industry and we encourage our employees to experiment with social networks. However, any public information or profiles on these sites has the potential to be found by our clients and can ultimately be seen as a reflection of thunder::tech. If we should come across anything lewd, rude or otherwise unprofessional, you will not be moving forward in the interview process.
3) Come to an interview dressed inappropriately
While we have a relaxed atmosphere here at thunder::tech, it’s important to emphasize that we are still a professional organization. Professional dress is highly recommended throughout the interview process- save the jeans for when you get the job.
4) Come to an interview unprepared
In addition to bringing extra copies of your resume and your portfolio, it is essential that candidates have a solid understanding of thunder::tech, our clients and our services. Simply reading our “About Us” page won’t cut it. It is also equally as important for us to find the right candidate as it is for the candidate to feel comfortable joining our team. If a candidate does not have questions prepared for us, it shows they are not as serious about working with us as we would like.
5) Show an overall lack of enthusiasm for the position
Attitude is everything. if you are not excited about thunder::tech and the position, we will not be excited to hire you. From the minute you walk in the door, be ready to bring your A game because the interview process isn’t limited to just questions and answers.
If you think you have what it takes to ace our interview process, check out our careers page at www.thundertech.jobs.