posted by Design
Graphic Designer Connie Baltitas interviews Web Developer Jerry Sen in
our new get::ting answers to learn about his typical day, his tips on
updating your site and more.
Connie: So Jerry,
you're a developer at thunder::tech—can you explain a little bit about
what your day-to-day life is like around here?
my day begins around 8:55 a.m. After catching my breath from running up
the stairs, I boot up my laptop and shuffle to the kitchen to get my
daily caffeine fix.
I spend most of my day writing code, providing tech support and writing
chat::ter posts. With all of that going on, I try hard to keep all of
my projects straight and meet deadlines.
posted by Design
Developer Jerry shows Connie, a graphic designer, a thing or two about golfing.
For our latest get::ting answers, Graphic Designer Matt Stevens chats with Kristin Hall, one of our operations administrators, to hear her thoughts on marketing mistakes, daily tasks and more.
Matt: What is your position and what do you do on a daily basis?
Kristin: I am the operations administrator and new business coordinator. In addition to kicking butt and taking names, I oversee operations including human resources and new business development.
Graphic Designer Matt and Operations Administrator Kristin enjoy a nice cold glass of watered-down Snapple Iced Tea.
posted by Public Relations
In the latest edition of get::ting answers, our public relations intern, Noelle, chats with Account Manager Michael about marketing, boy bands and more.
posted by Operations
Noelle: What are some of your daily activities as an account manager?
Michael: I work with both current and prospective clients to identify and strategize how to meet the client’s needs or challenges. I also work with members of each team to develop strategies and tactics to effectively address client needs and concerns.
N: What is your favorite Disney movie?
M: Lion King 1½. Do I need to expand on that?
thunder::tech is a pretty cool place to work.
posted by Operations
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.
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