Working In Boston Tech: Ve Interactive
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What is it like to work at your company in terms of your culture?
We operate on the notion that every member of the team has a voice, has an idea that is worth listening to, regardless of your job title. Our technology is innovative, but more importantly our team innovates every day from optimizations with clients to best internal practices. We are always trying to streamline. If someone has an idea it doesn't take much to be up and running. Nimble and quick – that’s the way we like it.
What’s the best way to get a job at Ve Interactive?
We are always looking for talented, tech-savvy, and solution-oriented team members. Check out our Bizz page or our website. We often post on Linkedin and Twitter, too. This is the best way to find out about our listings, but to get a job, be persistent, sharp and have that go gettem’ attitude. Positivity and drive go a long way.
What can someone expect during the interview process?
The interview process usually starts with a brief intro phone call, and then we do several in-person interviews. Next, you meet with several members of the team from each of our departments.
We like each other in and out of work; it makes work that much easier. So it’s important to be a good cultural fit and be a true team player. We definitely operate on the there –is-no- I- in- TEAM philosophy. (See our Softball team as an example)
What can people expect over the course of their career at Ve Interactive?
Growth and opportunity. We are growing at exponential rates, our Boston office is close to 60 people and we have over 500 world-wide; everyone’s efforts matter and genuinely help build the long-term success of Ve. You have the opportunity to grow into the role you create based on your contributions. You are not siphoned into one role; self-starters are big.
What TV or movie would best describe the working environment and employees at Ve Interactive?
Hard to pick one. We are a little bit of The Office – we are launching VeOlympics and have brought it up to the board to make Flunkerton an official sport.
And a little bit Willy Wonka– with new, cutting-edge products and acquisitions – we feel like we have the golden ticket.
Are there any favorite activities that the employees do outside of the office? (examples: company outings, charitable events, etc)
We are on the team building event train—Red Sox game day, Pool Party days, Tough Mudders, Ve Softball team are just a few. And, we made it to Play-offs! We recently celebrated our team members that have been here since the inception of Ve US at Cinquecento. We are also in a steep competition for who can donate the most for an upcoming holiday food drive.
What is in your fridge or on tap?
Maybe skip looking into our fridge and head to the pantry and our LeanBox stocked with all healthy, energy rich snacks. And even better, LeanBox donates any unused meals to local food pantries. We take our tap very seriously, we have even appointed a CKO (Chief Keg Officer) – beer choice to his discretion.
If you took a poll of everyone in the office, what would be the company’s favorite color?
VeGreen all the way. Jack Byrnes, Robert Deniro’s character in Meet the Parents says: “Well they say geniuses pick the color green.” We’ll take that.
Are there any fun facts or unique stories that you can share about Ve Interactive or individuals that work there?
Even though we are growing so quickly, we maintain the start-up family vibe. We do a company meeting every day that includes daily sales, but also any upcoming events, good news, and lessons learned from the day or week. It’s important that we stay in communication between departments and management even as we continue to scale. These meetings can also include—a money plea for a Kickstarter campaign for some real Nantucket Reds, stats from the softball league, and fantasy football updates/trash-talking.
Do you have any unique benefits or perks?
Parking is hard to come by in the South End; Ve employees get free parking. We also do some traveling. Our global conference every year is held in one of the cities of our 18 global offices. This past October we headed to Tokyo! Next up, London.
Do you have names for your conference rooms? Is there a theme or explanation behind the names?
Our conference rooms are directional – East and West. It makes it hard to get lost.
How about a favorite picture of the team that you would like to share?
The competition got very serious for Halloween this year: