How do you pick your next job? You’re thinking of many factors: job scope, your qualifications, employer reputation and of course, the pay and other benefits. If the pay is right and your skill-set matches the employer’s needs, then sooner or later you’ll start considering other things: commute convenience, diversity of the team, sport participation or other social activities. A great company provides them all.
I believe Intel is a great company, so in the next few posts I’ll share my own experiences of non-work-related Intel activities: inspired, organized and performed by its great employees.
I’ll start with team building. “All companies do them,” you say and I agree. However, it’s not only “what”, but “how” that matters. The first things we at Intel ask before settling on a team builder plan are: How can we make this experience more than just fun? Can we contribute to the community? Learn new things or develop new skills? How “green” is our plan? So, we take sushi classes, invite the local orphanage to join us and enjoy the exotic homemade food afterwards. We learn how to make 3D paper models of famous buildings (like Eiffel tower or St. Basil Cathedral) and give them to a fund supporting blind people, giving them the chance to “see with their fingers” these architectural masterpieces. We plan an awareness campaign on how to sort the household waste, such as it can be efficiently recycled in a particular area. And yes, Intel Corporation sponsors these activities for us. We believe helping others is truly impactful, we have fun doing it and it is satisfying to help as we earn our revenues and spend our quarterly team building budgets. Wouldn’t it be great to be a part of such a team?