Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2018 summer routines via photos. Jamie Sampson (sophomore in Software Engineering) has penned an ode to Workiva…and thinks you’d love working there too:
It was just announced that Workiva is one of the best places to work in IT. Based out of Ames, IA, Workiva is located in the research park and is probably the most technology enhanced modern building in Ames.
Perk #1: The building is open 24/7 to those with the proper identification (it even has showers and fully stocked snack stations).
I told myself I would never be a Mac person, but here we are, and I love my laptop (granted my job is tied into it, but that’s beside the point). Seen is here is one of many different outdoor setting arrangements. It’s way better than anything in my apartment, minus maybe my bed:
Perk #2: There isn’t a set clock in, clock out schedule and you can go anywhere on the property to work.
Free breakfast 5 days a week. Who can beat that? 1 (sometimes 2) shots of expresso with skim milk and 2 pumps of ghirardelli chocolate syrup with honey wheat bread and peanut butter with a side of grapes or a banana. Breakfast for coding champions:
Perk #3: Every Wednesday, they have a special breakfast, sometimes yogurt, Panera bagels, cereal, and hot breakfast for the super special days/ when all the important people come.
I can’t begin to explain how amazing these people are. I’ve learned so much from them and look forward to many more memories with them. 3 to my right (Joe, Jeremy, Luke) are fellow software engineers, Dave is our fearless manager, and Marty is our release engineer. My title is Software Engineering Intern in R&D doing productivity engineering stuff, more specifically release management things.
Perk #4: I love going to work everyday.
Though you can’t see any people now, imagine it filled with impressionable minds. This is where you can see the goings-on of the summer internship program (ie. guest speakers, info sessions, mingling). It also likes to hold hangry peoples:
Perk #5: The chefs that cook for Workiva were trained by those from The Café and Provisions in Ames (aka, they make 5 star meals for us everyday).
They say the way to someone’s heart is through food, and let’s be honest, when you’re eating this kind of meal you can’t say it’s not true. Seen here is a salad with buttermilk ranch, a vanilla crème puff, water, fancy corn on the cob, fresh mushroom, herb, pesto pizza, with balls of quinoa goodness:
Perk #6: They serve specials Tuesday – Thursday every week (the favorite has been breakfast for lunch).
The new person in the photo is Travis (he was being picture shy in the group one). Team lunches are always a great time to take a break from work and catch up with each other. There isn’t a lunch that goes by without someone laughing. And the trees in the background, yes those are real trees, and no I have yet to get a leaf in my meal or find a snake under my foot, but I’d be surprised if it didn’t happen sometime while I’m here (less so on the snake part for everyone’s sake).
Perk #7: Not pictured but, Workiva is pet friendly! The most common furry friend is the dog, but there have been cats and birds too. Also the mice, though no one really owns them…(they are like leprechauns, we set out peanut butter for them but never see them).
The atrium holds many living plants which are also spread throughout the whole building. Fun fact, one of the founders had them brought from his property to be planted here. It is the only place where you can rely on the temperature to be what you expect it to be (we for sure aren’t tree killers). Nothing like a little fresh air without going outside.
Perk #8: There is no dress code. I go to work everyday in jeans, tennis shoes, a t-shirt, and a jacket. The atmosphere is the definition of chill.
My team’s hazing. Took a couple weeks but I’m no longer really really really awful at foosball. Our traditional after lunch activity and whenever we are just feeling like a break from work (or it’s Friday but that falls into the later and part). Many tragic defeats and triumphant wins:
Perk #9: The game room is amazing. Pool tables, ping pong tables, foosball tables, darts, Nintendo switches, arcade machines, Xboxs, the list goes on.
Disclaimer for blog entry: I swear I actually do work even if it doesn’t look like I do from the pictures. Because I’m doing what I love, software things, it’s all on the down low/behind lock and key. If you ever get a chance to tour or receive free food from Workiva, do it. If you ever get the chance to intern with them, your next immediate thought should be heck yes.