Imagine you’re in the middle of an interview, trying your best to articulate a perfectly-crafted answer, when suddenly you hear a loud THUMP behind you. You turn around to find out that someone has fallen face-first off a Segway outside of the boardroom that you’re sitting in. Definitely not something that you would expect, but then again, my experience at Procurify wasn’t anything like I imagined either – it was so much better.
Before starting my 3-month internship, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into. I knew that I had always wanted to experience the #startuplife firsthand, but I didn’t know what this would entail exactly. Well, it turned out to be quite a roller coaster ride with lots of twists, turns, and surprises around every corner. Put simply, it was awesome. But you don’t have to take my word for it, here are eight reasons why working at Procurify is the best decision you will make.
1. The Starter Pack Swag
A typical first day in any office likely consists of receiving a cubicle, a key card, and maybe a mug etched with the company logo if you’re lucky. Procurify does it a little differently. You will be welcomed into your new family with your very own Procurify starter pack filled with goodies such as stickers to plaster on your laptop, a Welcome Guide, and your own signature green t-shirt (which is super comfortable by the way!).
2. The Four-Legged Friends
The people at Procurify are pretty great, but it’s arguably the pet visitors that are the best part of the team. There’s Ringo, who can be found napping on beanbag chairs, Mila, who can’t get enough of Ringo, and Roxy, who is just plain adorable.
3. The toys
Let’s face it, most of us are kids at heart (whether we want to admit it or not). Well at Procurify, this mindset is embraced with open arms. From cruising around on a Segway (or “Swagway”, as it’s called), playing in intense Super Smash Bros tournaments, or venturing to Procurify North for a ping-pong match with the Sales team, you’ll never be bored at work again. Just be careful to avoid getting in the crossfire of any Nerf Gun wars that might be taking place.
4. The Snack corner
This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you can weave your way past the Super Smash Bros game that’s going on, you’ll find yourself at Procurify’s snack corner. Whether you’re craving something salty or sweet, you can probably find it there. (Pro tip: sour keys are the most popular snack, so if you’ve been eyeing them, go for it before they’re all gone!)
5. The Town Hall
Erase every preconceived belief you have about what a typical “Town Hall” meeting entails, because Procurify’s version is nothing like that. Every two weeks, get comfy on a beanbag chair and find out what each team has been up to. Consisting of endless bursts of optimism from Aman and a plethora of memes, this is guaranteed to be the most fun you will ever have at a company-wide meeting. There’s also a portion dedicated to all the new team members at their first Town Hall, but my lips are sealed – you’ll have to find out more about this on your own.
6. The company activities
The newly-established Procurify Social Committee is dedicated to planning company-wide activities that will not only give you the chance to get to know people from different teams better, but to also have a blast while doing it. From kayaking, sky diving, and an all-out Olympic food festival, there’s always an event to look forward to.
7. The lessons learned
With one of the company’s main missions being to “Find a Better Way”, working at Procurify means that you’re going to do a whole lot of learning. If you have an idea that you want to try out, there’s a good chance that you’ll have the opportunity to do it. Taking a risk means that the outcome might be better than you expected, or not-so-great, but regardless, you can always count on learning something new.
8. The people
How many times have you heard employees say that the best part of their company are “the people”? Well I don’t mean to sound like a cliché, but at Procurify, the best part really is the team itself. Not only is everyone super friendly and welcoming, but in the true spirit of a team, they support each other. No matter how busy they are, they will always make time to help each other in whatever it is that they need help. You will definitely never hear the words “it’s not my job” muttered around.
After reading this, it’s probably pretty easy to see why I never wanted my internship to end. In those three short months, I was able to work with some incredibly talented individuals, witness some amazing accomplishments, and learn a whole lot along the way. To quote one of Aman’s favourite sayings, Procurify is “building a billion-dollar company” and I can’t wait to see it happen. GOOOOO TEAM!