Friday, July 25, 2014

You'll Never Interview In This Town Again

You'll Never Interview In This Town Again
Friday, July 25, 2014
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Austin’s 5th Best Place to Work

It was a playground, not an office. It was several large open rooms of ping pong tables and old arcade games. Basketball hoops hanging over doors. Lawn chairs spread out along carpet green and crisp to mimic golf turf. Multi-colored walls tricked out with collages of photos from company events: flag football and water balloon fights, Margarita Monday and someone named Roger’s 30th birthday party, which was pirate-themed. Booze and bikinis and blinding white teeth and ironically-thrown gang signs galore.
The Greek chorus in my head began singing their disapproval the moment I walked through the North Austin glass doors of “Austin’s 5th Best Place to Work.” I tried to ignore them and be objective. This place was not awful; it’s only awful for you. For a recent college graduate without a family or attention deficit disorder, it might have been heaven. But I was a 35-year-old mom of two who downed Adderhol every morning just to remember to throw on underwear before leaving the house. I was getting older and becoming more and more anti-social and I didn’t fancy my work place to resemble Pee Wee's Playhouse. 
“At Volmano, we work hard but we play hard too,” I heard from behind me. The reciter of the cheesy, generic slogan all Austin software companies seemed to favor was Stacey, the HR rep I’d been email tangoing with since I first started jockeying for a career opportunity there. Petite, young, blonde, she had the sort of overwhelming enthusiasm reminiscent of actors on Disney cruises. She skipped past an assortment of hula hoops and pointed to a door next to a sign reading, Cupcakes Tomorrow!!! Yum, Yum!
“This is the Never-Ending-Gobstopper room,” she explained. “Across the way is the flamenco bar. Free yoga in the afternoons! Oh, and we have ‘Bring Your Dog to Work Day’ on Tuesday. ‘Come to Work in Your Jammies Day’ on Wednesday. We have Beer Fridays too.”
“Is it on Fridays?” I joked.
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