A Day At ZipRecruiter (a.k.a. Why I Love My Job)

ZipRecruiter Office

ZipRecruiter is an exceptional place to work.

Before we go any further, I know what you’re thinking: “You’re biased, Rachel. Everyone says that in their company blog.”

You’re probably right.

That’s why I’m not just going to tell you that it’s awesome; I’m going to show you.

Today’s post is an account of a typical day (last Thursday, to be precise) at the ZipRecruiter office. I won’t go into much detail about the work itself (we’ll save that for another post), but will instead focus on our culture (it probably makes for a better read, anyway). Enjoy!

9:10 a.m.

I catch a glimpse of the Santa Monica Pier as I make my way to our office on Third Street Promenade. I check the time, not for fear of being late (we’re free to set our own hours), but to see how fast my bike ride was this morning.

Our Exceptional Customer Support Team and some of the early-morning types have already been hard at work for hours. Impressive. I make a beeline for the kitchen and am thankful for the espresso machine.

10:00 a.m.

While checking our Facebook page (do you Like us yet?… hint, hint) I listen to the product and engineering teams as they discuss their latest A/B test. Their passion and knowledge is inspiring; their friendly bickering is entertaining.

10:30 p.m.

I pause from writing to watch a couple of guys trash talk each other as they shoot brightly colored inflatable balls into a makeshift hoop. I can’t decide whether I should be impressed by their progress or make fun of how much they practice.

ZipRecruiter: Work Hard, Play Hard

10:55 a.m.

Amy, our one-woman HR team, arrives at the office. She is joined by her young daughter (we’re a family-friendly office), who plays with the inflatable balls. I laugh a little to myself, thinking that this scene is a bit more age-appropriate.

12:00 p.m.

It’s time for the daily back-and-forth regarding lunch:

Ian: “Let’s go to lunch!”
Ward: “Where?”
Ian: “Does it matter? If I’m there it will be AWESOME.”
[laughter, sarcastic comments]
Ian: “Fine. We’re going to Spago and you’re not invited.”
[more laughter, more sarcastic comments]
Guy from Oklahoma (a.k.a. Blake): “What’s Spago?”

Several people leave and several of us stay behind with the lunches we brought.

1:05 p.m.

A notable entrepreneur from the down the hall stops by. Being part of LA’s tight-knit startup community means regular visits from fellow entrepreneurs. It’s a wonderful way to learn about new business ideas and to hear what’s going on behind the scenes in Silicon Beach.

ZipRecruiter - Santa Monica - Silicon Beach

2:10 p.m.

Speaking of the beach… I walk there for some sunshine and pass a familiar-looking face on my way. I wonder if it’s the guy I keep seeing in Glee commercials, and then remember that I don’t care about Glee (no offense, Gleeks). When I started here in mid-October, I assumed that working in downtown Santa Monica would eventually lose its “wow” factor. That was a very silly assumption.

3:00 p.m.

Back at the office, I make espresso #2 and raid the kitchen for a snack. Ian’s a pretty big health nut, so he and Amy stock the ZipRecruiter kitchen with healthy and delicious treats. Fresh cherries and locally grown almonds, anyone?

The remainder of the day is pretty straightforward. The team works hard, shoots a few more baskets, and lets Ian know how hip he looks with his new haircut (he does).

All in all, it’s another fun, productive day at the ZipRecruiter office, and it’s exactly why I love coming to work each morning.

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Rachel Dotson is a former digital marketing manager and blog contributor at ZipRecruiter. She is based in Venice, California.

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