When I first walked into the D&B Credibility office to interview, two employees whizzed passed me on scooters. Right away I knew this was going to be an unusual interview at an unusual company!
From day one, it was made clear to me that I was valued and the work I was doing mattered. Being an intern here is nothing short of an experience of a lifetime, and I am certain that anyone who has had the pleasure of interning for D&B Credibility would tell you the same thing. The company culture is anything but ordinary, and my experience interning has surpassed my highest expectations.
Here are three key elements I have found contribute to such a unique and collaborative workplace.
1. Work Hard, Play Hard
The company as a whole lives by the saying “Work hard, play hard,” and as interns we even wear it proudly on the back of our shirts. Being that employees and interns dedicate themselves to their work on a day-to-day basis, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. happily rewards their employees with benefits such as in-office ping-pong tables, scooters to get from meeting to meeting, and extracurricular activities like Field Day and paid entrance into the local Marathon.
2. Embrace Your Failures
The company not only understands that failure is a part of learning, but also that in order to succeed you must take risks along the way. Our CEO, Jeff Stibel discusses his fondness for failure in an article he recently wrote about the importance of hiring people who aren’t afraid of failure, saying “We don’t just encourage risk taking at our offices: we demand failure. If you’re not failing every now and then, you’re probably not advancing.”
We’ve all been haunted by the intern stereotype in which respect does not go hand-in-hand with the position of intern. Here at our company, the respect given to interns and employees alike facilitates a work environment conducive to learning new skills and growing our knowledge on a daily basis. As interns we are empowered to share our ideas and contribute to the success of the company on multiple levels.
Consider this a challenge. I challenge you to #workhardplayhard, intern up, and find your ideal working environment somewhere out of the ordinary!