|TT interns grab some snacks from the kitchen and socialize at the Chicago headquarters.|
I’m just now starting my second month as a summer intern at TT, and to be honest, my experience was not what I originally anticipated.
To my surprise, I walked into a corporate playground—an oxymoron filled with unlimited snacks, any and every beverage you could ever dream of, an extensive game room, and—get this—a bar. I then got to my desk, which was adorned with yet more snacks and a picture of Eric Estrada (I, as a college student, admittedly had to ask who he was) awaiting my arrival. To say I was taken aback by everything was an understatement. And I was a little uncomfortable as I was the only one in the building wearing a blazer.
This all made me a little apprehensive as I was acclimated to a more corporate environment in past internships and experiences. I honestly questioned how people got work done with so many distractions—let alone how they stayed healthy with bagels every morning and Doritos at arms reach. That is until I actually started working and met the people I would be working with.
I soon realized that every employee was intently working all day, and that the unusual environment actually instilled this innovation and efficiency. At TT, we are working in a rapidly evolving industry and making radical changes on a weekly basis. Therefore, it is important that we work in an atmosphere that facilitates creativity and keeps employee satisfaction high. The expression “work hard, play hard” had never made so much sense.