Upon being hired at Ciplex, the expression “Work Hard, Play Hard” came to life in a way it never had for me before; coming from an MBA, that statement holds extraordinary weight. No, I’m not suggesting that life in Los Angeles is more fun or even as much fun as life in Tel Aviv…it does not come close. What I am suggesting is that the people and experiences I have encountered at Ciplex have impressed me on a higher level.
In November 2012 I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Most Ciplex employees wear so many different hats, and I am no exception. Days are long; weeks are fast. Being busy with clients feels much different than being busy with assignments. Every time I turn around there are new goals being set and met, meetings, promises to improve, successful site launches, plans, discussions, idea lunches, and real business development. One of the most inspiring aspects of Ciplex is the way management encourages leadership, a rare but valuable skill set.
With all this hard work, long days, and even longer nights, you would think Ciplex employees would be ecstatic about the next VIP meeting with a pillow and a bed. Instead, we enjoy outings together, our Ping Pong table (a Holiday gift!), Hugs Beanbags, “Fun Fridays”, drawing on windows, and serious bonding over great music (we have an in-house DJ) and parties. Not only do we work together, we also have a blast together. Lots of jokes are thrown around, so while it is great to have thick skin, everyone is respectful and considerate.
My Ciplex coworkers enjoy a drama free environment. Nobody complains about their busy schedules and hard work. There is an incredibly proactive environment, and change and improvements happen on a personal, team, and company level. People don’t come here to do their job and go home; we come here to do our job, think of ways to make it better, and collaborate to turn ideas into reality. The initiative to grow and develop is constantly evident, inspiring, and embraced; and I am so lucky to be part of it.