What does it take to be a Sunday Times 100 Best Company to work for? We won’t tell you, but our MEC’ers will!
In celebration of our brand spanking new position in the ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Companies To Work For’ Survey, we went roving reporter style around MEC towers to see what people really think about working at MEC and what matters to them the most…*
*N.B no employees were bribed in the creation of this blog post.
IT ALL STARTS WITH THE MEC THRIVE FUND….
“The Thrive Fund is my favorite perk, it allowed me to take a trapeze course conquering my fear of heights. This is something I would have never experienced without MEC.” Tara Sheffield, Creative Services Manager
“The Thrive Fund here at MEC is incredible. ‘Thrive’ is not just a MEC mission statement, but an attitude and behaviour that we are actively encouraged to live, breathe and experience” Niamh Broderick, Communications Manager
“I love MEC, I was able to use my Thrive Fund to buy tennis lessons… without it I’d still be losing to my boyfriend!”Jenny Jones, AV Manager
AND WE DISCOVERED WE LOVE BEING ENCOURAGED TO HELP OTHERS..
“TeaMEC has had complete buy in from senior management who have embraced, supported and given generously to our partnerships with Anthony Nolan last year, and will do again for MIND in 2015” Rich Martin, Digital Strategy Director
“My best memory from 2014 was building a farm in 1 day for our MEC For All company away day. Not only did we make such a huge visible difference to a brilliant cause, but we also showed what we can do together!” Monica Newell, Digital Engagement Executive
“MEC facilitates a mentoring programme with the Harris Academy in Southwark. I’ve never done anything like it before, and it’s proving to be one of the most valuable ways I’ve ever invested my time” Abigail Morrish, Digital Engagement Account Director
..BECAUSE WE KNOW WHAT WE GIVE, WE GET BACK TENFOLD…
“Taking part in Rising Talent Training has accelerated my career development beyond anywhere I’ve ever worked, and my own expectations. Learning from industry experts in the form of our Senior Management Board and paid-for tutors and consultants has been invaluable” Niall McKenzie, Performance Manager
“As a new graduate, MEC has ensured that I develop wider work skills through training days and regular team building events. True Colours Training was fantastic in helping me understand how better to interact with people in the workplace” Tara Grimes, AV Assistant
“The MEC training programme is second to none, especially in management disciplines and emerging digital media. They support your future, as well as current, career” Lisa Walker, Managing Partner
HOWEVER, SOME OF US HAVE A MORE ‘CORE’ FOCUS…
“My core and posture have never been better…. Tuesday morning Pilates rocks!” Ben Bradley, Business Director – MEC Access
“Having doctors, opticians, physios and yoga instructors come into work makes my life a lot easier as I often struggle to find the time to make appointments outside of work. It’s very convenient and probably means I am taking better care of myself!” Terri Squibb, Account Director – MEC Access
…WHILST OTHERS ARE MORE FOCUSED ON THE FUEL!
“FRIDAY FRY UP!!! (sorry but I just love English breakfast)” Sasja Steenvoorde, Data Operations Director
“As a growing boy I genuinely appreciate the quality of subsidised food!” Jon Kwan, Digital Planning Manager
“I love the chef pop-up table- great tasting, exotic and healthy food served with a big smile!” Jo Coombes, Research Consultant
WE KNOW A LITTLE BIT OF TRUST GOES A LONG WAY…
“I love the flexibility MEC offer to smarter work from home if needed – they’re ahead of the game and it’s a great point of difference.” Gemma Brown, AV Group Account Director
“Smarter working has been a great way to escape my desk and work on projects in some inspiring locations, such as the Royal Festival Hall or Tate Modern.” Jide Sobo, Head of Mobile
“I love that MEC allow us to smarter work, myself and team frequently work from our clients offices which has helped build really strong relationships with our clients” Louise Bird, Communications Planning Executive
….AS DOES SOME GOOD OL’ FASHIONED LOVE AND APPRECIATION…
“Flexible working means we are encouraged to claim time back for working late. It makes you feel truly appreciated and able to maintain a great work/life balance” Emma Lane, Senior Research Executive
“I got to do a mountain bike circuit of Mont Blanc on my sabbatical for 10 years at MEC!” Mick Style, Managing Director MEC Manchester
“I get my birthday as holiday! I’ve never worked anywhere before that offers this!” Aimee Chalcraft, Account Director – MEC Access
AND THAT MEANS WE GET THE ‘MUM’ VOTE…
“As a parent, I didn’t think this level of balance was possible before MEC – it’s my game changer. I’m back to fitness with morning Pilates and evening yoga and my beauty appointments are sorted in 15 minute slots at the office!” Brianne Ehrenkranz, Head of Event Partnerships – MEC Access
BECAUSE OF ALL THESE GREAT BENEFITS, WE ATTRACT SOME PRETTY GREAT PEOPLE..
“Sounds predictable, but it’s truly the great people that make me come in to work every day with a smile on my face.” Ben Gordon, Head of New Business and Marketing
“I’m inspired by being surrounded by a bunch of really smart people who give it 110% every day” Sarah Hennessy, Managing Director
AND THOUGH WE THINK THIS SUMS IT UP PRETTY WELL…
“Mega Employee Centric! Where else gives you flexibility to work from home, an abundance of training opportunities, a birthday day off and even a fund to ensure you thrive both in and out of work?”Jamie Page, Account Director – MEC Access
…WE LET OUR JOINT CEO STUART BOWDEN HAVE THE LAST WORD WHEN WE ASKED HIM WHY HE LOVED WORKING AT MEC..
“It’s amazeballs” Stuart Bowden, Joint CEO
What do you like about working in your organisation? Do you think we’ve missed anything? Come and chat to us on Twitter @MECUK