It’s Day 27 on the job and I’m intently listening to our CMO, Miles Kelly, share stories on mentorship. He’s looked up to our CEO, Brad Brooks, for years, long before they re-joined forces at OneLogin. I see this as a theme throughout the week - almost all of the leadership team has worked together in the past and have come together again, sharing a common mission.
I knew I was excited to be a part of this mission just a few weeks ago and as I hear personal stories and the ‘why’ behind our mission sitting a few feet away from our leadership my excitement grew stronger and stronger.
Myself and 15 other new hires had the luxury of spending an entire week with our cohorts in the motherland of San Francisco. Putting faces with names and creating internal allies holds serious value when you work in a remote office. Although we’re still considered a startup, our executive team insists on flying each new hire, regardless of home base, out to HQ to experience what it means to be a OneLogin employee.
And what an experience it was - I can’t say I’ve maximized a trip to this extent before, considering the amount of ‘firehose’ learning, minimal sleep, and maximum quantities of coffee that were had.
On that note, here are a few highlights from my week of new hire on-boarding at OneLogin:
- Hearing our CSO Justin Calmus speak about his passion and ‘pure energy’ for white hat hacking (hacking for good). Leading up to his introduction, every executive talked about Justin’s aura and contagious spirit. As I watched him quietly approach the podium I wasn’t sure what to expect, but after only a few minutes of hearing him speak about the Bug Bounty Bashes he organizes and CISO network he’s a part of, I knew exactly what they meant. Justin is an amazingly approachable executive - one who extends himself to every level of the organization. And furthermore, his mission to make the world a better place through the tight knit community he continues to foster is insanely inspirational.
- Learning how OneLogin’s company values were developed and how we incorporate those into the workplace daily. These values are: Security First, Customer Focused, Collaborative, Accountable, and Creative. Company values can sometimes be ‘pie in the sky’ mantras that look good on paper but that no one thinks about after on-boarding. OneLogin’s values were developed as a team - every employee has a voice and an impact on company decisions. Of these five values, Collaborative is my favorite. No matter what rank or tenure, it truly takes a village to propel a startup rocketship into deeper ozone layers, and I truly got that sense from my fellow colleagues.
- Creating memories with some of the most genuine, passionate people in tech. I met folks from every department - IT, engineering, sales development, finance, legal - and experienced some serious team bonding in between classroom sessions. A few things we did: we scaled Coit Tower, had a grilled cheese picnic in Washington Square, saw the sunbathing seals at Pier 23, and downed Irish car bombs at The Old Ship Saloon… Hence the maximization of my trip.
All in all, after only a few short weeks as a OneLogin employee I can confidently say I’m a part of something bigger than me, surrounded by some of the most talented folks in tech. I can’t wait to continue this adventure in 2019 and beyond!
P.S. - We’re hiring. Check out our open positions.
-Aileen Cole, Account Executive