This job (much like I imagine many others are) is a lot like going Greek. Like any sorority and fraternity, Pricefalls.com is a very close-knit community of all types of personalities in which all come together on common ground. Individuals within both the corporate and Greek community are all educated/oriented on a common set of goals and beliefs; and the mission statement acts as the guiding light for all decisions made. Both the corporate and Greek lives also contain a hierarchy, which is respected accordingly and expected to make decisions in their respective departments (to use the word loosely in terms of Greek life). Both also contain some semblance to the pledging period. A period in which the company or Greek organization takes a microscopically close view of the pledge (person rushing, or joining an organization) in order to make sure the fit is cohesive.
Pricefalls.com has all of these assets I’ve named about to some extent. In terms of Pricefalls hierarchy, the CEO is much like the President of a Greek chapter. The Marketing Director is comparable to the Social Chair. The New Business Director is comparable to the Recruitment Chair. The Customer Service Director is comparable to the Membership Chair. The Public Relations Director is comparable to….well the Public Relations Chair, or Risk Management Chair. The comparisons continue on, but the interns are a lot like pledges.
Let me begin this segment by saying this is not a negative comparison. As someone who participated in and survived the pledging process, I feel it’s an integral part of building a successful and linked organization. While in the Greek society it’s called pledging, in the corporate world the word orientation takes its place. This process is an introductory course to everything the organization believes in and holds to the highest respect. Whether it’s brotherhood or the process of providing the most convenient auction service using the Dutch auction model, during the pledging/orientation period you are presented with what’s needed to be successful in the organization and watched over carefully. This time is also necessary to familiarize yourself with the other members in the house/office and present the others with your skill set. Proving your worth to the organization in this fashion is a great way to earn respect and a place within.
Since I’ve been in Las Vegas, all of the members of the Pricefalls.com team have been more than accommodating to my merging with the company and I have felt very comfortable talking with all of them about successes and difficulties. I only have one piece of advice for both Greek and Corporate ‘pledges’; don’t tell them you can cook.
Until next time buyers, sellers and friends!
Josh (the intern) Weaver