By: J. Marquis, University of California - Berkeley
incredible! I have always been interested in working outside of the U.S. and
was eager to see what the workplace is like in other countries.
Visiting Blip was
an extremely valuable experience. It is one of the fastest growing engineering
companies in the Iberian peninsula. Their main area of work is web-based
programming for various global firms. The headquarters is based in London but
they operate in different countries. We met with Sofia Reis, Head of Operations
at the Blip office. She explained how the company is quite unorthodox in its work approach and try innovative new ways to do business and engineering.
Their goal is to be
the best place to work and, in my opinion, they achieved it. The workplace was
very reminiscent of a bay area tech start up company with some added European
perks (such as a free kitchen and free food). My favorite part about the
company was the atmosphere there. It was all open space. No walls or closed
Also, it was very
group based and inclusive. Everyone was interested in others work and
successes. It was very typical there for everyone to start clapping and
shouting when someone accomplished something. All of the project groups were
themed and some people even had costumes (such as a big Mexican sombrero) in
their work corner. The
Blip rep explained that staff members can write down ideas on big boards
plastered on the various walls so that the whole department can look and share
ideas about a problem or an issue an employee is working on.
the company visit our group also learned how Blip employees are expected to
determine their own work schedule and how they can decide on their own when
they want to take a break. Many employees often take a short break from their
workstation so that they are able to think through a programming problem on
their own or with other people in the office. There is a music room, a video
screen, a kitchen with free delicacies, etc. where staff can go and “brain
storm.” This goes into contrast with some of the local labor laws where a
company has to record and register when employees take an official break and
what time is dedicated to work. Rather than following a strict labor code, this
company is very flexible and open-minded about work habits.
unusual part of the visit was seeing the non-traditional conference room that
fits up to six employees. Rather than sitting around a desk in a room, staff
have the option to sit in a stage coach (from a Western film!). The idea is to
make employees “go back in time” and transport themselves back to the old West
of the U.S.. In this stage coach they can start to imagine how people would
have resolved a problem while exploring new frontiers. The stage coach is meant
to push employees to be more creative and think through problems in a relaxed,
All in all, it
seemed like a company that actually cared about its employees and their happy work
fulfillment and in return they seemed to really appreciate that.
I would love
to work at a place similar to Blip.