Matter Chatter

A Work Culture Defined by Its People

I moved to Boston a little over two years ago from a far off desert land with cacti aplenty. People always ask why I decided to leave a perfectly warm locale. I suppose this question is about as equal in logic as, “Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane?” Both answers are precisely the same: for the thrill.

I moved to Boston for the thrill of entrenching myself in a new culture. The adventure of learning about the landmarks, parks, restaurants, cobblestone streets, beaches that tie together to create a city that is equal parts modern and traditional, liberal and conservative, sophisticated and saucy.

What I didn’t realize when I packed up and moved was that New England’s culture isn’t entirely defined by the places, events and food (though I can’t complain about any of the above). The heart of the culture is its people.

The relationships I’ve formed is the lens through which I view the New England culture. Families are more than tight-knit. They are iron-clad. People are loyal. To their sports teams and to their pizza place.

I’ve not only found this in my personal relationships, but in my relationships at work and the culture that is Matter Communications.

Sure, work is challenging at times (as it should be). There are days you feel like pulling out your hair. Other days you swear that if you hear the words “due ASAP” one more time you might poke your eyes out. But through those times, it certainly helps to work with quality people who are there to listen and support you, and to work for a company that values its employees and strives to maintain a culture that is both challenging and fun.

So perhaps it sounds like I’m drinking the Kool-Aid. Well, I’m not. I’m just drinking the beer from the keg-o-rator and appreciating the people and culture that help affirm that my decision to move across the country was the right one.

Now I’m calling on all of my teammates to comment: why do you love Matter’s culture?

  • Matt Mendolera-Schamann

    As you mentioned, the fact that I’m working alongside people who I genuinely have fun with, enjoy brainstorming and talking with, and can count on to care as much about their work as I do, makes it easy to love this place. But even better – I’ve always felt respected and appreciated, and that goes a long way.

    Of course, our company trips to the bar don’t hurt, either.

  • Marci Stone

    I like that we all bring something unique to the table to produce great results for our clients. If you have a question about a product, process or PR initiative, there’s always someone who you can tap into and they’re always happy to help. You have access to the expertise and creativity of 50 other people, so fresh ideas are always flowing.

    I also love that we celebrate our successes as a company and, if you’re desperate for a hot lunch date, you can always count on Mendo. That’s nice.

  • John McElhenny

    Great post, Sarah. I could talk about the talent and smarts of our colleagues but that’s already been covered. So I’ll point out how much fun we have. Like last week’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration where we took over a whole bar. Or the other night when eight of us played full court basketball on a 70-degree spring evening. Or this afternoon when a bunch of us had an impromptu picnic lunch along the Merrimack River. I’ll stop there. After all, Matter Trivia starts in a couple hours and I need to brush up…