The Informer: Life Inside Web Applications

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

So it goes

I have now been working for the Web Applications team in excess of 6 weeks. Putting this experience into a single blog has been a somewhat challenging task, but here it is: a hugely edited version of my Web Applications Experience as a PR Assistant.

In early July, having just left university (and not yet formally graduated), I was entirely overjoyed to get an interview with Web Applications UK: an established and obviously high-achieving organisation. My interviewers on the day were Head of Marketing John and my lovely predecessor Melanie – both were professional but personable, the effect of which meant I remained confident and at ease throughout. Chief Executive Craig offered me the job that afternoon and I seem to recall him mentioning some of the employee benefits at the time – the pension scheme, the bicycle scheme, holiday accrual and staff outings, but to be honest, he had me at “You’re Hired”.

When I walked into the Web Apps office on my first day, I was blown away by all the features I’d clearly forgotten during my interview (elation causes memory loss, it would seem). The Web Apps office spans a large portion of a newly-renovated Victorian mill – the interior is complete with wooden floors, modern minimalist décor, expansive desks and sleek, shiny kitchen facilities. After many inductions and introductions, I was promptly seated in front of a state-of-the-art, multi-screened computer: the Rolls Royce of all data processors (throwing my Vauxhall Nova of an ancient laptop into rather harsh perspective). I was all set and ready to do some PR-ing.

Initially, as with most work-places, the first couple of days were a frantic blur of getting to grips with the duties of the role and attempting to assign names to friendly faces. I see this job as forming the link between Web Applications UK and its marketplace – conveying the company to the rest of the world in a way that fairly reflects their brilliance and what they have to offer. This can be done through social media, advertising and community involvement to name just a few – given the proactivity and ever-expanding nature of the company, there is plenty to shout about. I manage our social media, write content for external use, such as recruitment posters and newsletters and I also keep tabs on the content of our website.

All the benefits I’d hardly listened to during my interview became increasingly apparent. The flexi-start system means that employees can start work from between 8am and 10am and then finish from between 4pm and 6pm accordingly, which is ideal for me, as I like to start as early as possible to utilise the productive morning-time and then finish earlier so that I have the whole evening to get other things done.

The £1000 training allowance per employee per year means that, 6 weeks into the role, I have already been on a training day of my choice: a popular ‘Writing for the Web’ course run by STI. The course was highly relevant to my role at Web Apps and came in perfect timing for the upcoming development of the company’s exciting new website, for which I will be writing a large part of the content.

My favourite aspect of Web Applications as an employer is that they are firmly focussed on their employees – they ensure we are equipped with the training that will allow us to progress and that we are able to make the most of ourselves. Genius Day was a clear example of Web Applications’ consideration for its employees – a way for employees to both realise their potential, while socialising and having fun. This investment in people, both professional and otherwise, has resulted in an office of individuals who feel rewarded by the hard work they contribute.

To sum up, Web Applications is a great organisation to work for, not just for the benefits and cheerful workplace, but for something that is altogether more rare: the simple enjoyment of going to work.