Here goes Milena: the person, who takes care of the SiteGround billing, finance, office administration and generally of all of us since the company exists!
Milena’s disclaimer: it’s never fair to have anyone talk/write after Lili and Mihail. I always enjoy listening to what they have to say, but then everyone expects the next person to be even funnier, which considering Lili’s insights and the dev fun is quite impossible.
My First Billing Task
My first significant memory of SiteGround dates back to its first anniversary. I had just graduated from college and even though I’d been with the team for more than a year, I was working on some side projects. At that point it was decided that we needed a dedicated person to take care of all things billing. Guess who? And my first task was to take over and optimize the sending of the renewal reminder, which Lily had been manually mailing for the previous few weeks.
The New Office
I was not really supposed to be greatly involved with the setup of our new office. Well, I did suggest the location, and most of the team were not so happy about that, but apart from approving the space for my department and giving the “I like” on design, I thought I would be spared the trouble. As it turned out I had to be more involved, but it was actually fun. Especially enjoyable was when the carpeting got fixed and I could walk barefooted around the empty office.
The 3pm Sugar Frenzy
At the office we have this tradition of celebrating important (or not) personal events with some treats for the whole team at 3pm. I really enjoy it when I get an email with the familiar subject “Cake!!! Kitchen 3pm“, birthdays, name days, new cars purchased, new apartments, babies born, or for simply no specific reason – you name it. It’s really fun sometimes, when several occasions overlap and we end up with enough cake in the fridge to last for a week. We constantly joke how we should stop the sugar frenzy and start on something healthier, but the next day someone asks – isn’t there any cake left.
The cartoons were some of the best office Christmas gifts ever! I actually knew we were going to get cartoons and was even asked to think about something specific for the other managers that would suit a cartoon. Yet, I had no idea how gorgeous they would turn out to be. The guys really nailed mine, as I often feel like a multi-armed alien trying to juggle things around.
The SiteGround Parties
We often boast how we like to party. But no one is better at that than our Sales and Customer Service Team (sorry guys from other teams - while you are also great fun, they excel). Nowadays I rarely get the chance to party with “the Sales” (as we call them for short), but then, there are so many of them now, that simply matching names and faces is an achievement. Yet, those guys and girls surely know how it’s done. Waiting for the Birthday party guys!
The Do-it-yourself Approach
That’s another SiteGround special trait that we really take at heart. If it can be done in-house, and done well, we do it. Office life makes no difference to the rule. Back at the old office we used to change rooms at least once per year and I had real fun taking my desk apart and then assembling it once again.
I left that as a last, but it really sums up what makes the SG experience for me. My SiteGround favorite is the SiteGround team – all those people who make up the incredible experience of working at SiteGround and helping me get rid of the case of Mondays as soon as I get ready to head to the office for the start of the week. Thank you, SiteGround!