How Do Whitepagers Survive Winter?

 

Shorter days, dark sooner, harsh weather conditions… As the official start of winter approaches, we reached out to our employees to see how they SURVIVE WINTER. The daily commute may be a bit slower, but our employees know how to get outdoors or snuggle in to beat those winter blues! Below are several accounts from Whitepagers from each of our office locations: Seattle, New York City, and Budapest. Read on to see how they fight the freeze!

 

Adrienn is the Office Manager in our Budapest location. She goes the extra mile making our employees feel festive and warm:

Darker earlier? Sunset bonus!

In Budapest, it gets dark around 4:00 PM, which is very devastating — but sometimes we have amazing sunsets. We just had the first snowfall on 29 November! It was really beautiful, especially viewing from the office. Unfortunately, here in downtown as soon as the snow falls it melts immediately, so it’s just mud everywhere.

I, personally, just love winter! From October until January I’m constantly in a holiday mood. Thus, I thought why not bring a little Christmas vibe to the office as well? I put out candies and a small Christmas tree, which really makes the employees happy.  🙂

Some ways we survive in the office:

  • Lots of fruits and veggies are available throughout the week
  • Bi-weekly we have “cookie Wednesday to uplift the mood

The winters in New York can be brutal, so Tom, who works for Whitepages Pro Enterprise Sales in our NYC office focuses on the good stuff:

As a life-long New Yorker, here are some of my favorite NY Winter/Christmas things:

  • Macy’s
  • Saks 5th Ave window
  • Snow – it comes early! (We got our first flurries this past weekend.)
  • A bag of roasted nuts from the street vendor
  • Bryant Park Winter Village
  • Rockefeller Center tree and ice skating  
  • A walk through Central Park
  • Holiday Festival College Basketball at Madison Square Garden
  • Radio City Christmas show (who doesn’t like the Rockettes?)
  • Dinner at Carmine’s sometime between Christmas and New Year’s (a family tradition)
  • Inexpensive matinee theatre tickets 
  • Plaza Hotel Lobby – nicest holiday decorations, for the true Home Alone 2 experience, a great place to take a family photo!

Kathryn, our Whitepages Pro Events Marketing Manager, enjoys taking winter adventures:

 

I love the outdoors and go on hikes every weekend during the winter, even in the rain or snow. I find that embracing the weather and exploring this beautiful area we live in keeps me sane and happy during the gloomy months. We try to go see Christmas lights every year. Last year we went to Stanwood.

 

 

 

Samantha, an Account Executive, LOVES the winter, especially with her four-legged companion!

Despite the constant battle to try to stay warm and dry, I love having the excuse to snuggle up with my dog and a blanket during the winter months. The crisp cold air and holiday spirit definitely outweigh even the rainiest of days here in Seattle, and I love the fresh new start that January brings. Having grown up in Alaska, I welcome the short days and long nights which further provoke my preference to hit the sheets early and wake up before the rest of the world to hit the pavement for a run (with my dog and a headlamp of course!)

 

Rebecca, a Reliability Engineer in our Seattle Office is also a big fan of winter:

I love winter time, mainly because of the contrast between the dark and all the lights that come up all around the city. We put our Christmas tree up the same weekend the clocks turned back, which I think was early November. There was some slight outrage from friends about it, but this time of year nothing beats cozying up in front of the warmth of the fire, surrounded by those lights while it’s cold and dark outside.

Security and Compliance Manager Sean isn’t a big fan of the winter weather but makes the most of it with his family:


Winter is not my favorite (cold, dark!), but I like the occasional snow days with my kids. We go to Hyak in the Cascades for a day and pack our sledding disks, snacks, and hot cocoa. We don’t have fancy snow gear, so we wear all our wool this-and-that in layers. We also hike, so we wear our hiking boots with lots of wool and cotton socks. Every other year, our little family joins our bigger Boise family for the Christmas holiday. Tubing is always on the agenda and Idaho has lots of tubing places that are really fun. This year, we will try snowshoeing too!


From all of us at Whitepages, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season! Stay warm!

Glassdoor Best Place to Work!

This post was written by Recruiting Coordinator, Amanda Moore.

Whitepages is a Glassdoor Best Place to Work in 2018!

We’re excited to announce that Whitepages is among the winners of the annual Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the Best Places to Work in 2018.

What makes this especially exciting is that there was no self-nomination process for this award — instead it’s entirely based on feedback our employees have voluntarily and anonymously shared on Glassdoor. To determine the winners, Glassdoor evaluates all company reviews shared by employees over the past year.

Over one thousand companies were considered, and this year Whitepages is ranked #25 on the list of Best Places to Work among Small & Medium Companies in the U.S.

Below are just a few words employees shared on Glassdoor that contributed toward the award and made us feel honored to be recognized:

“What truly sets Whitepages apart, for me, is the opportunity to learn and grow professionally that is offered here. We are a small team, and therefore you need to roll up your sleeves, wear a lot of hats, and take ownership to get things done.”

“Excellent office environment, in both amenities and events. I really appreciate the All-Hands [meetings] where we peek into other business operations.”

 “Everyone here has a ‘can do’ attitude and that really adds to our collaborative work culture of getting things done.”

“I’ve never had to question my performance; management is quick to praise, and quick to correct behaviors as needed.”

A huge THANK YOU goes out to all our employees. This award would not be possible without the great people who spend their days here at Whitepages.

Want to join our team and find out first-hand why we’re a Best Place to Work?

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#TeamWP: Meet Katie, NY Office Manager and Social Media Wrangler

Not only does Katie keep our small but mighty New York office running, she is also the face behind our blog and social media postings (Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter)! Although she’s not writing this one…

Katie enjoys highlighting the behind-the-scenes collaborations, trainings, and quirky events of our company to the out-in-the-wild business travels, community events, and sports endeavors of our teams. At Whitepages, pretty much every day is an adventure in or out of the office.

FUN FACT: When Katie’s not taking care of her team at the office, she is running around New York City for acting and voiceover gigs. Speaking of which, do remember the cute and memorable voice of the 2016 holiday it-toy, HATCHIMALS? You guessed it – that was her voice!

Read on to learn more about our office and social media superhero, Katie:

What’s your hometown?
I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. That’s home!

What was your very first job?
I was a “lunch lady” — I helped prepare lunches for kids at a baseball camp during the summers.

What’s been the most influential piece of technology in your life so far?
FaceTime. I have friends and family all over the place, so it’s nice to be able to “see” people!

What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?
Big Little Lies

What would your role be if there was a zombie apocalypse?
Organizing the weapon distribution. I’d keep a list of who got what, most likely.

What’s your favorite downtown lunch spot?
There’s a tasty Cambodian sandwich shop near our NY office called Num Pang. But you can get just about anything in the neighborhood!

What does being a Whitepager mean to you?
I like being a part of a community that is utilizing its efforts to help individuals and businesses in a meaningful way. I really like our value “Serve”. Helping others in even the smallest of ways has always brought me joy. From keeping the office running smoothly to reaching out for our recruiting efforts, I hope that my daily tasks are serving someone in some form.

What’s Katie’s favorite meme? She can’t get enough of this little guy!

Want to work with Katie and the rest of the Whitepages team?

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#TeamWP: Intern Edition – Meet Sierra!

Sierra Brandenburg, our part-time Pro Marketing Intern brought her marketing and program management experience from Underdog Sports Leagues and the Russell Wilson Passing Academy to Whitepages. Fun fact about Sierra is that she started intramural Spikeball at her university.

Here is what Sierra had to share about her two-month internship at Whitepages. 


This fall I will be a junior at the University of Washington studying economics. My previous job experience has always involved sportscoaching soccer (8 years), working at a golf course, and most recently working at the Russell Wilson Passing Academy/Why Not You Foundation. My comfort zone was sports, so Whitepages was definitely something new for me.

I joined the Whitepages Pro Marketing Team as an intern in April. My time was spent doing marketing research on website design, improving SEO and evaluating trends. I also helped retrieve addresses from prospective customers for a direct mail project to ensure that the cards reached the appropriate people. I organized various spreadsheets including a list consisting of the top online retail stores. My latest project was working on updating product information on the website through WordPress. This was my favorite project because I got to work on the backend of the website and see the code and how to make changes.

Throughout this internship, I learned that working with a team is always better than tackling something individually. Knowing you can lean on others for questions and help always opens the door for new knowledge. I learned that my experience in sports—teamwork, adaptability, and diligence—has relevance in a professional career. I could not have asked for a better first corporate experience, and I will always value my time here at Whitepages and the amazing people I met.

The Pro Marketing Team and their Interns tackle the Escape Room!

 

Are you interested in joining Whitepages and becoming a member of our world-class team? View our job openings here!

#TeamWP: Meet Colin, Software Engineer

Colin

From summer intern to engineering superstar, Colin, a Software Engineer with our Premium team, is not only relentlessly committed to making our front-end product experience usable and beautiful across platforms, but he is also reliably available for a genuine smile and words of appreciation and encouragement. Knowing that, it should be no surprise that Colin looks forward to mentoring our summer interns, making their experiences both challenging and a ton of fun!

Colin’s last three years at Whitepages have given him the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, finding his way from back-end web development to a passion for front-end web development, and having an integral role in launching our Premium product as part of a small and tight-knit team.

To break up his days in front of a computer, Colin and a couple of his fellow Whitepagers take advantage of their employee discount at the gym in our downtown Seattle office building. After a good sweat (and a shower!), you can likely find him snacking on a Chocolate Pure Protein bar and back to work in a corner of our office’s Sunset Lounge, known for the “comfiest couches and best lighting.”

What’s your hometown?
Growing up in a military family meant I lived in 10 different houses growing up. I came to Seattle to attend UW and soon found it feeling like home.

What was your very first job?
I worked as a lifeguard at the YMCA for three summers from the ages of 16 – 18.

What’s been the most influential piece of technology in your life so far?
Definitely the personal home computer. My family’s first computer was a Gateway 2000 4DX-33 running Windows 3.1 and I loved playing games on it. I remember waking up super early and memorizing what I had to type into the Command Prompt to get to my games.

What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?
The Crown on Netflix. I didn’t think a historical drama about British royalty would be that interesting, but it’s really well-made.

What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
At work, I like to read up on the latest in front-end web development. At home, I enjoy working with my good friend (and colleague at Whitepages!) Tommy on editing our latest videos for YouTube.

What’s the last vacation you went on?
Over Christmas, I went to see Multnomah Falls with my family, which was an impressive sight! I’m also planning to go to Scandinavia for two weeks in April with my brother.

What’s your favorite downtown lunch spot?
There’s so many! If I want Thai food, I’ll go to the Thai-U-Up food truck. If I want Mediterranean food, I like the Athena’s food truck. Veggie Grill has some awesome vegetarian food, and Potbelly makes excellent sandwiches.

What does being a Whitepager mean to you?
Working together to get stuff done. I was sold on Whitepages when I experienced how we are trusted to do, ask questions, and directly collaborate with our colleagues to fix problems as they come up. Also, my manager really epitomizes our “own it” value. Seeing him help out with everything engineering at Whitepages is pretty inspiring.

Colin & team

Want to work with Colin and the rest of the Whitepages team? 

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