When I began my job search, I knew a positive company culture was a necessary ingredient to the everyday environment I wanted to surround myself in. This would be my first job in the Big Apple, let alone the first role in a start-up, and I was making a major career shift. Having left a nurturing teaching environment, I found myself slightly fearful of the unknown, as a predetermined thought in my mind had me thinking New York City companies wouldn’t, nor couldn’t, be ‘warm’ or feel like family. I’m proud to say my initial feeling was extremely incorrect.
During my onsite interview at Socure, I asked several team members about the company culture, and what makes Socure stand out among other successful startup companies. Almost all team members I interviewed with noted how transparency, and a strong family-like team, is something Socure prides itself in. After I accepted my role and began my new position, I quickly learned how transparency weaves itself in each part of the day-to-day. There is no hidden information from employees; employees are up to date on happenings in the company, challenges we may have faced and what we did to overcome them, and so much more. There is transparency amongst team members, and no room for confusion.
It didn’t take long for me to notice Socure’s culture went much deeper than transparency. Socure celebrates its workers, those in all roles, and cares deeply and passionately about life outside of the office. Socure’s internal volunteer group, SoCares, is open to all employees who wish to join and make an impact to the less fortunate in the NYC area. Once learning about this initiative, I immediately expressed interest in joining the SoCares Committee. SoCares holds quarterly meetings, where each team member is encouraged to bring new ideas, and inform one another about organizations he or she would like to get involved in.
During the winter months, we decided to participate in a Winter giveaway. During the holiday, we collected items such as gloves, hats, scarfs, and water bottles, and distributed those items to the homeless in the city. During the scorching summer months, we gave out water bottles to those who were not indoors. After some time, I truly noticed the backbone of our company is built on caring individuals, who want nothing more than to help those in need - both in eliminating identity fraud, and also taking care of the less fortunate on the streets of our HQ.
Later this month SoCares will volunteer with New Women New Yorkers, a New York City Non-Profit serving immigrant women across a variety of backgrounds (professional and cultural) get back into the workforce. We will virtually participate in mock interviews, and provide career advice to NWNY participants. While our SoCares team cannot physically be together during these trying times, the selfless efforts of the team is evident and strong. Working for such a meaningful company with a diverse team, caring employees, and bright future is one of the many reasons why I am so pleased to be working for Socure. Our company culture is authentic, encouraging, and transparent. If you do join the Socure family and are interested in joining SoCares, we’d love to have you!