I’ll never forget the first time I walked into Seismic’s Boston office for my first interview. The office, four floors above Boston’s beloved bar and restaurant The Fours, reminded me of a clubhouse. (Okay, my first thought might’ve been “frat house.” Not that that was a bad thing.) One couch, a few desks and high top tables, and a refrigerator disguised as a music amplifier were enclosed by exposed brick and IdeaPaint walls. I was greeted by upbeat music and warm welcomes from everyone (literally, everyone—there were less than ten people in the office), and an angel of an office dog, Mic. It didn’t take long for me to decide that this was where I belonged.
I ended up joining Seismic’s sales and marketing team, which at the time was all-male and very small. I interviewed with about half of the team (maybe four people), and I never looked back. Being the only woman was never a concern for me, and I knew it wouldn’t be for long—the team was growing at a ridiculous rate.
There was a one week period between my first day and Seismic’s next hire. There hasn’t been a lull yet; candidates have been in and out of our (increasingly smaller) office for interviews, and new sales and marketing rock stars are joining our team every week. It’s crazy to think about where we were in July and where we are now; the team has more than doubled and is quickly outgrowing our beloved office above The Fours.
But growing so quickly can be a concern for a lot of companies. Shifts in office dynamics, culture and diversity are always hurdles as teams scale, but are typically healthy and great for growth. But sometimes it all happens so quickly that you lose touch with the core values your company was built on. How can you ensure growth doesn't break your company?
Seismic has committed to never forgetting where we started. This commitment starts at the top—but is carried out and upheld by every one of us.
A couple of weeks ago we went over to our new, unfinished office. This was the first brick-and-mortar sign of how quickly we’ve grown (unless you consider the over-spilling of meetings and calls to the hallways and restaurants in and around the office). A space nearly three times our current dwelling, the idea of our team filling the entirety of it seemed so far away. A few of us were asked to talk about what this move meant for our team, and what it will mean when we officially open our new office doors in May.
The sentiments shared were mostly about Seismic’s people: how close-knit, reliable and hardworking the team is and will continue to be as we grow; how each person would go out of their way to help anyone else on the team; how we are all on this roller coaster ride to success together and won’t hop off until we get to where we want to be. This was the moment I knew that even as our team grew, we would make it and we wouldn’t let growth break us.
This is because everyone proved they were committed to this collective growth and success. Everyone committed to making sure we never took ourselves too seriously, that we could always go to someone else for help or a laugh. By never forgetting where we came from, and making sure that everyone who joined from that point on understood where we started, we knew that rapid growth would only make Seismic stronger.