Life at We Are Social in London
Hi. My name’s Tom Cauvain, I’m an Account Executive and one of the new additions to We Are Social’s London office.
As Marie Cravens took us through her time so far at We Are Social in New York with Rihanna, I’m going to intersperse this London view using Alex Turner and Julian Casablancas. Apologies.
When I say new, in reality I’m one of the old guard having been here just over a month. We’re growing quickly and more and more people join every week across all our departments and accounts.
The clichéd nerves are to be expected during the first few days, but you’re soon put at ease through the team cupcake delivery on your desk and the buddy scheme that sees you wined and dined (well, up to a £20 limit) with someone in a similar role at the agency. The focus really is on ‘Social’.
I think a lot of companies, not just in advertising, can latch on to this to make their place seem super #sosocial but We Are Social definitely embodies it in the most genuine sense.
There is a real impetus on bringing everyone across the company together, irrespective of role and position, on the slopes of Innsbruck or at Lovebox festival with the entire population of Chigwell. And in the summer, with an early finish, who’s going to argue with that?
If you want to get involved on a project or there’s something that you feel particularly suits you, say so. I’ve always been one for cars and I’m fortunate enough to work on We Are Social’s Jaguar account.
As well as this, I also have a thing for sport. When the opportunity arose to combine the two on a campaign, I jumped at the chance to help out with the mechanics – and writing some of the copy. The team have been happy to support me, guiding me in the right direction, and as a result I already feel like I have their backing when pitching in on other areas.
You could also volunteer for one of the many photo-calls on the office Skype, realising the dream of your face/body/hands featuring across multiple social media channels within some lovely creative content.
As this is only my second agency, it’s probably slightly harder to comment on the differences between workplaces. However, the overwhelming consensus is that We Are Social is a great place to work and, after my first five weeks, I certainly agree. Here’s to the next five – and passing that probation period….