Toto, I have a feeling we're not in consulting anymore.
“Are you sure I don’t need to wear a suit… not even business casual?” As a prior management consultant, I was rather uncomfortable putting on a t-shirt, jeans and running shoes for my first day at a new job. But I was reassured that I would fit right in at Nike.
After two weeks as a Nike intern, the work attire hasn’t been the only sign I’ve entered a different kind of company for the summer. Some of my favorite surprises so far include:
Running (literally sprinting) around the sprawling Nike campus during an orientation scavenger hunt – throwing a football on one of many sports fields, shooting basketball at the Bo Jackson gym, and guessing trivia questions about famous athletes in history. Setting aside an office chair and using my standing desk, which boasts many health benefits and ergonomic advantages. Having ’coffee walks’, where co-workers stroll around campus and discuss business, in lieu of office meetings (though there are still plenty of those too). Attending a fitness class over lunch or at the end of the day. The Cardio-Box class will surely whip me into shape, and the Hot Yoga class should help heal my achey muscles. Taking advantage of 1/2 Day Fridays – a special summer program that encourages Nike employees to leave work after lunch to enjoy the incredible Portland weather while it lasts.
As the summer continues, I can’t wait to see what other surprises await, but one thing is certain – I’m not in consulting anymore.
-Amanda Burlison, MBA 2014