A common question we get asked by people outside of the business is what “what is it like working for All About Food?” – it’s pretty interesting to hear what people’s thoughts are on what they expect. Sure, we’re an interesting company and it’s really great we do things in a delightfully different manner, but at the end of the day we also have lots to do, deadlines to hit and challenges to overcome. It ain’t all plain sailing.
6 months ago this week George started his role as National Account Manager in our sales team and hasn’t looked back since. Here’s what he’s thought about the last 6 months, and how getting more responsibility helped him settle in nicely!
What a 6 months it has been. I started with the company last May, and come 4th June I was travelling to Italy to celebrate the company’s 20th birthday. What a start! But obviously there was a whole month before that happened, and it was a month that helped me get my feet under the table and gave me a really good base level to do what I’m doing now.
The first month of working at All About Food is 4 weeks of induction sessions all around the business. You get to spend time with every function from Marketing, Ops, Technical and Category. And it’s quality time, too. You’re allowed, encouraged to ask questions. The idea of the induction is that you can sharpen the saw so that you walk into your role proper at the end of it ready to go. So saying that, the first month is pretty intense! I can’t lie about that. But it’s well worth it.
I’ve been involved in some pretty awesome things whilst I’ve been at All About Food, from a work point of view and from a more social point of view too. Getting a chance to work with Nando’s and Muscle Foods to create a partnership there was great, considering I started leading the conversations on that pretty soon after I started. I also really love the Sales team team days. The last one I had the chance to organise with Jess, meaning we put together a bit of a presentation and lead the session, and then later we went for a few drinks and a bit of team bonding. That’s probably a perfect way to sum things up; you have to work damn hard but you also get to have a laugh in the office and out of it. Just be sure to keep your end of the bargain.
If there was one thing I’d like to say about All About Food is that it is as good as I hoped it would be, if not maybe better. Being thrown in at the deep end isn’t for everybody, but you’re given every chance to succeed here. The culture of the business isn’t exactly the norm, but it’s easy to settle because everyone is sound. You have help wherever you turn, and I can’t wait to be able to pay that help back to the next person who joins.