Vol. 15 : No. 9
eCornell is a rapidly growing company with a dynamic and creative corporate culture with a solid interest in hiring bright, creative, disciplined people. At various times, we have openings in a number of professional areas, including office and technical production staff to work at our creative and production offices in scenic Ithaca, NY, near Cornell University.
Digital Video Specialist
Quality Assurance Tester
Online Instructors - Human Resources Certificate Program
Online Learning Designers
As an employee of eCornell, you will have access to the following benefits:
The eCornell Culture Offices
Like many dot-coms, we have some quite respectable offices in New York City. However, most of the production staff work in the offices located in thaca, NY, home of Cornell University. Staff quarters are comfortable. A few sofas, free coffee/tea/etc., very few cubes, and considerable tolerance for customizing our working space seem to make most of us happy.
Respect and diversity
We're not a stereotypical dot-com. Yes, we did have a major email debate on ethics and aesthetics as we worked out what kind of coffee to stock, and yes, it did end up being Starbucks. But we have a wide range of ages, backgrounds, levels of formality and avocations here, and we consider that a strength.
Fun and enrichment.
Here's where we try to give you a feel for the informal culture of eCornell. Since it's still actively evolving, the best we can do is snapshot some of the things we share. Most of these started out as someone's bright idea, and all continue because, and only because, some group of us chooses to keep doing them.
1. We get together for continuous, motivating and engaging dialogue among peers. We take turns leading discussions on topics in learning and technology. This gives us the opportunity to learn from others and to share what we know. At a corporate level, having these discussions recognizes that research and communication go hand in hand, and are an integral factor to the well-being of the company.
2. Some of us congregate in the A/V studio (for its soundproofing) late Friday afternoons for a drum circle. No experience required; a great way to end the week.
3. We celebrate birthdays en masse, once a month. Chocolate cake with whipped cream was a big winner last time around, but everything from Sacher-Torte to carrot and zucchini confections have appeared.
A few other items of note
Children visiting the office are expected to always ask before borrowing toys, and to share theirs with the programmers.
A sense of humor is a prerequisite for entering the production area.
Some important cultural artifacts are whiteboards, Nerfguns, barbecue chicken pizza, non-imperialist coffee, leaky roofs, child art, adult art, eclectic world music, bad puns, and TastyKakes. Proposals are in for a Zen sand garden and a Lego area. Watch this space for further developments!
eCornell is in Ithaca, N.Y., on the campus of Cornell University. We're 4.5 hours from New York City and offer many advantages to many kinds of people. Thanks to a big university, it's an amazingly cosmopolitan small town in the middle of upstate NY. We have fantastic restaurants, waterfalls and semi-wilderness within walking distance of downtown, way more Volvos than Porsches, excellent fishing, sailing, music and a solar roof on the new library, a skateboard park and an unending stream of local activities and controversies.
Perhaps the best way to put it is that Ithaca isn't a place you can characterize in a paragraph or two. Explore http://www.ithaca.ny.us/ to see for yourself.