Written by Tanya Marcinkus
There’s a long list of reasons why many of us affectionately call Meraki our second home, but I’ll give you a quick rundown of what makes the Sydney office a unique experience, and awesome place to work.
I’ll start with the real wow factor when you walk into our lobby: the view. We’re 21 levels up, with panoramic views in all directions, from the harbour to the Blue Mountains. Located in the heart of the city, our office has become a vibrant hub where we showcase our technology and culture to customers, partners, and friends locally and from abroad.
As the sole office for the region, we support all of Asia Pacific; everywhere from Japan, to China, India and New Zealand. In 3 years we’ve grown from a handful of employees to 80, with about a third of the team having migrated from other countries – many specifically to work for Meraki. You commonly hear ‘ohayou gozaimasu’ in the mornings (Japanese for ‘good morning’) you’ll find treats brought in from all over the world, and our daily lunch caterers aim for authenticity when it comes to the many cuisines we enjoy together.
In embracing our diversity, we always have something to look forward to on the calendar – whether it be Chinese New Year or Halloween – in addition to our end of quarter and milestone celebrations. We value how close-knit we’ve become from our communal lunches, events, and activities, and we care about creating a welcoming workplace for all who join the Meraki family.
While we’re closely connected to our US headquarters, many of our roles operate autonomously to grow out our region. This requires each of us to be finely in tune with the various parts of our business, collaborative in our approach, and at times, willing to jump in the deep end to see if our ideas sink or swim. It’s an exciting time, and pretty special to be a part of a team with such a wealth of experience, dynamism, and drive.
There’s a saying: “teamwork makes the dream work”, and I believe we’re a testament to this. The office may be growing rapidly, but our culture is strong and stands apart from anywhere I’ve worked before.