New Employee Spotlight: Nicholas Porter

Hi, guys! I’m Nicholas. I’m Blanc & Otus’ newest account supervisor. I enjoy running, listening to death metal and eating Indian food. I also really like pugs. My mind is pretty much always moving. That’s typically a good thing and a bad thing. I’m also an amazing dancer. Did I mention I also really like pugs? But enough about me – you probably want to know what I’ve learned during my first six weeks here at Blanc & Otus, don’t you? I have you covered. Read on!Nicholas Porter

West Coast Work Culture Is the Opposite of East Coast Work Culture

I’m sure some will disagree with this sentiment, but to that I say, yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man. Here’s the deal. My colleagues at B&O work extremely hard. They are a creative, strategic thinking and intelligent bunch. They deliver only the highest quality work to our clients. With that said, though, everything here is just more laid back. Feel more comfortable wearing jeans to the office? Go for it. Have some work you’d rather finish off from home in the morning? Just let your teams know. How about having the ability to work from home every Friday, regardless of the title on your business card? Amazing! What you really cannot beat, though, is the free organic fruit available all day, every day in the kitchen. That’s my real motivation for getting up in the morning.

Collaboration is the Name of the Game

Here at B&O, we have an open-style seating plan. No one has an office, meaning our general manager and senior vice presidents sit right next to interns. No one is ever out of reach and it’s awesome. Further, we share our building (and the aforementioned open-style office) with Hill + Knowlton, Landor, Ogilvy and Nielsen. Think about that – PR, advertising, marketing and media measurement all under one roof. Need help on a project that requires some of that expertise? Just take a walk down the hall and your problem is solved. With these resources at your fingertips, our clients can be assured that their integrated campaigns will never be less than everything they have the potential to be.

The Bay Area Is the True Home of Tech

East Coasters are pretty famous for their…interesting personalities. I mean, the whole world runs on East Coast time, so I guess that explains why accidentally bumping into a guy at a bar anywhere in the Northeast is immediately interpreted as, “I want to fight you.” Look at me right now! There’s a whole jumble of other states below the Northeast (I think?) and I’m not even considering them when I say “East Coast.” Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that if you open your smartphone, every app on there was likely rolled out in the Bay Area first. Throw a dart at a list of enterprise tech companies currently dominating the landscape and chances are they call this place home. Zuckerberg, Benioff and Ellison? They all live here. It creates an energy in the air that you can truly feel and makes my and my work family’s job at B&O that much more enjoyable.

So there’s my story. And I’m sticking to it. If you don’t like it, then I have just one question for you – wanna fight about it?