Friendly Co-Workers and Wrestlers: A New Guy’s First Month

Amir Iliaifar

Amir Iliaifar

As someone who has previously moved across the country for a job opportunity, I understand how scary it can be. You’re unfamiliar with the people, unfamiliar with your surrounding and it can be a while before you feel “at home.”

Not at Bronto.

One of the things that makes working at Bronto so enjoyable is just how “at home” I already feel. I could devote an entire post to how amazing the people here are. But for now, I’m going to focus on another reason why I’m so impressed with being a Bronto – and that’s Bronto HQ.

Bronto HQ is, simply put, amazing. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Our office space is spread across multiple buildings inside a converted tobacco factory in the city of Durham’s American Tobacco Campus.

From the giant green brontosaurus and ping-pong table in the lobby to the many lounge areas and kitchens spread across the campus, virtually everything in the office is designed to make the work environment more welcoming, more comfortable and more fun.

Take the Bronto kitchens (we call them cantinas), for example. The one located in our main building is probably my favorite. It’s a large, open-concept kitchen/eating area where I do most of my lunching. It’s got tons of places to sit and relax. And the cabinets are always filled with all kinds of snacks like cereal, cookies, chips and fresh fruit.

We’ve even got a gourmet coffee maker and the largest refrigerator I’ve ever seen.

Another aspect of Bronto HQ that I personally love is the conference rooms. Conference rooms, Amir? Really? Just hear me out.

Like so many other things at Bronto, the conference rooms are fun and unique. In our main building, the conference rooms are named after famous wrestlers, such as Hulk Hogan, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and, my personal favorite, Randy “Macho Man” Savage.

Want to know what kinds of meetings take place in conference rooms named after wrestlers? The best kinds.

Not only are these rooms named after oiled-up legends of the squared circle, but they’re decorated with memorabilia and a description of their achievements in the wrestling world. As a child of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s, and a big old-school wrestling fan, I dig it.

But it’s not just the conference rooms, the rooftop terrace or the beautiful views of the American Tobacco Campus that have left a lasting impression on me and helped me settle right in at Bronto. Or even the treadmill/desk combo we can reserve that promotes a healthy work environment, or the lounge area in the engineering building complete with Guitar Hero. It’s the culture at the company that encourages all Brontos to use and enjoy the space we have.

And what a great space it is.