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Spigot, Inc. Mobile Team Goes to Romania: An Employee’s Story

As most of you probably already know – Spigot, Inc. is across the globe. We are owned by a company based out of Beijing, China, have several offices in the US and another office in Bucharest, Romania. Many Spigot, Inc. employees are fortunate enough to be able to travel to these locations for work purposes (and even extend their trips to see other parts of the world!). This past week our Mobile Team made the long 20 hour journey to work on their product with the Spigot, Inc. Romanian team. Spigot, Inc.’s, Elina Terentevya, documented the whole trip and gave us the run down below!

Elina:

I was fortunate enough to be one of the members of the mobile team to take a trip to Bucharest, Romania to work with our IOS team. While Spigot makes sure our communication is possible through all the technology provided, there is nothing better than meeting and working side by side. After a few take offs and landings, many movies on the plane, lots of laughs, and many many snacks, we were finally there!

 

As we landed we decided to go straight to the office to get started. The Ro team greeted us with open arms and most importantly donuts. I have tasted a lot of donuts in my life, but nothing compared to these. Papanasi, as they are called in Romania, were perfect round spheres, and

exactly what we needed for a quick pick me up before diving right in to work with the team. A perfect Romanian welcome in my opinion.

The evening followed by a team dinner at Grand Café Van Gogh. The café was so unique, with Van Gogh replicas hanging all across the wall painted by local artists, funky umbrellas hanging from the ceiling, and nachos that were out of this world.

I honestly don’t even know where to begin about the food. It never stopped, and each place was better than the last. The bread, the wine, the humus, the baba ganoush, the kabobs, the shawarmas, all the meats, and my personal favorite mamaliga. Everything tasted even better than it looked, if that’s even possible!

Another night we went to a traditional Romanian restaurant, called Hanu’ lui Manuc, we ate, we drank, and we fully embraced the Romanian culture. 2 meters of beer, authentic Romanian food, endless donuts, Moldavian dancers, the Eastern European culture is just something else.

We were also lucky enough, some may not agree with me, to see a fresh snow fall. The snow just kept falling transforming this unique city of Bucharest in to a winter wonderland. Snow balls were made and exchanged. 

Working at Spigot, Inc. gives employees an amazing opportunity to experience different cultures, whether it’s in our own office or travelling abroad. If this is something you think you would be interested in – we’d love to hear from you! Send your resume to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog. Be sure to follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot, Inc. lifestyle!

 

 

Spigot, Inc. Dietbet & Steps Challenge Winners Announced!

Spigot, Inc.’s New Year 2020 weight-loss and step challenge was extremely fun AND successful! Spigot, Inc. employees are DRIVEN by competition, so it was easy for us to stick to our goals and try to beat out our co-workers. Winners were announced last week and the results are amazing!

The winners (Yes winners, there was a tie!), Emil Ignat & Robert Stefan, are from our Spigot, Inc. office in Romania! Both coming in at 7.8% fat lost in just 4 weeks! Our step challenge winner was Renan Ueno, coming in with 478,755 total steps! All three winners got 100$ gift cards!

Spigot, Inc. employees are looking forward to our next “team event/challenge,” our 5k on February 28th AND loved the dietbet so much, that we will be doing another round soon!

If you want to work for a company that promotes friendly competition, team-building and a healthy lifestyle – we’d love to hear from you! Send your resume to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog. Be sure to follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot, Inc. lifestyle!

Spigot Loves a Good Challenge!

There is no better way to kick off new year than with a health and fitness challenge. Team members got to choose between a weight loss challenge, step challenge, or to run a 5k race. Prizes include Amazon gift cards and cash but most importantly – bragging rights!

This week’s step challenge winner, Matt Martinez, gives us an exclusive interview to his success! Matt was also the winner of the weight loss challenge the week prior!

Q & A with Matt!

How long have you been with the company and what is your position here?

3 ½ years – Sr. Software Engineer

What motivated you to take on this challenge?

In November and December I was already walking a lot to try and lose weight and get more active. When the challenge was announced I was already walking daily so it worked out.

What is your secret in doing so well?

Walking with other coworkers in the challenge (Renan and Meena).

Also, walking during lunch time, after dinner and later at night. Sometimes indoors when it’s too hot out, such as at Walmart and Target.

How has your diet and nutrition changed since starting the challenge?

Previously ate out every meal. Stopped eating out as much, and instead bring lunch every day.

How has your exercise routine changed since starting the challenge?

I went from my exercise being daily ping pong to walking 6-10 miles a day.

Go to healthy meal?

Brown rice and chicken or steak.

Go to type of exercise?

Walking

Who do you see as your biggest competition?

Renan/Meena

Is this something you hope to stick to after the month is over?

Once I reach my weight goals, I will be dropping my daily walking. Walking so many miles a day without a break really wears out your feet and legs.

Good Luck Matt and the rest of Spigot family! Here is to a happier and healthier 2020!

If you want to work for a company that promotes friendly competition, team-building and a healthy lifestyle – we’d love to hear from you! Send your resume to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog. Be sure to follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot, Inc. lifestyle!

Spigot, Inc. All Company Meeting Provides Full Transparency Once a Quarter

Once a quarter Spigot, Inc. employees all gather in our big conference room (that we’ve already outgrown!) to get a company update “All hands on deck” meeting. The meeting is run by Spigot, Inc. CEO, Ryan Stephens. He starts out by explaining (and showing slides) of the company structure and telling our story for all of the new employees who haven’t heard it and a refresher for the veterans. He then goes into our earnings for the past quarter (and this time year of 2019), where we are at in terms of hitting our goals, what are future products and strategies look like and what our goals and projections are for the next year and quarter. 

This quarterly meeting provides Spigot, Inc. employees with FULL transparency on where our business stands and where we are headed and also gives employees the opportunity to ask questions. The Spigot, Inc. Executive Management team is extremely open and honest with us and Ryan even about how we are an internet company and the internet is ALWAYS changing, so we never stop building and we always stay ahead of the curve. He also touches on how great the organization is, and how thankful he is for the people contributing to our success.

Overall – it’s an extremely productive, insiteful and important meeting for Spigot, Inc. Spigot, Inc. employees all agree – it’s great to work for a company where full transparency, respect and gratitude are highly valued. We even get to hop on a call with all our sister companies around the world for a quick update as well!

If you want to work for a company that values company culture, Spigot Inc. would love to speak with you! Send your resume to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog. Be sure to follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot, Inc. lifestyle!

ANNND the Spigot, Inc. Weight-loss and Step Challenge Week 1 & 2 Results are In!

Spigot, Inc.’s New Year 2020 weight-loss and step challenge has been fun AND successful! Spigot, Inc. employees are DRIVEN by competition, so it’s been easy for us to stick to our goals and try to beat out our co-workers. Our week 1 winners are Meena Valisekka & Chris Kendig, Chris lost 6.78% of his body weight and Meena walked 81,157 steps! This weeks winners are Adrian Racu (All the way from Romania – and why he’s not pictured!) he lost 2.1% of his body weight this week and Matt Martinez won our step challenge with 135, 667 steps this week! Check out the 2nd & 3rd place winners below! All 4 winners won a $25 dollar Amazon gift card and are striving for the overall win – which is a $100 Amazon card!

Weight Loss Challenge Winners Week 1:        Weight Loss Challenge Week 2:

1st Chris Kendig – 6.78%                                                 1st Adrian Radu – 2.1%
2nd Shayna – 5%                                                               2nd Matt Martinez – 2%
3rd Nick Jackson – 3.3%                                                 3rd Shayna – 1.8%

Steps Challenge Winners Week 1:                     Steps Challenge Winners Week 2:

1st Meena – 81,157                                                           1st Matt M. – 135,667
2nd Matt M. – 74,552                                                      2nd Emil – 133,711
3rd Renan – 58,401                                                         3rd Renan – 119,576

As you can see from above, the competition is strong – especially with the steps challenge! Spigot, Inc. participants bet 35$ each and have to lose at least 4% of their body weight to get the money back! We are also looking forward to our Spigot, Inc. 5k at the end of February! Good luck to everyone at Spigot, Inc. next week!

If you want to work for a company that promotes friendly competition, team-building and a healthy lifestyle – we’d love to hear from you! Send your resume to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog. Be sure to follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot, Inc. lifestyle!

A Look into Spigot, Inc. Company Culture

“Train employees so they can leave, Treat them well enough so they don’t want t0.” – an awesome quote by Richard Branson. Spigot, Inc. has many things to offer, but our BIGGEST asset is our employees, and we believe this quote sums up our company culture extremely well. Not only does Spigot, Inc. “train” their employees – but they give everyone a huge opportunity to learn and to grow within the organization. We have very minimal process, so employees are granted the freedom, not only to express their ideas, but actually put them into action. Spigot, Inc. employees are also given the opportunity to fail. We know “failure” in the work place isn’t something most people are used to being accepted, but Spigot, Inc. knows – that is the only way to grow. Everyone gets the chance to take risks, fail, learn from their mistakes and come up with a better “game-plan” or solution next time. Just this concept alone breeds employee happiness. Employees getting the opportunity to also acheive big wins and successes (along with failure) give them the confidence to make business decisions and earn respect from peers and executives in the organization.

On top of this, we all structure the teams by business unit instead of by position or department. We have Media Buyers, Business Analysts and Developers/Engineers on every team (or in every business) and they all work collaboratively on their specific product. This way – every individual is actually contributing to the bottom line of our business.

Spigot, Inc. has a ton of perks on a professional level – we invest in our employees and make sure they are on the path to growth. On top of all of this, Spigot, Inc. also provides perks to take the “leg-work” out of everyday tasks. We stock our office with a ton of snacks (on request by employees), beer, fancy coffee, cold brew coffee on tap, bagels for breakfast, an entire fridge full of soft-drinks and (OBVIOUSLY) La Croix. We offer free lunch twice a week (with left-overs for the rest of the week), team-building trips, pop-up parties and beer-pong on Friday afternoons. The office is also fully stocked with games; Huge flat screens with Nintendo Switch & Xbox, Darts, Foos Ball, Ping Pong, Connect Four, Hungry Hungry Hippos (lol) and Spigot branded corn hole. We believe that breaks are necessary (and we’re all super competitive) so we’re encouraged to take breaks and play games. We are offered a flexible work schedule, no one has specific times they need to come in the office or leave, getting our work done – and doing it well is top priority, not how long employees sit in their seats.

We also work heavily with FGCU to hire talented interns and turn them into successful employees. Most of our interns have gotten full-time positions here and have grown in their career.

Spigot, Inc. company culture makes employees WANT to come to work everyday. We have an extremely low “turn-over” rate and a large handful of employees who have made it over 10 years. Spigot, Inc. is truly a family – we all hang out inside and outside of work and relocating is easy, because it’s a great place to make friends! Check out our Linkedin Life page to see more about our culture, benefits and employees.

If you’re interested in an opportunity with us, we’d love to hear from you! Send your resume to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog. Be sure to follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot, Inc. lifestyle!

Spigot, Inc. Travels to China for 5th Annual Genimous Party!

For those of you just tuning into the Spigot, Inc. blog – Spigot, Inc. is owned by a parent company in Beijing, China called Genimous Technologies. Every year a group from Spigot, Inc. (and our sister companies) are invited to make the long (and totally worth it) haul out to China and attend the party. The beginning of the party consists of a huge stage with a ton of live entertainment, recognition for outstanding players and just overall fun. 

The party takes place in Genimous headquarters. Visiting the HQ is definitely a unique experience! It is set in 400-year-old Palace that was built for the 24th son of the Emperor Kangxi, who is considered by historians to be one of the greatest emperors in the history of China.  The HQ palace consists of 5 courtyards surrounded by buildings – which have now been converted into offices, conference rooms and banquet halls. It is currently home to over 300 of our 900 employees. It has a fully operating restaurant and hotel onsite with 8 rooms (which guests are invited to stay in!) and they are all crammed with Ming and Qing dynasty furniture to keep with the traditional theme. Genimous took over the palace from the former China Club Beijing.

Not only do Spigot, Inc. employees get the opportunity to celebrate with every year with Genimous – it gives them an opportunity to go over yearly goals, improvements and structure for the upcoming year.

We have a great relationship with our parent company, and really appreciate the opportunities we get to travel and see other parts of the world! If you want to be a part of a global company that promotes team-work and travel – Spigot, Inc. would LOVE to speak with you!

Send your resume to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog. Be sure to follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot, Inc. lifestyle!

Spigot, Inc. Has Breakfast for Lunch from Three Little Birds Food Truck!

Free lunch, a food truck AND a gourmet breakfast?! Looks like we’re is having a great start to the week (No Monday blues here)! Today Three Little Birds Food Truck pulled up outside the Spigot, Inc. office around 11:30 and set up. Considering this is definitely a crowd favorite for Spigot, Inc., everyone ran downstairs at once  – and ended up forming a 30 minute line! Three Little birds prepares the best, fancy (and obviously delicious) breakfast foods. It’s been a long time since we’ve had them, so everyone was excited – so excited that they ran out of the Ranchero Dish!

Three Little birds offers a variety of breakfast foods – from breakfast burritos/biscuits & gravy for those who like to indulge and vegetarian options/fruit parfaits for those trying to keep their New Years resolutions! 

Overall, our visit from Three Little Birds made everyone at Spigot, Inc.’s day even better! Food trucks are a fun way for everyone to get out of the office and hang out and socialize (and even wear matching Spigot, Inc. shirts) while they wait for their food! Spigot, Inc. loves their catered lunches every Monday & Wednesday –  we are treated with food from all over Fort Myers and a chance to all eat lunch together!

If you want to be a part of a company that cares about team bonding and employee happiness – you’ve come to the right place! Send your resume to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog. Be sure to follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot, Inc. lifestyle!

 

 

2020 – New Year, New Things to Do Around Here!

Spigot, Inc. is located on the beautiful coast of South West FL, just 15 miles away from Naples, Sanibel/Captiva Islands and 40 miles from Marco Island.  We are super thankful to live in such a cool location (And SUCH warm weather!). Most people (Including Spigot, Inc.) have New Years resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle, cut out bad foods and alcohol, etc. – so why not find new fun things to do in the area?! Of course Spigot, Inc. has researched the best things to do – and we’re here to share it with you!

  1. Mysterious domed structures on the southern tip of Marco Island (This one DOES require a boat, but no worries – all the islands are crawling with boat rental places!)
  2. Tin City! Tin City offers you the chance to step back in time to an era when rustic, maritime character and charm were at the heart of Naples’ fishing industry; as well as eateries serving fresh seafood!
  3. Naples Winter Wine Festival (Okay, you’re allowed a cheat day). Located at the Ritz Carlton Naples – the event brings together renowned vintners, chefs and Master Sommeliers with wine enthusiasts and philanthropists for a three-day festival themed “All We Need is Love” in order to raise millions of dollars for underprivileged and at-risk children.
  4. Barefoot Beach Preserve – One of the region’s last undeveloped barrier islands, it feature vast tracks of natural land that are perfect for idyllic walks. Families are drawn here, too, by the gentle, shallow waters, helping make it a regular fixture on lists of America’s best beaches.

Need More Ideas?! Check out this page on Tripadvisor for some more cool things to do!

Want to work for a company located in a great location with fun things to do outside? Spigot, Inc. would love to speak with you! Send your resume to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog. Be sure to follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot, Inc. lifestyle!

 

 

Successful (Maybe the Best One Yet) Spigot, Inc. Holiday Party!

Almost every Spigot, Inc. employee in attendance, giant light-up robots, fog machines, AMAZING Service at Cavo Lounge, a photobooth, delicious food (and even macaroons!) made for an unforgettable Spigot, Inc. Holiday Party! It’s a challenge to get everyone from Spigot, Inc. in the same place at the same time, ESPECIALLY with their significant others – so once a year we have a huge blow-out where Spigot, Inc. employees can bring a guest to, and eat and drink on us. This year’s party was a HUGE success, almost 120 people attended Cavo Lounge in Naples around 7pm. Everyone was greeted with amazing service, cocktails and horderves following quickly. Cavo sectioned off the VIP area so we had somewhere for our bottles, food and (Of Course) dancing. Cavo lit champagne bottles on fire and Spigot, Inc. employees had funny costumes. The party was only supposed to last until 10pm, but in true Spigot, Inc. fashion – we all stayed much later! Several Spigot, Inc. employees made a vacation out of it and stayed at the Inn at Pelican Bay in Naples for the night!

The Spigot, Inc. holiday party was an amazing way to kick off the holiday season and the new year! It was extremely fun to get to know new employees better; as well as spend time with employees significant others and friends in their lives.

Spigot, Inc. truly appreciates their employees and is a strong advocate for employee happiness. We try everything we can to make sure our employees know one another, enjoy each other’s company and know they are appreciated. If this type of environment is somewhere you think you would thrive – Spigot, Inc. would love to chat with you!

Send your resume to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog. Be sure to follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot, Inc. lifestyle!