“We want to be more than an education company,” says Aditi Shekar. “We truly want to improve people’s lives, and that’s why our mission of helping people pursue careers they love is so critical.”
Shekar is a general manager of online courses at General Assembly, a community that helps students hone their tech skills within the exciting and dynamic spaces of digital marketing, web development, UX design, data science, and business. With 14 campuses and a powerful online platform, not only is the company fulfilling its goal of changing lives—it’s doing so in a big way.
General Assembly changes its team members’ lives as well. Employees can take any part-time course or workshop they want. They can even lead a workshop or class of their own. With this perk, GA’s team members become perfectly integrated into the culture of learning and growth they’ve built.
“We want people to keep getting better—so they can grow themselves, and, also, so they become more productive members of their teams,” explains Director of Engineering Nick Ward.
Another cool aspect of life at GA? The many traditions. There are company-wide ones, like the weekly team lunches, and there are also traditions unique to specific departments. For example, the product and engineering teams get together once a quarter for Dev Fest: a week-long conference at the office that includes lightning talks and a hackathon. But everyone, regardless of department, loves to hang out outside the offices, and employees frequently get together to play soccer or jam out.
“Everyone at General Assembly is incredibly positive and passionate and cares about what they’re doing and the people around them,” says Jeff Konowitch, a web development instructor.
Check out General Assembly’s offices, then go get your next job.