It takes more than talking the talk to build a truly vibrant company culture. For many people looking to work at Media Temple, Dolph Augustus, our Talent Acquisition Manager, is not only the first person they meet but also their first impression of who we are as a company. A world traveler and sneaker aficionado, he relishes every opportunity to find the perfect blend of talent, potential, and personality that makes Media Temple the place it is today. We asked Dolph to talk about himself and the hiring process here at Media Temple.
Tell us a bit more about your role in employee experience here.
I’m entrusted to build out almost all aspects of talent acquisition. That includes everything from sourcing strategies, trying out new recruitment tools, managing candidate/interview workflows, data tracking, talent branding initiatives, to name just a few. Most importantly, I’m generally the first face a candidate meets, so making a lasting impression is a highlight for me. As I always say, you only get one chance to make a first impression so make it count!
What do you like most about what you do at Media Temple?
I can directly see the efforts of my hard work everyday as I pass by a new member of the Media Temple team in the hallway. I take it upon myself to find new hires that are a good cultural fit (we always interview candidates against our company values) but also place them in spots to unleash their potential.
What makes Media Temple different from other companies, in your experience?
I’ve never worked with such a collaborative group of people. Egos are checked at the door every single day. Every member of the team will stop what they are doing to answer a question from another team member because they genuinely want to see them succeed. They come from all walks of life – musicians, designers, craft-brewers, startups founders, veterans, olympians, you name it, they work here.
Can you describe the Media Temple hiring process?
I don’t want to give away too much of the secret sauce, but it truly all boils down to the candidate experience and looking at the future. We understand how nerve-wracking and intimidating interviews can be, so we try to take as much pressure off of the candidate as possible. We ask a lot of situational questions, giving an opportunity to shine to any potential candidate. This way their “genuine self” just flows out. On our end, it allows for us to gauge EQ (emotional quotient), business acumen, knowledge of their space, cultural and technical fit.
What makes Media Temple culture so unique?
Despite 18 years in the Silicon Beach ecosystem, the startup culture is very much intact. Many companies claim that they offer challenging work, but they lack the ability or opportunity to give their employees a sense of ownership or transparency. Everything is an open door around here. If you have a question, idea, or piece of feedback, you could walk into our president’s office and have a frank conversation with him. There are no ivory towers.
Do you have any advice for any prospective candidates?
I would tell them to just relax and be themselves. We truly embrace the diversity of personalities and backgrounds here. Prospective candidates can always drop me a message on LinkedIn or shoot me an email at any time. Even if it’s just to say “Hello” or recommending a cool restaurant or art exhibit.
What do you do in your free time?
I love to experience different cultures and environments, so travel takes up the most of it. It helps mold your perspective not just on people but on their character as well. A recent favorite trip of mine was Stockholm, one of the most eco-friendly, cleanest, and safest cities I’ve ever seen.
The only thing on my bucket list is to fill up my passport and not just with the same stamps over and over again. I’m three quarters of the way there. I guess I should bump it up to two passports after this interview!
BONUS: Which one of the five company values resonates the most with you? Why?
Live passionately. I always see the glass as half full, no matter the situation. In or outside the company, and as the saying goes, if you’re doing things that you love you will never work a day in your life.