The HTBA trekked to Silicon Valley, CA and Seattle, WA over the winter break to participate in Days on the Job events at some of the world’s top tech companies! The DOJs are informational events where Anderson MBA students visit technology companies to experience the company culture through presentations, tours and product demos. During the event, managers and recruiters from areas such as product management, marketing, finance and business development discuss corporate goals and opportunities within the organization.
Silicon Valley organizer Jon Chu ’12 summarized the events: “The greatest compliment about our DOJ effort was from a recruiter who said that other schools’ career centers [aren’t able] to run their visits as smoothly and have their students as ready as the HTBA. What she didn’t mention was the fact that we accomplished this with a record number of companies and unprecedented student participation. Many thanks again to the Silicon Valley and Seattle DOJ teams for planning amazing events and to our members for representing the school at its best!”
The Silicon Valley DOJ event was December 14-16th, 2011 and over 130 students visited approximately 5 companies each, out of a total of 22 participating companies. These included Google, LinkedIn, Cisco, Zynga, Twitter, Salesforce, NetApp, VMware, Oracle, Symantec, Visa, Ebay/Paypal, Yahoo!, Bump, Tesla, Shutterfly, and EA.
A few of the more than 25 companies visited during the DOJs.
The number of attendees and companies participating far surpassed that of any previous years, which is a testament to the great planning job done by the event organizers: Jon Chu and first years Brian Chan, Kathy Lee, Josh Park, and Tommy Smith. A highlight of the week was the Anderson Student-Alumni Mixer at a bar in Palo Alto where students combined letting loose with networking. All attendees agreed it was really enlightening to see the actual work environments to better understand the individual culture of each company.
The Seattle DOJ event was January 5-6th, 2012 in Seattle and surrounding suburbs Bellevue and Redmond. Approximately 40 HTBA members visited T-Mobile, Expedia (the parent company for Expedia, Hotwire, Hotels.com, and others), Amazon, and Microsoft. The event went off without a hitch thanks to the great organizing by Eddie Lee ’12 and Ted Kanluen ’13, and everyone had fun at the Student-Alumni Mixer at the Rock Bottom Brewery.