In late March, I packed up my 4Runner, said my goodbyes to Nashville, and drove across the country. Three days and 2,500 miles later, I arrived in Portland, Oregon ready to start anew. A little more than a month after that, Anthro and I found each other, and I was hired as Copywriter/Social Media Specialist.
I feel incredibly lucky to have been hired by such a great company and, as many are wont to do around the New Year, I’ve been reflecting on the things that have made Anthro so special to me.
Anthro is a Decidedly Non-Corporate Corporation
Coming from a start-up background, I was slightly nervous about working for a corporation. But those concerns were dispelled on my very first day when Ruffles and Dolly, our two office pugs, and Georgia, our sweet receptionist, greeted me warmly as I walked in.
At Anthro, it’s obvious that people like coming to work. Perhaps the best evidence of this fact is that the majority of our employees have worked here well over 10 years, which is nearly unheard of these days, (especially to my millennial ears). Our coworkers are our friends and the atmosphere is laid back and fun. Even after 30 years, our founder and co-founder are here every single day. It’s refreshing to see that they’re as dedicated and passionate about Anthro as they were in 1984.
Anthro is Committed to Being as Green as Possible
If you know much about Portland, Oregon (or you’re a Portlandia
, you’ll know that our city is one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly cities in the country. 63% of Portland’s waste is recycled and nearly 10,000 people commute on bike, to point out a couple of examples.
Here at Anthro’s campus in Tualatin (13 miles south of downtown Portland) we are also committed to doing our part to contribute to a greener world. Over 70% of our waste is recycled, and we’ve been listed on the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon for several years. This year we ranked 48th on the list
, besting our 74th
ranking in 2012.
To me, the fact that we manufacture our products on site makes our commitment to being green that much more impressive. It’s no small feat, and our Executive Team and Green Committee do an excellent job of keeping us on track by constantly finding ways to improve.
Anthro is Made in America
Every day it becomes increasingly harder to find stuff– anything, really– that is made in the United States. Not convinced? Look around at the things near you and the clothes you’re wearing. How much of it was made in the U.S.? I’d venture to guess not a whole lot.
Making products in the United States means more jobs in the United States. It means Anthro has short lead times and an unmatched on-time shipping rate. It means we control every single aspect of the creation process, which guarantees high quality furniture backed by a lifetime warranty. It means the Elevate II desk I’m standing at right now was made less than 500 feet away.
Every time I go in the plant, I’m blown away by the bustle of activity, the hum of the machines, the sheer volume of activity. I’m infinitely proud to work for a company that values manufacturing in the United States the way that Anthro does.
On that cold March morning earlier this year, as I began my journey westward, I had no idea what laid ahead of me. It was as exciting as it was terrifying, but luckily, it ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve had a wonderful start here at Anthro, and I can’t wait to see what great things we accomplish in 2014.