Number of employees: 34
Address: 1 Hallidie Plaza, 6th floor, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 544-4700
How long have you been in your job? Since May 2001.
Describe the space you work in. Stacks of paper meticulously lined up in
ascending order of importance. A to-do list with chicken scratches,
highlights, stars, boxes, and doodles is next to my phone. Lights are
typically dimmed to one fluorescent bulb, rather than two. The abode is
adorned with abstract art, ladybugs, and a Louis Armstrong & Cafe Du
The window in my office looks right into the windows of the Renaissance
Parc 55 Hotel. (BTW: Do not book on the 6th, 7th, or 8th floors at the
Renaissance - I can see you!)
Do you socialize with your colleagues? They are all awaiting my next
batch of home-brewed beer, a.k.a. Heidi Lager.
Who is the smartest person you work with? Chris Grossgart. Most
positions here are one-person shows. It's nice working with a colleague
whose past life was once in PR. She understands and "gets it." She's a
great sounding board, editor, and mentor.
How comfortable are your offices? When I first started, I inquired about
an office redecoration until I found out that one had just been done a
What is the worst thing about working there? Horrible coffee. We have a
few years' worth of those pre-measured coffee packs that one can easily
dump into a coffee maker and hit "brew." And your luckiest break? The
time when my boyfriend and I were featured in The New York Times
"Workplace" section. Soon thereafter, Inside Edition came knocking -
they saw the article and wanted to do a story. The segment finally ran
in mid-November, after six months of being pushed back because of the
Condit case and the September 11 tragedies. Since the airing, I've
received e-mails from IABC members across the nation asking if that was
really me on TV!
What is the biggest thing to hit your office in the past year? Restroom
sign-out sheets. For some reason, people can't remember to return the
bathroom key to the receptionist. We now have a sign-out sheet. If you
want to go to the bathroom, you have to sign for the key. If you don't
return the key, our receptionist now knows who the culprit is.
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