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Working culture

Our working culture may be a bit different to what you’re used to, but a Wellington workplace is a welcoming environment where fitting in is easy.

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Professional – but informal

Workplaces in Wellington have a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, and we respect our workmates and enjoy getting to know one another. But when it gets down to business, we know how to get the job done and produce results.

The ethos is ‘work hard, play hard’, meaning commitment to meeting team goals is expected and rewarded. 


Smaller teams and flatter structures mean people need to be able to work together and be flexible in order to meet project goals. It also provides learning and development opportunities, as you may be expected to take responsibility and plan your work, rather than simply “following orders”. 

Within your team, regardless of your position, you’ll probably be encouraged to take the initiative and prove yourself. We like to work independently, but value group discussion and bouncing ideas off one another. 

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Work/life balance

Commitment to the team and getting the job done is important in the workplace, but a work/life balance is also highly valued.

Availability outside of normal working hours is generally expected at key times and in particular roles, but you can expect a great deal of respect for your need to spend time with family and enjoying your life.

Enabling a positive work/life balance is considered essential to getting the most out of employees, by ensuring they remain motivated, energised and inspired to succeed.

Thanks to Wellington’s abundance of culture, cuisine and outdoor activities, it’s easy to enjoy a great lifestyle while living and working in the capital.

Smaller scale

Our workplaces will probably be smaller and more tight-knit than what you’re used to. But this means we have close relationships with our colleagues and managers. Expect to have everyone use your first name, celebrate your birthday, enquire about your interests, family, and ask what you did on the weekend. It’s also common for workmates to socialise together, whether over drinks after work, a lunchtime jog, or even a weekend barbecue.


While not all organisations are the same, it’s fair to say we’re not big on workplace formality in Wellington. Chances are you’ll find a working environment that’s more about teamwork than hierarchy. You’re likely to find fewer layers of management as we prefer a less structured approach where we’re treated as equals and encouraged to get involved in discussions and decision-making.

‘Open door’ policies are popular, encouraging open and continuous communication between employees and managers. Many offices are also open plan, meaning we work in shared spaces as opposed to individual offices.

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