Squiz Q&A with Regional Manager, Ceasar Chevalier
Ceasar takes time out of his day to share his feelings about Squiz, about what drives him on the job, and about those famous New York sporting rivalries.
Squiz: In which office are you based Ceasar?
Chevalier: New York, USA
How long have you been at Squiz?
I’ve been at Squiz just shy of a year and a half, based out of the New York office.
Where did you grow up?
Did you attend university?
I did; I studied finance at the City University of New York – Lehman College. Boring, I know, but it has lots of utility in my current role.
What attracted you to join Squiz?
This answer may sound cliché, but it was the people and the culture. I think it’s easy for companies to forget how important the culture they create is, and that the people they hire drive retention. I watched some of the videos Squiz created to showcase its people and culture, and you could see legitimate happiness. That was really important to me. I wasn’t interested in a job; I wanted to work somewhere that work didn’t feel like work (okay, no more clichés).
Have you ever visited any other Squiz offices?
Quite a timely question: I’ve just come back from a week in both the London and Szczecin offices. They’re both fantastic workplaces, with amazing people. I’ve got to say, though, that I’m quite jealous of the Call of Duty gaming on the giant screen that happens in Poland . Also, I lost every game of billiards to their developers . I didn’t represent New York well on that front.
What’s new and exciting right now in the world of business in the US?
Lots, actually! We’ve got a really awesome project on with a top-five publisher and we’re working with two large global cities on some very exciting plans. I’m sworn to secrecy at the moment, but trust me, it’s pretty cool stuff.
What’s been your best day at Squiz so far?
I don’t think I can point to one day and say “that day”. But what drives me – and what makes me feel really great at work – is when a client seems enthusiastically satisfied with the work we’ve done. It’s almost a sense of validation – or just knowing that you’re helping an organisation achieve what they’ve set out to accomplish.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I’d tell him not to worry so much about trying to please everyone. Just be yourself, be a great person, and everything else will fall into place. Also, don’t worry about being as skinny as a string bean – you’ll grow into your head as an adult!
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
Interesting … I feel so much pressure to make sure it’s actually interesting. Well, there’s no adventure activity I won’t do. I’ve been skydiving, bungee jumping, deep-sea diving, and shark-cage diving (which actually isn’t as adventurous as it sounds). I’m like the extreme bros from Harold & Kumar.
What was the last song you listened to?
According to my iPhone, it was Wolves by Kanye West. Sia’s verse on this song is everything.
New York Giants or New York Jets?
That’s easy: the G-Men! (Sorry Jets fans, you’ll always have the butt-fumble.)
Yankees or Mets?
Also easy: Yankees. I grew up close enough to the stadium to hear the sirens and the “Whoomp! There it is!” when someone hit a home run.
Ceasar will be tweeting his week at work at @lifeatsquiz from 8 August to 12 August. Follow along to see what he gets up to on a daily basis in New York.