Welcome to The Cave
June 15, 2012
“The Cave” is where most MP&F staffers begin their careers.
It gets its name from the original location – a dark, windowless room at the end of a hall. These days, we have windows, but we still work nearly shoulder to shoulder. Naturally, the proximity fosters a lot of collaboration.
Legend says that the partners created The Cave to resemble a newsroom, a place full of creativity, energy and production. It is a perfect learning environment for steering through news releases, media pitches, clip reports and Excel spreadsheets. We gain exposure that makes us all more well-rounded professionals.
Whether it’s about Pinterest or the Predators, we all play a pivotal part in teaching each other more about something new. Through time in The Cave, we learn the importance of working as a team and being a part of the bigger company picture.
Currently, there are eight of us in The Cave. On an average day, I ask my colleagues technical, professional and, of course, flat-out-random questions. We learn to help each other, inspire each other and, most importantly, push each other. Though we all have different backgrounds and interests, we work great together while we soak up our first year in the real world.
On any given day, you could walk by The Cave and find us in complete silence, headphones on and fingers furiously typing on our keyboards or you can hear cackling laughter from viral videos and funny sites. Some may be working on a new client proposal, others may be taking a break from editing a newsletter by sharing a few laughs.
A staff associate is here for a year before formal evaluation and possible promotion to an associate account executive. After 25 years in business, there are legions of stories from former Cave dwellers about their early times at MP&F.
Because we are all hired at different times, membership in The Cave is constantly changing. I have been in The Cave since November of last year, and I know I have a lot more to learn. However, I’ve learned more in the past seven months than I ever imagined possible, thanks to this legendary place.
It seems that every class of The Cave has a special story they like to tell. Are you a past Cave member? We would love to hear your story.