A Unique Culture at FedEx
FedEx in Singapore has exposed me to an office culture unlike any of my past internship experiences. The office is filled with cubicles which limits the amount of interaction that occurs between employees. I have observed that employees usually do their work independently, and converse with one another only when there are meetings. Recognizing this definitely impacted my experience as it was hard to meet new people at the office. Last summer, I interned for an investor relations company where I was constantly talking with the other employees on both work-related and casual topics. As a result, I had to adapt to this new office culture. Luckily, I sat next to one of the other interns and we talked all the time.
However towards the second half of my internship, I met Jeff, Amy, and Maree who have enlightened my experience. Over the past few weeks, I had the pleasure of getting to know each one of them on a more personal level. Jeff has taken me out for lunch several times, exposing me to some local foods that I wouldn’t have eaten if I never met him. I am currently working on a project with Amy, and we talk all the time about our personal lives. Maree works at the other end of the office so I don’t see her often, but we still have interesting conversations when we do see each other.
As I reflect upon this internship culture, I realize that people are very results oriented. Personal interactions and friendships within the office are not as important. Even though there are some pros and cons to this, I believe having a balance between the two will lead to the best outcomes.
For me, one of the most valuable experiences was being able to tour the FedEx operations department at Changi airport. I got to learn about how FedEx manages the millions of packages shipped each day and understand how the work I was doing was helping customs initiatives at the operations level. An amazing benefit I had was being able to constantly interact with the other interns every day. We had some good memories at the office. Lastly, a significant experience was learning Power BI which is a versatile business analytics tool used to form meaningful visualizations.