I find myself this week in Bellingham, WA, spending a week recording a course for the “Mobile Education” division of Logos — actually now FaithLife (or “The Company Formerly Known as Logos”). This is my second trip to the Logos/Faithlife campus, the first one having taken place last March, also in connection with work for Mobile Ed. (then it was to record courses on the Apocrypha and on the Cultural World of the New Testament, this time it’s a course on the Letter to the Hebrews).
I just have to say that I continue to be so impressed with this company. I don’t say this as a real Logos “user” (I still tend to use BibleWorks 9 for my day-to-day Bible software needs, and still love it, though I have learned how to use, and thus now use almost daily, Logos’s digital library resources, upon which I’m becoming increasingly dependent). But there is just something really different and really striking about the ethos here. First, I’m genuinely impressed with the sheer ingenuity and creativity of the people who populate this company (or perhaps I should say, “ecosystem” 🙂 ). I come away from encounters here the way I come away from SBL (Society of Biblical Literature) — thinking new things, imagining new projects, and just plain excited again. Second, I’m even more impressed with the corporate culture that Bob Pritchett and his core team have created and sustained here. Everywhere there are signs of their care for their employees’ wellness at work, as it were — places to plug in and work while exercising, fabulous cappuccino machines and well-stocked refrigerators full of less caffeinated beverages in every building, a sizable employee lounge with DVDs, video games, and other venues for blowing off steam and taking a break. I’m told they have kayaks, bicycles, and other outdoor “toys” available for borrowing, though I’m not in a position to try any of these out. There’s also a real respect, it seems, for letting people work in the way that works for them — as long as the work gets done — as well as balance their own needs for days on and time away. And, perhaps not surprisingly, “faith” does indeed pervade “life” here at Faithlife.
Yes, I imagine working at the speed of technology is also pretty stressful, but Bob & Co. certainly seem to be going far out of their way to make it also sustainable for the people working under their care. All this to say, I leave after my second week here confirmed in all the impressions I had after my first visit. God forbid I should ever have to find a “real job,” but if I did, I’d apply to Logos without hesitation.