Life At AquaQ

Here at AquaQ, we have a talented and diverse team of individuals who each bring their own unique set of skills and interests to benefit our culture. This means we have something for everyone and at AquaQ it’s definitely not all work and no play! There is always something happening from charity fundraisers to ski trips, nights out to away days, exercise classes to yoga (namaste!) We even have traditions that are sacrosanct within AquaQ, such as…

FFFF (First Friday Free Food)

Someone once said there is no such thing as a free lunch… we like to think that’s not true! The first Friday of every month sees our newest AquaQ-ites challenged with their first task – buy everyone lunch!

The efforts are always spectacular (note; pizza and KFC are always a crowd pleaser!) and if we’re lucky there’s even a dessert!

3pm Pump Up Your Slump

We’ve all been there. You’ve been working hard all day, and you’re starting to feel your productivity starting to dip as the clock ticks to the mid-afternoon. All you need is a wee cup of tea, and the perfect song to bop to…

Every day at 3pm, one of us is nominated to give a “Pump Up Your Slump” tune for everyone to enjoy and chooses the victim lucky person for the next day. Just make sure you don’t post late, we’ll notice!

Check out our playlist!

Things To Be Aware Of…

“Stand up” is at the end of every week, when we all come together and find out what’s new in the company over the past 7 days. Be prepared for terrible jokes, baking demonstrations, learning how to make the perfect cup of tea, and pets… lots of pets.

It’s your birthday, congratulations! You get to bring in birthday buns for everyone in the office, and if they’re home baked you’ll win extra… brownie points.

If you’re a fan of donuts, you’re in the right place. One mention of a glazed treat, and you’re sure to spark a passionate debate about where the best places are in Belfast to get your hands on one!

There’s a slack channel for pretty much everything in AquaQ, here are some of the best ones…

  • AquaWoof: come here for pictures of everyone’s doggos
  • Vidya: for all you gamers. Get practicing for company “Worms” on a Thursday!
  • Social: fancy a drink after work on a Friday? This is the place for you
  • Fantasy Football: Think you can Pep yourself up to be the greatest manager in AquaQ? No way, Jose…
  • Bookworms: perfect if you want a review of a novel, or to lend a book!
  • Pub Quizzing: pit yourself against the sharpest minds in AquaQ in the Joe.ie Friday Pub Quiz!
  • Flex Your Hobbies: are you a woodworker, musician, dancer, athlete, master brewer, juggler, racing driver or boat builder? We want to hear about it!

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