At Qualtrics we believe in experiences. We want to be sure we provide our employees the best employee experience possible. One way we do this is to offer to pay for an annual ‘Qualtrics Experience’. The employee can decide when/where/how to have this experience and then let us know what they learned. This story is part of a ‘Qualtrics Experience’ blog series showcasing our employees and their ultimate experience.

This story not only showcases our Employee Experience but it also goes to show you that we are a family around here! We not only work with each other but like to vacation with each other on occasion.

Emily, what did you choose as your Qualtrics Experience?
I decided to use my experience bonus to travel to Iceland (a country I have always wanted to visit, but is remote and expensive, which made it difficult to justify in the past) with one of my Qualtrics co-workers and my college roommate.

One of our objectives at Qualtrics is to encourage employees to Learn, Lead, and Live. How did your experience encourage this?
It’s really quite easy to become so focused on your job that you forget to take time for yourself and to do things solely for your personal well-being. By using my experience bonus to travel out of the country to a brand new place, I was able to learn about another culture and lifestyle (and let’s be clear, Iceland has a pretty unique lifestyle due to its remoteness and the fact that it experiences the midnight sun and polar night) that was completely different from my own. Additionally, being able to see so many unique, historical, and stunning places was an absolute joy and allowed me to do and experience things I would never have otherwise been able to. I mean, how often are you able to hike a glacier, walk through an underground lava tube, and relax in a steaming blue lagoon?!


 Aimee, what did you choose as your Qualtrics Experience?
Emily Gottschalk actually asked me if I had ever been to Iceland during my own European travels, and I told her that it was still on my bucket list. She told me that she had found some good deals for Iceland, and asked me if I wanted to go! I knew Iceland would always be a difficult vacation to plan – it tends to be a bit expensive, it’s far away from basically everything, and I would want to spend a lot of time there to make sure I could do everything I wanted to do – and this seemed like the best chance I would have to go! It’s always been on my bucket list because of how beautiful it looked in pictures, and I knew I could get some stellar instagram posts from it. 😉

One of our objectives at Qualtrics is to encourage employees to Learn, Lead, and Live. How did your experience encourage this?
During our trip, we went on a few nature tours, including a glacier hike and a lava cave. We got to learn about Iceland’s geology and formation, as well as how Iceland’s unique characteristics can help us understand the earth’s climate and changes at large.

Our experience trip also gave us a unique and immersive experience into another country and its culture. With our experience bonus, we were able to stay in an Airbnb and rent a car, which allowed us to live in the city and explore the rest of the country. Staying in a hotel for a couple days and going on pre-planned tours would not have given us the immersive experience that we were given.

Just one more example of why you might want to check out our open opportunities at Qualtrics and see if you are a fit!

Read more #QualtricsExperience stories on our #QualtricsLife blog

 

Emily Gottschalk is a Product Analyst, as well as the Senior Editor, Designer, & Community Manager for Qualtrics Online Communities, based in Qualtrics’ Provo, Utah office. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, as well as a Bachelors of Science in Information Science with a specialty in UX design from the University of Michigan.

 

Aimee Culp is an Implementation Consultant in Qualtrics’ Provo, Utah office. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as in Sociology from Indiana University Bloomington.