Faces of Unity: Sonya Gharsallah
Cultivating an atmosphere of energy, positivity, and collaboration is a goal of every Unity office, and no team better embodies this goal than our Workplace Experience (WE) team! From managing the day-to-day operations of each office to planning and executing Unity office events, our WE teams around the globe are charged with ensuring that each office is a great place to work for any Unity employee.
Read the newest installment of our Faces of Unity series to get to know Sonya Gharsallah, the Workplace Experience Coordinator in the Unity Brighton office!
What do you do at Unity?
I am the Workplace Coordinator at the Brighton office in the Workplace Experience team. We are the cogs that keep the Unity machine running smoothly, enabling people to be at their happiest and most productive. Some of my responsibilities include onboarding new employees, coordinating catering for the office, organizing fun team building events, facilitating overall well-being within the office, and keeping a productive and effective line of communication.
What does an average day at work look like for you?
Every day is a bit different. Generally, I come in early, attend to my emails to make sure all travel bookings are on track and do floor checks to ensure fridges are stocked and meetings rooms are tidy. Then I deal with requests and office feedback and make sure they’re dealt with in a timely manner. I’m also responsible for setting up meeting rooms and ordering catered food for Unity staff, and I’m always liaising with Unity staff globally and learning something new every day! I also like to research new fun office engagement ideas.
Where were you before joining Unity?
I was a studio assistant at a small games development company in Brighton called Wish Studios after completing my undergraduate in post-production for film and television.
What made you decide to work at Unity?
I really enjoy working within the games industry, the people are so welcoming and friendly. I loved the culture and wanted to be a part of it and help make it an even more amazing place to work!
What cool projects have you worked/are you working on?
This year I’ve really focused on office engagement and events. The Brighton Workplace Experience team delivered some really great Halloween/Christmas craft evenings which included painting, carving, and board games! I think it’s important to bring people together to try new things and to further add to our incredible company culture. In the next few months, I want to further improve our well-being programs and implement things such as meditation and bringing guest speakers into the office.
What do you enjoy about working at Unity overall?
I Iove the people that work for Unity. From day one you feel welcome and familiar, and I get to meet people from all over the world and have made some really amazing friends.
What is your favorite thing about Unity?
My favorite thing about Unity is the freedom to explore creative ideas to make the office an even better and happier place, and the support behind us is absolutely inspiring.
What would you tell someone considering a career at Unity?
We have an incredible culture! Each office has its own activities and events for employees to experience and participate in.
What’s your favorite non-Unity related activity?
I’m a bit of foodie, so I absolutely love cooking and eating out, when I go traveling, I go to eat!
Favorite video game?
Currently, my favorite video game has to be Red Dead Redemption 2, I’m in awe of it! I’ve been really taking my time with it and enjoying all the side quests, often with games this big it can get repetitive and a bit boring but there’s always some weird quirky easter egg to find.
What is your favorite game/film/experience made with Unity?
My favorite made with Unity game is Battle Chef Brigade. I saw a trailer for it and bought it immediately. I love the art style, it reminds me of a Studio Ghibli film, especially the food elements. I’m not usually a big puzzle game fan, but this game made it really fun, plus it had the platform battle aspect and a really great story going for it, so a massive thumbs up from me!
What excites you most about the future of Unity and where we are going?
There is a lot of focus of diversity and inclusion at the moment and I think that it’s really exciting to be a part of that discussion and change. I’m optimistic that Unity will be a leading example of diversity in the tech industry and demonstrate how celebrating differences can make a company so much stronger and a more exciting place to work!
If you’re interested in joining Sonya at Unity and attending some of the amazing work events that her and her team throw, check out our careers page!