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January 23, 2012

ClothingLayer - SoftLayer Gear

It was a cold winter day, a little over two years ago I was a nervous wreck walking into SoftLayer's headquarters for my first day of work. I didn't know what to suspect. I was immediately put on apparel, in other words known as "swag" distribution. Not soon after I became the "go to" girl for any and all "swag" items.

As employee number 173 I have seen this company grow in so many ways. The transformation that applies more to me would be SoftLayer's apparel. When I started it was merely a polo handed to me out of a closet, can't complain, but now we have a whole store dedicated to SL branded clothing and accessories. That's right an online store where employees can purchase all kinds of SoftLayer branded items from jackets to back packs, we even have items for kids.

Junior SLayers

Employees get so excited about the apparel most come to me on their first day asking for their new hire bag. What's a new hire bag you say? This bag contains all kinds of goodies to get new employees started on their adventure with SoftLayer. Take a look:

Goodie BagNew Hire Gear
Look at those goodies! You've got a polo, a "blackout T-shirt," a mug, a lanyard, and a notebook all tucked in to a SoftLayer branded bag.

 

Twice a year SoftLayer opens it apparel catalogue to employees, spring and fall. Employees get so anxious waiting for the next apparel order.

SoftLayer loves to see all employees geared up so we offer all employees at $50 credit! Take a look at a few of the featured pieces this season on SoftLayer's runway:

SLayer VestSoftLayer Women's Vest (aka. 80's come back)
Vanishing back in the 80's along with jeans jackets and cut off shorts SoftLayer has brought back the puffer vest. This stylish piece of clothing helps keep you warm in the winter and looks great with a long sleeve t-shirt and a scarf. Stay warm and look stylish, I'll take it!

 

SLayer CoverallSoftLayer Coverall (aka. Adult Onesie)
Who says onesies are only for infants? NOT SoftLayer! This make shift onesie is great for working in the data center. With multiple pockets and a loop, you most definitely have enough room for all your server-fixing gear.

 

SLayer DressSoftLayer Dress
There is nothing wrong with looking cute while you work. This American Apparel leisure dress is perfect for any work occasion and wears perfectly at tradeshows, along with a SoftLayer cardigan of course.

 

SLayer Bowling ShirtSoftLayer Men's Bowling Shirt (aka. The Charlie Sheen)
Leave it to SoftLayer to bring Two and Half Men's famous character to life. Now we don't mean the actual character more less the attire. This bowling shirt will definitely attract customers, in a good way of course. :-)

 

SLayer BurnoutSoftLayer Women's Burnout shirt (aka. The Double Take)
This burnout shirt has been put through an extensive process to reveal years of weathering. Each bit of pilling and striation in this sheer garment captures a true vintage worn-in feel. Yes we said "sheer," so ladies wear a tank top underneath.

 

And these are just a few of the items SoftLayer offers ... Just watch a few of our videos, and you're bound to see some other fashionable choices. Kevin seems to wear a different SoftLayer shirt for every one of his Tech Partner Marketplace interviews ... I wonder how many SoftLayer shirts he has.

-Natalie

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October 7, 2010

A Seller of Skin Products?

It goes without saying that no one enjoys a trip to the doctor for whatever the reason, but I must admit that my last trip there was somewhat amusing. Having been involved in a car accident a day before, I had reluctantly prepared to head off to the doctor’s office by putting on my SoftLayer attire which for the first time in my career, it was completely acceptable to wear clothing with company logo even when off of work:

SoftLayer T-Shirt

Strolling into the lobby in a dejected mood with my mind filled with unpleasant images of my damaged car, I certainly did not expect that my disposition would soon change for the better due to conversing with another individual in such a serious atmosphere. The exchange that would happen after I signed in went as follows:

Receptionist: “Hello sir, how are you today? Is this your first visit here?”
Me:I’m alright, thanks. Yes, this is my first time here.”
Receptionist: “Ok great, now if I could just get some basic info from you first like your company name.”
Me: “Well, I work for SoftLayer.”
Receptionist: “Software?”
Me: “Oh no, Soft Layer, as my shirt reads.” (pointing to my jersey)
Receptionist: “Ah! Don’t they sell skin products?”
Me with a smile: “Actually no, we provide datacenter and web hosting services.”

I continued to describe a little more about our company but soon cut it off short when noticing the original enthusiasm shown on her face had quickly dissipated. As they say, to each his/her own.

This particular encounter was a good reminder for me that the field you work in will often influence your mindset or familiarity with certain companies, products, technologies, etc. I recall another exchange with my brother-in-law when I first started working with SoftLayer about my new job and what it entailed. I had mentioned the term cloud computing and he somewhat seriously asked me if that involved computing the location of clouds. He is a doctor himself and is quite fascinated with science but was unfamiliar with that emerging technology so I did get a chance to delve into the topic further with him. So in ending my story, I’d like to ask when was the last time, if ever, that you had a discussion about SoftLayer or cloud computing with another individual and was it as entertaining?

-Danny

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