My first day at Fathom was a memorable one, setting the tone for what I now know to be the ‘Fathom’ way! It was the annual Away Day, and I joined the team at a stately home for an afternoon of intense debate, followed by food, drink and a shamelessly unskilled game of snooker. Other than the team’s questionable cue control, I recall being surprised by the intensity of debate — discussing openly both Fathom’s research offering and content. All views were welcome, mine included. That hasn’t changed. Since joining the industry in 2009, I consider myself fortunate enough to have only ever worked in companies that value differences of opinion and original thinking. At Fathom, providing you carry out the necessary (rigorous) analysis, the house view is yours for the making. This level of involvement, as well as the camaraderie of the team as a whole, eradicates the usual 9-to-5 tedium. Some might even say that Fathom is fun. Did I mention beer o’ clock…?