Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Click to Open Quick Navigation
How a Vending Machine Filler Became Head of Facilities At 3 Giant Companies
Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
AOL Jobs Staff
Sep 15th 2014 3:00PM
Scott Oligher has worked in facilities management for more than 20 years. He started at Google when it had just 400 employees, Facebook when it had 550, and now, he is helping the digital platform
grow as facilities manager.
Oligher got his start filling vending machines at startup companies in Silicon Valley. One of them started giving out free food, which meant he was spending hours there. He's a talkative guy, so he talked to people. They got to know him. Then they offered him a job. He learned on the fly.
A facilities manager is in charge of the company's environment and culture. It's everything from how the building looks and how events are staged to transportation. Other times he's talking to landlords and negotiating leases. When done correctly, no one knows he's been there. It's a behind-the-scenes role.
The job suits a morning person, Oligher says. He arrives before 7am to get the essentials done. Once people start coming in, you never know what the day will bring. And that's the fun part.
To get into facilities management, you need to be a jack of all trades, he adds.
"I know enough not to get snowed over by someone," he quips. "You need the ability to be adaptable and not get stressed when people say they need this fixed right now."
Oligher starts each day with a pen-and-paper list. He has a cup of coffee and goes through his plan for the day. "I don't do anything without a list," he says.
> Find a job in facilities management
> Find a job at Flipboard
> More Inside Jobs interviews
Read Full Story
People are Reading
Yes, Obama eliminates fee for homeowners who switch to a 15yr fixed
The Latest from our Partners
1 - 6
2 credit cards are offering 0% interest until 2018
A credit card now offering 6% cash back at US grocery stores?
A mind-blowing 21-month 0% APR credit card
Brexit sends interest rates into freefall. Lock in all-time lows!
4 cards with jaw-droppingly long 0% intro APR
Reverse mortgage: Is it right for you?
Planning for retirement? Expert advice based on your needs
Credit Score & Report $1. Start Monitoring Today
Earn 10x the national average in your savings account
Consumer Confidence Is the Highest It’s Been Since Before the Recession
The Second Shift Is Killing the Aspirations of Female Workers
This Week’s Best Deals: Huge Sales at T.J. Maxx & Target, Flights from $35
Trump's tax plan could hit middle- and low-income families
Target pulls kid-sized 'demon mini carts' after backlash
Monday night ranks as the "most tweeted debate ever"
More Important: Tiger or Arnie
What Brady's Return Will Mean
Matty Ice's Insane Stare
Stories We Love
Underserved kids in Charleston learn computer science in a l...
31 Things That Happen When You Finally Decide to Live Your D...
18 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Acne and Pimples
Quick & Dirty Tips
4 Steps to a 15-Minute Morning Routine
Quick & Dirty Tips
TEDx Talks: 'The 3 A's of Awesome'
Recommended For You
More to Explore
Set Your Location
Sign In / Join