Friday, July 12, 2024

A Chicken & Rice Guys truck stops at a biotech lab building in Cambridge’s University Park. (Photo: Chicken & Rice Guys via Facebook)

Workers at software companies are used to free food – a perk of white-collar tech jobs common since the dot-com boom. One is now offering a free meal even before you’re hired.

Pleasanton, California-based Veeva, which calls itself “the fastest-growing enterprise cloud software company for the global life-sciences industry,” says it’s setting up an Oct. 13-19 tour in which recruiters travel with food trucks. Interviewees will be fed lunch on the spot, the company said in a Sept. 16 email, and interviewees who don’t want to meet in person “can meet via Zoom and have a free lunch delivered to their home.”

The company plans to hire 200 area engineers to make clinical trials faster and better for patients and doctors, and it wanted “a creative, fun way to meet them,” said Vivian Welsh, the company’s chief people officer.

In addition to Cambridge and Somerville, the engineering team’s tour goes from the Seaport, to Newton/Watertown, then Concord and Nashua, New Hampshire. The Cambridge stop is Oct. 16 at the Harvard Science Center, with lunch served by the Chicken & Rice Guys; the Somerville stop is Oct. 18 at Redbones, in Somerville’s Davis Square. (Lunch at home for remote interviews is from the Chicken & Rice Guys.)

But the free lunches – and potential jobs – are for experienced software engineers, those with at least three years of experience. Register here.