Why work for a startup instead of a large company?
This is a question I field quite frequently since we ramped up our Engineering hiring efforts […]
Earlier this year, I first came across the site KeyValues.com. I was really impressed with the site’s unique approach to filtering potential companies for a next role. When you read a company careers page or their job descriptions it can can be very difficult (read: impossible) to find out what their team values really are – e.g. do they support a good work/life balance, do they keep meetings to a minimum? As both an Engineer and as an Engineering leader I am a big fan of the concept behind KeyValues – that Engineers should be able to discover and learn about the teams they’d be joining before committing to a time-consuming (and sometimes soul-sucking) interview process.
I am delighted to share that Plastiq now has its own profile at https://www.keyvalues.com/plastiq! Working through the process with Lynne Tye (who was recently featured in Forbes) was very educational for me – she challenged me to consider what are the key values that our engineering team lives and breathes. I discovered the best way to determine what those key values were was to ask my team! So I sent out a survey to all members of the Engineering team in late November, asking them to give me two pieces of information:
For the first question, the values that the team selected are what made it onto our KeyValues profile. “Continuous Delivery” had the most votes, with “Start-to-Finish Ownership” and “Team is Diverse” following closely behind.
For the second question, I got some really great quotes from the team, much of which made its way indirectly on the KeyValues profile in the various sections. However I wanted to share some of the answers from the team directly, unfiltered as they really resonated with me and hopefully will with you also: