Hello everyone!

Let's talk about interviewing and working at a bigger company.

Lots of employees = specialization. Not only will you take on a more focused role, but your interview process will also be driven by a team that is completely different from the one you're joining. How recruiting functions are organized varies company to company, so get your bearings by asking questions! 🙋‍♀️

Bigger companies...
  • tend to have multiple offices. If they don't have centralized recruiting, make sure you're talking to the right person based on your desired job location.
  • are hiring for multiple roles at the same time. Be clear about which position you're most interested in and any others you may be considering (they might follow a different interview process). 
  • interview many people at the same time. Take initiative and ask about timelines, next steps, and what to expect.
What are the pros? Larger, established companies have more resources (better benefits, more employee resource groups, higher salaries) and provide more structure (with clearer plans comes stability and predictability). Typically, you'll also find more work/life balance at bigger companies. 👌

Larger companies are also better equipped to have interns and provide mentorship for new grads and junior engineers. And last, but not least, bigger companies will always hire good people opportunistically because they can afford to! So if you don't find the exact job listing you're looking for, it's worth getting in touch anyway.

There are over 170 open engineering roles listed among the following 7 companies: 😍

Samsara (profile) 📍 San Francisco, Atlanta, and London
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Samsara builds internet-connected sensor systems to help businesses bring their physical operations online. Even with 1,200+ employees, they still encourage engineers to sit in the driver's seat. Their (brand spankin' new!) profile is exceptionally good at showcasing real stories about real people who've forged new paths for themselves. One SF engineer, Albert, even took it upon himself to revamp technical recruiting in ATL during a 4-month rotation.

Cisco Meraki (profile) 📍 San Francisco, Chicago, London, and Sydney
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Meraki is the leader in cloud controlled WiFi, routing, and security. Today, they have 1800+ employees and ~200 engineers who are organized into 17 different teams. Software engineers can spend time on up to 3 different teams in their rotation program, too. Meraki also provides 40 hours of volunteer time off each year so employees can give back to whatever cause they're most passionate about.

Gusto (profile) 📍 San Francisco, Denver, and New York City
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Gusto provides payroll, benefits, and HR to modern companies. They raised a $200M Series D in July and are hiring accordingly! Aside from their many affinity groups and amazing benefits (like inclusive fertility treatments and free sleep coaching), their engineers are encouraged to attend and speak at conferences, classes, and workshops to develop both personally and professionally. 

Intercom (profile) 📍 Dublin, San Francisco, and London
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Intercom is a customer messaging platform for businesses to acquire, engage, and retain customers. Instead of centralized teams, they have cross-functional teams, and their entire product team participates in research as a key method for building deep empathy with customers. (Because "assumptions are the kryptonite of product teams...") You need both EQ and evidence to back up any case you make.

Flexport (profile) 📍 San Francisco, Chicago, Amsterdam, or Shenzhen
Provides relocation support. Can transfer existing visas.
Flexport moves freight globally by air, ocean, rail, and truck. They were considered a rocketship company before securing $1B in funding this year, and they ain't slowin' down! They're big on self-starters and promoting from within: one engineer started their carbon offset program as a hackathon project in 2016. has since transformed into its own business with a dedicated team (ps. they're hiring!).

Carbon Black (profile) 📍 Waltham, Boston, Hillsboro, and Boulder
May provide relocation support. Does not sponsor work authorizations.
Carbon Black protects companies from cyberattacks. They've heavily invested in engineering and product in recent years. Every three months, they fly all engineering/product employees from around the world to their headquarters in Waltham, MA for what they call Big Room Planning. Here, individual teams come together to plan out their 12-week sprints and build relationships. 

Asana (profile) 📍 New York City, San Francisco, or Vancouver
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Asana is a work management tool that helps teams stay organized. They're big on personal growth, offering executive coaching, manager training, and a formal mentorship program to everyone. Following their distributed responsibility model, every employee at Asana owns a distinct part of the company. (I also love that eng manager Kate Reading joined Asana after reading their Key Values profile! 🙌)

For those of you not interested in working at a large company, don't worry, I gotchu! 😉 Next week will be alllll about early stage startups...

Lynne (@lynnetye and @keyvaluesio)
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