Hi friends!

When I work with companies to create their Key Values profiles, the question I ask most is, "Can you provide some examples of how you do X?" It is not enough to say you cultivate ownership, care about diversity, or prioritize work/life balance –– we need to know how you do these things.

Culture is an amalgam of many different factors. When it comes to engineering culture, it's how people respond to outages, what managers praise their direct reports for, and when team members are expected to show up or turn off. I often cringe at how brief I have to be when I write my newsletters (because reducing a company's personality to "fun" or "passionate" kind of goes against everything Key Values stands for... 😐), which is why I urge you to read through each company's profile to get a fuller picture of who they are!

We all have biases and make snap judgments –– it's how our brains have evolved to help us survive! –– but you should never make big decisions based on heuristics alone. Deciding where to work for years of your life? Yeah, that's a big decision. So do your research, ask good and tough questions, and consider everything that factors into a company's culture.

And with that, I am thrilled to introduce you to the newest member of the Key Values family: Sticker Mule!

Sticker Mule (profile) 📍 Globally Remote
No relocation support or work authorizations needed –– they're remote!
Sticker Mule is a custom printing company that makes stickers, buttons, labels, coasters, and more. They're 100% self-funded, 100% remote, and 100% of their current managers and leaders started as individual contributors and were promoted from within. Sticker Mule is also one of the few companies on Key Values who selected Good for Junior Devs, so engineers of all levels are encouraged to join.

I think what I love most about Sticker Mule is that they don't take themselves too seriously and know how to have fun — their hot sauce, Mule Sauce, says it all! 😜 Their employees clearly love working there, too: retention rates in 2018 were 100% and so far in 2019 are 94%!

Redbubble (profile) 📍 Melbourne, Australia and San Francisco, CA
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations on a case-by-case basis.
Redbubble is creating the world’s largest marketplace for Independent artists who create everything from t-shirts to tote bags. They're an international company with offices in San Francisco, Melbourne, and Berlin, and are extremely passionate about diversity and inclusion. To promote work/life balance, they have mindfulness programs as well as health and well-being rebates. 🧘

Angaza (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Nairobi, Kenya
Provides relocation support. Can transfer existing visas.
Angaza is making solar energy affordable to the off-grid world. Their engineers are based in both San Francisco and East Africa, and they are one of the most mentorship-oriented teams I've worked with on Key Values. In their words: "Senior engineers are servant leaders." They don't care about pedigrees and welcome anyone who believes in their mission to eliminate global poverty to reach out!

Carbon Black (profile) 📍 Waltham, Boston, Hillsboro, and Boulder
May provide relocation support. Does not sponsor work authorizations.
Carbon Black protects companies from cyberattacks. They leverage the power of big data and analytics to solve challenges around endpoint security and are a public company. Over the last few years, they've doubled down on their R&D team, which is distributed, and currently have 35 open roles! NOTE 📝: Their "Massachusetts - Virtual" roles mean that you can work remote in the state of MA.

Nova Credit (profile) 📍 San Francisco, New York, or Remote (North America)
Does not provide relocation support. Does not sponsor work authorizations.
Nova Credit helps immigrants access credit cards, loans, and leases by sharing their credit history from their home country. As immigrants themselves, their founders Loek (CTO), Misha (CEO), and Nicky (COO) know the pain points they're working to solve firsthand. They first met at Stanford and have since built a diverse and international 30-person company addressing a huge problem in credit reporting.

Signal (profile) 📍 Remote (USA)
Haven't needed to relocate folks yet –– they're remote!
Signal is the encrypted communications application adopted by WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, and Google Allo. As a remote team, most of their team members work 9am to 6pm in their local timezone, but it's flexible. Signal is not a profit-seeking entity. They are an open source project backed by grants and donations, and are looking for engineers who want to help defeat mass surveillance.

You may have noticed that I highlighted international and/or remote-friendly companies this week. My mind is thinkin' global today since... I'm flying to Tanzania tonight to go on a Safari with my parents and husband!!! **does high kicks across the room**

I will send next week's email from somewhere in the Serengeti. See you then!

Lynne (@lynnetye and @keyvaluesio)
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