An Open Letter

My name is Tim Martin, and I founded this company with Mike Rustici almost 15 years ago. We sold the company in 2016 to Learning Technologies Group, PLC, but I’m still working here. And this is why.

I can’t imagine a better place to come to work everyday. Yes, I’ve had a large role in defining how this place functions and what we value, so it’s reasonable to assume that I’ve made choices that suit me. I’m going to share things that I value and how they might help you determine if this is a place where you can thrive, a place where you want to come to work everyday.

We value competence and drive more than experience and credentials. Some of our software developers have 15 – 20 years of experience, some have 1 – 2 years, and each of them is offered the same opportunity to define the work they do and how they do it. Every single person who works here earned the respect and responsibility they have.

We grant autonomy and expect every employee to use that to accomplish more. If freedom at work leads you to play around on the internet, or wait for someone else to tell you what to do, then this is not the place for you. If you’re content to do the same work in the same way at the same pace you did a year ago, this is not the place for you. If technical details intimidate you, this may not be the place for you, as every single role here is more technical than at most other companies. If you thrive in a place that believes in you and tries to stay out of your way, please apply.

We are closer as a group both personally and professionally than most companies. People regularly gather for ad hoc traditions like Chipotle Thursday, and less regularly for company events like our Quells and Family Meals. People here take the time to know each other, and that’s a huge part of what makes me want to come to work. I don’t want to let down the people who depend on me and vice versa.

We have expectations. Show up. Pay attention. Aspire to be better at your job every day. Be kind and open to supporting each of your co-workers. Challenge yourself and your co-workers everyday. Work about 40 hours every week, not 30 and not 50.

We make it worth your while. Our benefits and health care coverage continue to be exceptional; we pay you fairly. Every employee shares in a performance based bonus, provided we achieve our collective goals.

If you want to work here, we ask this of you: Take the time to get to know us. Don’t bother with who each of us are, instead focus on what our company does. Do some research on the aspects of our work that relate to a position you would apply for. Have an opinion about how we’ve presented ourselves, or our products, or the direction of the industry. Take the time to care about this job. If you’re looking for a job, don’t bother. If something about this job compels you, enchant us with your cover letter, your resume, your portfolio, your perspective, your whatever. Please… take the time to be noteworthy.

 

Tim Martin, co-founder and CEO

January 2017