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Adjusting to a completely remote lifestyle to weather a pandemic has been no easy feat. For many of us, maintaining productivity has been even harder. Cockroach Labs is working hard to ensure that our people have what they need to take care of themselves and work effectively, no matter where they are.
Our company was founded with a belief in establishing balance and flexibility at the core of our organizational philosophy. We say so proudly on our careers website: “We care about productivity, not face time.” This principle has driven how we put best practices in place surrounding remote work, asynchronous communication, and relocating throughout your career with us. We’re particularly proud of how this commitment has smoothed the quick transition to company-wide remote work at the height of COVID-19’s spread. Our foremost goal at the start of the pandemic was (and remains) to make sure that our team is safe and practicing vital social distancing measures.
From our founding in 2015, most of our early team was based in New York City. Over time, as we began to hire Roachers in metro regions throughout the US, we spun up co-working spaces in those new cities. Later, we did the same in Toronto to bring our past interns from Canada on board! Opening these offices meant welcoming more talent from more parts of the world and we’re happy to do so. As we’ve expanded our sales team, we’ve started hiring for revenue roles in the UK, too. We will continue to evaluate new regions as we grow, but we’ve confirmed an important hypothesis: a scaling workforce can still build the world’s best distributed database.
Thankfully, the commonness of remote work here or teams living across time-zones at our company means we’ve built out a ton of resources to make Roachers effective from home. Here are some of the ways we do it:
We’ve set up a structure to make working outside of our offices not only possible, but easy. Since we have been scaling this practice up since day one, we’re excited to say that when this pandemic ends, our infrastructure for flexible working arrangements will be stronger than ever. We know, nonetheless, that as our staff increases in size, that won’t be without its challenges.
We know that flexible policies are only as good as the support you put behind them. That’s why continued learning, knowledge sharing, and investments in resources that make our team a better one will remain cornerstones of our collaboration strategy. We know that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for each employee and we will chart a path forward with that in mind.
While the future of work and the workplace are in flux, our commitment to doing what’s best for our team remains. At Cockroach Labs, we make sure to deliver on the core values to which we’ve committed. That’s how you put people first.
Want to work with the team building a better workplace? Check out our open roles!