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When I scan the room at our All Hands meetings, I probably look a little bit crazy because of the huge smile on my face. It’s not because of the margarita machine, the hilarious picture of our co-founder wielding an axe, or the announcement of where our company-wide workcation is going to be. It’s because of the amazing people that I see. I joined PlanGrid back in the summer of 2014 as our 38th employee, and in the nine months I’ve been here, we have grown to well over 100 and counting.

A lot more than our headcount has changed since I’ve joined. When I came on board, we were still running ourselves like the Starship Enterprise: we were a company of generalists, dividing ourselves into Operations and Engineering (depending on whether or not you wrote code). This led to some unwieldy organization, including our CEO having 15 direct reports. In order to scale our organization without sacrificing productivity, culture, and customer service, we needed to specialize. So, we built out functions of Support, Marketing, Sales, Finance, QA/QC, IT, and Engineering.

We hold ourselves to very high standards and we know PlanGrid is only as strong as the people behind it. Our team is our foundation, and we take hiring very seriously. We keep things simple by hiring people who are:

  • Super smart
  • Trustworthy
  • Fundamentally good, with a good sense of humor
  • Hardworking
  • Committed to their craft and our company

We are admittedly a picky bunch, but we offer a lot in return. Working at PlanGrid means you’ll be working with people you trust and who genuinely care about you learning and growing. For example, our current Head of QA worked as an account manager before joining PlanGrid. In less than two years, he moved from general positions in Operations and QA into leading his current team of 8 people.

What’s the result of this focus on culture and team-building? A group of people working hard on tough problems who genuinely enjoy spending time with one another. Our number one source (60%) of new hires comes from employee referrals. Recruiting isn’t just checking off boxes and filling roles, and culture isn’t just perks: it’s creating a place where people enjoy working. We are just getting started, and I can’t wait to keep building something amazing here.

Originally published on May 12, 2015