It’s my third year working at Big Nerd Ranch as a developer and instructor. Inevitably, I have a lot of friends (and recruiters) asking me why I am still working here.
I could tell you working at the Ranch is awesome because of the cool office, brilliant people, great projects and stellar bootcamps, but in reality it all boils down to two non-negotiable values: trust and kindness.
Trust powers every other benefit I love about the Ranch. Because we trust one another, we have perks like a remote-first, results-oriented environment that values the craft of communication and fosters kind, trustworthy people (down to our hiring policy).
Other Atlanta tech companies offer ROWE, the option to work from home and higher salaries, but after a couple years these tacked-on benefits hold little appeal for more senior talent when they aren’t the logical outworking of company values. Working from home is no longer a perk if doing so endangers your career and damages your perceived productivity.
In contrast, my nerdy colleagues at the Ranch trust me to get things done and communicate expectations, and I trust them to do the same, regardless of our preferred work schedule or location. There are no micromanagers or implicit commitments delivered at a water cooler: we bias toward over-communication.
Because we value kindness, the Ranch is made of good listeners and communicators, so I don’t have to navigate company politics or tread lightly when it comes to difficult topics. Everyone is kind and supportive, so I feel comfortable (even obligated) being transparent about the good, the bad and the ugly.
We derive many other values from trust and kindness:
As long as we continue to value trust and kindness, I know the Big Nerd Ranch will be my herd.
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