Flat hierarchies: Chaotic leadership / implicit and unwritten hierarchies with CEO's favorites.
Values diversity: Politicised office focusing on SJW issues and quotas, not diversity.
Fosters psychological safety: Empowers toxic characters to bring their drama into work.
Empirically, from the limited placements I have seen, the more a workplace outwardly focuses on one of these aspects, the more they are ridden by toxic tribalism/outrage culture.
Also, I would like to select for less subjective factors like "private offices", not "thoughtful office layout".
Is there an explicit filter for negation? "Want / Don't want / Don't care", as opposed to just "Want / Don't care".
Instead the companies on this site that value work/life balance say things like "there is a lot of interest in fitness, nutrition, biohacking, and meditation" which is kind of meaningless to me.
You might find more of what you’re looking for here:
4-day work week, 6 weeks off is within negotiable distance in Switzerland (from personal experience - have worked 4day/5weeks before).
The extra 1-2 weeks PTO (on top of the legally mandated 4) are typical for larger enterprises such as governmental work or the postal system.
I'd rather configure my filters and provide contact info to be notified when an org satisfies my criteria.
[-] Filters: Flat Organization; Supports Physical Wellness; Light Meetings; Open Source Contributor; Has Internship Program; Engineering Driven; Remote Ok.
It should be an AND filter on the values.
So the top of the list would be companies with 8 matches, then there is a separator, then there are companies with 7 matches, then there is a separator, and so on... all the way down to zero matches. The list is always everything, but the sort order changes.
Something I would like is a filter for industry or business model. A company’s values are largely driven by the company’s mission. For example, companies selling software to power weapons versus medical diagnostics speak to our values just as much as things like work-life balance, or nonviolent communication.
One of the most difficult things for me when searching for new opportunities is having to figure out what each company actually does before I begin to evaluate whether there’s a culture fit.
It seems to be self-reported by the startup and curated by the Key:Values staff.
To answer the original question (Who decides whether they meet each of the criteria?), the answer is you, the reader. "Work/life balance" can mean any number of things, and people often forget that there are countless ways to define a given term. The goal is for teams to describe what it means to them and let interested applicants decide whether it resonates w/ them.
dogs at work
IQ > EQ
stability > risk-taking
no inclusion/diversity shaming
not taking work home
short work hours
no wellness shaming
open floor plan
offices with doors
life-critical (autopilot, pacemaker, etc.)
uses waterfall methodologies
uses proven technologies
long-term stable company size
works for military
What does this mean?
Many companies pester people about health habits.
As you can imagine, there are subcultures within an organization and just because all of the parents on the marketing team take advantage of paid family leave doesn’t mean the parents on the engineering team do. If I were say a 30yo woman planning to have my first child in the near future, I’d like to know if there were any parents on the eng team I was about to join.
Similarly, open communication on sales probably looks pretty different than it does for devs.
The values are from the perspective of an engineer evaluating different employment opportunities. What would you or I want for our day-to-day and from our future teammates?
I don't like imposing my values on people, least of all at work, nor having them imposed on me. But that isn't an option, so sort of a forced poll.
Oh, and the number expands the more you click, so not very useful...
edit, where is the checkbox that says "doesn't make bloated 3mb (compressed) cheezy websites"?
This would allow to assess the truthfulness of such claims
One of previous companies had this as a value. It was a startup, 5 engineers and the VP. You were expected to give honest critical feedback as well as positive, and were expected to receive both critical and positive feedback. It actually worked really well. There wasn't any politics, just people trying to become better engineers and deliver a quality product.
Over a couple years we grew to 15-20 engineers, and devolved in to people writing multi-page emails to the VP, criticizing their colleagues (minor, or hard-to-measure things like "they don't refactor enough", or "they're happy writing poor quality code". Colleagues found out, and weren't happy a pier went behind they're back to criticize them to their manager. The VP didn't do anything, "Open Communication" was a core value, how can communicating problems be bad?
Moral of the story is, even when a company has a good value, it still doesn't really tell you anything about them. All it takes one person to abuse it for their own gain, and a manager who can tell the difference, and it all falls apart.
More important than values, is the leadership that writes, promotes, and enforces those values. I'd personally like to see a website, more trustworthy and hard-hitting than glassdoor, which critiques leadership.
Companies are limited to choosing 8 values and they’re also asked to rank them in order of importance. You’ll notice that many teams don’t select “Impressive Team Members.”
I don't mean to come off critical of your product. Your goals are admirable and you've made a lot of progress. I just don't think I could trust total strangers that their company truly is all about _____ or ____.
I love the name though! It's clever
It seems to resonate pretty closely with what you're building, so if it helps align or educate anyone (candidates, recruiters, or the team) that'd be neat.
Edit: FWIW, the talk uses the term 'principle' to indicate what your site calls a 'value'; in practice I've seen tech companies talk about their 'core values' and so I think yours is very valid.
I never found Glassdoor super helpful during my searches, so I didn’t go that route.
Something simple like https://www.keyvalues.com/#123-456-522 would be really great to share this with friends and colleagues.
"PLATFORM AS A REFLECTION OF VALUES: JOYENT, NODE.JS, AND BEYOND"