September 1, 2015

My Top Companies

My Top 20 Companies

Hello! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. I’ve just started my last semester at RIT so things are crazy. Big news though: Come January, I will be starting my first full-time job as a Web Developer at LinkedIn! Yay!

One of my classes this semester is called New Media Design Career Skills. Recently we had to do an exercise for homework where we identify 20 companies where we would like to work, and describe why for 10 of them. I’ve decided to post this on my blog as well as submit it, as it was a good thought exercise. So without further delay…

  1. LinkedIn (of course)
  2. Etsy
  3. Facebook
  4. Stripe
  5. Netflix
  6. Adobe
  7. Box
  8. GoodReads
  9. Eventbrite
  10. Flipboard
  11. Airbnb
  12. OpenTable
  13. Nest
  14. Google Creative Labs
  15. Weebly
  16. Spotify
  17. CodePen
  18. Team Treehouse
  19. Atlassian
  20. Trello


My Top 10 & why I chose them


I chose to go to LinkedIn for a lot of reasons. First, they have a really friendly culture for people with my skillset (web developer, mostly front end). A lot of Silicon Valley companies group web people in generic “software engineer” labels, and they are expected to have CS degrees and do algorithm code interviews that are irrelevant in a web developer’s daily work. LinkedIn keeps their web people in a different organization that has the freedom to conduct interviews differently. It was a better experience that tested me on things I have a background in. In addition, I appreciate the transparency I was given in the interview and offer process. I expect the same sort of transparency within the company.


I love Etsy’s product, as a seller, buyer, and developer. I think they do a great job. Also, I first met people from Etsy at a hiring event for women, where they presented on how they create a friendly workplace culture for women. In addition I read a great article about how a disagreement was resolved there that painted an image of an awesome work culture. Although they’re suffering a bit post-IPO, I feel confident they’ll bounce back.


Although Facebook’s public reputation is a bit not so good, their workplace culture has a great rep. Everyone I’ve met from there says they love it, though it’s hard work. They’re also making huge strides for web application development with tools like Flow and React and Nuclide.


Apart from being an awesome Y-Combinator success story, Stripe employs an alternative interview process that is a really great attempt to break the toxic SV interview culture. They focus on candidate comfort and even let you use your own computer.


Netflix only hires senior-level employees, and they’ve managed to cultivate a successful culture full of really smart high-impact people. Their UI engineers in particular do some really innovative work, and they’re great at pushing the web standards and being forward thinkers with regards to new technology.


I experienced a bit of culture at Adobe while I was there, and I think it’s a really great company. They treat employees well, and they’re very ethical and stand by their core principles. I also like how they’ve become a sort of patron to artists and their office decorations  and swag always features individual artists’ work.


I’ve heard good things about working there from people I know. I love how they saw an opportunity to be Dropbox for business, and went after it wholeheartedly, which in fact spurred development for the actual Dropbox for Business. In addition, they’ve managed to hire and keep amazing talent like Nicholas Zakas.


I love the GoodReads product though I think the UX could use some work, and I think they‘ve found and dominated their niche market. In addition, they’ve been acquired by Amazon, so that offers a bit more career mobility.


I read a few articles on their great work culture and met some people from there at conferences that seemed awesome. Also when I was a candidate for an internship there, I received the coolest take home code test I’ve gotten to date, that had challenges like “build an interactive data viz using the Eventbrite API.” I had already accepted Adobe’s offer at this point, but I almost did it anyway for fun.


Flipboard is one of my few must-have mobile apps and I love the product. In addition, I really love the experimental innovations they’ve made with things like creating their whole web app in <canvas> as an experiment in web performance, and then blogging about it.


Well there you have it! There are many many more, but this was definitely a good thought exercise.