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I have been working at SendGrid full-time (Less than a year)
Before I even officially started, it was recommended to read: "Radical Candor", "The Alchemy of Growth", and "Competing Against Luck". The company, and senior leadership has a maniacal focus on culture. Every 'Gridder' is evaluated on their ability to get work done, give honest feedback (kindly), learn and grow in their role, and contribute to others' success. We never do anything alone. Cliche analogies aside, it really does feel like you're climbing a summit. Your skill on it's own is ok, but success relies just as much on the person on belay.
The company definitely cares more about your health and wellbeing more than any other place I have worked at. The benefits reflect those values and make it easy to get healthy lunches, find support in meeting your personal goals, and go out and do something fun.
Feedback and rapid iteration are key values, resulting in processes that have more polish than fortune 100 companies. The focus on taking feedback at every step and making sure very iteration is better result in artifacts that feel like it took 10x as many people as we have.
The work is fun, the teams are extremely supportive and tight-knit, and you'll learn more in 6 months than you thought possible in a year.
Not on my team, but I have heard that at times, people are too determined to be 'nice' and fail to deliver needed feedback when performance isn't great. I admire the companies commitment to delivering valuable, honest, and timely feedback in a way that's both constructive and unquestionable.
Advice to Management
As we look at a combined company, find ways to ensure what makes SendGrid a great place to work continues on in the new company.
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at SendGrid (Redwood City, CA) in October 2016.
One of the most political company I have ever interviewed with. They say that they 4H (honesty, hungry, humble etc) but I don't think that these guys have any integrity. They maintain double standards when you are interviewing in CA vs Denver. Two of my friends also interviewed at sendgrid (CA) and like me both were offered a role less than their current role even though we are overly qualified for the position. CEO of the company is interested in having a development team in Bay area but the Denver team (who would do your interviews) will ensure that you will get a role less than what you currently are by stating extremely lame reasons so that you would reject the offer. Even their own recruiter is frustrated about this as there had several rejections of offers due the Denver team's strategy of giving lesser roles. Their interviews are extremely easy at least for me. The fact that they have no engineers in bay area is a clear assertion of my conclusion. I just want to bring this to their CEO's attention so that he can take proper steps to address the problem.