Mission: Our mission is to inspire and enable discovery, exploration, and adventure.
I worked at Groundspeak full-time (More than 3 years)
I started at Geocaching in 2014 and loved every minute of working there! From the moment I walked in for my interview, I knew this was the place for me. Everyone is so friendly, cares about you as a whole person (not just an employee), and truly wants to make the company and game better each day. I LOVE how passionate everyone is and the catered lunches and free food is a great way to get people into the kitchen, connecting, and collaborating. It feels like a big family. Even Bryan, the President, is down to earth and truly wants to listen to the ideas and suggestions of others. I have never felt more appreciated or valued than I have at Geocaching. The perks and benefits are also amazing - budgets to go play outside, free food, work/life balance, remote working options, great vacation packages and a sabbatical every 7 years! I wouldn't have left, but health and family issues required me to step down from my role. I wish them all well -- this is truly a great company! I feel lucky to have ever gotten the chance to work there.
It's a small company so the only con is that there isn't necessarily an opportunity to "move up" in your career (if you are looking at new titles or management experience), but they try to offset that with plenty of professional development opportunities and new challenges - sometimes a new role is created for you if there is a business need and you have the passion to do it. I appreciate the emphasis on keeping people challenged and finding ways to meet their needs!
Advice to Management
Keep doing what you're doing: asking questions and listening to the feedback from the community and staff.
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Groundspeak (Seattle, WA).
1st Phone Screen, 2nd Phone Screen with Manager, written exercise, on-site interview. They were fairly quick and I appreciated that they updated me after each stage. Seemed to be very smooth!