Mission: With millions of IT pros and thousands of IT brands already in Spiceworks, where do we go from here? We keep on keepin’ on. Keep on simplifying the workday for IT pros and marketers everywhere. Keep on delivering new ways to help them do their jobs and exchange info on IT ...
Spiceworks isn't your run-of-the-mill software company. We work hard, but we know how to have one heck of a good time while doing it! Besides bragging rights of being one of Austin's Top Work Places, there are quite a few bonuses of being a full-time Spiceworker. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too?
Every day IT pros and tech vendors use Spiceworks to do their jobs in a truly social way: IT pros manage their networks while interacting directly with other IT pros and tech vendors to decide what to buy. IT pros trust the people, info and brands they meet in Spiceworks. And find Spiceworks more convenient than having to visit multiple media or vendor websites.
Meanwhile, tech vendors connect with IT buyers where and when their tech offerings are most relevant. And get to build the relationships that buzz and new business are made of. Making it no surprise that Spiceworks is the most well loved vertical IT network among IT pros and marketers alike!. Here’s how we did it.
They went, they listened… they brought 'em coffee to boot! After in-person visits to often unsung IT pros in Austin, our co-founders had a vision: build an easy-to-use software app to simplify the lives of IT pros - kinda like an “iTunes for IT.” Oh, and make it free. After all, if it worked for Google in the consumer world, why not give it a go in the business world?
In 2006, when we asked IT pros what their favorite IT utility was. They gave us a blank stare (blink-blink)…then complained that IT products were painful to use and that most IT vendors were a bit "blah." Clearly, it was time for someone to spice IT up! We took that inspiration, combined it with our mission to deliver an app that "just works," threw in the notion of people working together to get their jobs done… and voilà – the name “Spiceworks” was born!
I have been working at Spiceworks full-time (Less than a year)
Culture is most important - they put their people before everyone else. No a**hole policy. They treat you well. And founders continuously take time to listen to their employees and learn from them on how the company can be better. Great place to grow professionally - team leads do everything they can to help you improve. You're never punished for trying and failing, they help you learn from failures and move forward ("fail fast, fail cheap"). They make the job fun - not by putting ping pong table around the office, but by making the ACTUAL work fun and surrounding you with good people. Perks - breakfast taco Monday's, bagel Friday's, free lunches VERY often, onsite gym, happy hour Friday's, the list goes on and on. Successful, transparent company - this is a company that is actually going somewhere and it's exciting to be a part of that. You can see the growth first hand because they share the company's success (and failures) with you every day so you always know the state of the company - regardless of what department you work in. You really get to be come an integral part to the success of the company. Creative Pros- it's a great place for creatives as well. Don't let the tech aspect scare you away. You can really develop your concepting and design skills here and they give you the resources to do so with the encouragement and guidance you need.
It's getting pretty big - which is okay. But it's hard to meet and get to know everyone right away. That being said, when you do meet people, they are very friendly and welcoming.
Advice to Management
Keep doing what you're doing!
I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Spiceworks (Austin, TX).
I applied online and received an email me to schedule a phone interview. The first phone interview was with the hiring department and has pretty simple, standard interview questions (very friendly and comfortable). The second interview was with Tom (the team lead) and it was a little more difficult, but still positive. I was able to ask questions and learn a lot about the position. I was then assigned "homework", a design task of creating two sets of banner ads based on the supplied creative brief. This took some time and was a little difficult (not being familiar with the product), but I received positive feedback and was invited in for in person interviews. Through a series of interviews, I think I met with about 5 people (totaling around 3 hours) and then met with the founders and some higher-ups (4 people). Very extensive and there were some tough questions. But be honest, they're basically just looking to see if you'll be a good fit with the team. I was very impressed with the whole process even though it was so long. They're very focused on keeping a positive work environment, so you can understand why they're choosy about who they bring on.
I let them know my current salary (which was pretty high for the position) and they worked hard to be able to match it. Because they did this, I didn't feel the need to negotiate.