Stripe's internal coding class:—19 days ago
Stripe's internal coding class:
Equal pay for equal work should be the standard. Our pay equity review at Stripe is kicking off this week to ensure it’s always the case here.
Stripe is a set of tools for building and running an internet business. We help businesses accept payments from anyone, anywhere, and build new kinds of companies like Lyft or Kickstarter. Internally, we say our goal is to increase the GDP of the internet---we want to bring more businesses online worldwide.
Stripes are curious people who empower one another to build high-quality products and never settle. We're passionate about beautiful code, APIs, and documentation. Come build with us!
Stripe is the best way to accept payments online. Stripe aims to expand internet commerce by making it easy to process transactions and manage an online business. We want to increase the GDP of the internet.
We believe that enabling more transactions is a problem rooted in code and design, not finance. Stripe is built for developers, makers, and creators.
We had experienced first-hand the difficulty of accepting online payments. On almost every front, it was becoming easier to build and launch an online business. Payments, however, remained dominated by clunky legacy players. It seemed clear that there should be a developer-focused, instant-setup payment platform that would scale to any size. Stripe launched in September 2011.
Stripe now processes billions of dollars a year for thousands of businesses, from newly-launched start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Since Stripe powers so many new businesses, it's a snapshot of how the internet is changing; many users are in categories that barely existed five years ago. Web and mobile businesses around the world using Stripe include Twitter, Kickstarter, Shopify, Salesforce, Lyft, and many more.
Stripe is 650 people and headquartered in San Francisco. The company has received around $450 million in funding to date; investors include Sequoia Capital, Visa, American Express, Peter Thiel, and Elon Musk.
Personal interaction in particular is something we emphasize a lot. We work hard to find people who make others want to be around them. We know we're doing a good job of hiring so long as we see people continuing to join simply to work with those who are already here.
We're quite transparent internally. This helps everyone make better local decisions and avoid split-brain behavior. (Plus, we hire curious people, so they generally want to know the details of what's going on.)
We are committed to building an actively inclusive work environment that makes Stripe an excellent home for everyone—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, education, age, or other personal characteristics. We work on broadening our diversity because we think it's simply the right thing to do. We want to include people, be a spectacular home for them to be themselves, and enable them to do great work.
I have been working at Stripe full-time (Less than a year)
-mobility within the team and across teams
-ability to work cross-functionally
-addressing concerns about morale and happiness based on data and feedback
-great group of people across the organization
-has improved management and individual growth and performance measures
-building out career opportunities
-still really exciting to work for and still has lots of opportunity for personal and professional growth
-culture of transparency doesn't (and shouldn't) apply to everything, but not clearly communicated when that is
-need to invest in more manager training
-performance feedback process is getting there but still needs work
Advice to Management
-be clear when performance is lacking, and when it is good
-move quickly when encouraging improvement, and be more generous with upward mobility and comp changes
-take criticism better, and be clear when you're wrong
I was excited to apply because on several blog posts on their website and by other infrastructure engineers, it was stated that they try to hire from underrepresented groups (I belong to one) and that they try to look past a lack of experience in infrastructure if you have experience in software development (which I do).
I worked hard on my application, submitted it, and after 4 weeks I got a canned response saying they didn't think I would be a good fit without any other feedback.
My advice to them would be to reach out to applicants from underrepresented groups with specific feedback. Many of us, including me, have been turned down for other positions based on something in our background, so it helps to know why we weren't considered.
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