Mission: Trov is dedicated to reinventing insurance by making it simple, flexible and transparent. With a simple swipe on your phone, you can easily protect just the things you want, exactly when you want.
Did you know that more than half of the Trov team is remote!? In a recent Forbes feature story, our CEO, Scott Walchek, shares his top 8 tips for successfully running a remote company with heart and confidence. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQz0n
Who is Trōv and what do our employees have to say? Take a listen.
Trōv is the world's first on-demand insurance for your things. With a simple swipe from your phone, protect just the things you want, exactly when you want.
We are a passionate group of individuals, dedicated to helping people do more with the things they own by reinventing insurance. We're on a mission to make protecting your things simple & flexible - so you can enjoy them without worrying about rigid policies and confusing fine print.
Trōv is privately funded and headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’re growing our smart, passionate team and looking for incredible people to welcome to the Trōv family.
Developer life at Trōv means a lot of great things, including working remotely on your own schedule with a close-knit team.
Read about life at Trov in our own words. Here's an excerpt about working remotely:
There is no office, at least not for developers. Trōv's head office is in Danville, CA, but all our developers work remotely. To make this work, we communicate. In fact, we over-communicate.
People can, and do, work from wherever suits them: home, coffee shops, a shared workspace, at the beach, etc. — as long as you have an internet connection, you can work with your team.
We’re quite proud to score 12/12 on the Joel Test and value continuous learning / improvement, open-mindedness, and dedication to excellence. Our ecosystem presents plenty of interesting challenges: from cross-device syncing to fine-grained security, from data warehousing to scalability.
For client development we use the native tools for iOS (Objective-C/Swift) and Android (Java). The server is written in C# with MySQL and MongoDB for storage and data warehousing. The web portals use Node.js and/or AngularJS with the entire infrastructure hosted on AWS. We are flexible, iterate quickly, and focus on securing private data while providing our customers with a great experience.
"The support I received was excellent - Jon kept me up to date on where we were with finding a solution and resolved the difficulty for me." - Caro, UK, 2017
"I got a clear answer to my question and a very quick response, I couldn't expect more." - Craig, UK, 2017
"Some of the best customer service [I] have received in a very long time!" - Troy, Australia, 2017
"Very supportive and very responsible on all the email queries sent. Keep it up!" - Clarence, Australia, 2017
I have been working at Trov full-time (Less than a year)
Firstly, I love the work the team and I are doing. The projects and tools we are building seem to truly be adding value to many people's lives and I'm excited to see where we all go in the future. React, Redux and all the other tools we use are cutting-edge.
Secondly, I love how much autonomy I and the rest of the team have over our work, and how well written our tickets are. I review people's PRs all the time (even during my first week!), and mine normally get reviewed within a few minutes, hours, or a day at most. Tickets are very specific and well thought out.
I like the remote environment because it allows me to focus on my work without having to be distracted or tired out by other things like commuting. That being said, it's also really nice to be able to see people at the gatherings, especially for outgoing extroverts like me, and to be able to go into either the Danville or NYC office whenever I have the chance.
Most importantly, I love that the whole company feels like a big family. Everyone is very welcoming and friendly. Even though we have our respective teams, at the gathering I felt like I could sit at any table during meals or join in on any group of people without it being awkward or weird. It's not clique-y at all and that's very comforting to me.
Although Trov is by far the best job I've ever had, of course there is always room for improvement. Firstly, communication, especially between different engineering teams and from the exec team, needs some work, but this is improving every day as we iron out our new processes.
Additionally, while remote work provides tons of benefits, it does get quite lonely and isolating sometimes, especially when you live in a rural area. You don't get nearly as much human interaction with your coworkers, which causes us not to know each other quite as well on a personal level. Nonetheless, Slack, our daily standups, and gatherings certainly help with this.
Also, like many companies, diversity and inclusion could use some work. From what I can tell, although I certainly don't have concrete numbers, there are far fewer people from underrepresented groups in tech here than I would like to see. As far as inclusion goes, although most interactions I have here are extremely positive, sometimes microaggressions come up, which I'm sure are unintentional. This happens no more often here than any other space in tech that I've been in, but it would be great if it wouldn't happen at all. It's probably more of a societal issue than a reflection on Trov, but this sort of thing would probably be easily be solved with a basic D&I training for example. That being said, our People team has been very supportive in allowing me to voice my concerns about D&I, which I've never felt comfortable doing before, so I am very thankful for that.
Advice to Management
Please prioritize D&I initiatives as an extension of our notion of being a big family. Please continue to communicate, even if it's over-communicating, so that information does not get lost to those working remotely. Please try to have more gatherings for remote folks, even if they are not as fancy as the ones we've had in the past.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Trov in September 2017.
Flow was Culture fit phone screen, technical phone screen then an onsite interview with 4 people.
The devops team reported to the COO which was strange. I heard different things from each phase about what the job responsibilities were.
Very advanced tooling and orchestration made a strong case for their team and stack. Very dynamic and open workflow.
Didn't like that 100% of the development team was remote.