Slack, a messaging app for teams, is on a mission to make working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. It brings communication together in one place, where everything is instantly searchable and available on the go. It can even be integrated with many of the tools and services used every day, like Google Drive, Dropbox, and more.
Slack has grown rapidly over the past couple years, with new hires tripling the employee count. The company’s success can be attributed to its player-coach management mentality and the fact that ideas from every single staff member receive equal consideration and appreciation across the team. “Everyone’s ideas are given equal weight,” says Duretti Hirpa, a senior engineer. “If you have a good idea, you have a good idea. And I think the nice thing about it is that everybody at Slack is working together in concert to make Slack a better place and a better product.”
Slack team members want to make sure their product provides a top notch user experience, and they do this by exposing all employees to issues users may be experiencing. “One thing we do here is that everybody does support, and everybody has a support rotation so that we can be intimately familiar with our customer pain points,” says Joann Anderson, Director of Application Engineering.
And at Slack, the employees’ experience is important, too. They appreciate having a flexible work schedule, arriving to and leaving from the office whenever is best for them. And when they get to the office, they’re working hard and having fun, with happy hour Thursdays and lunchtime board games. Some teams even have offsite days in which they do fun outdoor activities, such as canoeing and hiking.
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Abby works in health education and prevention at a university in Washington, DC. When she’s not trying to make the world a healthier place, you can find her taking selfies with her cat (Mildred Meow Meow), hunting down the city's best grilled cheese, or zipping through the city on her bike, named Libby. Say hi on Twitter.More from this Author