At Roompact, we’re a small team. There are only 7 of us full-time. We like to keep things small. We’re able to be agile — we can execute ideas very quickly. We don’t get bogged down by the overhead of having a big team. If you compared our productivity to a 7 person team within a bigger company, I’d bet that we get at least twice the work done, all while maintaining a very healthy work-life balance. It’s incredibly fun and rewarding.
My colleague Christian, Roompact’s Chief Technology Officer, occasionally refers to our hypothetical “hit by a bus” plan. Each of our team members is generally master of their domain, whether it be accounting, marketing, product development, research, technology, training, sales, or support. Would things keep running smoothly if one of us got hit by a bus? More importantly (and less morbidly), would things continue to run smoothly when one of us goes on vacation? The answer right now is: mostly. Over the past couple of years we’ve been working to improve our “hit by a bus” plan by creating documentation, putting processes in place, building internal software tools, and sharing institutional knowledge effectively across our team. But we can always get better.
At the same time, our company has grown significantly in 2018. By all benchmarks other than team size, we have nearly doubled. We’re partnering with more and more colleges and universities every day. Nearly a quarter of a million people use our software. We’re adding new features and refining existing features regularly. With more clients comes a bigger budget to improve our software and to continually contribute back to our industry.
With these things in mind, we’re hoping to bring on a few more team members to Roompact in 2019. We don’t necessarily need to grow our team. We would be able to continue our significant growth while maintaining the same high level of client satisfaction that we do today. Due to our aforementioned software and process improvements, our workload has remained relatively constant even though we’ve steadily increased our client base.
On the other hand, we want to grow our team. We want to improve our “bus factor.” We want more diversification of experience as we build our product and company. We want to have more capacity so that we can contribute even more back to our industry in meaningful ways, not just through software, but also through our regularly published content in blog, books, and resources. We’re trying to leave a mark and push our industry forward. Though we’ve accomplished a lot, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
We’re not in any rush to bring on these new team members. We want to take the time to make sure we get this right. After these next few additions to our team, we may not be hiring for a while — we’re still testing, learning, and optimizing what the right team size is.
Who are we looking for?
We’re primarily looking for additional teammates for our technology and sales teams, but we could be convinced to expand our team in other areas as well! For full time opportunities, one qualification we are looking for at this stage is at least 1-3 years of experience in your domain. For these next few team additions we’re looking to diversify the breadth of our team’s experience.
On the other end of the spectrum, we’re also interested in part-time, paid interns with little-to-no-experience required. We like to grow our team very deliberately, and working together part-time allows us to train over a longer timeframe and allows us all to make sure we’re a good mutual fit.
So, why should you join us?
Would I need to move to Chicago?
We would highly prefer it, but we also realize that the best candidate for a position might not be able to relocate. We want to find the best possible people to join our team. If you’re hesitant for this reason only, feel free to reach out and we can talk through it. However, for a part-time internship, we would like you to be within the vicinity of Chicago.
Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Feel free to send us whatever you see fit, whether that be a resume, a cover letter, thoughts, questions, etc.