In 2006, Joel Spolsky wrote that the great software developers are never on the open market. This statement rings even truer today—and the potential business impact can’t be overstated. A new Korn Ferry study found that there will be a global talent shortage of more than 85 million people by 2030. The report concludes that left unchecked, the talent shortage could create a loss of $8.5 trillion in unrealized annual revenues.
We recently updated Company Pages on Stack Overflow Talent to better showcase our customers’ employer brands. Updated pages are reviewed by a team of our developers on a rolling basis who are asking themselves: If Stack Overflow wasn’t so great, where would I want to work?
A few weeks ago, we featured our first batch of pages that stood out to them. Here are ten more Company Pages our developers love, organized into sub-categories to highlight what sticks out.
Our engineers applauded companies that made a public commitment to diversity and inclusion. Employers here used a significant portion of their Company Page to describe how they foster inclusive work environments for everyone.
Moz’s SEO and analytics tools are used by marketers around the world. Its Company Page includes an in-depth “tech stack” section, but that’s not what Moz leads with. They put their commitment to diversity and inclusion first. “We work to help close the gender gap in tech, and to actively recruit people from other underrepresented groups,” Moz proclaims. “We strongly encourage women, gender diverse people, and minority candidates to apply for this role.”
As recently as the third quarter of 2018, Statista reported Facebook had 2.27 billion monthly active users. But its Company Page on Stack Overflow doesn’t rely on it being a household name to attract talent. Instead, they encourage applicants to, “Be unique. Be authentic.” Facebook emphasizes how inclusion fits into their culture, “Our culture embraces people’s diverse perspectives and creates a positive environment where everyone belongs.”
Based in Australia, Hireup is committed to creating inclusive work environments for its employees and customers. Hireup is so passionate about their mission that much of the content on its Company Page is dedicated to their founders’ experiences as disability support workers; that experience prompted them to launch the business. Hireup’s video library features interviews with actual users, giving developers a behind-the-scenes look at the impact they can make through code.
Our developers appreciated these companies’ “show, don’t tell” approach to provide info on a typical workday. Some examples in this category advertise their organizational structure. Others go as far as sharing the exact number of features that the development team ships each week.
Our developers gave stable/kernel high marks for the detailed breakdown of its engineering department. From there, three unique selling points stand out. Right off the bat, developers learn how stable/kernel assigns each person to one project (and one small team) at a time. The company also sets expectations for its developers, but in a way that showcases their potential impact on a client. Stable/kernel’s final selling point: it expects developers to contribute to open-source projects and build their skillsets.Freiheit.com
Over 18% of respondents to our 2018 Developer Survey said their top job priority are the technologies they’ll use at work. Freiheit.com extensively addresses this by outlining how their developers use modern languages such as Go, Clojure, and Scala. Our developers were particularly intrigued by how developers work closely with data scientists and mathematicians across the organization.
OpenMarket’s Company Page caught our developers’ attention for two reasons: it shares the team’s tech stack and adds additional context through individual paragraphs about each department. Before applying, developers can easily learn more about the different teams, office locations, and projects to determine how they’ll make an impact.
The examples in this category let their code speak for itself. For some of the companies below, that meant showing off recent programming events. For others, it meant calling out the exact number of product features they ship each week.
At Wisetech Global, candidates have endless opportunities to create, test, and launch meaningful features. Before it mentions anything about its tech stack, Wisetech Global’s Company Page shares that the tech team works on a whopping 3,500 product updates each week. Its impressive list of technologies was the icing on the cake for our developers.
Babbel’s Company Page might look sparse compared to some of the other examples on this list. But take a closer look and you’ll see that it relies on carefully selected content to attract developers. After reading the short #babbelbytes section about the company’s mission, candidates are treated to a video library of Babbel’s recent hackathon events.
CarGurus drew our developers in with the statement, “If you are the type of developer that’s interested in having your code go live, this is the place!” In addition to sharing the organization’s commitment to A/B testing and collaboration, CarGurus describes how it prioritizes its developers’ well-being with flexible work schedules. Most companies promise a great work-life balance, but CarGurus drove this home for our staff by describing it like a developer would, saying that theirs is, “Really balanced. Seriously.”
WorldRemit’s Company Page stood out to our developers for its transparency. It shares some of the events that led the organization to begin re-writing its entire codebase. Our staff saw this project as an interesting opportunity for a developer to provide a fresh set of eyes to an established team and platform.