Welcome to GoSocial Development
We are glad to have you on board.
Some things about us
This presentation is meant to help you accomodate with the new environment, and answer at least some of the questions you certainly have.
If you are asking yourself why it’s written in English, it’s because we keep written information in English for the sake of our clients, even when posting internal comments.
Of course, we chat on Skype in Romanian, unless a foreign person is involved.
As you read this presentation, you will notice we have many guidelines, but few rules written in stone. We don’t like rules, we like guidelines.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
As a general guideline for pretty much everything, you can read the quote above. Whenever you are not sure of the DOes and DON’Ts, think of whether it bothers someone around you. If it doesn’t, then it’s most probably perfectly fine to do it.
The office space
Not sure how to dress? Where to sit? What to do around the office? Here are the answers to all your questions!
Tired old mouse is dying? You need a wider screen, or a better chair? Just make a request in Workmeter, we prefer to buy stuff from www.emag.ro but it’s not a rule.
Yes, you can! What gendre? How loud? Up to you and to the people around you. If someone is bothered by it just get some headphones.
Yes, we all have to eat! It’s encouraged to use the kitchen but feel free to eat at your desk, as long as the garlic meatballs smell does not bother the others.
Smoking is ok in the yard and on the balcony on top floor (with the door closed). Please do not smoke on the kitchen balcony or in the tent. E-cigs are permitted everywhere as long as the others around you are not bothered.
Already thinking of a holiday? The “rule” is simple. It’s best to inform about the holiday (through a Workmeter request) twice the length of it in advance. So if you need 2 days, you would ask 4 days in advance. Exceptions for special circumstances are of course ok.
In almost all cases it’s ok to bring your better half, when not sure, just ask. If it’s a more expensive trip we might ask for a small amount to cover for part of her/his cost, but usually try to “subsidize” as much as possible ourselves.
Rules written in stone. We only work with licensed software, you are responsible for the software installed on your computer.
Speaking of the kitchen…
Please always wash your dishes. When storing food (including in the refrigerator) think of throwing it away after a while, if you don’t think you will eat it anymore.
Fun & games
The Playstation in the office is not just propaganda. Feel free to take breaks as often as you want (takes the stress away) and relax with the others over a foosball game or the real deal, Fifa on PS.
You noticed we use several bins. Please help us save the world, not just through coding (right..), but also by recycling. The paper bin only “eats” pieces of paper and cardboard (no tissues, or food wraps please). The plastic/metal bin is great for most of our garbage (but again, no food please). Batteries have their own vase.
Generally it’s not ok to bring people from the outside, but feel free to ask for permission if you ever want to. Exceptions are of course your better half (who is always welcome), or any other first degree
relative, especially your mum if she wants to make sure you’re not drinking up your youth in pubs.
Just say so. Ask a colleague, ask your boss, doesn’t matter, as long as you say when something is not right. If you don’t say anything, don’t expect it to be fixed. But if you do, you’ll be surprised to see you are actually listened.
None. As long as others are not offended or bothered, dress as you like.
Feel free to grab a beer if you feel like it, you should find one in the fridge on the top floor. Just don’t get drunk 🙂
Make yourself at home
We have two cleaning ladies visiting us once per week (and doing a great job), but other than that nobody is cleaning up after you. So, just like home, make sure you occasionally clean your desk and surroundings.
What others say:
“If you feel stuck, be free to try “Stuck” Overflow. Don’t tell your boss you are copying the code from Stack Overflow!“
“I worked with GoSocial Development for about 3 years and it’s been an adventure. We laughed, we worked, we became nothing short of a family. If you’re going to work here, you will never regret it. Oh! And no f** F words, the boss doesn’t like it for quotes.“
“Fa sa fie bine ca sa nu fie rau“
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right“ –
– Code hard, play harder!
– God is in the details.
– Anything can be done, it just takes time… and i’m lazy.
– There are no problems, just unsolved challenges.
”You don’t know something until you know it. And then you can’t not know it anymore.”
Workmeter task and time management
Some simple guidelines for how to use Workmeter:
Some simple guidelines for how to use Workmeter:
- Please start tasks when starting to work, stop them when finishing or taking breaks. There are no rules for how often you can take breaks, feel free to do it as you prefer.
- Our 8-hour work day is 7.5 hours in Workmeter. This doesn’t mean someone it watching and you hear comments if you finished your work week with a 7.3 average, but we ask you to try and keep your work hours average towards the 7.5.
- Please choose the right company and billing project when starting a task (when not sure just ask).
Quality first, (almost) always
A word from the boss, about Company Culture
First of all, I have to be fair and tell you we are a for-profit organization ($$$). We don’t claim to make a better world (or we do, but just as a joke), to disrupt the society, to remain in history. Even if we would be Twitter or Facebook we would still be over-zealous to claim such things. Just as most of us don’t remember much about Netcape, the future generation will have no idea what a snapchat is, or what “tweeting” means.
So, yes, you work here first and foremost for making money – for GoSocial, for yourself and for the client.
Yet, we don’t have profit targets or dreams of becoming the next unicorn either. We are happy with the team size we have already, like stable growth and don’t aim for more than having a decent profit.
What we focus on instead is great service, a nice working environment, and a stress-free job for everyone.
I also think it should not be all about work. We spend more time with our colleagues than with our family, so we are allowed to also have fun. Of course, because I’m taking you from your family, I feel like it’s your right to have them join whenever we do fun things together, be it game nights (more like evenings) or teambuildings.
I hope you’ll enjoy your time here at GoSocial!
As you probably noticed, besides “El Jefe” there are no bosses around. Because GoSocial has a simple structure, everyone is on the same level. We are all colleagues. So how do projects get managed? We made up our own setup, with each project being lead by someone in the team, called “project leader”.
He is not the boss of the others, nor a manager. He is doing actual work as well. He just takes the role and responsibility of communicating with the client, organizing the tasks, solving problems.
Project leaders are not “assigned”. They decide to become project leaders, and can step aside from that role at any point if they decide it’s not their thing.
Every 1-2 weeks everyone is allowed to organize a fun activity (board games, barbeque lunch, pancakes, airsoft, you name it). We have a budget for the activity, both in cash and in time spent to organize it.
Of course, we also do “teambuildings”, usually once per year. We don’t really go for the corporate type of teambuildings though. Our teambuildings are more like a holiday, without mandatory activities or silly team cohesion games.
You’re in the corporate world right now so 9-to-5 is the answer. More or less. You can start earlier, or later, you can leave earlier or later. We just prefer people are around the office between 10 and 16. Of course, free to take lunch breaks in or outside the office. As with most other “rules”, it’s not written in stone, just a guideline.
Already asking yourself about when the next 6-months assessment is? Never. We don’t do wage raises based on interviews/negotiations/assessments. We just notice when your performance increases (and Workmeter helps us too, as we can see how much money you make for us) and offer you a raise. We could cheat, yes, but we’re not stupid. Why loose a great employee just from greediness?
Of course, if you think you deserve more, just say so. Knock at the door and make your point. You won’t upset anyone, and this could even lead to a raise. Or if not, you would at least be told what is missing to get there.
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