The Frontside is a launchpad for successful software careers.
At The Frontside, we improve the quality of software people use. That starts by cultivating great software developers.
The Frontside was started and is run with the purpose of creating better software by growing and improving software developers. With that mission in mind, we've honed some values that we hold dearly:
A Learning Dojo
Wired into the DNA of The Frontside is helping our employees level up and build a platform for the rest of their careers. Pair programming, code reviews, experimental projects, blog posts, conference talks… we use every tool at our disposal to help our team improve. Every employee gets a learning budget to spend on conference attendance, books, and online training materials.
The software we write has a huge impact on the lives of the people who work on and use it. Our goal is to make sure that impact is positive, even transformative. We teach people how to build software that’s easier to maintain, improve, and use. We invest heavily in the communities we participate in and actively carve out time to work on open source and community efforts.
High trust, high autonomy
We place a lot of trust in our co-workers. They’re not only shipping software, they are managing relationships with our clients, understanding business problems at a root level, and constantly improving The Frontside itself. People are allowed and expected to use their unique capabilities to define a role just for them.
We’ve learned that even in a high-trust environment, it’s crucial to reconnect often, at least once a month, to answer some key questions. How is an individual doing? Has their role changed? What are their career goals? What steps can we take now to get there? In addition, we hold a performance & salary review for each employee every 6 months.
There are lots of places where competition works, but shipping great software is not one of them. Each person here is invested in one another’s success. We pair program extensively (but not exclusively, it can be exhausting) and hold regular "Lunch & Learn” meetings where we teach each other what we’re learning. In addition, we collaborate with our clients to actually improve their ability to work on, own, and benefit from the software we create.
A Humane Workplace
The Frontside is meant to stand as an example of a humane workplace: A business intended to enhance and fit into someone's life, rather than the other way around. We’re not perfect, but we put sweat, tears, and deep consideration into creating the workplace we wanted to see in the world.
Here is a small part of what we mean:
Benefits over perks. No perks matter if you can't cover the basics. We offer competitive salaries, 100% paid-for health benefits, flexible scheduling, and 3 weeks minimum mandatory vacation.
Reasonable work hours. Late-night heroics aren’t necessary or rewarded. There’s a big wide world outside the office and life (and your work) is better when you experience it.
A safe space. We hire nice people that want to help each other, and we hold employees to the same Code of Conduct we use in all our open source projects. Honesty and direct feedback are encouraged and rewarded.
Your input matters. The Frontside is a living organization. Each person who joins alters the culture and reshapes the future of the company. It’s a blast to watch and more fun to participate in.
What started as an experiment turned out to be the kind of workplace we always wanted to have, which actually ships better software and makes our clients happier.
Want to work with us?
Does this resonate with you? If so, we’d love to talk with you about what we can accomplish together. We recommend you check out our podcast to get a sense of who you’d be working with. Here’s how we feel about bringing on junior developers, and how we hire: