Thoughts on my first couple of weeks at Zugata
Two weeks ago I joined Zugata, the Palo Alto startup that's reimagining the employee performance review. I was welcomed with t-shirts and a spot on the wall. The whole team was warm and approachable.
My first few tasks involved cleaning up some of the more noticeable layout issues in our email templates in advance of our launch (a week after I started). In order to properly test emails, I set out to run Zugata's three core services in my development environment. The service owners were helpful and available as I figured everything out.
The development process here is lightweight and we exercise a good deal of self-direction. Product questions, and there are a number of them now as we figure out market fit, are discussed in the open and everyone gets involved.
A few days into the email work, I proposed that we look for a way to share code between email templates (we're using an online authoring/management tool). This was given consideration by Philippe, Srinivas, and the rest of the team, and turned into my first project here. So I've seen first-hand how technical suggestions are encouraged and supported.
The office is cheerful. The windows are adorned with Post-it note art and a Fuf chair sits in the corner. It's also stocked with Belgian treats and beverages.
I've had a productive, stimulating first couple couple of weeks, and it looks like we've got several more on the way!
"I've had a productive, stimulating first couple couple of weeks, and it looks like we've got several more on the way!"