We think of the company as a product, not just the software we're building. This is what we currently value in how we operate - this may evolve as we grow.
We are open source
Building a huge community around a free-for-life product is key to PostHog's strategy.
We default to transparency with everything we work on. That means we make public our handbook, our roadmap, how we pay (or even let go of) people, what our strategy is, and who we have raised money from. Internally, we go even further - providing financial information, live updates on fundraising, and board slide access.
This enables the strongest community growth possible. It causes the core team to raise the bar on their work, it provides the context needed for people to work across multiple timezones, and it enables a deep work-heavy and meeting-light culture. It creates trust.
We haven't built our defining feature yet
We will never stop iterating.
You learn faster and help PostHog perform better by getting what you're working on into the real world. We expect you to ship new designs, features, or whatever is needed for your role in tiny chunks, frequently, and often before you feel ready.
...although this doesn't mean everyone has to be a software developer, and not everyone needs experience in this before they join. Our platform's adoption starts with developers using our open source project so we use GitHub to share most of our work publicly and to build a large community of technical users.
No matter your role, being able to use the basics of GitHub helps you understand our audience. Beyond that, we'll encourage you to build your technical skill, rather than delegating more challenging tasks to others, so you become a more effective contributor.
Step on toes
We have ambitious goals. This means people need to pick up what they know is most important at any time, not what they feel their job title means they are allowed to do.
We expect you to pick out the very most important thing you can think of, and work on that. Discard plans as you see fit.
We judge your performance based on the impact you deliver overall, no matter what your role.
Bias for impact
Proactive people are the most successful at PostHog. Prioritize hard and make sure you focus your energy on what's most valuable of our customers / company then take ownership of making it happen.
Today, across many product areas, we deliver the most impact when we move fast and maintain a high quality bar. It improves retention and accelerates word of mouth growth.
In engineering, this means that bias for impact is likely to mean putting more effort into prioritization, scoping out the problem and designing before implementation. It doesn't mean we aim to spend weeks in slow feedback loops. Instead, we get together and focus all our energy on rapidly understanding the problem and solution upfront. Solving a small customer support issue super-quickly to delight them is also highly impactful since we know this is a strong contributor to our word of mouth growth.
For other areas of PostHog this is likely to involve prioritizing and focusing our efforts on bigger bets which we believe can have an outsided impact (e.g. increasing sign-ups, getting a new large enterprise to start paying, increasing our rank on google, etc.)
Getting into PostHog is a huge challenge. Once you're here, it stays that way. We are extremely demanding of performance.
In return, you get to work with others producing the best work of their careers.
We are a team, not a family. This means we have very ambitious goals, compensate generously and transparently, offer exceptional benefits, and do everything we can to provide an environment for you to do your best work. Often this means everyone, especially managers, getting out of your way. It's also not ok to let your teammates fail. We expect everyone to provide direct feedback to help everyone perform at their best. We pay generous severance if things aren't working out.