Welcome to PostHog!
Giving a new joiner a great onboarding experience is super important to us. We want new joiners to feel they’ve made the right decision to join us, and that they are excited and committed to what we’re doing as a company.
Want to introduce a new joiner to the people team for onboarding, but don't know who on the team does what? Just introduce them to firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team will jump in and take it from there!
Our team is spread across the world, and so are our new joiners. In order to ensure the best possible onboarding experience, we aim for the new joiner to meet up with someone from their team in their first week. Depending on the new joiner's location, they might fly out to one of our team members, or the other way around. So the onboarding experience will look a little bit different, depending on where the new joiner is based and which team they will be joining.
This is maintained as an issue template in GitHub, which you can view here. The People team will create a new onboarding Issue for each new joiner.
We send an introductory email to all new hires to welcome them to the team and ease them in the some of the essential actions we need them to take. This needs communicating openly, as users may not be able to access the
company-internal repo yet. So, we send them an email.
The onboarding email is sent by the People team directly. We want to strike a balance between sending attractive, personalized emails and avoiding creating process or using overpowered tools, such as Customer.io or Mailchimp. So, we send email using Gmail Layouts. You can access Gmail Layouts with this button:
If this is the first time you've used Gmail Layouts, select
Default Styling before choosing a template. Choosing Black
#00000 as your primary colour will create simple black buttons which match the design of other emails. Please also upload a PostHog logo and enter our Twitter and LinkedIn links. You can use the following text in your email footers.
No hedgehogs were harmed in the making of this email.PostHog's mailing address is 2261 Market Street #4008 in the city of San Francisco, CA 94114
With default styling set, you can now choose the 'Call to action' template.
With an email template chosen, you can then enter the copy you want to send. This doc is a suggested template with important actions specified, though we recommend personalizing it to the individual. We've linked to these as docs and direct images to make the formatting easier for you, but here is an accompanying image for use in emails.
Every new joiner at PostHog has an onboarding buddy. If possible, a new joiner will meet their onboarding buddy in person during their first week. In case in-person onboarding isn't an option, we will make alternative arrangements. The onboarding buddy is usually a member of the team a new joiner is joining - ideally the team lead - and they can help with any questions that pop up and with socializing during the first couple of weeks at PostHog. Of course, everyone is available to help, but it’s nice to have a dedicated person to help.
Guidance for onboarding buddies
- Once we have decided which team a new joiner will join, the People & Ops team will reach out to the team to find an onboarding buddy. Please make sure if don't have any leave booked in the week before and the two weeks after the new starter joins
- We will intro the new joiner and the onboarding buddy via email - please say hi and decide together where and when the in person onboarding will happen.
If any travel is needed for the in-person onboarding, please check our Spending Money page and book your travel accordingly. You don't need to let us team know, just use your Brex/Revolut card.
- Please make sure you spend at least 3 days together, working through the first week onboarding list and spending time working on any role-specific tasks that are outlined in the new joiner's personal onboarding issue.
- You will remain the new joiner's main point of contact for the first few weeks, so please continue to check in with them at least once a week for the first month or so.
Occasionally, a new joiner will meet with members of their team in-person to go through the onboarding process. Upon acceptance of an offer, your Team Lead will notify the People & Operations team who will help you coordinate travel if necessary.
In these cases, the process is:
- Preemptively create the new team member a Google account
- Issue them a Brex card to their work email with a sufficiently high temporary balance to cover travel costs
- Have the new team member book travel as usual
Tools we use
We use a number of different tools to organise our work and communicate at PostHog. Below is a summary list of the most important ones - this list is not intended to be exhaustive
- Google Suite - Gmail, Google Apps such as Docs, Sheets, Slides
- GitHub - most comms and product work
- Slack - we have an internal workspace and a users Slack as well
- Brex (US, RoW) or Revolut (UK, EU) - company cards and expenses tracking
- Shopify - powers our merch store
- Printfection - merch inventory management, YC onboarding merch, and merch drop-shipping for small events
- CharlieHR - holiday tracking, personal details
- Gusto - payroll and benefits (US)
- Deel - contractor payroll (EU and special arrangements)
Ops, People & CS
- HubSpot - customer CRM
- Zendesk - our support platform
- Pry - financial modelling
- LTSE Equity - cap table management
- Fondo - US accounting
- Calendly - external meeting scheduling (e.g. demos, sales)
- Gusto - US payroll and benefits management
- Deel - international payroll and contracts management
- Ashby - recruitment
Charles, James and Tim at this time are the only people able to sign legal paperwork on behalf of the company.