Everyone seems to agree that our offices are pretty laid-back. There's no 'product versus marketing' rivalry here, and the bosses are more likely to make you a coffee than to expect you to make them one.
We learn from each other, help each other out, and just generally work together. Teamwork isn't a buzzword for us—it's how we get things done more effectively. Jimdo means: waking up every morning looking forward to coming into the office.
When you join the team at Jimdo, you become part of the gang. We've kept our start-up flair—but if you're working in the U.S. or Japan, you're backed by 100+ colleagues (and friends) in Hamburg. Sometimes it doesn't seem like work at all—more like a huge shared house full of friends. In Hamburg, there's the traditional company brunch every Friday, running sessions at lunch (we have a shower and washing machine in the office), and a beer after work. We accept each coworker as he or she is, and have a lot of fun together.
Additionally, there's no dresscode here (no suits required), no closed doors, or steep hierarchies. This doesn't mean we're not focused on improving Jimdo: everyone hunkers down and pitches in—the three founders included.
At Jimdo, we don't just make software. We're continously working to create the best website builder in the world. Jimdo is really awesome—so great that we're excited every day to work on and improve it. That's the honest truth.
What's more: we really believe in the product, which is a great motivator even if things don't always go as planned. It doesn't hurt that interesting, friendly people are working alongside you.
Are you an early-bird? Great. But if you're a sleepyhead, that's cool, too. Everyone's different, and we embrace that. At Jimdo, you decide when the best time is for you to start working. We know that it doesn't make sense to fight against a person's natural rhythm. So get enough sleep and come into work well-rested and ready to go.
As colorful, diverse, and just plain unique as the millions of Jimdo websites are, your coworkers at Jimdo match that diversity—and then some. We love being an international team with colleagues from all over the world—no surprise since we support 9 languages. If you've ever wanted to learn another language, what a great opportunity: there are currently six language courses run by your coworkers, and more are in the works.
Do you think tech companies are only about computers, cubicles, and energy drinks? Think again. We like to switch it up and change the scenery now and again. Why? Because it's effective—and a lot of fun. Jimdo “sprints” involve a small, interdisciplinary team working on a specific topic, usually off-site to break the daily routine. Recently we've had sprints in Cuxhaven and the island Amrum in Germany, on the coast in Denmark, and Lake Tahoe, California. Of course, you're always welcome to set up shop at one of Jimdo's other offices for a few weeks out of the year for a change of pace. Ah, the benefits of a multi-continental team.
We're not looking for worn-down workaholics; we would rather have coworkers who are well-rested and excited to be here. To make collaboration easier and protect everyone from juggling too many tasks at once, we use a tool called Kanban. If you're familiar with it already, that's fabulous. If not, no worries. It's simple, keeps your to-do list manageable, and makes it easy to see what everyone is working on at any given time. And it's fun—check out the video below.
Pick a reason to celebrate: 12 million Jimdo websites created, nine languages supported, and completely cross-platform. Whether it's happy hour, a barbecue on the banks of the river Elbe (or Dolores Park), or something bigger, we like spending time together. And once a year we go on a company retreat together: the last two years we went walking through mud and sleeping in a castle, respectively.
We do what we can to keep our ecological footprint as small as possible—each and every one of us. Most employees come to work by bike or on public transportation. We also offset the carbon for all company travel by plane or car using Arktik. Our electricity is renewable, and we snack on organic fruit and treats. We buy fair trade coffee, and do our best in all other areas to be socially and environmentally responsible.
Care to bike up to to the Presidio or go for a jog down the Embarcadero? Want to grab a burrito in the Mission or a cup of Blue Bottle coffee in the Jimdo office? No need to waste words here: San Francisco is a wonderful city to live and work in, and to visit too. If you work in the English-language team in the Hamburg office, you'll come out here once a year (or visit Hamburg if you work in San Francisco).