For the second consecutive year, The Oregonian, Portland’s leading daily newspaper, has named New Relic one of the best places to work in Portland. We are so honored and delighted to have the workplace culture at our engineering and R&D office in Portland recognized—again! The Oregonian Top Workplaces 2014 list—based on an employee-satisfaction survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP—centered on this key question:
How do employers hang on to their best employees, at a time when workers are feeling emboldened about their ability to find gainful employment elsewhere?
At New Relic, we believe our people are key to fulfilling our company’s mission: to change the world with software and data. “To be recognized by The Oregonian as a Top Work Place in the region is quite an honor,” says Bjorn Freeman-Benson, senior vice president of engineering. “At New Relic, we are grappling with some of the toughest problems in software, so we want to create a workspace where people are able to do their greatest work, where they are inspired to reach further than they thought possible. Here in the company’s Intergalactic Engineering Headquarters, we’re doing exactly that: creating epic change in how people think about and manage their software.”
The effects don’t go unnoticed: “Even as an intern, I feel like I could have a conversation with anyone regardless of their position within the company,” says Nicholas Hendryx. “I love that everyone eats lunch together every day,” adds intern Lynn Kitchner. “And I was really surprised at how diverse New Relic is—both in educational background and in gender. The culture at New Relic is amazing.”
That emphasis on our people shows up in our improvement in The Oregonian’s rankings. Last year New Relic ranked number 7 among small companies, this year we’re number 4 in the list of top midsize companies!
So what makes New Relic = Nerdvana for workers? Here are some things that we think work for us:
Application development and collaboration go together, and it’s the flow of ideas and their implementation that really work for us. At New Relic, we celebrate creative thinking, the importance of casual conversation, and continuous input from our coworkers. Our office space in Portland’s tallest building with amazing views, is a mix of open desks and closed areas that make it easy for staff to move around and gather in groups as the moment requires.
We are data nerds. We listen constantly to the input and feedback from our partners, customers, and staff. To us, each question or comment makes a difference in how we use that information to make our products work for our community. That kind of commitment makes it easy for our people to buy in to our mission.
It’s not just our immediate circles of partners and customers that influence us. We want to hear from our community, too. A variety of in-person events, ranging from FutureStack14, our awesome annual technology and user conference, user group Meetups, and ongoing events in our offices help bring us closer to the larger community and give us a chance to give back.
We want New Relic to be a great place to work in all our offices, from Portland to our San Francisco headquarters, to our facilities in Seattle, and Dublin, Ireland. If you’d like to find out more about us, stop by our offices in Portland or San Francisco for a Meetup or FutureTalk event. Our next FutureTalk is this Wednesday, September 17, in San Francisco, when our own Ward Cunningham—creator of the first wiki—will discuss The Federated Wiki and the Song of Code and Content.
Read our press release here.