Portland’s growing tech community offers a unique mix of high-profile work balanced with world-class cultural and outdoor amenities. With our galactic engineering headquarters located in the second tallest building in town, New Relic is proud to be part of the environment that’s helping attract top tech talent from around the country and around the world.
The Portland tech scene is awesome, but it’s also easy to take for granted in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. So we were thrilled to help support a slick city-recruiting video called TechTown Portland: People on the Move, featuring a half-dozen tech workers who’ve made the big move to Portland. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the first individual shown is our very own Ruby agent engineer Jonan Scheffler (check out his awesome blog series on Weird Ruby).
The video is beautiful and persuasive—I’m ready to pack up and move north tomorrow—but it also inspired us to ask some of our Portland folks what they think of their city, and how they see New Relic fitting into the fabric of the city and its tech scene.
Site Engineering manager Sean Kane, for example, has lived in Portland on and off for a total of 18 years, and has worked for New Relic the last two. A decade ago there were a lot of software engineers in Portland, but few career options, so a lot of people started their own companies. This eventually led to many of these companies getting snapped up by bigger outfits across the country, which brought increasing visibility to Portland.
Now, Sean sees more and more tech companies deciding to invest in the area, even as it retains its unusually laid-back, collaborative culture. “People work hard in Portland,” Sean says, “but they still manage to have a really balanced life.”
Karl Matthias, New Relic’s lead site reliability engineer, returned to Portland after working for several years in Europe, and says, “Portland is a vibrant tech city with a lot of events going on all the time. There is a real energy in the community that really seems to pull people in.” Just as important, he adds, “New Relic is a hub in the Portland tech scene. A lot of great events are hosted here and when I tell people I work at New Relic, many of them have already been in our office.”
Site Engineering manager Dana Lawson, who was “born and raised in the middle of nowhere on the New Mexico/Texas border,” sees Portland as the mecca of technology in the Northwest, and loves New Relic’s role in extending that position. “Walking to the food carts with a pack of colleagues wearing New Relic jackets is awesome! It feels like you are on a Major League team!”
But perhaps Jonan sums it up best:
“There are a lot of people in Portland being very intentional about how we build this software culture and it’s already paying dividends. We value diversity in our communities and we’re working hard to make sure newcomers feel welcome in Portland. New Relic is an important part of that initiative.
“We’re not out to become the next Silicon Valley, we prefer forests to silicon and we like going home to our lives. If you’re looking for a sustainable and balanced software culture, a place to settle in for awhile and build something that matters, then Portland is likely perfect for you. Come on up and visit me for lunch, I’m buying.”
Want to learn more about working for New Relic (in Portland and elsewhere)? Check out our Careers & Culture page.