hackworth :

Thank you for your interest in working for Hackworth! We're not currently hiring, but if you're interested in working with us, please check this page from time to time, as new positions may become available later this year.

Working at Hackworth

Here are some answers to questions you may have about working at Hackworth. If you have a question that isn't answered here, or you need additional clarification about any of the answers shown, please feel free to contact us.

I'm interested in one of your openings, but I'm not a perfect match; should I apply anyway?

Yes! If you're interested in a role we're hiring for, but you think you're missing a few of the skills or experiences that our job posting mentions, we'd love to hear from you, regardless. If you're a candidate who's lacking a skill that we think is useful for the role, but who we think is a good fit in other ways, we may be able to arrange for you to get the training you need after you're hired. So when in doubt, please apply, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns about your fit and want to know what we think.

Why should I work at Hackworth?

If you're interested in one of our job openings, and one or more of the following describe you or your goals, Hackworth may be a great fit for you:

  1. You like working in small teams. We have deliberately kept the team small for our first 2 years of operation, in order to keep management overhead low and opportunities for individual impact high. Once we ship our first product, we'll continue to organize around small, smart, functionally-oriented teams.
  2. You prefer self-direction, as opposed to hands-on management. You'll often be expected to set your own goals and deadlines, and to make key decisions on technical issues.
  3. You like/would like to use Haskell and/or TypeScript in your full-time job. Our software stack is based entirely on Haskell, TypeScript, and Nix.
  4. You want to work on open source projects. In 2022, we'll open source components of our first product; specifically, a functional programming language that we've designed to be easy to learn.
  5. You don't want to work for an ad-tech, surveillance capitalism, or cryptocurrency business. We don't, either, which is one reason why we started Hackworth. For more about our commitment to our customers, see our about page.
  6. You want to have a meaningful impact on your company's products. We're a small venture, we're just getting started, and there's lots of work to be done, so every one of our early employees will be responsible for making technical decisions that will significantly influence the company's products.
  7. You want to have a meaningful impact on children's lives. So do we. Hackworth's purpose is to make programming relevant to children who, for one reason or another, have traditionally been underserved by computing education. The company was founded to give people like us the opportunity to work together toward this goal.
  8. You'd like flexible working options. We offer a 4-day work week, and encourage our employees to take advantage of it. We also grant flexible work hours, as long as you're meeting your goals and are available to your colleagues.
  9. You're seeking good work-life balance. Our employees' well-being is paramount. Some startups expect long hours and deadline crunches. We don't. We offer 25 holidays per year in addition to public holidays, and generous parental leave.

Why shouldn't I work at Hackworth?

We don't want to waste your time or ours, so before you apply for a position at Hackworth, please consider whether one or more of the following applies to your situation:

  1. You want to work for an established, mature company. We're a very small venture, we're just getting started, and we are pre-revenue.
  2. You want to work for a venture-backed startup. We're a bootstrapped company, and we don't currently have any plans to take outside investment. We're committed to sustainable, organic growth.
  3. You prefer more top-down structure, as opposed to self-direction. You'll often be expected to set your own goals and deadlines, and to make key decisions on technical issues. If you like to work in a structured environment with many layers of management, prefer assignments that are routine and predictable, etc., then Hackworth is probably not a good fit for you.
  4. You aren't eligible to work in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, at this time we're not able to offer visas to work in the UK, nor are we able to hire outside the UK. We hope to relax these constraints as the company grows.

What is your remote working policy?

For the indefinite future, we are 100% remote work within the UK, and we have been this way since March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We currently have no plans to lease office space, though we can't completely rule this out in the future, especially as we begin to grow and remote communication becomes more cumbersome. If this changes, it's very likely that on-site work will be optional, especially for employees who are not in the Greater London area.

Where does your funding come from?

Hackworth Ltd is wholly owned and funded by its sole director, Drew Hess, as set out in its statement of capital on file with Companies House. The company is fully bootstrapped; there are no outside investors or other persons with significant control.

Our target is to begin generating revenue in early 2023, but this is not hard deadline.

Which platforms are you developing on/for?

We prefer macOS for personal machines, as there are generally fewer hardware issues and Apple offers great support, but some of our members use Linux desktops, as well. We use a combination of NixOS, Google Cloud Platform, and Fly.io for our production services.

We're currently developing our products for the web. Eventually, we'd like to ship native Android and iOS apps, as well, but at the moment, we don't have the resources or expertise to target more than one platform.

What's your policy on training & conferences?

We're committed to furthering the professional training, education, and public profile of our employees. Our commitment includes sponsoring employee attendance at relevant industry and academic technical conferences, or even submitting papers and giving talks, when we think we have something interesting to say about the work we've been doing. We're also happy to arrange and pay for additional technical training, when an employee makes a good case for how it will help them in their role at the company. And if an otherwise strong applicant is missing a skill that we think is important for the role for which they're applying, we may extend an offer anyway and provide the training they need once they've started working for us.

Do you have a dress code?

No, any dress appropriate for public wear is fine.

Do you have a flexible working policy?

Yes, we do — in fact, we encourage employees to use it! Our employees can choose to work 4-day weeks, either with compressed hours, or with fewer hours at a proportional reduction in standard pay (subject to approval).

Do you offer flexible work hours?

Yes. As long as you're meeting your goals and are available when your colleagues need to speak with you, you can work when you like, subject to approval.

What is your holiday policy?

We offer 25 days paid holiday each year, in addition to the usual paid public holidays in England and Wales.

Do you match pension contributions?

Yes! We participate in the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) workplace pension scheme, and we match up to 10% of employees' contributions of their qualifying earnings.

What is your parental leave policy?

Employees who are new parents, or who are the partner of a new parent, can qualify for up to 52 weeks of parental leave. This includes 12 weeks of full pay, plus an additional 12 weeks of half pay. Please note that this policy is prorated during an employee's first year of employment. (Additional weeks are subject to the UK's statutory pay for parental leave.)

What additional benefits do you provide?

  • Unlike some employers, especially large tech firms, we have an explicit, employee-friendly "personal projects" policy.
  • To reduce the costs to you of working from home, and to improve yours & your colleages' collaboration, we're happy to subsidize upgrades to your home Internet service. Alternatively, if you'd rather not work from home, until we lease office space again, we can subsidize or potentially even fully cover the costs of working from your favorite local co-working space.

I have a question that isn't addressed here.

No problem. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions. If you're applying for a role at the company and would like to see our official employee handbook, which spells out everything explained here (and more) in detail, we can provide that upon request.