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 at [email protected].

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 don't expect to grow any larger than 4 or 5 employees during our first 2 years of operation. Once we do start growing, 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. Sometime in early 2022, we will open source components of Primer, a pedagogical functional programming language that's currently in development.
  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 don't expect to ship our first product until late 2022.
  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 are probably not currently a good fit for you.
  4. You want 100% remote work/work-from-home. We have a partial on-site policy. See here for our reasons why. (Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've relaxed our standard remote work policy for the foreseeable future. Please see here for details of our current policy.)
  5. 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?

Note: The remote working policy described here is not currently in effect, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All members of our team are currently working from home, have done since March 2020, and nobody will be expected to work on-site until it's safe to do so. See our COVID-19 remote work policy for details.

Our roles are partially on-site ("hybrid"), meaning that you'll be expected to work 1 or 2 days a week in our London office, unless the role calls for more. (If so, this requirement will be explicitly communicated both in the job posting and during the interview process.) Our team is very small, and we value communication above all else. Remote working can increase communication latency (especially across time zones); obscures subtle but important physical communication clues, such as body language and facial expressions; and makes team bonding difficult, as we believe the COVID-19 pandemic has proven. It can also be extremely frustrating for those employees who don't enjoy remote working.

If your objection to on-site work is primarily related to the recent trend towards noisy, public, open plan offices, fear not — we don't like those, either, and ensuring that our employees have privacy, peace & quiet, and sufficient space to work is absolutely fundamental to our corporate culture.

How have you responded to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Out of an abundance of caution, we advised all employees to work from home beginning 11 March 2020, 15 days before the UK Government mandate that people stay home and indoors. We've continued to operate this way ever since, suspending our standard remote working policy until further notice.

The safety and well-being of our employees remains our number one priority. Hackworth employees will continue to work from home until it's safe to return to a shared office space, where "safe" means one or more of the following comes to pass:

  1. an effective treatment is widely available;
  2. the lethality and long-term effects of COVID-19 are no worse than the flu or common cold; or
  3. the SARS-CoV-2 virus has effectively disappeared due to natural causes.

During this work-from-home period, we're providing each employee with a Mac and an iPad so that they don't need to use their personal equipment for company work, unless they prefer to do so. We're also offering to reimburse employees for some or all of their home Internet service fees, and making other accommodations when practical, such as providing comfortable office chairs for home use.

Our daily communication currently consists of one team-wide wrap-up/catch-up video call, frequent instant messaging and GitHub interaction, and occasional additional video meetings as needed. We try to keep these additional meetings to no longer than 1 hour, and no more than 1 per day.

Where is your office?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our employees are currently working from home; therefore, we don't have a physical office at the moment.

Before the pandemic, our office was located on Rivington Street in Shoreditch (London). Once it's safe to return to a shared office space, we'll revert to our standard hybrid working policy and set up shop at a new London location, most likely near a major transportation hub.

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 late 2022, 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, AWS, 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 paid holidays 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.

For employees who need to commute to our London office, we can make arrangements for bike loans.

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.