We know you’re more effective when you can take time off and recharge, so we have 4-day workweeks.
For over three years, our team members have worked 4-day workweeks. Building a growing startup, it is more important that you’re making the right decisions or taking calculated risks than writing more lines of code.
Just before the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to ditch the office altogether and be fully distributed. We found that we were all equally productive at home and the flexibility gave us even more opportunities to recharge and bring our best selves to work. The default day off is Wednesday (aka mid-weekend), which makes our team super fresh on Thursdays. That said, we are flexible if you want to take a long weekend and work Wednesday once in a while.
People always ask how we are able to successfully work 4-day workweeks and still scale the business, and the truth is we practice what we preach. Having that extra time off enables us to be more impactful overall. In fact, we recently closed a $20M Series B and are continuing to hire!
We come from a design background.
From our bright purple slide decks to the typeface choice on our website (Pilat and Sohne), every detail at Monograph becomes an opportunity for a considered design project. As a founding team of trained designers, we bring our wide range of experience from having worked in offices (like Figma, WeWork, and Architecture) all over the world. With both a rigorous and playful approach to design thinking, we move well beyond the visuals – designing everything including marketing, our sales process, and even our internal APIs.
Committed to Personal Growth
Everyone learns a little bit differently, and we’re always learning on the side.
At Monograph we provide a wide range of ways to further your growth: educational stipends (up to $1,000 per year), regular tech talks (Coffee+Cookie+Code), Jam Sessions where we build something together, or our favorite Show-n-Tell where you can showcase your latest side project.
Employers typically discourage their employees from working on side projects, or at least it seems as if people are shy to share this information with their managers and coworkers. The fact is Monograph started as a side project, so of course we encourage you to work on something on the side!
A few side projects from our team:
Despite all of the great resources we do provide, the reality is we can’t give you everything you need professionally. With a 4-day workweek, our team uses some of their extra time off to level-up in other ways, whether that’s sitting on leadership boards, taking classes, prototyping a new technology, or going on long hikes to reset mentally.
Our side project DNA compels us to work from front to back, marketing to making.
As a team of generalists, we naturally gravitate toward being inspired and working on problems holistically. Design, frontend, backend, marketing, and support all blend into one as we take on these roles throughout the development of a feature.
Ownership at Monograph means taking a stance and supporting it with prototyping, user conversations, or data. For instance, Eileen on the frontend team took on the rebuild of our timesheets: she met with several customers, shipped the initial scope, fixed the few bugs that came up over the ensuing months, and took it upon herself to add keyboard shortcuts and delightful wayfinding animations based on her customer interactions.
Ownership may also mean answering emails from customers, finding bugs, creating documentation, extending a function, or updating a design. Having optimistic, supportive teammates really helps get projects from start to finish.
Ideal for Parents
We offer flexibility and resources to support growing families.
We’re proud to say that despite being a small startup, several team members are parents. In addition to our 4-day workweek, working remotely allows for the flexibility to maximize time with loved ones. Need to pick up your child from school or take them to soccer practice? Go for it. We trust that you’ll get your work done and take the time you need to care for your family.
In addition to covering health insurance for employees’ family members, we also have a generous parental leave policy. We offer 12 weeks paid leave so you can bond with your newest addition.
Wears Many Hats
We’re a small team and most of us don’t have a tech background.
Each of our current team members have really diverse backgrounds, so we get to learn a lot from one another. For example, Mark and Steven are well versed in music and teaching, which lends themselves well to articulate expression of coding problems. Evangelina studied philosophy and worked in customer success, which helps her both think deliberately and empathetically about customer issues. Dan, Eileen, Lina, and Andrew all have creative backgrounds and have shipped gorgeous frontend experiences.
Perhaps more uniquely, we don’t silo anyone because of their labeled skillset. Action is the great equalizer. Have an awesome idea? Mock it up and show it off, then let’s see how we can either improve it or get it into production. At Monograph, an engineer can provide illustration work and a salesperson is able to give design feedback.
Creative + Innovative
You won’t be pigeonholed in any way.
The Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry is ancient and in desperate need of help. Right now, making architecture is a highly complicated process that involves hundreds of disconnected spreadsheets. It’s shockingly manual. Monograph combines all of the typical spreadsheets into one integrated and simple interface. We know this can sound mundane, but this is why we pull so much inspiration from Stripe and Gusto: payments and payroll are two equally tedious processes, but they are necessary and can now be done pleasantly. We use a lot of our creative energy to make Monograph an equally wonderful experience for our users.
We also consider ourselves to be creative and innovative in how we approach the rest of our business. As a growing team, we default to using hacks. For instance, we make sure people always know what we’re doing, and as a result, we get feedback, make unexpected hires, and find sponsors organically.
Safe Environment to Fail
We approach product and development from a learning angle.
It’s a horizontal organization at Monograph. We’re very open about how no technology or process is sacred and we’re all figuring it out together as we go. Operating under the guiding mantra of “blame systems, not people,” we reinforce the blameless culture in our feedback and communication. For instance, we’ve actually had to rebuild Monograph two times now because of early architecture choices, and each time was a decision we made together. We hope you’ll experiment and work openly with us on both Monograph and whatever side project(s) you have.