We know you’re more effective when you can take time off and recharge, so we have 4-day workweeks.
Our team members work 32-hour weeks and you’ll decide with the team which days you’ll take off. We want at least 2 days every week where we’re all in the office together (currently, it’s Monday and Thursday). It’s common to take Wednesdays off (aka mid-weekend), and our team is super fresh on Thursdays. The founders (Alex, Moe, and Robert) do work on Wednesdays, so if you ever want to reach out, they’re available.
We also incorporate a Friday lunch where we’ll take the team out and invite friends from other companies to join us. It has become a bit of a tradition and it’s important to us to be close with other people at other companies.
We come from a design background.
From our brightly lit office space to the typeface choice on our website, every detail at Monograph becomes an opportunity for a considered design project. As a founding team of trained designers we bring our experience from having worked in offices all over the world to our San Francisco studio. 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.
Eats Lunch Together
There’s always a great conversation at our long table, and it’s never about work.
Lunch time is casual for us, but it’s also an important part of our day. Friends frequently drop by and we talk about everything from bitcoin, VR, and gaming to what we’re doing on our off days (okay, sometimes those overlap). We’ll often go grab lunch together from somewhere near our Mission/SOMA office, or everyone will bring their own lunch. (We do this when we try to be healthy.)
Committed to Personal Growth
Side projects run in our blood, and we’re always trading techniques.
We all have other side projects outside of our “9-to-5.” 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. We couldn’t be more different here at Monograph. We have mini show-and-tells that happen organically, and as of now, it feels like they happen 3x a week. Perhaps this is because our founding team is comprised of three architects, where everyone shows each other their ideas by physically “pinning it up.”
At Monograph, you have to work on a side project. If you don’t want to, expect us to encourage you to and even put some pressure on you by buying you a domain. To us, side projects are canaries in the coal mine. The company benefits from your working on a side project just as much as you do, and truthfully, all of our SEO mastery has come from our side projects. We have a 4-day workweek so that there can be an abundance of side projects. Here are some:
Has Good Beer
We’re no strangers to a good ale, and our lead engineer Mark will take you on a sour adventure if you dare.
Towards the end of the day, we’ll grab beers and talk about what each person is working on. Often times, these are discussions about the side projects each of us are working on. For us, this is really more about spending quality time with one another and really digging into what each of us are doing rather than drinking. We’re genuinely interested in what you’re up to and we’d love to bounce ideas off of you too. We’re all friends and colleagues.
Wears Many Hats
We’re a small team, which means we’re all responsible for many things.
Each of our current team members have really diverse backgrounds, so we get to learn a lot from one another. For example, Mark is well versed in music and teaching which lends itself well to his articulate expression of coding problems. And Robert ran a large online community for architecture students which has translated well to customer success and helping rally support for our company.
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 or thousands of Excel spreadsheets. It’s shockingly manual. Our Monograph Dashboard combines all of the typical Excel spreadsheets into one integrated and simple interface. We know this can sound pretty boring, but this is why we pull so much inspiration from Stripe and Gusto: payments and payroll are two equally unsexy processes, but they are necessary and can now be done pleasantly. We use a lot of our creative juices 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 small 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 all of this is new to us and we’re all figuring it out together as we go. It’s part of the process. There is no blame whatsoever and with how much we communicate with one another, it’s never one person’s fault. We’ve actually had to rebuild Monograph two times now, 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.