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 for 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 (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 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 learning on the side.
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!
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 creative time. Here are some:
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. Being a startup, there are often challenging problems with no clear precedent which implores us to get creative and go with our convictions.
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 to get projects from start to finish.
Wears Many Hats
We’re a small team and none of us come from tech.
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. Monograph 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.