The vision we share
A better life for your peers, your community, and yourself
Ask just about any child what they want to be when they grow up and they’ll give you answers like ‘astronaut’, ‘firefighter’, ‘president’ or ‘scientist’. They don’t choose those careers because of the paycheck or benefits, but because those are the people that make a difference in their eyes.
We chose to hold on to that childhood dream of doing good and making life better. We’re mainly developers, designers, and marketers, so we’re not putting out fires or going to Mars, but we’re still working to make a difference.
The mission we work towards
Build the best digital tools, make the biggest impact
With a quest as grand as ours, it’s easy to feel lost at times. So, for us, it’s a matter of starting from the basics, from what we know. We’re mainly interested in tech, the digital space, and things generally viewed as nerdy, so we started from there. We asked ourselves what kind of problems we (and the communities we’re part of) have to face.
After finding a challenge, the real work can begin. This is 90% of the day-to-day activities the Jeco team does — designing, implementing, and refining solutions.
The objective is to create fast, reliable, and scalable software products for like-minded (tech) communities around the world. It will take creativity, patience, energy, and passion and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Words to live by
Everyone at Jeco has their own goals and ambitions. We encourage and expect it, but a team cannot function and thrive without common values to tie them all together.
Instead of instructing people what to think or believe in, we prefer to let our culture develop organically. After talking among ourselves and a bit of soul-searching, we’ve come up with the following pieces of advice. These next sentences are what struck a chord with us, what we keep repeating to ourselves and to the people in our lives.
Respect yourself, respect your team
The first step towards achieving great things is believing that you can do it. That means understanding the value of your mind, your skills, and ultimately, your work. The next step is surrounding yourself with people who also have that spark and believing in their ability to help you bring change.
A team that’s forged through passion and mutual respect can achieve truly great things.
Never stop learning
To understand what you can achieve is to also understand what you can’t, yet. There’s nothing wrong with not knowing how to do a task, it just means that you have something to learn, and you should feel happy about that.
For us, continual improvement is a must. Try to learn from your colleagues, but also teach them what you know. If there’s a course or book that can help you better yourself, tell your team, make it happen.
Own your work
There’s a fine line between perfectionism and complacency. An incomplete but functional MVP will always be more valuable than a golden idea that never gets implemented. Finding the balance means standing by your work, taking pride in your achievements, but also fixing your mistakes.
Aim for the best
Cross “good enough” out of your vocabulary. If something is worth doing, it’s also worth doing well. If you feel that your project is veering off course, or that it’s not turning out the way it should, roll up your sleeves and do your best to fix it. Stay true to your vision and persevere, because it’ll never be easy.
Until we figure out how to replace all human labor with robots, we’re stuck doing the job, but that doesn’t mean that we have to become the robots ourselves. Take a break from time to time and enjoy yourself. Listen to a joke, have a pleasant chat with your teammates, do whatever makes you happy.
You’ll be spending 8 hours of every workday together with your colleagues, so might as well make that time enjoyable, right?
Say what you think
Too many good ideas never saw the light of day because people were too afraid of rejection to show them. Also, too many bad plans got put into practice because people kept feedback for themselves.
So, here’s an idea: present your thoughts, give constructive criticism whenever you can, and trust your team to take it all in stride.
How the values translate into the real world
It’s not enough to just state a common vision and shared values. All those have to be present in the daily lives of the team and especially in their work.
The very first step in nurturing the company culture is choosing the right people to hire. Each new person in a company adds to its “soul” and these people can either push the team to new heights or drag it down. The ideal candidate is:
In short, we seek out people who love what they do and gain motivation from their own work, instead of relying on managers.
Next up, we do our best to train them for the tasks that are to come and integrate them into the group. Team getaways and nights on the town are great, but they serve more than simple entertainment. They create and strengthen relationships, promote mutual understanding, and forge stronger teams. So, when you’re enjoying an evening with your teammates, courtesy of the company, remember that it’s for efficiency!
We do our best to offer each colleague as much freedom as possible, with the caveat that everyone is responsible for their own achievements or lack thereof. Of course, if you are ever in a position to help your colleagues, do so. Win or lose, we’re a team.
Hard work is definitely appreciated and admired. But, at the end of the day, it’s results that speak. So, we’d much prefer people who find new and ingenious ways to finish their tasks faster than those who work hard but don’t innovate.
Team leads are meant to guide their colleagues and help them grow, not do the thinking for the whole team. The goal is to share information and opinions openly, creating the best environment for the team to think outside the box, make informed decisions, and achieve success. People are free and encouraged to express their doubts. After all, no one is infallible.
How you fit into all this
You’re most likely reading all this because you’re interested in becoming part of the team. In which case, what do you think? We know that this “loose but united” structure doesn’t work for everyone and it doesn’t have to. But if it sounds appealing to you, if you want to improve yourself and work on projects that you dearly want to succeed, then we’d love to talk with you.
We’re not always actively hiring, but we always have an open seat for people who have the ambition and drive to make the world a better place.
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