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Growing in the Greenhouse: Spotlight on Front-End Developer, Ellie Wawrzaszek


Ask anyone at Greenhouse what they love about this company and you’re likely to hear the same answer: the people! In this new series, we’ll be getting to know some of the people who make Greenhouse such a special place to work.

There was a very clear moment when Ellie Wawrzaszek’s life changed. It wasn’t when she moved to Turkey after college or the two years she spent in Austria after that. It wasn’t even when she made the decision to move to New York City. No, her life-changing moment took place in a 7th grade classroom, when she saw that 13-year-olds could learn to code.

Ellie had been fascinated by software development, but felt intimidated to pursue this mysterious subject. Seeing firsthand that 7th graders could do it, she decided she couldn’t make any more excuses about her own capabilities. And she didn’t! Ellie is now working at Greenhouse as a front-end developer. We caught up with Ellie to learn more about her career journey, her path to software development as a woman, and her role at Greenhouse.  

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Daniel Chait's Interview on the Unsexy Startup Podcast

Greenhouse CEO Daniel Chait was recently featured on The Unsexy Startup, a podcast devoted to highlighting what it truly takes to build a company. Sumay Too, host and founder, created the podcast as a platform for entrepreneurs to learn from and share stories about overcoming the unsexy obstacles of startup growth. Below, you’ll find a recap of Daniel’s interview and a link to the full version.

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Ensuring SaaS Data Security with SOC 2 Reports

The Cloud has reshaped the way even the largest companies manage the recruiting process. And as software-as-a-service (SaaS) becomes an increasingly accepted standard, the pressure is on businesses to ensure that vendors have security controls in place to protect the highly-sensitive data these platforms store.   

As a recruiter, each day you’re collecting personally identifiable information like names, addresses and social security numbers, as well as salaries, offer letters and comments on interviewees. If this information made its way into the wrong hands it could be damaging to your company, your candidates and your employees.

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How Greenhouse Became the #1 Best Place to Work on Glassdoor

Being recognized as one of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work means you’re doing something right, since this award is based entirely on employee feedback! That's why we were thrilled to be named a Best Place to Work in the small business category in 2017.

In our latest Hiring Hacks webinar, we wanted to share what goes into making a best-in-class employee experience. Melanie Oberman, Director of Employee Experience breaks down what a successful employee experience program looks like and the strategies to improve employee retention. To get even more granular, we asked a fellow Greenie (Greenhouse employee) to share his experiences on the receiving end of employee experience. What exactly do employees look for in a company?

Read on to find out!

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What Being Named a Glassdoor Best Place to Work Means for Greenhouse

I couldn’t feel more proud that Greenhouse was named the #1 best place to work by Glassdoor. We’re a people-centric company and we design tools to help other companies build people-centric companies. This award is a humbling validation that we’re on the right path.

I am fortunate to be able to speak for a company of more than 200 inspiring people in this post and I’m excited to share some of the insights that we all live every day together. I also want to take a moment and celebrate all of the folks at Greenhouse. Thank you all for everything you do to make Greenhouse what it is, and for engaging to make Greenhouse the best place it can be. I love being a part of this journey with everyone!

As I think about what we’ve accomplished so far—and what we hope to achieve in the future—a few key points come to mind. I’d love to share a few of the principles that have guided our team in how we think about building culture, creating People practices, and working with our employees.

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Meet Greenhouse’s Director of Talent Acquisition Lauren Ryan Who Has Won Greenhouse a Bronze for “Best Advance in Big Data to Inform and Predict Talent Strategy”

Lauren Ryan, Greenhouse’s Director of Talent Acquisition, has just won Greenhouse a bronze medal for “Best Advance in Big Data to Inform and Predict Talent Strategy.” This award, presented by the Brandon Hall Group, recognizes Greenhouse for Excellence in Talent Management, alongside other renowned companies like IBM.

Keep reading to learn how Lauren completely transformed Greenhouse's approach to data in recruiting.

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Introducing TechYes! — Greenhouse’s Diversity in Tech Meetup

As one of its founding members, I am excited to introduce TechYes: Diversity in Tech, a meetup that Greenhouse launched as a safe place for people to discuss diversity issues in the technology space. Our goal is to create a community where people can talk openly about their experiences with diversity and inclusion issues in and outside of the workplace, hear about others’ experiences, and lean on each other for support. We cover an array of topics, including addressing the current state of diversity in tech, identifying diversity issues in and outside of the workplace, and recognizing and confronting unconscious biases that emerge all around us.

We hosted our most recent meetup earlier this month, called “Beyond the Basic Background.”  Here, panelists from 2020Shift, Jopwell, and The New York Times joined us to discuss how to share and promote personal narratives to encourage better communication and deeper understanding across diverse groups. Our panel included Janel Martinez of 2020Shift, Katie Sanders of Jopwell, and Elisabeth Goodridge and Julie Bloom of The New York Times.

Read on for unique insights from each of our forward-thinking panelists, giving you an idea of the conversation you can expect at a TechYes meetup:

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