After I inform folks how lengthy I’ve been at Buffer — eight years at present — folks typically have lots of questions. However one of the vital widespread is, “Why have you ever stayed so lengthy?”
Eight years is an unusually very long time to be at one firm in tech. It’s additionally an unusually very long time amongst most of my pal group besides those that work in additional conventional jobs, say in instructing or in authorities.
So why have I stayed?
My quick reply is normally the identical — it’s the folks and the product. I really get pleasure from working alongside the Buffer staff, and I’m additionally an avid person of the product for my private social media accounts and have been since 2013. I actually worth the vitality I really feel from working alongside a gaggle of proficient and pushed teammates and being persistently occupied with what we’re all engaged on. I really like that I’m keen to listen to what the product staff is doing as a result of it impacts my weekly content workflows.
That’s the quick reply — I’m nonetheless right here due to the folks and the product, and it’s true. However I needed to take the chance of hitting a brand new milestone to do some little bit of an extended submit and a deeper reflection as a result of it’s greater than that. The folks and the product make my work far more gratifying, attention-grabbing, and related, however that isn’t all the things.
Generally, staying is the arduous possibility
I’ve been at Buffer by way of varied job markets, and Buffer’s model identify carries weight. I’ve had many recruiters attain out through the years about new and attention-grabbing roles. I’ve had connections introduce me to somebody who was eager to rent me. I used to be at Buffer throughout what was later referred to as the Nice Resignation when a number of of my teammates, some additionally mates, selected to maneuver on to different firms. The job market was very sturdy on the time for my space; there have been lots of unimaginable alternatives, and while you see most of your friends transferring on, it’s arduous to not ask, “Ought to I be doing the identical?” And doubtlessly the strongest pull — I had my first youngster whereas at Buffer and struggled to come back to phrases with coming again to work and balancing having a child a couple of months previous at dwelling.
I’ve stayed by way of all of it, and I haven’t simply stayed as a result of it was the better possibility. After I got here again from household depart, it coincided with the Nice Resignation — I used to be adjusting to having a child at dwelling and dealing whereas our Advertising staff was severely understaffed, and I began transferring right into a management place on the staff. It was a very difficult time in each thrilling and arduous methods. Generally, staying was the tougher possibility, however it was nonetheless the choice that I needed.
I proceed to be challenged
One of the vital recurring issues I’ll have a number of mates inform me is that it’s higher on your profession to maneuver to a special firm. You’ll be able to usually get greater pay, get promoted rapidly, and be taught new issues at a really quick price. Whereas I agree that these are all true, I’m additionally nonetheless studying and rising at Buffer.
My function has modified fully since I’ve been working at Buffer; I went from purely a person contributor to somebody who’s each a person contributor and managing a staff. After I joined Buffer, my work was closely targeted on media relations. Over time, that began to shift to incorporate content material, wider firm, communications, and now Buffer’s model. The change has been a welcome one to proceed to push me to be taught new abilities and get deep into new areas of Advertising.
I additionally moved right into a management place inside the Advertising staff, and I proceed to work on participating and complicated challenges which might be key to Buffer’s model and enterprise. I’m not doing the identical job I used to be employed to do eight years in the past, which is strictly how I’d need it. I’ve realized a lot from taking up new tasks and making an attempt to achieve new outcomes through the years.
Buffer pays me pretty and generously
It’s vital to share that one more reason to remain at any firm is compensation. One among Buffer’s compensation rules is generosity, and I’ve discovered that to be true. My beginning wage at Buffer was $82,790, which was greater than double my earlier wage of $37,500. During the last eight years, my wage has continued to go up both as a result of I used to be advancing in my work or as a result of Buffer was adjusting to market charges with our strategy to honest compensation. My current salary is $172,861 — greater than double what it was once I began at Buffer eight years in the past.
This wouldn’t be the case for everybody on the staff who has been at Buffer for a very long time as a result of they got here in at totally different ranges, and their roles might need shifted lower than mine. I joined at a fairly junior stage and have labored my method over time to tackle extra possession. Now, I’m working a part of our Advertising staff, so my compensation has adjusted pretty with the work and duties I’ve taken on. That is additionally distinctive — not each firm has a clear and honest salary system that might proceed to regulate with me over time. For some folks I do know, transferring to a brand new firm has been the one method for them to extend their wage. I haven’t had that problem.
Deep data and context are including to my work
Being in a single place for thus lengthy may simply be seen as a foul factor — perhaps I’m stagnant, I’m not including new concepts, I’m persevering with to do issues the way in which they was once. This one is the toughest to grapple with as a result of there’s lots of reality. I may simply discover myself caught, and I’ve been in that place through the years. This solely provides to the problem, although. Can I discover new views from friends in my business or by way of continuous studying and experimentation? Can I query the way in which that I do work in order that we aren’t staying frozen with an previous technique?
Over time, I consider I’ve managed to flip my longevity from one thing that may very well be a detraction from the worth I carry the staff to being one in every of my distinctive superpowers inside Buffer. Since my work is so near Buffer’s model, and I’m incessantly working to share Buffer’s tradition externally, that context continues to be additive. I’ve amassed a wealth of data about Buffer particularly, and that context permits me to contribute extra successfully and strategically. It isn’t nearly doing issues the way in which they’ve all the time been finished; it is about utilizing the depth of understanding to innovate and information the model ahead.
Buffer is one thing I wish to be part of
What it involves is that I consider in Buffer, and that is one thing I wish to be part of. With Buffer, not solely is our staff constructing a vital software for individuals who don’t have massive budgets — creators and small enterprise homeowners — however Buffer as an organization can be being inbuilt a really intentional method. We’re fully transparent with our pricing, our salaries, and many other parts of Buffer are transparent.
Joel Gascoigne, Buffer’s Founder and CEO, is extraordinarily intentional concerning the choices that he makes for the Buffer staff and firm. He applied a four-day workweek throughout the pandemic due to the chance he noticed of burnout; we’ve a beneficiant sabbatical coverage as a result of we all know that after 5 years of working someplace, a bit of additional house for relaxation and reflection can vastly assist. It’s the type of office the place there are lots of causes to remain, and lots of people do.
Lots of people keep at Buffer for a very long time
I’m not the exception by being at Buffer for eight years; there are lots of teammates who’ve been right here for much longer than I’ve. After we seemed on the numbers in November for Buffer’s 13-year anniversary, we discovered that 49 % of the staff has been at Buffer for over 5 years, one other 39 % have been at Buffer for seven years, and 6 % have been on the staff for greater than a decade. Buffer is being constructed to be a long-term firm, and there are lots of people on the staff dedicated to persevering with to be at Buffer for the lengthy haul as nicely.
I’m certain I’ll proceed to get requested why I’ve stayed at Buffer for thus lengthy by mates and business friends — my story remains to be fairly uncommon. However, whereas it’s tough in tech to search out firms which have a extra long-term strategy to constructing a enterprise, it’s not not possible. I love the leaders who discover these long-term alternatives, and after eight years of feeling blissful, challenged, and within the work on daily basis, I’m thrilled to be one in every of them.