So a less-snarky thread about why you should consider working at The @DuckbillGroup as a Cloud Economist.

Because if you fit the role, you definitely have other options...
First and most key: we want people to succeed here. That means we act like it, starting with the interview. We don't play games – we interview for strengths rather than the absence of weaknesses. aka "nobody will beat you up about things you're not great at."
If you're working more than 40 hours it's a rarity and we should do something about it. We're fixing AWS bills, not SOME NONSENSE HERE. You aren't your job.

Most of us are parents ourselves; absolutely nothing we do here is more important than our lives.
Your manager will be @jesse_derose. He's new at it (internal promotion), and he's awesome. That said, management is its own skill: we're providing him professional coaching to set him up for success rather than playing HackerNews First Principles with people's careers.
We're a distributed company. There isn't an office for you to sit in. @mike_julian and I are in different cities; there's no "core group" in one place, then a bunch of folks who miss out on decision making scattered around.
Speaking of my business partner, Mike and I are the sole investors. The only goals we're pursuing are our own; we don't need to make a 100x return for anyone, and instead of "runway" we're consistently profitable and have been so for years.
The 401(k) match (6%) vests immediately because we aren't interested in fucking with you, or keeping you around when you don't want to be here.
We're a young company. We don't always get it right. Our hearts are in the right place, we *listen* to our team, and we build the culture we want to have here. You'll have input to that.
We have no on call rotation because we have no public infrastructure. Sleep soundly; the @awscloud bill is very much a business hours problem.
Contrary to myth, @awscloud actually likes us quite a bit. A lot of our consulting engagements are helping clients negotiate contracts. Despite what you may think, there's very little "pound the table" and quite a bit of "let's make sure we're asking for the right things."
If this sounds like you, we should chat.… lists the roles; I will now field questions in this thread should you have any.
We have, launched it in beta, then sunset it because it wasn't right.… has the story.

Profit sharing: we don't have anything formal at the moment, but we do annual bonus tied to profit. We're looking at making that more formal and transparent.

Equity: Our current corporate structure makes this incredibly difficult, plus equity is worthless if we don't sell (which we have no intention of doing). This is the last job @mike_julian and I will have. Services companies don't have fabulous exits...
Same as we do every day: unlimited sick leave (including mental health days), as well as incredibly flexible schedules. Our team owns their own availability. If someone is having a rough week despite the workload being half what it was last week? Okay.

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