I never valued company culture.
Culture, mission statement, values – that was all stuff that I never saw anyone pay any attention to other than lip service. Any conversations about values seemed so far removed from the day-to-day of what I was doing.
Fast forward to today – Contactually is passing 40 people. Values, mission, culture – that’s what I think about the most. Mission keeps your eye on the ball in a way no product roadmap or task list could do. Culture (not perks) gets employees jumping out of bed each morning and coming into the office, with no thought in their mind of leaving anytime soon. Values makes sure that the things that mattered so much when founding the company still carry through to today.