One afternoon, I got an e-mail in my inbox announcing that that Glenn, Redfin’s CEO, will be hosting a series of talks on how to run, fund, and start a company. Huh? Isn’t it in Redfin’s best interest to retain good employees? Why help them to start their own companies? That’s when it struck me that Redfin has a truly “can do” culture, and really supports its employees’ growth.
I witness it all the time, and experienced it through my own project at Redfin. I was on the Production Readiness team and created a new service to help manage feature gates and A/B testing experiments across different environments. The amount of ownership I got on it surprised me! I was provided with the purpose of my project and what its goals are at a high-level, and everything else was up to me. I got to design the UI, decide which features to include, build the tool from ground-up, and of course, collected lots of feedback as I was working on the project, both from code reviews and from discussions with my manager and other Redfinians. The combination of the freedom I got on my project along with the access to many talented people around available as mentors made for the perfect environment to learn and grow.
Outside of work and projects, Redfin really tries to make sure everyone is having a great time! We were spoiled with a whole lot of amazing events, both intern-specific and company/team-wide, as well as little treats peppered throughout the week. Ice cream sundae bar on a Thursday afternoon, anyone? How about taking the afternoon off to go hiking or zip-lining? Or perhaps dinner while watching a live circus musical? Not to mention exploring all the goodies at Pike Place for lunch, the countless coffee and dessert runs, and exploring Seattle in the evenings with other interns.
I learned so much this internship and really enjoyed my summer! 10/10 would recommend.