Van Diemenstraat 192, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Help everyone reach their full potential through learning and vitality. That's the purpose of Springest. What you do has a big impact on people's lives and careers. And the best thing? We help and push you to reach your full potential too.
We connect people who want to learn, to companies who provide services and products like training, e-learning, coaching, books, videos and vitality. If it helps you reach your full potential, we want to help you discover it.
NRC (one of the largest Dutch newspapers) researched the best small and large employers in The Netherlands every year. In their last three editions (2015, 2016, 2017), we ended 1st, 1st and 3rd. The jury was most impressed with our learning environment and the flexibility in the way we work. In 2019 and 2020 these awards were changed and Springest came in 4th and 5th in the new Nationaal Onderzoek Talentontwikkeling.
TinyPulse, an app to monitor your culture and employee happiness, awarded us with their "employee recognition award". We gave each other the most compliments of any of their customers!
Springest works with the Holacracy organisational "operating system". Holacracy is a management model for organisations, where authority is distributed in an organic, flat structure with circles (teams) and roles. Roles define the responsibilities each team member has, usually you have several roles. Due to this distributed authority system, each employee is empowered (read Debbie's story for instance) to decide how to energise their roles and bears the responsibility for its execution.
Sound complicated? Don't worry, we will take the time to teach you. It doesn't take more time to learn than to learn how any other company works. The only difference: it's all quickly findable because how we work is documented in detail. Just like those roles and circles you see on the left. We explain Holacracy at Springest in more detail in English and Dutch here.
The tech, startup and learning industries in Europe are relatively white and low on diversity. Springest is no exception: about 17% of Springeteers identify as non-white, of which 5% as black. This means many of us have a privileged position in society. Springest as a company is privileged to be able to have a positive impact, not just a neutral position. We are happy that nearly half of our Holacracy circles have women as Lead Links.
We strive for diversity in our team, as well as our marketing. We invite everyone to bring their full personality to work. Regardless of color, heritage, gender identity, sexual orientation, or the way you express yourself. A Springeteer has a role for people diversity and equity, as well as Trust Counselor roles to address discrimination reactively and pro-actively. We have strict anti-racism policies and address these issues openly in company wide discussions and projects. We also ask customers to commit to this, and ask other companies to join us. See this blog post for more details.
At Springest, you're your own boss. Within the limits of your roles, you decide when and where you work. The corona pandemic has definitively proven that working remote is not at all hampering productivity. We've always worked 100% online, even when we do share a physical space. So whether you like to work from home or a café or beach permanently or every now and then, we trust you.
Our learning advisor slash Workation organiser Josje for instance, worked on Bonaire for half a year. Yes, she got up at 4.30 to be reachable for customers, and she did great. And product developer Dennis lived his snowboarding dream in Austria, improving his productivity and his slope skills. If you're a night owl, or more an early bird (yes, this is science): feel free to start later or earlier to be your best self at work. No need to clock your hours when you're running an errand during the day either...
If you want to work at Springest and you're selected after your interview round(s), we'll invite you for a trial day. You will work in the role(s) you're applying for, with full access to all needed systems and people. This way, you get a real experience of what it's like. And yes, we will throw you in at the deep end!
During your trial day you will do real world tasks and projects. We'll work closely with you and provide you with feedback along the way, and of course you get to talk to some of your (potential) future colleagues.
This is not a formality: about 33% of triallers get hired and it's very important to us that you really feel what it's like to work with us. And the other way around too, as we'll test your agility, feedback giving / receiving, critical questioning and execution speed. And the best part: you'll learn a lot, whether you're hired or not. Read these trial day reports on Sputr from Frida (hired as Swedish Business Developer), Katja (not hired as Swedish Business Developer) Sarah (hired as Go Learning Advisor), Roxanne (not hired as Learning Advisor), Kristel (not hired as Learning Advisor) and Luca (hired as Finance).
Hack Day has long been a tradition on the Springest team. We’ve built some amazing prototypes in ridiculously short timeframes — some of which have gone on to become real product features or tools we use on a daily basis. Examples: Sputr, Rolest, ASQ, Money Back guarantee.
Uniquely, we also don’t limit Hack Day to the development team. From marketing to sales and customer support, everyone at Springest takes part in our monthly all-company hackathons. The only rule: you don't work on something already planned, and you try to ship it in a day.
We're a data driven company, and the data is clear: as a business we have a negative impact on the environment. In 2020 we've started projects to measure and lower our carbon emissions. Our offices are already carbon neutral, but our servers not. Our transportation is getting better and less, but still far from there.
We have decided to offer vegan lunch only, as food is one of (or the biggest, depending on your sources) impact factor of global warming. To help this dietary shift, we've started cooking daily meals for lunch, and buying many vegan alternatives to popular lunch and snack items.
Instead, read what our former colleagues have to say...
As a learning platform we thrive on reviews and trust independent data. So we hope you do the same!
Van Diemenstraat 192, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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