This post is dedicated to a discovery I made late last night. You know who you are, you sexy beast you.
The unicorn, in this case representative of a company that has figured it out, is Student Loan Hero. Headquartered in Austin, at least on paper, the company is made up of an entirely remote staff spread out across the world.
They are essentially a startup looking to help and solve the amassing crisis that has hit millennials in the United States — student loans. I know, you probably figured that out by the company’s name, but lets assume you are watching Curb Your Enthusiasm, eating a chimichanga and reading this on your Iphone 6s+ with the same hand you are using to dip the chimichanga into a glob of habanero rancheros . I am just here to help.
Long story short, in a world where MOST startups flake out on options/equity for employees in exchange for shitty lunches and flexible dress codes, Student Loan Hero has offered exactly what I have been preaching — real incentives. Take a quick look at this recent job posting:
Just to put things into perspective, I previously worked at one of Southeast Asia’s “Top 10 Startups”, a solid company that I respect and would largely recommend. Out of the 11 incentives listed above, employees only had one, bonuses, which were enacted and distributed the month I left.
Companies grow and develop at different rates, so it is unexpected that every company can offer this type of package. All I am saying, is if companies really want employees who are passionate, willing to bust their ass day and night, and ultimately breathe the founder’s passion, this is the recipe for doing just that.
With that being said, my everlasting props will be with Student Loan Hero and other companies that are adapting fully-remote teams, staying lean, and still managing to treat employees like valued employees. Thank you.
(P.S. please hire me, I will settle with just 5 of the 11 ridiculous incentives listed above)