Jacob Kaplan-Moss

Tag: hr

The limits of "unlimited" vacation March 18th, 2014

Obligatory Disclaimer: this post discusses unlimited vacation policies. My employer (Heroku) has one such policy. However, this post isn’t really specifically about Heroku’s policy; it’s about the concept in general, not any specific implementation. As is always the case, on this site I speak for myself, not my company or anyone else. Many companies, especially tech companies, have adopted “unlimited” vacation policies — instead of a set number of days of paid time off (PTO), employees are told something along the lines “take as much time as you need”.…

Dear Potheads, You Can Work for the U.S. Government, Maybe October 25th, 2021

If you’ve used marijuana, can you still get hired by the Federal Government? Yes, but it’s complicated. I’ll try to explain…

Book Review: Powerful (Patty McCord) January 18th, 2022

Patty McCord was Netflix’s first head of HR and a member of its executive team for 14 years. She (along with Reed Hastings, Netflix’s founder and CEO). She’s probably best known as the co-author (with Hastings) of Netflix’s famous Culture Deck, a 125-slide deck that lays out Netflix’s unusual culture. Powerful is a deep examination of that culture and its ramifications. It’s one of the better dissections of what “culture” really is and how it works. I recommend it to anyone in a position to influence company culture. You may or may not want to mimic Netflix, but thinking through which parts of Netflix’s culture you do and don’t want to mimic is an excellent exercise – it certainly was for me.

Exit Interviews Are a Trap April 4th, 2022

It’s tempting to air your grievances at your exit interview. Don’t. There’s almost no upside to speaking up, and tremendous potential downside. Avoid exit interviews if you can. If you must go, be totally bland; say nothing negative.