What is the internal culture at URBN?
It’s all about communication and collaboration. There are no silos, no corporate hierarchy. The executives here are normal people who know everyone’s name.
Everything seems very open; open-minded, open offices without many doors, open to dogs (on a leash, except at the dog park). And there is no dress code. You are encouraged to express yourself through your clothes and be comfortable.
What’s great about URBN is that it has the stability of a business with a startup mentality. There is room to play with ideas, to try things out. If they don’t work, the team can try again. There are many possibilities for creativity.
Tell us a bit about the advantages of working on the URBN campus.
It’s such a creative business that even if you’re into accounting, there are plenty of opportunities to benefit from creativity.
Here are some of the benefits available at URBN:
● Opportunities for fitness and financial well-being
● Alterations and dry cleaning done on campus
● A company newsletter featuring behind-the-scenes content, pet profiles, side activities and more
● Mobile veterinary service
● Franklin Institute Discounts
● 6 free sessions with a nutritionist
● Discount cgirls at the Fleisher Art Museum
Describe a day in the life of a technologist (or three) at URBN headquarters.
Yen Duong, Software Engineer at URBN: One of the best things is that most of us are customers of the brands we work on. As a user of my product, it is easy to understand the feedback we receive from customers and the issues we need to address.
No day is alike. We deploy new code every week. There are always new challenges and we are allowed to research and introduce new technologies.
Caroline Fojo, UX Research Manager at URBN: Research is such a strategic place at URBN. We are constantly thinking about our customers and the opportunities for growth. There’s no end in sight when dealing with millions of customers. The possibilities are endless, which is really exciting.
That Hedman, Software Engineering Manager Services and Streams at Nuuly: It’s a collaborative effort between technology and fashion. We talk to everyone from customer service to warehouse shoppers to stylists about what the platform should do. I work to facilitate this conversation.
It’s so cool to be around people who are passionate about things like packaging design and logistics.
What do you look for in job candidates?
The hiring process is a little different for each brand and department.
We don’t expect technologists to know all of our brands inside and out. What we really want to see is your coding experience, your passion for new e-commerce technologies, and the ideas you have to drive us forward. We love to hear suggestions.
Interviews for tech jobs will always be project-based. We’ll be asking you to complete some coding challenges and we want to see your GitHub page.
We also want to see what you can add to our laid-back, yet entrepreneurial culture. We are looking for strong communicators who can interact with all of our brands and who are passionate about what they do.