This isn’t a sponsored post. I’m writing this because I absolutely love Webflow, and I think they’d be an awesome company to launch your career at. (Hey, Webflow! If you like this, I’d love a t-shirt!)
This article is part of a feature series on the best startups to launch your career this year.
Break the code barrier.
Recognized by Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies in design in 2020, Webflow is breaking the code barrier with a world-class designer that lets you create any website you can think of without code. They have two missions—one for the world, and one for them:
- To enable everyone to create for the web, and
- To lead fulfilling, impactful lives while they do it.
I started using Webflow a couple of months ago for landing pages and content marketing. And I fell in love with it. Now, I recommend it to anyone who wants control over the look and feel of their home on the web.
But beyond just being one of the coolest products I’ve ever used, Webflow is a great startup to launch your career.
Here are a couple of my favorite reasons why.
They’re building a product that helps people break barriers
There’s something special happening at Webflow—the team is truly excited to be part of making Webflow better for the people using it.– Shannon Fisher, contractor for the Webflow blog
They’re not just breaking the code barrier. They’re shattering the belief that you’re limited by the code you know (or don’t know).
I’ve experienced this firsthand—I’m able to ship parts of our website faster and help our engineering save time. I’m not a developer, and with Webflow, I don’t have to be.
This is true for millions of Webflow users:
It’s like coding without knowing any code… seriously.(Source)
Having software like Webflow gives me the freedom and flexibility to still be creative and push out hyper-functional websites that actually work and look good.(Source)
Webflow’s empowering people all over the globe to create. That’s a pretty cool mission to get behind.
Not just a great product; a great team
The amazing thing about Webflow is that there’s this baseline of people really loving our mission. […] every single person on the team understands that we’re building a community that’s bigger than us. It’s made up of hundreds of thousands of other designers who rely on us to do the right thing.– Vlad Magdalin, CEO
Working with a team that wants to see you and their users succeed—and does what it takes to get there—is an incredible thing, especially when you’re just starting your career.
Webflow’s team is all about:
- Starting with customers
- Practicing extraordinary kindness
- Being radically candid
- Moving (uncomfortably) fast
- Just fixing it
- Serving by leading others
- Dreaming big
This is what they look for in new team members. Their entire team strives to live this out—to not just value these seven things, but to act on them.
Isaac Morehouse, Crash’s CEO, once told me,
If you find a company or product that’s really interesting to you, finding a way to get on board there is almost always better than optimizing for the perfect title or role at a company you don’t care as much about.
Working at Webflow would not only help you build an incredible foundation in customer service, product design, and more, but you’d get to be part of a team that works daily to help people all over the world dream bigger and build better.
They want to help you lead an impactful, fulfilling life
Webflow really cares about their employees. Here are just a few of the coolest ways they do that:
Side projects are some of the best ways to level up your skills and do work that makes you come alive. So Webflow gives their team members something they call 10% time—four hours a week for you to focus on passion projects that improve professional skills, the product, or the company. That’s pretty cool!
A great remote work culture
More than half of the team is remote. But building community is important—and Vlad, Webflow’s CEO, mentions,
Having a sense of cohesion beyond the day-to-day professional work is important with a remote culture. People stick around when they feel connected—not only to the mission, but to the people they’re on that mission with.
So the Webflow team does all-hands meetings every week, where the entire team gets together (which also encourages cross-team collaboration and feedback). They encourage teams to get together off-site, and they have informal coffee chats where the team can talk about anything.
And they’ll fly you out quarterly to meet the team in person.
A few other cool things
You’ll get a $1,000 bonus the first time you take five days off (because rest is important). They’ve got pretty generous insurance coverage, they’ll help with getting you the right gear, they take a company retreat, and more.
And the coolest part: they’re looking for ambitious, talented people like you, right now, to join them in helping everyone create for the web.
How to stand out when applying to an open position at Webflow
I just did a session with Webflow where they showed me their new tutorial protoype and asked for feedback. I learned that new hired recreate Dribble.com as one of their first assignments. Sounds like a good opportunity to wow them when applying.– JDaniel Richer
While researching Webflow, I discovered most of their team members go through up to a week of paid contract work on a real project before they made a final hiring decision. This might sound intimidating, but it’s actually really cool—you get the chance to prove how awesome you are by hitting the ground running.
Webflow looks like it’s always on the hunt for people who like to do things a little out-of-the-box (they’re hiring right now!). A lot of the team members at Webflow have worked independently or remotely.
But (and this is really important) Webflow wants you to know that even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications for a job opening, they want you to seriously consider applying.
This gives you an awesome chance to show why you’re someone who will come in, create value, and do what it takes to help Webflow succeed.
Here’s how I’d approach an application to Webflow:
- Follow @webflow on Twitter. Get to know them! I’d follow their CEO, too, and some of their team members.
- Read their blog and watch several Webflow University videos. Take notes on what stands out, what you notice and enjoy. I’d also do a bit of research on their company and their team.
- Read the job opening. What stands out to you? Where do you align?
- Figure out who the department head is—or who’d be managing you in this role. I’d do this on LinkedIn, then I’d use Hunter.io to find their email address.
- Webflow is a company that doesn’t stick with the status quo, so I’d made a one-minute video pitch (where they can see your face) instead of a cover letter and resume. Here’s how to make a great one.
- Apply to the job opening, then (this is important), send the pitch in a short email to the department head you found earlier! You can do this right from the video pitch creator on Crash. (There’s email copy that’ll auto-fill for you, too.)
- Follow-up in twenty-four hours if you haven’t heard back!
Bonus: you could sign up for Webflow and create a quick landing page that talks about why you love their mission, what you bring to the table, and why you’d be a great fit. This could be a cool project to add to your pitch!
Show the Webflow team you’re genuinely excited about their mission, do something to stand out—and I bet you’ll hear back in no time.
You’ve got this!
Looking for opportunities at other cool startups? Check out this collection of the best startups to launch your career this year.