March 29th, 2022

Don't Come Work At Coder

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Ketan Gangatirkar
VP of Engineering and Product


Coder is a humble company with grand ambitions. We have built the leading product for cloud developer workspaces. This is currently a niche market, but our product is working well for some outstanding software organizations. We have a rich vision for how our product will grow beyond that niche. We are certain that this is how everyone will build software in the future, and we're actively hiring to make our vision a reality.

But there’s a lot that’s not certain, and there are many reasons you should not work here. Coder is a startup. We are a small company in an industry containing giants. We may not be around in five years. Our equity compensation is in options that could be worth anything from zero to lots. We don't have comprehensive career ladders, elaborate bonus programs, or cascading OKRs that tell us exactly what to do every week. We're too busy trying to get the company to stand on its own two feet.

If you join Coder, you’ll face this same uncertainty. As we build this company, many things will change. Some of the changes will be good for you. Some of them may feel bad for you. There will be disappointments. There will be setbacks. You will encounter problems your current knowledge and skills are insufficient to solve. Sometimes we won’t know what to do. Sometimes we will know what to do but won’t have the resources to do it. This path is not for the easily discouraged.

Life at a more established company will be easier. The job will be exactly what you expect and the same as at all the other established tech companies. It will be less demanding. Less intense. Less ambiguous. More structured. More likely to still be there in five years.

You will make more money at one of those companies in the short term. There’s a good chance you’ll make more money in the long term, too. Coder is not a successful company today. If you want to join an already successful company, Coder is not right for you.

But if you want to help make a company successful, it’s a different story. If a standard tech role is too limiting, we may be for you. If you want to stretch what you are capable of, we may be for you. If you want to build a product that the whole tech industry needs, we may be for you. If doing amazing work is what matters most to you, we may be for you. And if you want a singular career experience that you won’t get anywhere else, we are definitely for you.

We don't know what's going to happen in our market or in our industry or to our company. But we do know this: we have a good product, and we're going to make it an awesome product. We have a crew of dedicated, supportive, and likable employees. We have an environment rich in opportunity, both for the company and each of us as individuals.

We work hard. We work together. We have faith in each other and strive to be worthy of our coworkers’ trust. We disagree and compromise, make mistakes and correct them, lose and win. We weather defeats and overcome obstacles. And we're going to build something amazing. We think we will succeed, but if we fail, we will fail nobly. If this sounds like something you want to do, come join us.

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code-server: the heart of Coder

code-server is the primary open source project we maintain. It allows developers to use a browser to access remote dev environments running VS Code. Coder builds upon the success of code-server and adds features designed for enterprise teams including support for additional IDEs and advanced security features.