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Etsy goes way out of its way to be inclusive. Inclusivity isn’t just about the diversity of your staff. It’s also about helping people in different wings of the building understand each other better.
In a compelling post on Etsy’s dev blog, Code As Craft, an engineer writes about how everyone at Etsy pitches in from time to time on customer support; everyone also spends some time with the engineering team, pushing a bit of code onto Etsy’s site. (Nothing too heavy: they upload their photo to Etsy’s About page.)
At Etsy, it’s not just engineers who write and deploy code – our designers and product managers regularly do too. And now any Etsy employee can sign up for an “engineering rotation” to get a crash course in how Etsy codes, and ultimately work with an engineer to write and deploy the code that adds their photo to our about page. In the past year, 70 employees have completed engineering rotations.
It’s a story of a company that’s going out of its way to tear down silos.
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