Why does hubspot have such a mindshare on the Boston tech scene

Tableau / Eng Hhhhh
Jul 23, 2017 47 Comments

All my software engineer friends in Boston have quit and work at hubspot. But hubspot as a company isn't *that* big or successful (yes its a unicorn, but still single digit billion in market cap).

Is hubspot really good at marketing itself? Or there just aren't that many startups in Boston?

Asking out of curiosity, I'm not looking to work there or anything

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  • Hubspot ydhauch
    How many hip tech companies do you know are actually headquartered in the Boston area? That's one major reason. Other big tech companies may have some presence here, but their center of gravity is elsewhere in the country.

    Hubspot tries to maintain a positive work culture. See culturecode.com. Also note the high company rating on Glassdoor. This is one of the best places I've worked at in a long time.

    As a practical matter Hubspot combines a start-up-like culture with the huge amount of money of a well funded public company, all headquartered in Cambridge.
    Jul 23, 2017 6
    • Hubspot ydhauch
      My point (see first sentence) is that nobody comparable is actually headquartered here. All these companies you named except Akamai have their center of gravity elsewhere. Akamai is not rated as high as Hubspot on Glassdoor.
      Aug 1, 2017
    • Microsoft Aviato@MS
      Blame Zuckerberg.
      Aug 1, 2017
    • Experian PGyp51
      Lots of fake reviews from Hubspot HR on Glassdoor too, TBH.
      Aug 26, 2017
    • Hubspot dgstcjh
      How can you tell?
      Aug 26, 2017
    • Pymetrics YuAq11
      I agree. I have friends that work there and they have mentioned that HubSpot focus a lot of internal resources on getting good ratings on G2Crowd, Glassdoor, etc. so I wouldn't trust that as a reliable gauge.
      Sep 29
  • Hubspot pxGF56
    I think it's also the engineering culture is top notch. Deploying to prod is just clicking a button and you get to do it multiple times a day. Don't have to wrangle build tools to get things working. And ops teams that keep all the lights on and continuously improving reliability.
    Jul 23, 2017 3
    • WealthForge / Eng &container
      What's the Ops stack like?
      Jul 23, 2017
    • HealthNow / Eng
      binarycafe

      HealthNow Eng

      PRE
      healthnow
      binarycafemore
      great question, i was wondering that as well, but more interested in the dev stack... languages, framework used and such
      Jul 24, 2017
    • Hubspot pxGF56
      We have a few ops teams

      Data ops runs Kafka, hbase, mysql, and elasticsearch

      Tech ops runs the base servers in AWS and tools around provisioning we use puppet for that

      We have mesos for our own apps using our open source scheduler singularity

      Building out kubernetees cluster for running projects we don't own (like vitess)

      Our backend is all Java 8

      Frontend is mostly React and ES6 with some legacy backbone and coffeescript projects
      Jul 24, 2017
  • Hubspot / Eng Nnnnnn
    There are very few "large companies" that you can come into as a dev and quite literally own a single app that gets used by tens or hundreds of thousands of people. At other large companies I've worked at, I worked on huge teams and barely had impact on the product. At HubSpot you can come into work and say "hey I feel like making this table column sortable today", and then do it, and everybody will applaud you.

    In order words, you own real apps of business importance, and have near complete autonomy for what you do with that app (with the support of some truly badass ops folk).
    Jul 29, 2017 2
    • Tableau / Eng Hhhhh
      OP
      Disagree. My friends work on various amazon web services that get similar if not more traffic than the ones you mention above
      Jul 29, 2017
    • Hubspot ydhauch
      He's not talking about traffic, but autonomy. Small teams have near complete control over their codebase. Every developer can push his own code into production, and we might do that several times a day. There is no release management org or process gating us. No QA, no release management, no Scrum, no deadlines, nothing hindering us from delivering our code when we're ready, as soon as we're ready, and only when we're ready.

      It's refreshing to be able to do this at a large company on production system with nontrivial traffic. Sure, there are other high traffic sites out there. But the ability to work on a production system at a large company with such autonomy is remarkable.
      Jul 30, 2017
  • Hubspot shjekdc
    I've only worked at HubSpot but it's been a great experience and the culture is unmatched. DM me if you're considering it and I'd be happy to chat and refer.
    Aug 4, 2017 2
    • Pandora dipthong
      Lol.
      Aug 5, 2017
    • Facebook / Eng instandidl
      "Only worked at hubspot"
      "Culture is unmatched"

      Wtf?
      Aug 5, 2017
  • Facebook / Eng instandidl
    It's Boston......
    Jul 23, 2017 4
    • Hubspot / Eng Nnnnnn
      I worked the west coast tech scene a couple of times, not a fan. Quality of life for a dev in Boston is objectively higher. You do you though :)
      Jul 29, 2017
    • Tableau / Eng Hhhhh
      OP
      Why is qol in Boston higher?
      Jul 29, 2017
    • Facebook / Eng instandidl
      Alright you do you. But I love California and its mountains.
      Jul 30, 2017
    • Hubspot / Eng Nnnnnn
      Those hikes in the Sierra are one of the things I miss most about the west coast. Unreal.
      Jul 30, 2017
  • Hubspot jzKp14
    Ya it's pretty good here just saying.
    Jul 23, 2017 0
  • SurveyMonkey / Eng bacfeg
    In Boston, you're options are kinda limited in terms of local tech companies. Sure google, etc all have offices in Boston but they are satellite offices. There just aren't many places to work with a decent culture. It's why I moved out three years ago.
    Jul 24, 2017 0
  • Pandora dipthong
    This is ironic since it became the joke of the book Disrupted. And that Dharmesh guy.
    Jul 23, 2017 0
  • Hubspot xpTH32
    "hubspot as a company isn't that *big* or successful... single digit billion". I completely disagree with that assumption. hubspot is just 11 yrs old, it's a public company with a lot of cash and really good financials. at over 1,600 employees worldwide and a 2B market cap it's exactly the opposite of what you're saying. (in other words, I think it's an unfair to define successful as just companies with tens of thousands of employees and 10B+ mkt cap, don't you think?)
    Jul 28, 2017 5
    • Pandora dipthong
      Please. Pandora is only two years older. We have 2500 people, well over $1B in revenue and more than a $2B market cap, and I consider us small. Hu spot and Pandora are both small potatoes.
      Jul 28, 2017
    • Hubspot / Eng Nnnnnn
      Just gonna point out that size is relative here.
      Jul 29, 2017
    • Hubspot xpTH32
      @dipthong so are you saying Pandora is not a successful company?
      Aug 2, 2017
    • Pandora is 17 years old.
      Aug 5, 2017
    • Hubspot / Eng Nnnnnn
      I am a big fan of Pandora. You guys have introduced me to some pretty cool music :)
      Aug 6, 2017
  • Chewy ProfessorX
    You know another company thats almost mirror to HubSpot in terms of engineering and culture is Chewy. They just hit the Boston market and I've heard they are converting this office into an HQ rather than their present fort Lauderdale office.
    Jul 28, 2017 4
    • Hubspot ydhauch
      Chewy must be recruiting pretty aggressively. You're pushing Chewy all over Blind, and I've been contacted by a Chewy recruiter.
      Aug 1, 2017
    • Chewy ProfessorX
      You should respond and see what they have to say.
      Aug 1, 2017
    • Hubspot ydhauch
      Heh, good soldier, always on point. I don't want to look around right now, nothing against Chewy. Cheers!
      Aug 1, 2017
    • Vistaprint / Eng MOSq61
      Got a message from a Chewy recruiter before they were bought out - "we're like the Netflix for pets" ... wut?
      Aug 9, 2017
  • Hubspot / Eng wellington
    Great culture in Engineering, easy to commute to if you live in Camberville, dogs, high career growth potential, lots of wicked smaht people
    Oct 3, 2017 0
  • ezCater / Eng AdVy22
    Very solid life at $hubs. Very pleasant to be a developer, trivial to spin up a new app and a ton of autonomy. Also you get to see your stuff on the Inbound screen in front of 20k people every year which is nice.
    Aug 10, 2017 0
  • Loomis Sayles / Eng
    iVRB75

    Loomis Sayles Eng

    PRE
    State Street, kapow
    BIO
    Senior front end developer working on React, Angular
    iVRB75more
    I would like to work for hubspot anyone to refer me #hubspot
    Aug 9, 2017 2
    • Hubspot sk12$jd9
      Happy to ;)
      Aug 10, 2017
    • Hubspot ydhauch
      Heh, did anyone mention Hubspot gives generous referral bonuses? Any Hubspotter will be happy to send your resume in as a referral, or at least a "lead".
      Aug 12, 2017
  • Microsoft Aviato@MS
    If you've only worked at Hubspot you dont have much to compare it to.
    Aug 5, 2017 2
    • Hubspot jzKp14
      $Bn public company - Teams of four that go to production ~10 times a day, making their own product decisions. If there are others doing that I'd honestly love to trade notes, I don't know of any. Zero snark intended but my guess is that that commenter had a worldview that indicated our environment isn't common and may I fact be unique. Dig in and educate we love to learn!!
      Aug 5, 2017
    • Hubspot ydhauch
      I've worked at plenty of other companies, never seen anything like Hubspot. We have described in a few places here why we like the place. Maybe Hubspot is not unique, but I don't see anyone claiming that there is any other comparable company in the area. Consider this a challenge.
      Aug 5, 2017
  • Kaspersky Lab / Other
    123ty234

    Kaspersky Lab Other

    BIO
    Hwe
    123ty234more
    Their culture is great, extremely people oriented
    Aug 25, 2017 0
  • New AMpN84
    I
    Jul 30, 2017 0
  • Hubspot wahwahrldi
    If you compare yourself to the Googles of the world well always be small but id say Pandora is big.... Billions of anything is pretty big.
    Jul 28, 2017 0

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