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  • In business 22 years
  • Funding modelPrivately owned and profitable.
  • Team size 25

ExpandTheRoom is an award-winning digital product development and marketing agency. We specialize in creating digital experiences that engage and convert. Primary services: Strategy, UX, design, development, video, and branding.

ExpandTheRoom LLC profile

How do you maintain flexibility & balance for your team?

We went distributed in 2018, well before the pandemic. We did this because we trust our team and know they will do great work wherever they were. We have an open-vacation policy. We have mental health days and annual full-company offsites so we can get together in person. 
Remote First Parental Leave Company Retreats Flexible Schedule Unlimited Vacation

How do you ensure autonomy and plan for the future?

Our team is relatively flat and we work together to define the best approach. Senior folks with more experience always look for opportunities to help grow team members who are earlier in their careers. We are a very supportive team. We let you 'run with the ball' but are always there to support each other when you need it. 
Deep Work

How does your company try to hire people from underrepresented groups and improve the diversity of your team?

ExpandTheRoom (ETR) is a team of the best people. We are professional and respect each other always. We strive to be a place where everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, citizenship status, race, or religion, can collaborate to solve problems and produce amazing results that make a positive impact in the lives of our clients and their users.

In pursuit of this ideal, we have created a code of conduct to govern our interactions in the various areas of our shared professional lives. This includes the ExpandTheRoom offices and coworking spaces, home offices, off-site company events, Slack, video conferences, email exchanges, social media, pull request feedback, industry events, and any situation where you, as an employee of ETR, represent ETR.

We created this code because we believe that articulating our values and obligations to one another reinforces the already exceptional level of respect among the team and because having a code helps provides us with clear avenues to quickly address issues should they arise and/or correct our culture should it ever stray from its expected course.

How do you support your team to grow and improve?

We offer an annual education benefit to all employees. We do annual performance reviews to review the past year's goals and define goals for the upcoming year. We give constructive feedback in the moment (we don't want people waiting a year to hear feedback that can make them better). We do regular 1:1's. We also do project retrospectives.

Read more about our process.

We're not bleeding edge but we are cutting edge when it comes to trying new technologies. We're all ears to try new things as long as they are mature and supported enough that we're being responsible to our client and our client is comfortable enough to buy it.
Professional Allowance Regular 1×1’s Personal Growth Plans

Perks and benefits

  1. Open vacation/PTO policy (take what you need just make sure your team is supported and projects in good shape) 
  2. 401K with matching and profit-sharing when possible.
  3. 10% commission on net new clients driven into the company (not expected just a bonus if you do)

Further reading

ExpandTheRoom looks for purpose in each decision we make and every solution we create. Purpose-Driven Design is our philosophy, and the framework we use to solve design challenges.

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