Want to learn more about working with Holly Antle on your programming team?
Here are a few frequently asked questions:
I am currently prioritizing work that’s full-time and offers employee (W-2) status. When time permits, I do have some availability for contract work and part-time work.
For the most part, I work 100% remotely. There are some exceptions to this, but they are generally short-term (usually 1-2 weeks or less) and event-related.
I’m not opposed to business-related travel (tradeshows, training, etc.) and I am available to travel internationally, but I won’t be working in-office now or in the future.
For those times when travel is necessary, I am fully vaccinated and boosted, and I am happy to provide necessary paperwork and testing, or meet other office COVID safety protocols your company or venue may have.
On the programming side of things, I’m best suited from front-end dev or web dev positions. You can see my resume to see my current list of frameworks and coding languages. While I have a bit of back-end experience, I don’t feel fully confident in back-end or full-stack dev. Also, while I have worked extensively on front-end dev, I haven’t worked with a fully-staffed dev team, so I don’t feel confident taking a senior role yet.
I can also work within existing CMS frameworks such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla.
As a data analyst, I can work with a wide range of data, but my marketing background makes me best suited for work as a marketing data analyst.
Because jobs (full-time, long-term, quasi-permanent engagements, usually with W-2 status) are intended to last a long time, I tend to be far more cautious before accepting them. Since I know I’ll be doing the job for many years, it’s important to me to find the right fit.
In evaluating job offers, I look at:
- The company
- The position
- The working conditions & expectations
- The pay & benefits
For the company, I don’t have a size preference, but I do pay very close attention to the level of diversity and inclusion among your senior staff members and Board members. When there are few women, minorities, and LGBTQ+ people at senior positions within your company, I tend to wonder why. I do additional research on the company, looking not only at GlassDoor reviews and scouring Reddit for reviews, but also reviewing the company’s financial and business prospects on sites like Crunchbase and D&B, or looking at prior year tax returns and business structuring information from the state you’re incorporated in. I also check out LinkedIn to see what kind of vibe I get from the employees who are listed at your company, and I pay close attention to the average tenure of employees. If employees consistently leave your company within 2 years, there’s something wrong.
For the job, I first want to make sure that it’s within my ability to deliver it. I’m always very transparent about what I can and cannot do, and I never take a position that’s beyond my abilities. Beyond that, I’ll ask questions about my predecessors, my direct reports (if any), my supervisors, expectations for reporting & communications, KPIs, and so forth. I want to clearly understand the expectations and how I’ll be evaluated.
Working conditions is a big factor for me. I don’t work in the office, and I won’t ever work in an office. I can’t work in the office due to medical limitations. I’ve also found that companies that insist on in-office work tend to be very hard-headed in other ways, and they like to micromanage. If they refuse to budge on remote work, they’re going to be difficult to work with in other ways, and I don’t want to work with them. While I’m at it, I’m going to ask about meetings, too.
Finally, we get to pay and benefits. I actually have a lot of flexibility around my pay, and I have a pretty wide range of what I will accept, ranging from about $85k to $170k, depending on the offer and other factors. Some of the other factors include:
- Schedule flexibility
- PTO policies
- Health, dental, and vision insurance
- 401(k) (and I pay attention to company matching)
- Any company stipends (gym membership, cell phone, home office, etc.)
- Company tuition or paid training benefits (I love education!)
- Stock options (I’ll ask about liquidity plans if you’re not yet publicly traded)
- Bonuses (I’ll ask about the specifics)
These are the factors that most interest me in examining a job offer.
Contract gigs can range from short-term to long-term, and they can take up a few hours a month or 30+ hours a week.
Every gig will be evaluated independently depending on the merits of the job, the company, and the offer.
In all cases, I won’t work in-office for a contract gig, and I won’t work a fixed schedule for contract gigs. I don’t mind meetings, but I don’t keep office hours for contract work.
Other than those two provisos, I’m willing to consider each gig on its individual merits.
As a programmer or data analyst, I very specifically do not want a leadership position or a solo position. I’ve spent a lot of time working with programming and data analysis as a “department of one”. In other companies, I’ve been the only programmer or the only data analyst working in the entire company.
When you’re the only one of your kind in the company, I feel like you lose something. I didn’t have a colleague or supervisor who knew my job well enough for me to bounce ideas off of or to challenge me when I was wrong; I usually had to find my errors when something broke! While I’ve learned a lot through trial and error (along with taking courses and interacting with friends in the industry outside of work), I’ve very seldom had the opportunity to work with another industry professional at work.
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