About Politburo

Address

Winchester House, 74 Long Street, Cape Town

Company Size

1-15
Summary

About Politburo

  • We’re a small, nimble team of designers, coders, and wordsmiths working together to solve juicy problems.
  • We explore landscapes of possibilities rather than following rigid approaches. We are always on the lookout for surprising, challenging ideas that we can implement and test fast – evolving and iterating each project.
  • We believe that brands are built on fundamental truths, and the most powerful are honest, simple and unambiguous in their promise. This kind of clarity is resolved and beautiful: our work delivers on their brand promise in an honest, straightforward way.
  • In bringing brand promises to life, we create systems and platforms that enable new behaviours. We do this for our clients, and also for ourselves – incubating and launching our own products and services.

Our work

  • We observe, we define, we resolve, we design, we sell… We’re driven by a deep sense of consumer empathy, and a ‘jobs to be done’ approach.
  • We believe brands should act with integrity.
  • We hate lazy advertising and default work that shouts into the abyss or interrupts people. That’s why, every day, we try to contribute to experiences that rise above the noise.
  • Supporting and developing our craft requires an environment that’s thoughtful, stable and predictable enough to foster growth.
  • We’re conceptual thinkers and we reward those who can form a viewpoint and defend it. Critical thinking is essential to our work. We can be bitchy at times about design that’s purely decorative or ‘surface’, and therefore incoherent or unresolved.
  • We don’t allow brands to be passive. We always try and align our work to a practical ‘jobs to be done’ framework. Our work’s challenging and conceptual, and we work hard to hone our craft.

Our culture

  • We value openness and diverse perspectives. We believe in being ourselves and in bringing our whole selves to work, because people can’t grow and thrive unless they’re comfortable – with themselves and each other.
  • We strive to be a kind workplace, and to treat colleagues as we’d like to be treated – respecting schedules and being accountable and transparent with each other.
  • We’re allergic to cubicles, industrial carpet tiles and neon lighting, and our office is laid out like an apartment (since we spend so many hours at work, we think that this should be a happy and comfortable place).
  • We love food, and there’s a kitchen at the heart of our workspace. We cook for each other, eating lunch together most days.
  • Just as we create and celebrate connection between brands and customers, we celebrate our connection with each other.
  • We don't believe in arranged marriages, and don't provide staff with 'work' laptops. So you'll need to bring your own Mac to work. We provide staff with interest-free loans to buy computers, if needed, and will cover insurance costs.

Our hiring process

  • Our team’s intentionally small. That means that any new addition shifts our culture noticeably.
  • For this reason, our hiring process involves two steps: first, meeting our founders, and then meeting the rest of the team – either for lunch or a drink.
  • Unlike larger companies, which expect you to fit a predefined role, our top priority is cultural fit, and we’re able to fine-tune roles to your particular strengths and desired growth-path.
  • To avoid hiring plausible idiots (another allergy), we’ll ask for references, war stories and examples of past work.
  • We’d check in frequently throughout an upfront probation period to continually assess mutual fit, and craft a permanent role that reflects your strengths and your desired growth path.
Perks
A casual workplace
Opportunities to travel
A spacious, beautiful and well-equipped office
Drinks, snacks and coffee
Flexible hours
A big, well-stocked kitchen
Working with a small, close-knit team
Centrally located offices
Tech Stack

Application and Data

Backbonejs
Backbone.js
Bootstrap
Bootstrap
Go
Go
Google app engine
Google App Engine
Html5
HTML5
Java script
Javascript
Mongo db
MongoDB
Mysql
MySQL
Node js
Node.js
Php
PHP
Postgresql
PostgreSQL
React
React
Redis
Redis
Sass
Sass
Logo
Vue.js
Jquery
jQuery
Nginx
nginx

DevOps

Docker
Docker
Git
Git
Github
GitHub
Selenium
Selenium
Npm
npm

Utilities

Google analytics
Google Analytics

Business Tools

Google apps
Google Apps
Jira
JIRA
Mailchimp
MailChimp
Slack
Slack
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