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Relativity: Supporting Its Employees And Staying At The Cutting Edge

By    |   January 3, 2018, 8:00 am EDT

While many tech companies are eager to tout their ping pong tournaments and social scenes, few also round out those offerings with robust opportunities for employees to grow and thrive both personally and professionally. Relativity, the world’s leading e-discovery company, does just that. Founded in 2001, and formerly known as “kCura,” Relativity’s mission is to help organizations “organize data, discover the truth, and act on it.” Their e-discovery platform enables users to sort through massive amounts of data during litigation, internal investigations, and compliance projects and boasts more than 13,000 clients around the world including the U.S. Department of Justice and 199 of the Am Law 200. But what makes it a great place to work? We sat down with Relativity to learn more.

Benefits

Relativity’s benefits are geared towards both the development and work/life balance of its employees. Some of the best are:

1. $3,000 Professional Development Budget: Every full-time employee is entitled to $3,000 per year to spend on a learning/development program of their choice. Some opt for traditional career track or management training, while others take public speaking courses at places like Second City, the famous birthplace of Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert’s careers. The opportunities are enormous – as long as the project is part of your professional development goals, you’ve got $3,000 to spend towards it!

2. Access to Lynda.com: Along with the stipend, full-time employees get even more value with unlimited access to Lynda.com, which features the most robust set of online classes available on the web. You can learn anything from coding to the guitar on Lynda, and at Relativity, you don’t have to worry about paying $30/month for it.

3. Holiday Time: With holidays around the corner, a lot of people are struggling to find the right time to take off to be with their families or take a break. At Relativity, employees don’t have to worry: the entire company gets the week after Christmas off, in addition to a whole 18 days of paid time off during the year. That’s more than 3.5 work weeks!

Culture

From high levels of transparency and communication, to a great feedback culture and lots of fun, Relativity’s best culture points are:

1. Monthly All Hands Meeting With CEO: Founder and CEO, Andrew Sieja, makes it a point to speak directly to the entire staff once a month. At the all-hands meetings, all employees get a business update and have the chance to ask him questions. At companies as large as Relativity, with nearly 800 employees, this personal touch further underscores their commitment to people, and allows the company to retain a startup feel despite their size.

2. Groups and Parties: While development and communication are critical, Relativity also embraces fun. Within the company, there are employee groups and clubs for all kinds of things, from cooking and homebrew enthusiasts to Magic: The Gathering and Relativity’s Women in the Workplace group, RelWow. There’s also the annual Summer Picnic, one of the highlights for all staff.

3. 360 Degree Feedback: Many companies say they have 360-degree feedback, but really upward feedback means nothing at all. Not the case at Relativity. Upward and lateral feedback are core parts of the HR process, ensuring fairness for everyone. People are one of Relativity’s top priorities, and it shows – a recent study showed that over 91% of employees like working there.

Product

And of course, there’s the product, and opportunity to make incredible things. Whether you’re a software engineer/manager, product manager, or in any of the other cohorts at Relativity, their platform is the clear industry leader in e-discovery, so you’ll get to work on challenging, cutting edge projects with big clients.

1. Volume of Data: Relativity’s engineering team gets to build software that makes handling large, complex volumes of data easy. In a world where the term “big data” gets thrown around a lot, Relativity is truly at the forefront. To give you a scope of things, there are currently 156,231 active cases running in Relativity with more than 97 billion files under the platform’s management.

2. App Hub: Relativity is a software platform, which means that every day developers are creating apps that run on top of it and enhance its functionality and value to clients. Currently there are 70+ apps in the Relativity App Hub, including local startups like Heretik that have built their entire business on top of the platform.

3. Expansion – Cloud, Machine Learning, and Beyond: In addition to their on-premise product, Relativity is making a strong push towards cloud based services and continually works with technologies that support machine learning, analytics, and more. As a result, developers have the opportunity to truly expand their horizons and learn more about push into areas they’re interested in.

If you are interested in working at Relativity, fill out the form below and check out their available positions.


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