Lars Schmidt

Posts by Lars Schmidt

  • How Listening Transformed SurveyMonkey's Employee Benefits and Review Process

    August 29, 2019

    Back in 2017, SurveyMonkey asked employees to weigh in on where the company was falling short of its employee value proposition to be the company “Where the curious come to grow.” One surprising — even curious — answer emerged: The annual review process didn’t work for employees.  “What we heard from our employees is this big annual cycle that’s backward-looking...

  • Why HubSpot Treats Its Culture as a Product — and How That Helps Them Attract Great Candidates

    August 21, 2019

    Several years ago, as HubSpot began to scale, the company’s leadership focused on making sure its growth did not send its culture careening off the rails. The marketing software firm decided to embrace an unusual approach. “[We thought] about our culture truly as a product,” explains Katie Burke, chief people officer at HubSpot. “How would I develop this if it...

  • Checklist: Employer Branding Tools and Tactics Every Modern Recruiter Should Know

    July 11, 2016

    The year was 2010. I just landed a new job running recruiting and innovation at NPR. My past experience included ‘traditional’ recruiting leadership roles at companies including Ticketmaster, Magento, and Intersperse. I soon learned a traditional recruiting approach would fail in this new role. Working for a non-profit in a highly competitive and complex market...

  • Join Me for the Talent Connect Live Stream in October

    September 9, 2015

    Astronaut. Professional skateboarder. Talk show host. When you're growing up, you have dreams of what your future might hold. Those...

  • Your Chance to Send Random Tweets of Kindness

    March 10, 2015

    It’s An Exciting Time To Be A Student We’re living smack dab in the middle of the golden age of education. I’m not referring to school...

  • Networking 101: The Rise Of Collective Intellect

    December 1, 2014

    The other day I was tasked with a work problem I’ve never encountered before. I had some ideas on how I might tackle it, but they were...