Code42 Learning for Life

At Code42, We Embrace Learning as Part of Life

As human beings, we are constantly learning. While we work, we’re constantly getting better at our job skills and becoming more knowledgeable in our field. But we also learn from our experiences at work — how we interact with one another and our environment. Learning on the job is inevitable. Employers that embrace that fact and support their employees’ learning journey can help them develop faster and with more confidence.

At Code42, learning is a core part of our culture. This fall, we embraced that by launching a two-month program called “Learning for Life.” Our mission was to highlight the programs, resources and brilliant minds at Code42 through internal education sessions, keynote speakers and opportunities to learn something new. We encouraged curiosity and expanded perspectives for the amazing lifelong learners we are fortunate to employ. We were quite happy to hear the reactions of those who participated in the program:

“ Our mission was to highlight the programs, resources and brilliant minds at Code42 through internal education sessions, keynote speakers and opportunities to learn something new. ”

“I enjoyed the variety of topics and that Code42 was intentionally planning content for this program,” said participant Eileen Potter. “This made me think about the ways I am continually learning. While I’ve always done that in my career, it’s really nice to have an employer actively supporting me with a learning culture.”

“I loved having the chance to hear from a variety of people throughout the company,” said attendee Beth Bornhoeft. “As someone who’s relatively new to the Code42, I felt like this was a chance to get a crash course in institutional knowledge. I found myself with a ton of takeaways that I can use in my job.”

As part of an incredibly dynamic tech industry, we at Code42 are committed to providing learning opportunities that are critical to our success and that of our employees. We know that, in order to remain competitive in the ever-changing market, we need to create an environment that is nimble, agile and flexible to keep pace. That means developing learning and training opportunities that support the personal and professional development of our people.

We believe that a learning mindset is a conscious choice on how to approach work and life. If we cultivate an environment that encourages trial and error as well as resilience and growth, we have a formula for success.

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At Nasdaq with Pledge 1%

A few years ago, Code42 President and CEO Joe Payne laid out his vision for how Code42 could leave a greater, deeper mark in our communities. In fact, one of our corporate values is to leave the world a better place.

Part of this commitment included joining Pledge 1%, a non-profit organization that started a global movement to encourage companies to integrate giving back into the core of their business. To help celebrate Pledge 1%’s four-year anniversary, we recently joined them in New York along with other member companies to ring the bell at the Nasdaq. It was quite a thrill to be there among a group of some the world’s most innovative companies and talk about social responsibility and how we can do more to give back.

Pledge 1%’s representative said, “We’re ringing the bell to honor all of our Pledge 1% member companies who have gone public already, as well as our Pledge 1% members who will undoubtedly ring the bell in the future.”

Code42 at Nasdaq with Pledge 1%

More information on Code42’s corporate philanthropy program can be found here.

Code42 Extra Life

Code42 Raises Over $13,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

This month, gamers of all kinds at Code42 participated in Extra Life, an annual charitable event during which participants pledge to take part in marathon gaming sessions, stream their efforts online, and solicit donations from friends and family. Most Extra Life teams play for 24 hours straight, but our team went above and beyond — this year we extended our Extra Life marathon to 42 consecutive hours to pay homage to our company name. It was a tough two days, but definitely worth it, as the money raised is for a good cause. “Staying up all night gaming with coworkers who are united by a great cause to help a local hospital make sick kids’ lives a bit better — now that’s a great combination,” said player Brian Sweet.

“ The excitement and enthusiasm that goes into participating in Extra Life is magical. I look forward to it all year long. I hope we can continue to raise the bar each year and make that impact bigger! ”

As of this writing, Team Code42 has raised $13,290 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and other Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals — an increase of more than 30 percent over last year’s event. All donations from Extra Life go directly to the CMN hospitals, including our local CMN location, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. As a Minneapolis-based company, we are particularly excited to help a Twin Cities-based hospital, as giving back to our community is an important part of our company culture.

“Children’s Miracle Network hospitals do amazing work and save lives every day,” said participant Joseph Bozarth. “It means a lot to help them help even more children. It was also a great opportunity to get to know a lot of my coworkers better as we gamed together for a good cause.”

Taking advantage of our Volunteer Time Off program, which grants every Code42 employee two days per year to use for volunteer opportunities, our team of around 50 players spread out across several gaming waves to keep the experience fresh and exciting for the entire 42-hour event. A small crew of primarily Xbox One players kicked off the event on Thursday afternoon, another wave started Thursday evening and a third wave joined in Friday morning to take the team through to Saturday. Throughout the entire event, a separate group provided color commentary (and comedy) for the stream. If you were watching, you might have seen a frenzied match of Rocket League with two burly men in the corner talking about their beard grooming tips. 

Several games were streamed over the course of the event, including For Honor, Rocket League, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Dungeons & Dragons and many more. A few special events during the marathon grabbed company-wide attention, such as when members of the Code42 executive team competed against each other in Mario Kart (Senior Vice President of Research, Development and Operations Rob Juncker was the undisputed winner). Another highlight of the event was Rock Band 4, which was set up in the lunchroom for anyone in the company to play. You could hear the sounds of people singing Journey songs throughout the office.

“The excitement and enthusiasm that goes into participating in Extra Life is magical,” said Team Code42 member Tim Putnam. “I look forward to it all year long. I hope we can continue to raise the bar each year and make that impact bigger!”

We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated to our Extra Life event. If you meant to donate but didn’t get to it, there’s still time. To make a safe and easy online donation to a member of our team, click on the “Roster” tab and then on a participant’s name. Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them.

Thank you so much for supporting our team’s efforts!

Code42 Experience Week: Connecting, Learning and Values

Recently, a cohort of about 30 talented new Code42 hires spent a week with our leadership team, taking in their advice and wisdom. It was Experience Week, our quarterly cultural deep-dive that all new employees participate in within the first 90 to 180 days of their time with the company. Experience Week is a cross-functional, educational, and rewarding experience, and it’s always delivered by senior leaders at Code42.

“ New hires find their place to belong and are charged to make an impact at Code42. It is a powerful and unique experience that motivates and supports our employees. ”

During the week, executives share their experiences, talk about Code42’s values and give a bird’s eye view of the work their teams are doing to move our business forward. In addition, they share anecdotes about family life, hobbies and passions outside of work. Here are some of the snippets shared at our most recent Experience Week:

  • “Greatness is a choice. It’s being able to see things the way they could be,” said Mike Robbins, senior vice president of worldwide sales. “It’s not a function of circumstances. That’s not how greatness works. We need to choose it.”
  • “Working at Code42 doesn’t come with an instruction manual, it’s a chance to make an impact,” said Leslie Pendergrast, senior vice president of people. “It’s not a calm carousel ride, but instead a thrilling and exciting roller coaster.”
  • “As Mark Zuckerberg says, ‘If you’re not breaking stuff, you’re not moving fast enough,’” said senior vice president of research, development and operations Rob Juncker, as he charged the new hires to move fast and innovate.

Feedback from new hires that have gone through Experience Week affirm the personal value they place on the experience. “Every company should invest in their people like this,” said one attendee.

Code42 Experience Week 2018

Here are some more thoughts from Experience Week attendees:

  • “Thank you for taking the time to invest in this for all new hires. I can’t tell you how far it goes to really indoctrinate us into the culture and heartbeat of the company. As a remote employee, it was even more invaluable.”
  • “I learned a ton about what it will take to succeed at Code42 and emerged really energized to break out of my comfort zone.”
  • “I was inspired to bring passion and commitment every day and be in charge of my own development.”

Education and connection

As much as Experience Week is about equipping new hires with the context they need to be successful at Code42, it’s equally about connection — connection to our culture and values, and most importantly, our people. By the end of Experience Week, our cohorts of new hires have close connections to 30 to 40 employees from all across the company.

These connections are formed in part by the entertaining evening activities that are part of Experience Week. In the past, these activities have included Iron Chef style cooking competitions, Amazing Race inspired scavenger hunts, Segway tours, escape rooms, Minnesota Twins baseball games and happy hours with executives.

Capstone experience: a personal manifesto

The action-packed week ends with every member of the new hire cohort sharing their personal manifesto. It’s their chance to present themselves to the company in a personal and creative way. The entire company is invited to watch the presentations and learn about who our new employees are, what drives them personally, and how they plan to make an impact on the organization going forward.

We are only as good as our people. Experience Week is an investment in our team members. New hires find their place to belong and are charged to make an impact at Code42. It is a powerful and unique experience that motivates and supports our employees with the context and connections they need to pursue peak performance, individually and collectively.

Are you a difference-maker? Join our team and maybe we’ll see you at our next Experience Week. code42.com/careers 

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Code42 is Committed to Diversity and Inclusion

What makes a company a great place to work? In our diverse world, having engaged and empowered employees requires more than just good pay and benefits. At Code42, we believe that employee satisfaction is enhanced when we go beyond just business goals, truly listen to who people are and make concrete efforts to include them. This is why we launched Belong at Code42, a team dedicated to creating a culture of inclusivity within the company.

Belong at Code42

Belong at Code42 is a group of 14 people from across all departments, skill levels, backgrounds and identities. The team comes together regularly to help the company fulfill three key goals for our employees: ensuring everyone is a resource, everyone has a place, and everyone thrives at Code42.

“We’re focused on the current state of diversity and inclusion in the company, how we hope to see things change, and what we can do to affect that change,” said Derek Sung, Code42 committee member and senior designer. “Our goal is to help employees feel like they can be their authentic self at work. It feels good to be a part of this, because it doesn’t feel like it’s just an HR exercise.”

“Previous companies I’ve worked at didn’t have much interest in inclusion,” said Code42 committee member and senior talent acquisition business partner, Heidi Daumen. “But focusing on diversity and inclusion is such a big part of building a culture. As a group, we work hard to develop goals that are actionable and measurable. It’s very hard to get 14 people in a room and not have it turn into strictly philosophical conversations. But we are doing it.”

Putting focus on inclusion

In its first six months, Belong at Code42 has taken concrete steps to make the company more inclusive for everyone, including hosting outside speakers and panel discussions, and delivering training for Code42 employees on a variety of diversity and inclusion topics. The employee handbook has been rewritten with more inclusive language to make employees of all backgrounds feel welcome. Code42 has signed both the Minnesota Technology Diversity Pledge and the National Tech Inclusion Pledge.

These positive steps have been noticed by the Code42 workforce as a whole. “People are really happy that this is happening,” said Daumen. “This is an environment that is very open to what we’re doing. Making sure that everyone feels comfortable and welcome when they come to work is only going to make the company better for all.”

One outward sign of success: Code42 was recently named one of Minnesota’s Top 150 Workplaces for 2018 by the Star Tribune. Of course, we don’t work to achieve an inclusive culture simply to win awards. We firmly believe that creating and maintaining an environment that supports authenticity and celebrates what makes us different ultimately benefits our customers. We have a big job here at Code42. The customers we support, the ideas we protect and the trust we maintain with our customers is the backbone of our company. When employees are happy and comfortable at work, they can better focus on meeting the needs of our customers. We all do our best work when we’re in a place where we feel like we truly belong.

For information about careers at Code42, visit code42.com/careers.

3D Printing: From Employee Hobby to Life-Changing Tech

At Code42, our employees firmly believe that technology can be used to make the world a better place. As an organization, we’re also big promoters of employees volunteering for organizations they believe in. Sometimes, the two beliefs come together seamlessly. Here’s an example of one philanthropic project that involves using technology for the greater good: making 3D-printed prosthetic hands.

Code42 Software Engineers Joseph Bozarth and Tom Florin have been working with e-NABLE, a nonprofit that allows volunteers to create hands and arms “for those who were born missing fingers or who have lost them due to war, disease or natural disaster.” The Washington state-based organization is entirely operated by volunteers who create free 3D-printed hands and arms for people around the world in need of an upper limb assistive device. While many of the prosthetics are suitable for and strong enough for plumbers and electricians, many of the individuals the organization works with are children, who will need prosthetics of several different sizes as they grow.

The Code42 volunteers

Joseph and Tom have both been with Code42 since 2016. Tom said one of the big attractions to working here is the company’s “strong unselfish desire to see us succeed in building things.” Joseph agreed. “Being afforded the opportunity to take time off to give back to the community to make a difference is rarer than it should be,” he said. Both say they’ve never worked anywhere before that supported volunteering.

Around Code42, both Tom and Joseph are well-known for their shared “addiction” to 3D printing. “A while back, Tom came to me and asked if I would be interested in getting involved with an organization that involves 3D-printing for those in need,” said Joseph. e-NABLE provided a perfect outlet.

“ Getting the chance to work on projects that give back to the community is rewarding. I’d be doing this project even if I didn’t work at Code42, but it is nice to know that my company is supportive and encouraging of my efforts. ”

How it’s helping today

“Traditional prosthetics can be extremely expensive,” said Joseph. “Most people, I don’t think, realize just how expensive a prosthetic can be and to significantly lower that barrier for people is great.” A traditional basic hook-style prosthetic can easily cost $400 to $600. Joseph stressed that the costs can stack up considerably for children, who will need multiple prosthetics as they grow.

In comparison, printed hands cost under $20, and they can easily be enlarged as kids grow. Tom added that while they’re helping make prosthetics more affordable, they also are helping children express themselves. “I have seen volunteers even theme the prosthetics after superheroes like Captain America or Iron Man.”

Bringing it all home

Volunteering helps others, of course, but it also benefits those who do the volunteering. Tom said that this work has helped him learn more about 3D printing in general and how this young field is full of untapped potential. “I think that having the opportunity to work on projects like this is special because it shows Code42 is aware of the needs of others.”

“Having creative outlets, in general, is important to stay engaged at any job,” added Joseph. “Getting the chance to work on projects that give back to the community is rewarding. I’d be doing this project even if I didn’t work at Code42, but it is nice to know that my company is supportive and encouraging of my efforts.”

Code42 supports the efforts of volunteers like Tom and Joseph with our Volunteer Time Off (VTO) program. Since 2016, we’ve been promoting volunteerism via Code42 Cares, giving every employee two paid days off per year to volunteer for causes they’re passionate about.

For more information about e-NABLE, including how to become an approved creator for the organization, visit enablingthefuture.org.

Welcome Aboard to our 2018 Interns!

Two offices. 1,678 applicants. 21 new summer interns.

Code42 recently welcomed a new class of summer interns, and we couldn’t be more excited to have them join us for the summer. The 21 young people who make up the 2018 summer intern class are unique, brilliant and valued members of our team.

At Code42, our internship program is built around three guiding principles: To provide interns with real-world professional experiences; to build meaningful connections that last a lifetime; and to receive real-time feedback, evaluation and mentoring.

“I have been looking forward to this internship since I received the offer in December,” said product design intern Stephanie Zapuchlak. “I came in with high expectations and somehow Code42 and my wonderful team have blown those expectations out of the water. Not only am I working on real-life projects that I can add to my portfolio, but I also have acquired a second family in my team.

“I also was fortunate enough to help with the User Experience Professionals Association event, where I networked with other UX professionals from around Minnesota. I beamed with pride as my team spoke passionately about product design while on the panel. 10/10 internship!”

“ I came in with high expectations and somehow Code42 and my wonderful team have blown those expectations out of the water. ”

Over the course of their 13 weeks with us, our interns will be totally immersed in our culture and get a chance to live out our Code42 values. Our interns will also participate in a “#code42coffeeconnections” social media challenge, attend a night of baseball with their managers and mentors, and use their Volunteer Time Off (VTO) days to give back to the community and leave the world a better place.

During their time at Code42, the interns will also have the opportunity to join our executive team during weekly “Lunch and Learn” sessions, giving them a unique opportunity to learn from our senior leaders in a small group setting. Additionally, interns are involved in their team’s day-to-day projects, helping achieve team goals and metrics. This type of responsibility and real-world experience is truly where the program’s value can be found and what will make their experiences unforgettable. We are proud to play a critical part in helping these talented students build the lifelong skills they need for a successful career.

“ While I received a solid foundation at school, I was craving a challenge and exposure to real-world problems and applications. I got exactly what I hoped for! ”

“Prior to my internship with Code42, my experience was limited to my computer science courses,” said development intern Jack Hysell. “While I received a solid foundation at school, I was craving a challenge and exposure to real-world problems and applications. I got exactly what I hoped for! In just the few short weeks that I have been here, I have worked with internal APIs, implemented JUnit tests, and delved into Spring Boot applications. Perhaps the greatest part of this experience has been my team interactions. I’m not treated like an intern. My mentor and colleagues assign real problems, and encourage me to provide input. While it can be terrifying at first, full immersion is truly the best approach. I am definitely a different developer than I was three weeks ago, and I can’t wait to see where I am at the end of this experience!”

Congratulations interns, welcome to the team!

Code42 STEM

On Coder Day, Code42 Invests in its Families and a More Technical Future

At Code42, one of the ways we invest in our employees is to invest in their families – which is why Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a highlight of our year. In Code42-style, we call it “Bring Your Coder to Work Day.” Employees bring their kids to the office for a first-hand look at what Mom or Dad does at work – and to take part in some fun science and tech activities while they are at it.

This year, on April 26th, we opened our doors at our Minneapolis headquarters to welcome 200 kids – more than ever. They became “Junior Guardians” for the day (a theme based off of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies), learned about our core values, joined sing-a-longs and paraded through the office in costumes they created. Older children learned to code with binary numbers and built their first websites. There was even a chance to learn about mindfulness and give yoga a try.

Coder Day is a blast, but it’s a lot more than just a good time. Coder Day gives the next generation an opportunity to experience creating technology, not just using it. Exposing our children to STEM topics helps them learn more about the world and sets them up for success in a more technical future.

Coder Day is made possible by the amazing volunteers who dedicated their day to teaching our youth and making the experience a unique and memorable one for each and every child. We are already planning for next year and can’t wait to do it all again!

Here are some of the websites created by our kids:

If you would like to learn more about how you can introduce your child to STEM education, please visit the NEA’s STEM resources page.

Six Months a Guardian

Last week marked my six-month anniversary at Code42, and I couldn’t be prouder of our teams – what we’re focused on doing, our vision for where we’re going and what I know we’re going to do in the future. We are pouring blood, sweat and tears into creating a safer future for our customers’ ideas, a protected world for our users and a world of growth for those bold organizations that embrace innovation, forging a new future in their respective industries.

To our administrators: If you think about the change that we’ve endured in the past five years, it’s shocking. We’ve been asked to embrace mobility, cloud, virtualization, containerization, the server-less world, Infrastructure as a Service, Software as a Service, identity, federated authentication and compliance. It’s seemingly been an endless sea of changes, and the plight we’ve all faced is only compounded by the reality of data darkness we live in. However, Code42 is here to help.

To our users: Our teams here truly believe your ideas are beautiful and important. We wake up daily determined to figure out new ways to protect them. We recognize how every individual contributes to the greater growth of their organization. We’re here to keep your ideas safe, allowing you to contribute at your absolute best.

To the security teams that rely on Code42 to defend your organizations from the endless darkness of the cybersecurity world we live in: Realize that if there was a magic switch on the wall to dispel the data darkness, we’d flip it to let in the light. We know you and your users are under constant assault from individuals who seek to steal, ransom and destroy the ideas that will grow your organization. We’ve made countless changes to increase our defenses of your data and to stay one step ahead of those who seek to destroy or hold captive your value. We’re a partner in this journey.

– Rob

P.S. – Last, but not least, to my fellow guardians: Thank you for an amazing first six months. You have done incredible work and I’m so proud of the work we’re doing to make the world a safer place.

Code42 security industry awards

Three Security Industry Award Wins, and Why It Matters

What a month it’s been for Code42!

Last week, we hosted Evolution18, our annual customer conference; we launched Code42 Forensic File Search, an innovative, game-changing product for the information security market; and in the past few days, we were honored with three security industry awards:

Each of these awards is a true honor. Together, they point to the innovation we are driving, and how that’s paying off for our customers. Here are three takeaways.

Innovation drives us

The three awards we won point to our commitment to innovation. It’s a priority for us. We drive innovation to help our customers succeed – safeguarding their ideas wherever they live or move, whether that be on endpoints or in the cloud.

The value of visibility

You can’t protect what you can’t see. Our focus on visibility – helping companies see where their data lives and moves – is striking a chord with our customers and the industry in general.

When our customers win, we do too

While receiving these industry awards is a great honor, what’s even more meaningful for us is being able to recognize our customers.  Just last week at Evolution, we honored a select group of customers with our Evolutionaries awards. These annual awards celebrate our customers for their extraordinary innovations in the development, deployment and adoption of applications in data recovery and visibility. We’ll profile these winners in another post; I think you’ll be impressed with what they have accomplished.

There’s an unmistakable link between the amazing results our Evolutionaries are delivering for their organizations, and our selection as winners of these industry awards. By helping them win their data security battles, their businesses win, and we do too.