Written by our Principal Engineer, Lev Waisberg
5 months ago I joined TrueAccord, a Series-B FinTech Startup with ~120 diverse employees that is focused on changing the Debt Collection industry with emphasis on helping people get out of their debt.
I’ve joined as Principal Engineer to a small, energized Engineering Group in the middle of a process of expansion (~10 people since I joined) with many important and exciting engineering projects happening all around.
I’ve also joined the company while having a 6-month pregnant wife at home, expecting my first born baby. So I was being very careful choosing a new workplace that will suit my needs during such a meaningful and exciting life-event.
I’m so happy I made the right choice.
From the moment I joined, I’ve been exposed to other parents and parents-to-be, going through their employment with the company and seeing the support and respect the company has for parenthood. For example, it was great to see we have a lactation room for the new moms in need.
When needed to go on pregnancy-related medical appointments or birth classes, I got the support I needed.
When time got close to birth, my manager discussed how I would like to use the generous 12-weeks paternity leave (competitive with big companies in the Valley like Google and Facebook). When I said I’ll probably take 2 weeks right away and save the rest for later next year, I got his full support with a simple request: “Just text me when you think it’s coming, I’ll handle the rest”.
As contractions started, I slacked my manager with the following simple message, and got the following response:
Later on, looking at our #eng channel, I saw the following:
And got flooded with love and congratulation messages:
Transitioning back to work was as smooth as I can ever expect – giving me time to adjust, to ramp up and to consume the amount of coffee needed.
When discussing my paternity leave and requesting to book a flight to my homeland (Israel) with my newborn, I got all the support and approval one could expect.
And lastly, my wonderful peers have been as excited to take a glimpse of my baby pictures as they are to receive my professional advice.
It’s now been a month since my baby girl was born and I decided to write this blog, why you might ask?
First, to say THANK YOU to TrueAccord, for being an ideal work-place for new parents and giving me all the support I could’ve asked for.
Second, so maybe, just maybe, the next kick-ass TrueAccordian is reading this right now and get another reason to join our awesome team.