MeiliSearch

What they mean

  • Our values are values for MeiliSearch - they represent abstract concepts that, in our opinions, only make sense if they are put in context. These values might mean completely different things in other companies, and we have tried our best to describe how they work at MeiliSearch.

Our values are values for MeiliSearch - they represent abstract concepts that, in our opinions, only make sense if they are put in context. These values might mean completely different things in other companies, and we have tried our best to describe how they work at MeiliSearch.

How they are used

We are defining these values not because we think they would look pretty written in x-large font on our office walls (plus we are practically fully remote), but because we want to put them to good use:

  • They are used in our recruitment processes, in the questions we ask candidates, and the way we assess applications - we look for values fit rather than a culture fit.

  • They are integrated in our Career Framework and are a basis for evolution

  • We are intent on these values supporting company decisions. In that sense, everyone can remind anyone of MeiliSearch values.

How we'd like them to evolve over time

  • Whenever we feel it is necessary. We approximately 20 team members today and hope to be a lot more very soon; obviously, this will impact our values and culture. Team members' opinions will be taken into account regarding any potential redefinition, as they have been initially.

Whenever we feel it is necessary. We approximately 20 team members today and hope to be a lot more very soon; obviously, this will impact our values and culture. Team members' opinions will be taken into account regarding any potential redefinition, as they have been initially.

Commitment

We are passionate about what we do

At MeiliSearch, you'll find that generally, we all do what we do because it's what we love doing. Obviously, this doesn't mean we are all crazy about every aspect of our jobs, and there are definitely tasks we could do without. Nonetheless, we are aware that our affinities with our work have a strong influence on our commitment to our tasks and to the company, and we, therefore, try to keep a healthy balance between work and passion.

  • We care about the project

    More generally, we are all very committed to making MeiliSearch a successful project, which goes beyond our individual job scopes. When possible, we will gladly go further than our day-to-day tasks, regarding any subject, if it means it'll support the general evolution of the company.

We care about the project

More generally, we are all very committed to making MeiliSearch a successful project, which goes beyond our individual job scopes. When possible, we will gladly go further than our day-to-day tasks, regarding any subject, if it means it'll support the general evolution of the company.

We disagree and commit

Being committed, in our case, also means being opinionated and therefore disagreeing. Often. About a lot of things. However, we feel we have learned to do this in a constructive way that helps us move forward. We are strong believers in the "disagree and commit" philosophy.

Quality & simplicity

  • We prefer quality over rapidity

    Building an open-source project means respecting certain standards and paying close attention to the work we produce and show. This forces us to take the time to search for further knowledge, to check our work, and have it checked by others. We would rather be rigorous than rapid.

We prefer quality over rapidity

Building an open-source project means respecting certain standards and paying close attention to the work we produce and show. This forces us to take the time to search for further knowledge, to check our work, and have it checked by others. We would rather be rigorous than rapid.

We are pragmatic

Meili's interest is to offer a high-quality solution built on a healthy structure and not reinvent the wheel. This is something you will be able to find in all our jobs: we believe that aiming for perfection is counterproductive. We stand by the adage "done well today is better than perfect next week".

Consequently, this means we have dealt with and will continue dealing with failure. For us, failing is ok if it means failing forward.

Openness

  • We want to give back to open-source what it gave to us

    The reason we have chosen open-source for our project is to share a high-quality search solution, accessible to all, no matter their financial means. Sharing is the basis of what we do.

    Being open-source also means collaborating constantly with our community. We take pride in building a great solution thanks to their feedback, and pay very close attention to the information we give and the support we bring.

We want to give back to open-source what it gave to us

The reason we have chosen open-source for our project is to share a high-quality search solution, accessible to all, no matter their financial means. Sharing is the basis of what we do.

Being open-source also means collaborating constantly with our community. We take pride in building a great solution thanks to their feedback, and pay very close attention to the information we give and the support we bring.

We find solutions together

One thing we know for sure is that no one knows everything. Not a day goes by without team members consulting other team members on diverse topics in order to have a larger perspective and therefore strengthen the decisions they make. We are constantly learning from others and are not afraid to say, "I don't know".

  • We value diverse views and backgrounds

    We are very much aware that Meili was built thanks to each team member's personality, skills, and experience. We value different opinions, no matter our scope. Speaking up and creating your own approach is encouraged with the aim of giving space for individual initiative.

    We are interested in welcoming people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and opinions as we believe it is the only way to build a long-lasting company. In this sense, we are committed to avoid being stubborn and believe it is important to be able to change views.

We value diverse views and backgrounds

We are very much aware that Meili was built thanks to each team member's personality, skills, and experience. We value different opinions, no matter our scope. Speaking up and creating your own approach is encouraged with the aim of giving space for individual initiative.

We are interested in welcoming people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and opinions as we believe it is the only way to build a long-lasting company. In this sense, we are committed to avoid being stubborn and believe it is important to be able to change views.

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Presentation

MeiliSearch’s mission is to create a best-in-class search experience for every website and application. They are building a blazingly fast and ultra-relevant search engine made in Rust that allows their partners to have a powerful search engine without configuration. Features such as typo-tolerance, filters, and synonyms are provided out-of-the-box.

They are fully open source: they strongly believe the best way to realize our vision is to leverage the open source community's power. They already have many integrations and SDKs to allow any developer to try MeiliSearch in their environment quickly. They have a vibrant connection with their community of early adopters and builders. They are in contact every day and eagerly listen to feedback from our contributors.

They raised a €1.5m pre-seed round in May 2020, and are backed by 3 of the best investors in Europe: LocalGlobe, Seedcamp & Kima Ventures. They have already partnered with industry heavyweights like Louis Vuitton and Platform.sh.

What they are looking for

MeiliSearch values above all candidates that are a good fit with the company culture: candidates that are curious, resourceful, able to wear multiple hats if needed, and passionate about what they do. Empathy, a taste for learning and a strong sense of ownership are also essential qualities, regardless of the candidate's professional or academic background.

Good to know

  • The project's notoriety is quickly expanding
  • We are based in Paris but are very remote friendly
  • We have international team members and try to reunite at least twice a year
  • Flexible hours - possibility of working 4 days / week
  • We offer a fully paid 3 month parental leave

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