What makes Blablacar a great place to work? Community, Travel & Growth

Mar 26, 2014
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Pursuing its mission to fight unemployment and talents’ misfits, the Rude Baguette is featuring interviews of startups (small and bigger) participating in next edition of the Paris Startup Job Fair. Whether your job is insanely boring, your talent is misunderstood by your boss or you are not so keen on going back to Pôle Emploi, join us and discover your future dream employer! It might be BlaBlaCar, find out more about them in this article before meeting IRL on the 5th of April.

BlaBlaCar is a trusted community marketplace that connects drivers with empty seats to passengers looking for a ride. Over 1 million people use BlaBlaCar every month creating an entirely new, people powered, transport network. With a dedicated customer service, a state of the art web and mobile platform, and a fast-growing community of users, BlaBlaCar is making travel social, money-saving and more efficient for millions of members across Europe.

BlaBlaCar counts 115 employees in Europe including 75 at the HQ in Paris, 1/3rd at the Technical team, 1/3rd at the communications and marketing team and 1/3rd at the customer service team and administration.

BlaBlaCar’s main motto (and they have a lot, they are all written on giants posters hanging on the wall of their HQ) is “Share more, learn more”, which says a lot about their love for teamwork.

Laure Wagner, Communication Manager, tells us more about how is it to work for BlaBlaCar.

What do you do for your team’s well-being?

We are in favor of happiness and good communication among the team. We organise an internal party every 6 weeks, each time our european colleague visit us to synchronize. We hate and avoid long meeting without agenda and goal!

What is awaiting your new recruits?

When we have a new colleague he is welcomed with :

  • a complete tour of the team with his/her mentor
  • an article on the internal blog called “BlaBla Share”
  • a lunch with the other new employees and their mentors
  • a welcome speech during the next BlaBla Talk with the whole team.

What kind of HR policies do you implement?

BlaBlaCar is a uge fan of “Scrum management”. Scrum is “an agile software development model based on multiple small teams working in an intensive and interdependent manner. Scrum employs real-time decision-making processes based on actual events and information. This requires well-trained and specialized teams capable of self-management, communication and decision-making.”

Apart from that, each week, we organize our “BlaBlaTalk”. All employees in HQ are gathered and employees abroad are participating on conference-call to listen to a team that explains what they achieved in the last 6 weeks and what they plan for the next 6 weeks. Every two months, the founders are taking the opportunity to make special announcements such as fundraising of key figures. All talks are followed by Q&A.

Finally, ever since we opened our offices in Europe, each employee has the opportunity to go work in one of our offices abroad for a week during the year: it’s called “BlaBlaSwap“. Milan, Madrid, London, Hamburg, Varsow… tens of employees have already taken this opportunity.

Paris Office Tour 3-86

What kind of profiles are you looking to recruit?

Web developers, UX designer, QA manager, Business Analyst, Marketing managers…and more! Candidates should be skilled, curious and good at sharing learning.

Where is your company heading in terms of development?

We acknowledge a growth of 100% each year for 5 years already… We currently have 6 million members, I let you do the math 😉

We currently are in 12 countries and intend to expand more and more.

To meet BlaBlaCar at next edition of Paris Startup Job Fair, register now!