Work at Unsplash

Work at Unsplash

We heard that you want to work at Unsplash. Great! But before you start polishing that cover letter, let us tell you a little about what it’s like, how to apply, and what we’re looking for.

Our philosophy

Bring creative people together in an environment where everyone has the autonomy, tools, and support needed to do their best work.

Just as we care deeply about the design of Unsplash the product, we care for the design of Unsplash the company. Our environment leads to the things we produce. And a great environment leads to great products.

It’s not about the time you put in.

Or how often you come into the office. It’s about what you do in that time that matters. Though we have an office, we don’t care where you work. Or how. You make your schedule and can work from wherever you want most of the time. We have a few meetings where we need to be together, but you are mostly in charge of how you want to shape your day. We believe you should be able to structure your schedule for what makes you feel the most energetic, creative, and happy. You can count on support and honest feedback but you’re in charge of your time.

We’ll never mail anything in.

An ‘okay’ blog post or a boring press release will never be published. Whatever we create, whether it’s a product or a tweet, must make you feel something. It’s why we published a book. And why we didn’t settle for a typical office. We won’t settle for the way things have been. And we definitely won’t settle for boring.

Unsplash Book
Unsplash Book photo by @madbyte
Unsplash x Apple New York City
Unsplash x Apple New York City
Tinker, Learn, Teach.

We love to try things. To tinker. It’s how Unsplash was created. It’s why we have a monthly Make Day. If you’ve got ideas that would be useful for our community, we won’t hold you back. Instead, we’ll help provide the resources to make it happen. And once we make it happen together, we’ll share our process to inspire others.

The bottom line is we trust you will do great work and we want you to feel great while doing it.

Unsplash Team
Unsplash Team

Who you’ll be working with

We’re not about hiring tons of people just so we can look important. Instead, we prefer to have a lean team of exceptionally skillful and thoughtful people.

Our homebase is in tropical Montreal, Canada. For certain roles however, we’re open to remote. We don’t believe a bigger company means a better one. We prefer to keep things small. To keep things human.

There will be challenges.

Unsplash is still at the very early stages of what it will be - a new type of community that stands to make the internet a more beautiful place. We see it as an exciting opportunity to reinvent a major industry run by the old guard and covered in red tape.

Let’s not sugar-coat it though, building a company to reinvent an industry isn’t easy. There are successes and triumphs, sure, but also roadblocks and challenges. We have to be decisive yet thoughtful. We have to be experimental yet focused. We have to stare risks and uncertainty in the face every day. It’s not for everyone so it’s important to be excited by the contribution we aim to make and the journey of starting a company together.

Unsplash HQ

If you decide to apply, all we want to see is a message that feels like a human wrote it. That’s why we don’t want you to send us your resume.

Instead, tell us who you are. Show us work you’ve already done that you’re excited about. Don’t worry. Our team is like a big, friendly, quirky family. We’re looking for real people who are looking to be part of something for the long haul.

We’ve got big plans for the future of Unsplash. If you want to help us create it, we’d love to hear from you. We owe a huge thank you to the selfless Unsplash contributors who give their work for free in support of the community. Without them, none of this would be possible.

Though we love having a small team, one of the disadvantages is it makes it hard for us to get back to everyone who applies. If you take the time to write to us, we really appreciate you. You may not get a response from us but we want to let you know that we’re very grateful you took the time to write.

❤️ With love,

Unsplash Team