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The Odoo Culture


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What's the spirit of your company? At Odoo, we know that a great and motivating atmosphere is the key! It can help employees to feel better and then be proud of working for your company!

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The Odoo Culture

  1. 1. The Odoo Culture Building a company we love. May 2016
  2. 2. Why Culture Matters? ?
  3. 3. It matters for people. We spend 20% of our life at work. Better do it with a purpose, building something awesome, in a fun environment where we can continuously learn.
  4. 4. It matters for the company. Culture defines the working environment. A great working environment allows innovation, ability to execute faster and good performance.
  5. 5. ”There is no magic formula for great company culture. The key is just to treat your staff how you would like to be treated. 
 -- Richard Branson
  6. 6. Now an observation
  7. 7. People have 
 dramatically changed 
 how they live and work.
  8. 8. Then Now Focus Career Purpose Need Great managers Inspiring leaders Hours 9-5 Whenever Aspire to Manage Evolve Tenue Whole career Whatever
  9. 9. The bigger the companies, the more they are frozen in time. At some point, they act like if amazing people are just happy to have a job.
  10. 10. But we are different.
  11. 11. The Odoo culture
  12. 12. Odoo's Culture Build for the long term
 Optimize for customer experience
 Execute faster
 Recruit, develop and retain great people
 Innovate, be disruptive
 Keep things simple
 Value autonomy and freedom of action
  13. 13. 1 Build for the long term
  14. 14. Our mission is to transform the way companies run their business. 
 We make it simple & fully integrated. 
 We help organizations grow.
  15. 15. User Friendly BusinessScope Magento Hubspot Quickbooks Mailchimp Trello Slack NetSuite Salesforce Zoho Ms. Dynamics Oracle SAP Shopify ERP Single Apps It's easy to say, but very hard to do... Nobody succeeded to get there!
  16. 16. To crack this challenge, we have to move mountains. We focus on building for the long-term vision.
 We have no time for one-shot actions.
  17. 17. To crack this challenge, we have to move mountains. We focus on building for the long-term vision.
 We have no time for one-shot actions. We sometimes prefer to fail fail one-shots, to focus on improving the long term.
  18. 18. Long Term Recurring revenues
 Getting a new partner Develop the product
 Write a documentation Marketing automation
 SEO Write a methodology Short Term Services revenues
 Develop customer features
 Write a release note Newsletter
 SEA Train a customer
  19. 19. Wait? 
 Does this mean we have to stop all short terms activities? No. Because...
  20. 20. Going bankrupt does not help building for the long term.
  21. 21. What is it? We don’t know if it’s for the long term or short. 
 Then, do it manually, test and improve before investing time on scaling and automation.
  22. 22. 2 Optimize the customer experience
  23. 23. To transform how companies run their business, having an awesome product is not enough...
  24. 24. We focus on building the perfect customer experience. Every roadblock to the user adoption should be removed. 
 It's no longer acceptable to buy hundreds of consulting days to run your business efficiently.
  25. 25. We have to transform a service market (expensive implementation projects) into an out-of-the-box solution. 
 We care about the customer experience at every step. Discover the Website Get in Touch Subscribe & Start Sales Contrast Implementation Service Support
  26. 26. For every decision we take, 
 we should ask ourselves:
 “Will it help delighting customers?”
  27. 27. Delighting users is about getting every single detail perfect... Getting real-time answers via live-chat 
 Product onboarding experience
 Short & clear contracts
 Transparent pricing 
 “No-bullshit” salespeople 
 Great service
 WOW effect in the product 
 Usefulness of emails sent
  28. 28. 3 Execute faster
  29. 29. Our fast evolution is the result of the decisions we take. It's all about optimizing the path to build great things, and avoiding waste. It's not (only) because we have fast employees.
  30. 30. Whether an idea is good or not is rarely the question. An idea is worth implementing if there is no other path that would lead to the same impact in less time/money. Staying focused is usually more important than doing one thing more.
  31. 31. Example: building a new website: 
 • Quality: Perfect design, perfect colors, shadow, clean redirect… • Fast: release it in 2 weeks instead of 2 months • Complete: multi-lang, eCommerce features, jobs page, integrated, ... Quality Fast Complete ?
  32. 32. Quality Fast Complete Most Companies 
 They try to do everything: 
 Quality, complete, fast. Odoo
 We do less, but we do it faster with good quality How do we take decisions. Quality Fast Complete
  33. 33. 4 Recruit, Develop and Retain Great People
  34. 34. Great workplace is Stunning Colleagues. 
 Smart people want to work with smart people. 
 In procedural work, the over-achiever perform 30% better than the average. In creative/inventive work, the best are 10x. 
 We invest in recruiting, developing and retaining talents.
  35. 35. You become the average of the 5 
 people you hang out with. Drew Houston
 CEO, Dropbox
  36. 36. Great people does not mean perfect. 
 We recruit people for what they can bring to the team, not because they are perfect.
  37. 37. Exceptional skill HR Skills It usually means people that are exceptional in some skills, but bad in others. If you recruit for no default, you get average people. Red = Odoo Green = Average Companies
  38. 38. Work hard. Play hard. Working at Odoo is hard. Expectations are high; you get huge responsibilities, you have a lot to learn, etc. 
 But it is fun too...
  39. 39. Examples. Free dinner every Thursday. Doing sports with colleagues? Odoo pays the bill. Once a month, free lunch at the restaurant with 5 random colleagues. Game nights.
  40. 40. 5 Innovate, Be Disruptive
  41. 41. It's easier to be different than to be better.
  42. 42. It's ok to fail.
 It's not ok to not evolve. We will never fire someone that does a mistake. But we can fire someone who does not evolve. (or, who doesn't help the company evolve) 
 Don't be afraid of doing a mistake, feel free to take responsibilities, try, move forward and learn.
  43. 43. We’d rather be failing frequently than never trying new things.
  44. 44. Time Time We grow by successive revolutions Successive Revolutions Continuous Improvement • Changing & Evolving 
 • Target: big step forward 
 • Revolution then stabilization 
 • Everyone contribute 
 • Mature & Stable 
 • Target: perfection 
 • Continuous improvement 
 • Manager define, employee do 

  45. 45. 6 Keep Things
 Simple, Fight Complexity
  46. 46. “ If we simplify everything, 
 we can do anything. ” -- SAP's, “Run Simple” campaign
  47. 47. As we grow, there is a dark, powerful force that pulls us towards more complexity, more process, less autonomy, ...
  48. 48. Why does complexity creep in? It is often the easy, seductive answer to short- term issues. 
 Fighting for simplicity takes courage and commitment to the long game.
  49. 49. Why does complexity always increase? Because everyone adds complexity and nobody takes it away. 
 Ironically, adding complexity is easy and maintaining simplicity is hard.
  50. 50. Complexity and the tragedy of the commons. Example: “I need to hit my goals this month, so I’m going to push for this exception to our standard contract.” 
 Result: you may make your goal now, but we all pay the price of the complexity forever.
  51. 51. Like software, Organizations should be
 frequently refactored. Refactoring means to improve internal structure without changing external behaviour.
  52. 52. Refactor. Remove unnecessary rules
 Stop useless reports
 Cancel unproductive meetings
 Stop complex process 
 Pull out unused features 
 Shorten contracts size
  53. 53. 7 Value Autonomy and 
 of action
  54. 54. Usually. Organisations try to prevent mistakes with policies and procedure. At Odoo…
  55. 55. Buying policy
 Travel & expenses policy
 Company events policy
 Working hours
 Holidays policy
 Branding policy Our policy on all of these: Use Good Judgment.
  56. 56. Usually. Influence based on hierarchy. Command and control. At Odoo…
  57. 57. We give people the autonomy, and freedom to be awesome. We give real responsibilities and we trust ourselves.(*) (*) And if they fail, we don't blame them, we help them.
  58. 58. Inspired by: Hubspot (Culture Code)
 Net ix (Reed Hastings)
 37Signals (Rework, Getting Real)
 Richard Branson