We’re a fully remote company and we celebrate the benefits of that. Our remote structure fosters diverse work environments, reduced stress and environmental impact from commuting, and flexible hours so teammates can have full lives outside of work. It also allows us to recruit a diverse group of talented folks from all over. All this to say, we’re proud to be a remote company…
… but it also makes us all the more appreciative when we get to be together in person.
This year, our team held our annual retreat in the birthplace of Upstream Tech: Somerville, Massachusetts. We spent a week reconnecting face-to-face and meeting new teammates in-person for the first time. The retreat provided the chance to do some brainstorming and big-picture thinking and the HydroForecast and Lens teams spent time strategizing and ideating, but most importantly the entire team had the chance to have some fun together.
Here are a few highlights from our photo stream:
Climbing and hanging out (literally) at the Bouldering Project
The ultimate scavenger hunt around Somerville and Cambridge
Delicious dumpling-making class at Mei Mei Dumplings
A scenic, snowy hike at Ward Reservation with our friends and partners at Trustees of Reservations
Returning to Greentown Labs and enjoying the space (and the Bevi).
Gathering new reading material in the annual Upstream book swap
Enjoying games, good food, and catching up
Holding this retreat in Upstream’s founding location offered the perfect opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come since 2016. A lot has changed as we’ve grown, but we also recognize the constants: our guiding principles of trust, transparency, and building products with positive impact, and recruiting folks who share a passion for accelerating the pace, scale, and impact of environmental work around the globe.
As we continue to grow, we look forward to building a strong virtual community that celebrates our shared passions and appreciating the moments we spend together at our annual retreats. If you’re curious about how we work remotely, reach out! We’re always happy to share what we’ve learned as we’ve built the team and workplace culture over the past eight years. And if this sounds fun to you, come join the team! We're currently hiring for multiple positions, check out our openings here.