Guild membership is designed to be long-lasting, though there will be a wide range of tenures. The Guild is cautious and deliberate in bringing on new members at any level, since each new member represents a significant commitment. Prospective members typically go through a period as a consultant to at least one active Guild project to ensure fit. We offer membership to those interested in joining the Guild on a more permanent basis, but are also open to continuing to work with successful candidates as a part-time consultant if preferred.
At first blush, you may find working with us a bit strange. We work on a range of projects, and these shift over time - sometimes gradually, sometimes rather abruptly. We seek out “T-shaped” people for membership - folks who have a broad range of interests and one (or more) areas of particular expertise. We work together to move people onto the projects and roles that best fit their skills and interests. As a member, your voice is important to that process.. You can lead, or you can let others lead, and this can change with every project.
Good communication is the foundation for success at the Guild. We are a distributed team working on under-specified, exploratory projects, in collaboration with organizations around the world. You should plan to spend significant time keeping others informed of new developments, sharing context, and documenting decisions. We have fun on Slack and in other communication channels, but at the end of the day a big part of each member’s job is making sure that everyone involved on a project - whether other members, contractors, or external collaborators - has the knowledge they need to be productive.
In designing our special approach to compensation, our guiding principle is creating a compelling offering that ultimately helps members live more fulfilling lives. We design backwards from that.
Guild members are salaried employees of the Data Guild. They receive compensation and benefits as full-time or part-time employees, possibly with appropriate differences dictated by their location of residence. The greatest benefits are those around which the Guild was formed: community, learning, shared growth and development and the potential to have global impact as a group.
Members can be either full-time or part-time, spending at least half time working with the Guild. While all members receive benefits, Guild governance votes and board participation are reserved for full-time members.
Salary and Levels
Salary is important and is part of ensuring a reliable standard of living. We aim to pay a fair market salary, but we do not try to compete with large tech companies in this regard. Salary is dictated by membership level, possibly adjusted for cost of living and local conditions (differing health care environments, for example). All Guild members receive full benefits, including health insurance.
New members are brought in at the appropriate level for their experience and ability. Initial leveling and promotion are performed by a committee of existing Guild members.