"I met Kendall at birth, but in the first year of our relationship there was nothing to indicate we would later be happy business owners together and working in production. In fact, in the first year of my life, she frequently hit me (as a toddler Kendall was vicious—many of the neighbourhood children were not allowed to play with her). I do remember her sitting on me a lot when we were young children and the moment when I realized, around 8, that I didn’t have to follow her every order. That she could go get her own damn scissors! (She just turned her tyranny to our youngest sister, whom she got to boss around for a few more years.) Over the years, though, Kendall started to impress me. She is a natural leader, always the playground chief, the captain of the team, and always had a very strong sense of self. In Junior High, when many kids started experimenting with smoking and alcohol she made it cool to not smoke and not drink. (I couldn’t even try a cigarette since everyone knew Kendall was my sister.) She is also incredibly persistent (I realized this after watching her put together an Ikea filing cabinet for 8 hours... do not buy). And I already knew, from her showing up at my house at 6 am every day for weeks to make me marathon train with her, she is incredibly goal-oriented. (Most of what I have achieved in life is merely me trying to keep up with Kendall.) So those qualities, plus her background in marketing and blogging, made her my first recruit when I started Poppy Barley. At first she wasn’t interested but, like the great sister she is, pledged to help me in any way. I used that to lure her in to get excited about the idea, then a couple months later made her choose whether she was fully in or fully out. She chose in and the rest, as they say, is history."We’ve since amassed many more “followers” and evolved from the custom footwear idea—except the people who work at Poppy Barley are anything but followers. The team at Poppy Barley is inquisitive, altruistic and damn smart. Everyone is an “A-player” and expectations are high for new people joining our team. There’s a culture of accountability, performance and humour. We laugh a lot at Poppy Barley because it’s our way of dealing with the complicated and the unexpected—and, ultimately, work should be fun! We believe we all do our best work when we’re happy. So, exactly how does one get a job at Poppy Barley? Good question. Our Careers page is one of our most frequently visited—and we rarely have jobs posted. It’s not that Poppy Barley isn’t growing, we are. We’ve added 13 new jobs this year. Half the jobs were posted, the other half were filled without a public posting. We’re always recruiting. We do a lot of watching and admiring people’s work. Your name might already be on our top-secret-list of people we want to work at Poppy Barley. When positions become available, we pursue our prospects. When reviewing applications and during interviews, we look for interesting people with talent and grit. We’re drawn to people who bet on themselves by freelancing, or moving across the country, or traveling alone, or taking on a big project, or working two jobs to make things happen. We love to hire people who have passion projects and fill their weekends with interesting activities. Being diverse makes us a better team. To put this all into practice, we’re sharing with you how some of us landed our roles at Poppy Barley.
How To Work At Poppy Barley