UX Research Apprenticeship at Wistia

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At Wistia, we work hard to bring together people from a wide variety of backgrounds and identities, all with the goal of building more inclusive, more useful, and more impactful products and experiences. If you’re invested in being part of a team where new ideas and different perspectives are celebrated, you’ve come to the right place.

Overview

We’re looking for a motivated UX research apprentice whose interests lie at the intersection of human behavior, experience design, and technology—someone who takes note of their own experiences, is intensely curious about what goes into creating great solutions for others and is actively seeking an immersive experience to level up their skills. 

This apprenticeship is for 4 months, with the option to continue depending on team needs and, of course, role performance. We are very open to candidates who wish to work remotely*, but will prioritize applications from candidates located near Greater Boston. Given the nature of the Soapbox team, you should be comfortable and excited about participating in a remote-friendly team culture.  

Note: Should we decide to move forward with a remote hire, there will be no expectations of relocation.

About the Role

The UX Research apprentice will play a critical role in the development of the Soapbox product. 

You’ll work closely within this exciting new team to support product operations, including but not limited to planning, research, customer interviews, design sprints, and backlog grooming. You’ll gain hands-on experience as a UX researcher in the product development process, including concepts like customer discovery, lean UX, jobs to be done, and other useful frameworks. You’ll get to see first-hand how quickly cross-functional teams can go from insight to implication for digital products. And, once you’re ready, you’ll be given opportunities (and the support) to own small research projects, bug fixes, and yes, even features. 

There is a path for growth here - we want you to develop the skills and experience needed to transition into an associate-level UX researcher on our team. We view this apprenticeship as a commitment to your professional development in return for what we anticipate will be significant contributions to our work. Thus, our ideal candidate is someone with a demonstrated interest and some experience in UX research product, design, or other tech-adjacent roles. 

What You’ll Do…

  • Participate in the ideation, implementation, and launch of new features and improvements
  • Create proper documentation for all new features and product updates
  • Communicate new features and updates, both internally and to customers and dispensaries
  • Work closely with the team to define, track and report key metrics and performance indicators that measure overall product health
  • Analyze business requirements and create detailed functional user stories with acceptance criteria for our Development Team that bring your solutions to life
  • You will be involved in all phases of the product life-cycle and be responsible for effectively designing and communicating complex functionality in a clear and effective manner
  • Shepherd features through design, coordinating tweaks and adjustments

What You Bring…

  • 2+ years of SaaS experience in product, support, project management, or other technical areas
  • Clear, concise, and thorough written and oral communication skills - you have the ability to communicate complex ideas in simple, easy to understand ways
  • Data-driven product approach and an ability to balance user and business impact
  • Demonstrated technical aptitude
  • Direct experience in UX/UI design is a plus, but not required
  • E-commerce or marketplace experience is a plus, but not required
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Location

A couple blocks from Mass Ave in Central Square! We're spoiled with tons of delicious food options for all tastes.

An Insider's view of Wistia

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Work/life balance at Wistia is great! I’m grateful to work somewhere that fully trusts me to manage my work and my schedule effectively and autonomously, especially when personal priorities are in the mix. I also love that work/life balance at Wistia involves some fun, in-office events like film screenings and board game night.

Scherezade Khan

Sales & Success Operations

What projects are you most excited about?

I’m always super excited about projects that positively influence the customer experience. On the analytics team, we’re really focusing on how to present data in ways that’ll help our customers draw insights, and use them to make well-informed decisions

Amy Guan

Senior Product Designer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I joined the team as the Social Media Coordinator a few years ago — I was really at the beginning of my career. Flash forward to today, and I'm heading up our Content & Creative team that's full of super talented folks, working on initiatives that are more exciting than I ever could've imagined, and I'm continuing to learn and grow every day.

Jenny Coppola

Associate Director, Content & Creative

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Creativity is one of our four company values (https://wistia.com/about/values/creativity) and encouraged and expected from everyone in the company. We celebrate creativity in our twice monthly Show & Tells, at company hackathons, and at our annual Pitchfest event—an internal business pitch competition. We love creativity at Wistia!

Brendan Schwartz

CTO & Cofounder

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe in the office is welcoming and fun. Can't get any better than having cold brew on tap! The moment I became a Wistian I felt that I was part of a great team of people that want nothing but the best for the company and its employees.

Angel Figueroa

Staff Accountant

What are Wistia Perks + Benefits

Wistia Benefits Overview

Wistia makes a point to invest in our people. That's why we cover 100% of healthcare for employees and all of their dependents. It's why we provide 16 weeks of parental leave not just for primary parents, but also for secondary parents. It's why we offer unlimited PTO. Take a look at some more of our perks and benefits.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Diverstia helps us build an inclusive culture. Ladybirds empowers women at Wistia.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
We have reached gender parity at all levels of the organization. From leadership, to mid level management, to the ground level we are about 50/50 men and women.
Unconscious bias training
We recently invited LifeLabs in to help us build a shared understanding and common language around unconscious bias and inclusive behaviors.
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We celebrate difference at Wistia, and our ERGs are one of the best ways to do that. We support a number of different employee led groups for Wistians of backgrounds.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We're reaching the end of a pointed, actionable 3 year plan. We've put a significant effort behind understanding our biases, and intentionally seeking and celebrating difference on our team.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance can be customized to meet employee's needs.
Dental Benefits
Wistia covers 100% of employee's dental plan, and their dependents.
Vision Benefits
Wistia covers 100% of employee's vision plan, and their dependents.
Health Insurance Benefits
Wistia's health insurance policy covers 100% of out of pocket expenses for employee and all dependents.
Life Insurance
Life insurance plan is customizable to employee's needs.
Pet Insurance
Mental Health Benefits
Untracked, unlimited PTO that we encourage to use for mental health days. We also offer an employee concierge service that helps match folks with therapists that align with our healthcare policy.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
We don't call it matching. Wistia contributes 3% of employee's salary regardless of the employee's contribution (even if it's $0).
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family is important. We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. We also provide 16 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Your schedule is up to you. Work from home when you need to, come and go based on what works for you and your team. What's important is that we're reaching our goals.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Last year, Wistia sponsored "Take your kid to work day".
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Sick days are considered part of your unlimited PTO. We don't define a cap.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
We pay 100% of your commuting costs.
Company Outings
WiSKIa (company ski trip), Pond Fest (day on the lake), this team knows how to have a good time.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Employees get free lunch every Tuesday. There's always other free meals here or there too.
Happy Hours
Parking
We offer employees limited on-site parking.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Wistia offers employees professional development opportunities like annual individual budget for learning/training.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Wistia hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
We don't define a percentage. Learning is important!
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Wistia is a People First company. We believe in taking care of our people and rewarding them for helping to make Wistia awesome. We take play seriously, but what really makes us stand out is the way that we work. There is no team more creative and collaborative than Wistia (our biased opinion). Want to get an idea of what we mean? Binge some of our video content, and you might start to feel like you know us.

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