Foursquare Leadership Principles
Our principles are the guiding doctrine we use daily and represent us at our best. We strive to do right by our customers, employees, shareholders and communities.
Our success is measured by our ability to enable our customers to achieve more. Listen to their needs and prioritize work that helps them achieve their ambitions. Earn their trust and their business in that order. If what you are doing does not translate to our customers’ success, you are working on the wrong thing.
Owners Over Occupation
Owners are proud, take initiative to drive results and are accountable. Owners bias decision making to long-term value creation over short-term results. If something needs to be done, “take out the trash.”
As builders, we are obsessed with our customers’ problems and constantly seek out the pain-points. Builders are deeply resourceful and deliver world-class results through ingenuity, invention and relentless iteration.
We take immense pride in “Inventing the Future.” We seek bold leaders who see the world through a prism of opportunity, not limitation, and who can achieve meaningful breakthroughs for our customers.
Experimentation Drives Growth
We humbly acknowledge that we do not have all the answers, but consistently take calculated risks. Progress is valued more than perfection, embrace the role of failure as teacher and focus on the problem versus the solution.
Speed is critical to our success. We value calculated risk and accelerated learning. The cost of inaction far exceeds the cost of course correction.
We are a resource constrained business and need to focus our efforts on the areas of the business with maximum impact to our customers. Leaders take input, debate vigorously and respectfully, make clear decisions and commit to success, even when they disagree.
Hire Well, Coach Hard
Great teams achieve great results and push each other hard to perform above and beyond expectation. We seek team first individuals and invest in high frequency coaching to continuously develop our people and teams.
Highly Aligned, Loosely Coupled
We hire extremely talented people and empower them. We believe in management through context not control and achieve alignment through a “write it down” culture. We are focused on the “what” versus the “how” and trust our people to deliver for customers.
In All Things Diverse
As a company whose technology touches billions of people globally, we not only embrace our differences but seek them out to evolve our limited perspectives. We accept and celebrate people from all walks of life, and see our differences not as a weakness but as a competitive strength.
Find your people – Foursquare ERGs
As a Foursquare employee, you’ll have the opportunity to join one of our many ERGs all focused on ensuring that you feel represented and create connections. We not only embrace our differences but seek them out to evolve our limited perspectives. We accept and celebrate people from all walks of life, and see our differences not as a weakness but as a competitive strength, and have created ERG’s that reflect this sentiment.
Foursquare’s ERG for women
Femmesquare’s goal is to empower the women of Foursquare, creating a culture where we have a safe space to seek support around personal and professional growth. We plan robust programming through internal and external events that highlight the women of Foursquare. We also partner with the Learning and Development Team to provide opportunities to learn how to successfully navigate workplace challenges.
Foursquare’s veteran ERG
FourSQuad represents the interests and needs of Foursquare’s military veterans and spouses. This group aims to elevate the prominence and presence of military veterans and spouses throughout the company, and inspire appreciation of military experiences and the unique value veterans and military spouses contribute.
Foursquare’s ERG for people of color
Fourmation is an employee resource group with a mission to create a safe community for people of color at Foursquare, advocate for equitable hiring practices, and cultivate diverse leadership. We also sponsor many events throughout the year that celebrate our differences.
Foursquare’s LGBTQ+ ERG
Foursqueer is the LGBTQ+ community at Foursquare. We welcome new LGBTQ+ talent, create a safe place to foster and support a community among LGBTQ+ employees, and organizes timely programming with the goal of educating and inspiring our colleagues.
Foursquare’s ERG for women in tech
Foursquare Technical Women (FTW) is a community of self-identifying women in traditionally “technical” roles such as engineers, analysts, designers, and product managers. We provide a safe space for members to discuss challenges, and share experiences. FTW’s mission is to build connections among technical women and support one another, to the benefit of gender equity and career development.
Foursquare’s ERG for parents
Squarent’s mission is to create a unified voice, build community and drive positive change for Foursquare’s parents. We create a positive impact on policies, new benefits that support members throughout the parenting journey, and create a safe space to share the highs and lows of working parenthood. We welcome anyone who identifies as a parent, whether you are looking to conceive or you are looking after many!