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Mental Health Awareness Month at Two Barrels

May 20, 2024 7:26 pm

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and that gives us at Two Barrels the opportunity to strengthen (and brag a little about) our commitment to creating a supportive and mentally healthy community. This month, we are emphasizing the power of taking care of ourselves and others, and we’re sharing resources and strategies you can use to address your own mental health struggles. Our hope is to destigmatize talking about mental well-being by making it a priority within our company in... View Article

Work From Anywhere: 2019 vs Now

April 2, 2024 7:12 pm

This spring marks the four-year anniversary of the 2020 pandemic—when just about everyone’s work lives were either interrupted, cut short, or shoved into overdrive. Just like everyone else, our little corner of downtown Spokane was shaken up as all 146 employees were asked to stay home with no end in sight. Before everyone was sent home, our office culture was structured around building community. Our sweet downtown location and modern office (yes, we have exposed brick) was helping us attract... View Article

Celebrating Lesser-Known Innovators During Black History Month

February 16, 2024 11:35 pm

Black History Month gives us an opportunity to learn about and celebrate people who have shaped our world. To help do that, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on the important contributions and innovative perspectives of the Black community in the fields of technology and communication. Here are just a few of the inventive, intelligent, and important figures you probably don’t know, but without whom companies like Two Barrels may not even exist. Lisa Gelobter led the team... View Article

Paid Time Off Done the Right Way

December 28, 2023 6:45 pm

Employers often advertise their “generous time off” benefits without ever spelling out what “generous” actually means… or even defining what “time off” actually means. Two weeks is not generous. That’s barely enough time to take care of doctor appointments and life events, let alone take a vacation. Three weeks is pretty decent. We start at four weeks and two days, which we think is a generous starting point for paid time off. And we like to keep the time off... View Article

Introducing the Two Barrels Paid Internship Program

July 14, 2023 7:56 pm

Over the past few years, Two Barrels has grown by leaps and bounds. As we’ve opened more locations and increased our revenue streams, we’ve been looking for ways to give back to the Spokane community. Since its launch in October 2021, we’ve helped sponsor the Gonzaga Hackathon—an annual social coding event held by the Computer Science Department of GU’s chapters of Women in Computing and Association for Computing Machinery. We also plan to send members of our recruiting team to... View Article

#Fail

June 21, 2023 1:59 pm

Here’s a familiar scenario: You find a job you like and decide to apply. The first step says to upload your resume. So, you upload your resume. Then, you’re asked to re-enter the same information in a helpful online form. You really want the job, so you grit your teeth and begin cutting and pasting lines from your resume into some wonky form that will inevitably give you error messages. When you get an interview, the recruiter sits with your... View Article

Renovating and Innovating Our Offices for Hybrid Work

April 24, 2023 7:08 pm

While most of our Two Barrels team works from home (or, as we say, they work from wherever), we have offices all over the country—our main ones being located in Spokane, Austin, and Salt Lake. We have folks who work in the office full-time or as part of a hybrid position—in fact, we have writers, developers, executives, and administrators who live in each of the U.S. time zones. And when any team member comes into our offices, we want them... View Article

We’re a Product-Focused Company – So What Does That Mean?

July 12, 2022 5:53 pm

At Two Barrels, we’re trying to create the room and freedom for people with all types of skill sets at various stages of their development to USE THEM. What a novelty? The reality is that our company, just like every tech job you’ll get is playing catch up. There’s an endless list of things we need to do. Huge tech companies are always fighting fires and trying to get stuff done that someone else tells them to do. We fight... View Article

A Two Barrels Guide to The Non-Traditional Cover Letter

April 14, 2022 10:35 pm

Two Barrels is a highly sought-after workplace, and we’re constantly seeking incredible talent. But, we don’t want to read a cover letter that basically repeats everything listed on your resume. Our team actually reads cover letters and considers them an essential part of the hiring process. So, how do you write a cover letter that screams, “Pick me!” louder than everyone else? Your first step is to take the traditional cover letter template and throw it out the window. What... View Article

Finding the Best Fried Chicken Sandwich in Spokane

February 11, 2021 6:45 pm

While Southern fried chicken finds its origins in Scottish and West African cuisine, the fried chicken sandwich is a wholly American invention, and while Spokane isn’t yet a foodie destination, when it comes to fried chicken sandwiches, this town has a bevy of options. Therefore I made it my goal to try as many local fried chicken sandwiches as I could, and hopefully not die from a heart attack in the process. I ordered chicken sandwiches at a total of... View Article