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Organization chart!


As SparkFun has grown, we've had to hire dozens of new people - from shipping and production, to marketing and engineering - every department has gotten larger.

Right now, we are sitting at nearly 100 people strong. Crazy! In the past 7 years (7? Really?!) we have gone from one room in a house to an entire office building in North Boulder. It's exciting, stressful, and pretty darn cool.

Recently, MarComm (that's marketing-communications) created the above poster for our breakroom to help us keep everyone straight. We thought we'd share. You can see Nate in the center and everyone radiates out from there. It's crazy how far we've come, yet things around here still feel the same (with the exception that the keg seems to run out faster than ever). Hearty and resounding thanks go out to all of you for contributing to our success! Cheers!


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  • Your packing group needs to step it up. It’s taken you guys three (3) tries to get me the right AVRs at work (kept getting PICs) and two tries to get the right chips for home use; all in the past two weeks!

    • SFE, don’t get me wrong, you guys always step up when it comes time to fix the mistakes, it’s just frustrating when your project at work is delayed 2 weeks because of the slip-ups in the first place.

  • I feel like i should follow along with the new American view on business… you guys are now too big and i deserve some of your profits…
    But I’m not. Congratulations! You guys are proof positive that a good business model, great staff, and amazing customer service will eventually lead to success… in your case “eventually” turned out to be a lot quicker than most.

  • Hehe, someone messed up Ryan’s line, I saw that!
    :D

  • Hi Nate & Sparkfun Team ,
    Its really a great showcase of how one can build a solid business with this kind of growth !
    Congrats !!!
    Ram
    Tenet Technetronics

  • And thats why Marcomm doesnt draw schematics ;)
    Does Tim in engineering have a special project, or are they his 2 apprectice(Michael/Pearce)?

  • Shouldn’t the org chart be in 3D? Or animated!
    Great work guys!

  • Any chance of an updated chart to show how far you’ve come since then?

  • Hire me! Please!

  • Incredible. The whole place (but engineering especially) seems to have grown since I was there in January. Of all the EE companies to work for, SFE is still the top of my list
    On a side note, I think you forgot some key players: the office dogs!

  • First off, awesome organization chart! Second off, could you ask MarComm what chart program they used to make it? Unless it’s just Photoshop or Illustrator but I really hope not. And third off, I wish you guys were in need of programmers, or that you were a game company. Heck, I just wish I find a game company that is as awesome and is as much fun to work for as you guys.

  • Poster? Shouldn’t this be a FLEX app broadcast on an LCD?

  • Actually, it looks kinda like ‘Twister'
    (spins) Right foot: Marcom!

  • How did Sparkfun grow so big so quickly?
    http://aardvark.co.nz/daily/2010/0804.shtml

  • I see a lot of familiar names on that org chart! Brings back memories. Ah, I miss working there. [The SFE offices are as awesome as you might assume, for those of you that have never been to there in person.]

  • I especially like the Administration/Shipping section. “So, when we’re not adminstrating, we’re packin' stuff” haha

  • I see that ties, shaving and trips to the barber are optional at Sparkfun. LOL! {wink}

    • What you can’t see is some people are probably in pajamas, some people have slippers, and some people are barefoot.

  • I see you tell apart same names by the first letter of the surname. However, there is a “Nate” under Engineering which conspicuously is not differentiated from the “Nate” in the middle :)

    • Yeah, the Nate under engineering should be Nate B. And there are two Roberts, but we both have a last name starting with ‘C’.

  • Wow - thanks all! We’re just doing what we love to do. It’s been a wild ride and we always like to share some of the inner workings of what’s going on.

  • Sparkfun is next to Google on my “Coolest Company” list. Seriously. And I like it even more than Google because I HATE computer programming (yes, I know Sparkfun does that too) but at least Sparkfun also has robots and Arduino. :)

  • Hey!
    Where’s the Quality group?… rework team? service?
    guess you must do things right the first time.
    congratulations!

    • No specific departments are listed. Quality control and rework is under production. Customer service is under administration and tech support is under engineering. :-) It’s all there, just not labeled specifically.

  • Major Props to the whole SF gang. I’m especially delighted that SF is around as if it weren’t I’d probably have to do what they’re doing, but since they’re owning that area so wonderfully - I’m free to discover other things!

  • this is a neat chart, and it also shows how stuff flows downhill if you knwo what i mean…
    shows who Nate gets to yell at, and who that person gets to chose between to yell at, etc :)
    LOL very cool, this chart :)

  • Wow! Amazing company! Awesome work guys/gals!
    BTW: I LOVE the org chart! You guys rule in every detail!


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