Building our Culture Together
Guardrails not gates. Context over control.
At Armory, we have been very intentional in the development of our culture from Day 1. A company’s culture is like an operating system – just as an operating system supports the critical functions of a computer, a cultural operating system supports the critical functions of a company. Culture is a foundational, bedrock element that influences everything else within a company – how we learn together, come together, work together, make decisions together, respond in difficult situations, and show up for each other.
At Armory, we call individuals “tribals” instead of “employees.” This is because we view Armory as a tribe. A tribe is more than a team – it is an organizing set of principles and cultural values. Members of a tribe support each other as a community with a common purpose, moving mountains for each other and for our shared goal. When you join Armory, you (and your loved ones) also join our tribe.
In Armory’s roundabout culture, we promote empowerment, trust, experimentation, and access to information. At Armory, control is pushed out to the edges of the organization instead of centralized. By default, Armory tribals are trusted and empowered to exercise judgment and make the right decisions.
In our tribe, “I think we should do ‘x,’” is typically followed by, “Sounds good, I trust you. Let me know how I can help.”
With a strong culture of trust and transparency, we don’t need as many rules. We can move faster and with more flexibility, enabling us to iterate, experiment, grow, and scale. Our culture is tied to the cultural values implicit in Spinnaker – developers are empowered to iterate and deploy their own code, with guardrails to provide safety at the edges.