HEB – 2020

Voted #1 Tech Office in 2019

I got a note on LinkedIn from a recruiter working with HEB:

I hope your week is off to a great start. I am reaching out to you because I wanted to see if you might have some interest in Software Engineering opportunities I have over at HEB. I would specifically be looking for someone with Microservices experience to work on our E commerce Platform for Central Market. HEB has a lot of fantastic things to offer its employees and has been voted a top company to work for on glass door 6 years running now by its employees. 

I know you are currently in a position and may not consider yourself actively on the market, but it never hurts to see what is out there. Hoping to hear back from you soon.

Here in Texas, HEB is legendary. They are a Texas-only grocery store chain, and their stores are generally excellent. My mother used to complain that their produce went bad quickly, but I figured out that it was because they did not put stuff out until it was actually ripe, so you could just take it home and eat it.

When Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, HEB revealed to the public that they had used their data science department to allocate supplies and groceries that were most needed in the hardest hit areas. (link, link, link, link). In 2019, they opened a Digital Tech Center in East Austin, along with Favor Delivery.

So, from a cool company perspective, HEB was an interesting prospect. So I agreed to talk to them.

The position was doing more of the same of what I was doing already at Indeed. And the commute would be much worse that what I already had. When they mentioned the salary range, I was not impressed. So, I turned them down.

Thank you for talking to me this morning.

H-E-B sounds like a great place to work. The job presented also sounds fun.

But I think that my job here at Indeed is awesome, and the commute is very good. I think that I am going to take my name out of consideration for this position so as not waste everybody’s time. Good luck to you, and to H-E-B. We always shop there, and it is a great company.

If something changes in my world, I will let you know.

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