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Connected Overview

Toronto, ON
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Connected is a software product development firm. We partner with ambitious companies across the product lifecycle to build products that drive user and business impact. One of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers.

Mission: Build Better Products

Company Updates

  • Congratulations are in order for our very own Tammy Chiasson on being promoted to EVP Growth & Client Experience. With such an incredible leader on board, we're one step closer towards our goal of becoming the world's leading product development firm. Can't wait to see what the future holds!

  • Why Accessible Products Are Better, and How to (Start to) Build Them by our Head of Design Jackson McConnell

    Why Accessible Products Are Better, and How to (Start to) Build Them

    As product designers and developers, our mission is to build better products. But "better" can mean a lot of things. One way to define it is in terms of a product's usability; we want to create products that can be used, and enjoyed, by as many people as possible.

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Connected – Why Work For Us?

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in downtown Toronto, Connected was born out of the belief that a new category of firm was needed to help ambitious companies leverage the power of product: not a dev shop, or a design agency, or a strategic consultancy, but a uniquely integrated product development firm, built for the long-term, and driven by a singular focus on realizing business impact through software-powered products.

Pictured Left to Right: Damian McCabe and Mike Stern

Mike Stern

Founder and CEO of Connected, Mike upholds the vision and mission, focusing on building world-class experiences for the team and customers. Previously, Mike helped grow Xtreme Labs to 350 people before it was acquired by Pivotal in 2013. He has worked with dozens of world-class brands including AMEX, Facebook, Salesforce, MasterCard, and the NFL. His work has been featured in the Financial Times, the Globe and Mail, and on CBC.

Damian McCabe

Co-Founder and VP Engineering at Connected, Damian is passionate about building the world’s best technical teams and pushing them to solve extremely ambitious problems. During his time at IBM, Damian’s work in mobile was recognized with several awards. Past clients include RBC, Facebook, Instagram, Uber, Target, and Walmart. Damian’s work has been featured on CBC and in the Globe and Mail.

One of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers for two years running, we’re looking for smart, kind, and reliable individuals with a desire to teach and learn. Is that you?

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    "Excellent place to work - Couldn't recommend it highly enough"

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    I have been working at Connected full-time


    - Culture is superb, everyone can't do enough to help you and it has a real family feel
    - Due to the recent success and rapid expansion the opportunity to make a big impact in the direction the business goes is massive.
    - Working with the most reputable current companies to date
    - Brilliant working space, table tennis, pool, ps4, fully stocked snacks, drinks etc.
    - High emphasis on company engagement and social events
    - Everyone is extremely intelligent and pushes each-other to create their best work
    - Integration between teams
    - Work/Life Balance


    - The protein bars go to quick

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, the ability to actually look forward to coming to work is always a positive one!

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Connected photo of: Solving problems together, doing the best work of our lives.
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Connected photo of: Morning stand-ups keep us in the know on the latest tech news and industry rumours
Connected photo of: Working together, across a number of disciplines
Connected photo of: Machine learning and AI are the new frontiers of our business
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Connected Interviews



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Getting an Interview




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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
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    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Connected (Toronto, ON) in January-2018.


    Hackerrank test, followed by in person interview.

    Hackerrank test was I believe 2 questions, one was finding a node in a tree, the other was ticket line. Ticket line has people standing in line. Can only by one ticket at the booth, each person has some amount of tickets they want to buy. It takes 1 second to buy a ticket and if the person has more tickets to buy they move to the back of the line. Given ticket line with n people (each wants to buy some amount of tickets) and desired person (i.e third person in line), how long till the desired person buys all their tickets?

     In person interview is short behavioural followed by technical questions (I list them below).

    Interview Questions

    • What does this code do? How would you make it more efficient? Question was finding max distance between same values in a list. Inefficient code was O(n^2).   Answer Question
    • Design a database for a clothing store. What about user/password storage? Adding to cart? What about storing whether user is logged in? What about if multiple login's allowed? Clothing sizes, different kinds (S, M, L, XL) (30, 32, 34, 36 ...)   Answer Question
    • Design REST API for the clothing store. What kinds of commands? What HTTP method? What url? What about filtering (i.e show only pants)?   Answer Question
    • How does the internet work?   Answer Question
    • What happens in front end and back end for a POST?   Answer Question
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Connected Awards & Accolades

  • Canada's Top SME Employer, Canada's Top 100 Employers, 2018
  • Canada's Top SME Employer, Canada's Top 100 Employers, 2017

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