Mission: Build better products.
Without any external funding, Connected became a top employer in Canada in the span of two years. Here’s how we did it — and you can too http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQgpK…/against-the-odds-8a1ab4bc9a6f
Why Accessible Products Are Better, and How to (Start to) Build Them http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQgpW by our Head of Design Jackson McConnell
Founded in 2014 and headquartered in downtown Toronto, Connected Lab was born to build better products. Our designers, engineers, and product strategists have helped ship some of the most disruptive digital products of the last decade. At 100 employees and counting, our mission to create impactful software experiences has put us on a trajectory of rapid growth. We are proud to collaborate with some of the world’s most respected brands.
We hire people who are:
We use the "Connected Method," a fusion of extreme programming and design thinking. Our engineers, designers, and strategists work together in all parts of the product lifecycle: from research and idea generation, to prototyping and roadmapping, to design and execution.
We build products on a variety of platforms, including web and mobile apps, wearables, and the connected home. Some of the platforms we work on include:
For more information, visit connectedlab.com/join-us or connectedlab.workable.com.
I have been working at Connected Lab full-time (Less than a year)
Keep in mind I'm probably still in my honeymoon period. That said, I'm thrilled with it so far. I have been given trust and opportunity from day one. There is a corps d'esprit here that goes past the veneer of other places. There are no "brilliant jerks." Kindness really IS important. You can be both honest and tactful here. We punch above our weight and we do projects with huge companies doing some really cool things. The "with" is key. We are not code monkeys and CL is involved from inception to design to implementation.
Since the core hours were reduced from 9-6 to 9-5, that addressed my single biggest concern. My only other one may be sick days. This is an allocations based company so I get that you can have a bunch of sick time but 5 days paid sick time is a bit lean. More people are having kids so this may not scale well.
Advice to Management
The company is at a dangerous growth point with respect to culture. I see the (heavy) efforts to maintain it (house system). Keep on your path and don't lose sight of that during this time.
I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Connected Lab.
4 interviews in total, including a phone call, and 3 in person meetings - all in the span of about 2 weeks. I was then asked for references, which I happily gave on the same day. I did not hear back from the company for a few months, despite reaching out and asking for an update. After about 3 months from the initial interview, I was sent a generic email stating that they have filled the role, but encouraged me to reapply in the future. I was excited about the role and it seemed like a great place to work, however was disappointed with the unprofessional behaviour.