Mission: Build better products.
Newest blog post by our very own Software Engineer, Cameron. Great article on training with Randori. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQccO
Our principal consultant, Jonathan Savage wrote a post on how to make product decisions wisely. Click on the article to read his take on the three values that drive mobile product growth. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ4Bl
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.
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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:
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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.
The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Connected Lab.
The process was reasonably straightforward and done entirely online, which was much appreciated. It consisted of about three calls on Hangouts with various parties at the company. I breezed through it. That said, when it came down to salary talks I was offered 55k with about two years’ worth of legitimate co-op experience in similar roles. That salary offer was about 8k LOWER than what I made at my previous (co-op!) position in the same city working a similar role. They wouldn’t budge on that and used skeevy “exploding offer” (you have 48h to accept) tactics to try to get me to accept. I turned them down and got a much more reasonable offer elsewhere.