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Connected Lab Overview

Toronto, ON
51 to 200 employees
2014
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Connected Lab is a digital product development firm. We plan, design, and build digital products for the world’s most ambitious brands. One of Canada's Top Small and Medium Employers.

Mission: Build better products.

Company Updates

  • 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

    Against the Odds - Connected Lab - Medium

    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. Written by: Ally Contardi According to Mashable, 25% of startups fail in their first year of business. By year two, another 36% fall off the charts.

  • 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

    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 Lab – Why Work For Us?


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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Mike Stern, CEO 
Mike is the founder and CEO of Connected Lab, where he oversees growth and operations. Since 2009 Mike has helped launch over one hundred technology-enabled products and services, including work with Facebook, American Express, Uber, and Salesforce.   
 
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Damian McCabe, VP Engineering
Damian leads the Engineering team at Connected Lab. Before starting Connected, he worked at Pivotal Labs, Xtreme Labs, and IBM Global Business Services. Damian has been focused on mobile computing for the past 5 years and has worked on apps for CIBC, Uber, Target, Air Canada, Walmart, and Instagram.

We hire people who are:

  • Smart
  • Kind
  • Reliable
  • Excited to Teach and Learn

Our values:

  • Flat and Fearless: Your opinions matter. Make them heard!
  • What's Right, Not Who's Right: We battle for the best ideas, not personal victories.
  • Pair it Forward: Pair programming pays off. Invest in it.
  • Quality over Quantity: Build one amazing feature instead of two mediocre ones.
  • Run into the Spike: Tackle the big problems first.
  • Ship Sustainably: We ship early, often, and predictably.
  • Status Loco: Rapid growth can be stressful, tiring, and exciting. Get used to it! Get good at it!
  • Apprenticeship and Mastery: Teachers and learners welcome.

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:

  • Mobile: iOS (Swift, Objective C), Android (Java, Kotlin), React Native
  • Full Stack Web: Node.js, php, Java, Angular.js, React.js
  • TV: Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, RDK
  • Wearables: Apple Watch, Android Wear
  • Conversational Interfaces: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, wit.ai, API.ai
  • Cloud Platforms: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Cloud Foundry
  • Car: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • New Hardware Interfaces: MFi including Lightning, Bluetooth including BLE
  • Emerging Technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality

For more information, visit connectedlab.com/join-us or connectedlab.workable.com.

hello@connectedlab.com.

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    "So far, so glorious"

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    I have been working at Connected Lab full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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Connected Lab Photos

Connected Lab photo of: The games area in our office is always popular
Connected Lab photo of: Solving problems together, doing the best work of our lives.
Connected Lab photo of: One of our most important values is to hire people who are kind!
Connected Lab photo of: Morning stand-ups keep us in the know on the latest tech news and industry rumours
Connected Lab photo of: Working together, across a number of disciplines
Connected Lab photo of: Machine learning and AI are the new frontiers of our business
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Connected Lab Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Connected Lab.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • All three in person interviews asked very similar questions (can you name a challenge you experience, how do you manage your team, etc)   Answer Question
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Connected Lab Awards & Accolades

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

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