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Connected Lab Overview

Toronto, ON
51 to 200 employees
2014
Company - Private
Information Technology
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Connected Lab is the leading product innovation and delivery firm in the world. We are experienced digital natives who have helped ship some of the most disruptive digital products of the last decade. Connected's proven start-to-finish methodology is currently ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to 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=vQBvK…/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.

  • It's official! We have been selected as Canada's Top SME Employer. We are so happy to be included on this list, it means a lot to us to receive this award in just 2.5 years!

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Connected Lab – Why Work For Us?


We hire people who are: 

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

Our values resonate with talented designers and engineers:

  • Flat & Fearless
  • What's Right, Not Who's Right
  • Pair It Forward
  • Quality Over Quantity
  • Run Into The Spike 
  • Ship Sustainably
  • Status Loco
  • Apprenticeship & Mastery
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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.
Joining the Connected Lab team means working with smart, reliable and kind people that have a strong desire to both teach and learn. Our focus on the team determines how we hire and how we work together. We work on cutting-edge technologies, complex systems, and massively impactful consumer products.
 
We use the "Connected Method", a fusion of extreme programming and design thinking. Connected Lab engineers and designers work together in all parts of the product lifecycle: idea generation, design, prototyping, planning, execution, and shipping.
 
We build products on a variety of platforms, including web & mobile apps, wearables, smart cars and the connected home. Some of the platforms we work on include:
 
  • Apple Ecosystem (iOS, watchOS, tvOS, OS X, MFi, CarPlay)
  • Google Ecosystem (Android, Wear, TV, Chromecast, Google Now, Auto)
  • Cloud Platforms (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Cloud Foundry)
  • OTT (Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, SmartTV)
  • Voice Platforms (Alexa Voice Service, Amazon Echo/Tap/Dot, Google Now, Siri, Nuance)
  • Wearables (Fitbit, Pebble, Jawbone, Apple Watch, Google Wear)
  • Proprietary New Hardware (Sporting Goods, Consumer Electronics, Bluetooth Devices)
  • Virtual Reality (Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive)
  • Various CAD and Digital Fabrication tools (3D Printers, Laser Cutters, CNC 3D milling)

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

    Pros

    - Clients we work with are incredible
    - Smart, ambitious people who have no trace of an ego
    - Learn something new everyday
    - Significant responsibility is given to employees of all ability levels
    - CEO, Mike, lives and breathes this company and his thoughtfulness, energy and ambition is contagious
    - The culture at Connected makes it easy to come to work everyday
    - I genuinely enjoy working with everybody at this company

    Any day of the week, I would be willing to give up the relative stability and predictability of a large corporation because I believe in the potential to grow Connected Lab into one of North America's pre-eminent Tech companies.

    Cons

    - Unhealthy snacks
    - Office Coffee

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing - this place wouldn't be what it is without you.
    Never become too complacent or happy with achieving a certain level of success because there's still so much more to do.

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Connected Lab Interviews

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Connected Lab (Toronto, ON) in March-2017.

    Interview

    I applied in the beginning of January. At the end of January, I was asked to do a HackerRank challenge (reasonably standard).

    I did not hear back for another month, when I was invited to an on-site interview with two engineers. After the first interview was successful, I was invited back for a second interview the same week with another engineer which was a 1-on-1 and a lot of behavioural questions.

    I did not hear from them in two weeks, in which I then emailed the HR lady, who stated that they are still looking at the budget for hiring and did not have a response. After another two weeks, they stated they were moving on from me.

    Interview Questions

    • First interview had a question regarding strings and a second design question related to HTTP/HTTPS trivia.   Answer Question
    • Second Interview was largely behavioural type of questions.   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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