I have been working at bv02 full-time (More than a year)
I was brought on a little over a year ago, and it's refreshing when you walk into the office where there's great staff with a desire to do meaningful work. An awesome workplace environment & culture where there's a varying degree to the open space office and cliques are nowhere to be found.
As for the work, it's mostly about being self-managed and organized. You will be presented with opportunities to grow if you want it; and with a strong sales group looking to bring in that work you find valuable there's always a new challenge to solve.
You gain experience in all the different areas of running a business; A to Z.
The weekly all-hands is really a chance for open communication at almost any level; however it may not be clearly marked as such. Once that's done, the place opens up with one of our bi-weekly Bubbles 'n Scotch or Demo-Days events.
The experience is great. This being my first agency environment, I feel like it's a "do what you will" kind of place.
As with any company, it has it's own set of problems. Mostly from a technical perspective, the concise points to be aware of:
- Working weekends and overtime is commonplace. You'll hear about it in the daily stand-up.
- Technical leadership? Culture of innovation? One person can only do so much on their own.
- Extremely management driven yet fragmented in it's direction.
- Reactive approach to production: There'll be a fire, you'll put it out, then move onto the next one.
- Rarely will there be a team collaborating on a project; most of the work is done in silos.
There's a lot to do, and looking back it's crazy the amount of things accomplished. Just make sure to take a step back; change your perspective from the day-to-day.
Advice to Management
Honestly, the project managers have improved 100-fold over the last year. There's still some work to do though. The current resource-allocation model is too short sighted creates churn for the illusion of progress. There should be focused work on a project/task until completion with measurable goals. Broken down:
- Find your highest priority issues (Effort vs. Impact Matrix?), pick ONE; work out a strategy and goal for it; measure it; review; rinse and repeat.
This touches on the point of focused work again, but so much effort is wasted for ramping up on a project! You start to dive in, doing a bit of the required task and then starting to ramp-up again with a different one. Maybe some sort of agile/scrum training company-wide to bring everyone on the same page.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at bv02 (Ottawa, ON) in October-2015.
Very friendly and professional. I was amazed with the culture on my first visit. The HR rep was extremely friendly and very helpful. I met the owner of the company in my final interview. It was great to have the opportunity to meet him and begin to develop a chemistry early.