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Amazing culture, great coworkers, interesting work

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Charleston, SC
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Charleston, SC

I have been working at SPARC full-time (more than an year)

Pros

- Culture can't be artificially created, but it can definitely be nurtured. While it may sound like recruiter fluff, SPARC's commitment to having a thriving culture at the center of everything really does show through in the day-to-day life here.

- As a developer, I've never previously experienced the creative freedom I enjoy here. Rather than seeking to be a "Java shop" or a ".NET shop", the technical leadership here simply encourages using the right tool for the right job (with a pragmatic understanding that sometimes "right" is largely dictated by the interests of the team doing the work). As a result, I haven't had to use Java OR .NET during the two years I've been here (although both are used within the company...). :)

- While organizational scale requires some form of hierarchy, there is a very clear policy against requiring communication channels to follow any such hierarchy. Everyone from execs to summer interns are encouraged and enabled to talk directly to anyone within the company, CEO included. My own experience was that I had talked to SPARC's CEO (Eric Bowman) more during my first 15 minutes than I had with my former job's CEO over 4 years.

- The projects and challenges that we solve are varied and interesting. Some of our projects have direct impact on our nation's veterans, we create unique solutions for commercial customers, and we've built some truly awesome products and proprietary analytics technology.

- As a strong proponent of Open Source, I was happy to find that SPARC's commitment to Open Source wasn't just lip service. During my time here, I've been able to contribute to literally over a dozen Open Source projects and SPARC itself is Open Sourcing new projects as well (including entire applications).

- As has already been commented, the benefits are good, salary is competitive, and the coworkers are awesome.

Cons

No job is going to be without problems. SPARC has definitely experienced growing pains and at times communication could have been better. My own challenges here at SPARC have most often been minor, situational, and not endemic of the company as a whole. Part of SPARC's culture seems to being laying everything out on the table, so when murmurs turn to grumbling, you can pretty much count on a very proactive and open response.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work as for a developer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Developer in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at SPARC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work environment and benefits. Agile methodology to the fullest!

    Cons

    Sparc has some growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Focus hiring on quality over quantity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Communication breakdowns, process over people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SPARC

    Pros

    - The benefits are good, there is a great health care plan.
    - The work environment is informal and casual.
    - There are lots of interesting projects being built.

    Cons

    - Process is chosen over people. People are not enabled to build great product.
    - Some workers are unreliable and it can be difficult to get responses on decisions.
    - Bad decisions are made without giving reason. There is an accepted culture of unprofessional delay.
    - There is often inadequate feedback and communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trust people over process and focus on better communications.

    Doesn't Recommend
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