Headspring
4.9 of 5 22 reviews
www.headspring.com Austin, TX 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Feb 5, 2014
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Headspring Founder & CEO Dustin Wells

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    If you get an offer... TAKE IT

    Recruiting/Sales Specialist (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsLeadership: Executives actually listen! On my first day of employment, I had a marketing idea, and it was immediately taken into consideration. Very flat organization, which means very quick decision making. If you have a good idea and want to push it forward, leadership will let you 'own' it and make it yours. President is focused, driven, and very honest. CEO has vision.
    Culture: NO walls or cubicles. Seriously, the CEO and President's desks are in the open just like everyone else. The only walls you'll see are for conference rooms. Everyone is extremely friendly and happy to help at any given moment. They work hard and smart, but love to play also with quarterly off sites. They really care about their employees and they show it by putting a lot of resources behind making the office a great place to be. They stick to a 40hr work week, but people love it so much, most stick around after 5pm.
    Opportunity: This is a growing company, and the possibilities are endless. I got placed into a brand new role, and there every chance new ones will pop up in the future.
    Benefits: Amazing health plans, 401k, plenty of PTO

    ConsHard to think of any at the moment. If anything, it's very fast-paced, so if you're used to a lot of bureaucratic processes with a convoluted structure, may not be the best environment. Since they're growing fast, communication could be an issue in the future, but it's been perfect so far.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing! I can't think of any advice other than that.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    For a passionate developer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIts a good place to be around if you are really passionate or trying to build up a software career. Good sound technical folks around and growth oriented place.

    ConsWork hard for their client and you ll be fine.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best place I've worked, ever.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsWork culture is great, really like the people here, everyone is super capable and the best at what they do.

    ConsWe are pretty spoiled rotten with all the snacks, drinks, fun events....

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Real Deal

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsI left Headspring a few months ago after over two years of service. Unlike many of the other reviews from current, happy employees, you might expect this review to tell it like it is, to air the dirty laundry.

    Except there isn't any.

    Headspring really is the best place I've ever worked. Management cares. People think. There really isn't any office politics. Everyone is transparent and willing to help each other. The CEO/Owner (Dustin Wells) genuinely cares about every employee, their career, and in providing a great place for you to work. Everyone in a position of leadership is completely deserving of it.

    Career growth at Headspring is completely merit based. I've seen people get promoted by TWO levels at a time, more than once. I've seen another get promoted twice in the span of two months. Advice to new employees: you may get offered a position lower than you were hoping for. Don't worry about that. If you truly deserve a higher level, just prove yourself and you'll get there quickly. This isn't a normal company where you have to wait for annual reviews to get a possible promotion. You could get one after your first month - if it's deserved.

    One final note, to counter a point I'll make in the Cons section: You're not going to love every project you're on. Fact of life. But if you speak up and help your manager know what types of projects you do like (and what role you prefer to play) and he or she really will listen and make an effort to accommodate you, within reason. Obviously, it all depends on what is available.

    ConsMost of the Cons of Headspring have to do with the type of business they're in: consulting/client service. This means having to bill hours (daily), sometimes being on a project that you don't love, a relatively proper dress code by Austin programmer standards. There's a chance you may be asked to work off-site at a client site (this is becoming more rare, though). When you're near the end of a project you may have no idea what you're working on next.

    This isn't really a con, but Headspring's management does move fast. Decisions are made quickly. Sometimes they are the wrong decisions. So procedures and policies tend to be in a much greater flux than you're prepared for if you are coming from a bigger, slower company. The good news is that almost all of the changes will benefit you! For instance, in the span of a year they went from having no bonuses, to having quarterly bonuses that took a year to vest, to having quarterly bonuses with immediate vesting. And then they just got rid of bonuses altogether, and rolled it into everyone's base salary giving everyone a nice raise. Similar things have happened with vacation and flex time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverall: Way to go, you are doing the right thing.

    Be careful about aggressive growth goals. When you celebrate having another "best month ever" and it's almost completely due to the fact you're at the highest headcount ever, it's kind of a hollow victory.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I'm respected and valued by people I respect and value

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsWhen Dustin, our CEO, wanted to put words around Headspring's raison d'etre, he asked us, the employees. And we did; collaboratively and transparently, we realized what we all have in common is that we believe there's a better way to do things, and we are driven to find it and help others to benefit from it. We share a culture of continual learning, mutual respect, and radical transparency. I get to write code that matters, on a team that ships software as a matter of course, collaborating and joking and bouncing ideas off of the same developers I hung out with before they were co-workers. And we work 40 hours a week; no lie.

    ConsThe most straightforward career path is that of the client-facing consultant. While that still involves a lot of coding, design, and the fun parts of software development, it also involves tracking and discussing budgets and work estimates, and trying to gently persuade clients to do what's in their best interest. I do appreciate how strongly we value doing right by the client, guiding them to the solution that best fits their needs and constraints, but it's hard for an introvert like me. You've gotta be honest with yourself: Do you enjoy collaborating with the people who will use your software, or do you want a Business Analyst to take care of that? No shame in being in the latter camp, but then Headspring wouldn't be a comfortable fit for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think job candidates would give us a better picture of their actual skill if we invited them to submit to us a code sample (or a code assignment) and then, instead of the live-coding exercise, had them walk us through and explain the code, and modify it on the fly. Nerds do best when they're able to start the conversation with something they feel confident about. And I do not agree that the high-pressure environment of the LCE represents the pressure we're under with clients; it's not similar at all, and there is a huge difference between "I hope I can impress Headspring in order to get this awesome job," and "I'm sharing my expertise with this client, with the support of Headspring at my back."

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very cool place to work!

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsSupportive and transparent environment where open-communication and friendliness embellish core culture of the company. Plenty of growth opportunities - getting involved in multiple projects is, definitely, more learning.

    Cons-Lack of female leadership
    -More elaborate training / orientation to new employees is needed.
    -Houston office needs management people

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep your heads up!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I have learnt more in 3 months @ Headspring than in the past two years

    Senior Consultant I (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsGreat atmosphere. Super intelligent people. Anybody you ask is willing to help. The work you do is valued. In short words "The best company I ever worked for".

    ConsOn boarding process is not standardized. First week @ Headspring is kind of overwhelming because you are expected to take things up very fast.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNew logo please.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a place for lazy people. You have to strive for excellence!

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsYou're surrounded by an array of developers that are more than willing to share information or advice regarding their area of expertises.

    ConsThe company focuses on specific core values that should not be taken likely. However, once you have the drive and the passion to develop yourself in those areas, you will succeed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to motivate the staff

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    An awesome place to work

    Support Staff (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Pros- Fully stocked kitchen
    - Great coworkers who want to see you succeed
    - Generous benefits package
    - A lot of upward mobility
    - The company lives by its core values and you can really see how they are implemented into everything that we do

    Cons- There isn't a real robust training program for new employees. You are just thrown into the mix. Some people thrive in that environment, but I can see how that may be challenging for others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep on doing what you are doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extremely intelligent, capable people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHeadspring hires the best. There are no hangers-on here. Strong moral fiber displayed by leadership (and the entire staff). The effort here really is to consult clients properly and help transform businesses, not simply to get contracts in the door. Leadership really values employees, and are very generous. Strong work/life balance that supports family and community activity, and actively promotes continued growth of the developers.

    ConsNo true cons. You're expected to contribute right out of the gate, so this may not be the place for you if that is concerning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe future is bright. Prepare for growth and implement the structure to support it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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