Headspring Reviews

Updated April 21, 2014
Updated April 21, 2014
23 Reviews

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  1.  

    Refreshing & Fabulous!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Headspring full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The benefit package is great, truly great. I worked at larger technology company for 8 years and was pleasantly surprised to find the healthcare package BETTER and the cost lower!! REALLY. The culture is just what I needed at this point in my career. I love that I can talk to the CEO and other executive team members without going through layers of people. Headspring truly does care about employees.

    Cons

    Can't think of a negative thing about Headspring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

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  2.  

    For a passionate developer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Headspring full-time

    Pros

    Its 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.

    Cons

    Work hard for their client and you ll be fine.

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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you get an offer... TAKE IT

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    Current Employee - Recruiting/Sales Specialist  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Recruiting/Sales Specialist in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Headspring full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Leadership: 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

    Cons

    Hard 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing! I can't think of any advice other than that.

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  5.  

    Best place I've worked, ever.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Headspring full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Real Deal

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Austin, TX

    I worked at Headspring full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Most 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 ManagementAdvice

    Overall: 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.

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  7.  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Headspring full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    When 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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."

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  8.  

    Very cool place to work!

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Headspring full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Supportive 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep your heads up!

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  9.  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant I  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant I in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Headspring full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great 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".

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New logo please.

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  10.  

    An awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Support Staff  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Headspring full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you are doing.

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  11.  

    Extremely intelligent, capable people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Headspring full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Headspring 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.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    The future is bright. Prepare for growth and implement the structure to support it.

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