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  1. Absolutely Wonderful!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spark Experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The environment, the people, the experience. It is an all around great place to work. I worked as an intern there for only four months, but in those four months I experienced the camaraderie, the drive for success, and the passion for providing the best service possible. If you want to learn from the best, work at Spark.

    Cons

    If you enjoy working independently and do not work well in a collaborative and highly productive environment, then this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you are doing.

  2. Great People

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

    I have been working at Spark Experience full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - People
    - The design work is fun to develop for. Spark has some fantastic designers and they are a pleasure to partner with on projects
    - Unlimited time off, while available, not taken advantage of enough by anyone. It's nice not to count down your vacation days.

    Cons

    - Pay (The office is now in Bethesda but the pay does not reflect the local cost of living; most employees live 30+ mins from the office)
    - Variance in work (Almost 90% client websites with the off app design here and there. Gets redundant after a while)

    Advice to Management

    - Keep investing in culture and don't let the constant flow of projects distract from getting to know and investing in our team members
    - There needs to be a dedicated and trained project manager on the projects

  3. One of the best companies to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Spark Experience full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Medical, dental insurance & other health perks like a free UP! Unlimited vacation days.

    Cons

    Projects are so fun, employees stay late sometimes to work on them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Small Company, Big Future

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Spark Experience full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Seeing first hand a small start-up company grow in size and prominence. Terrific people. Informal but professional work environment. Flexible schedule, including the ability to work outside of the office, which is perfect for a first-time parent with a baby at home. The work is consistently interesting and diverse.

    Cons

    Small office. But moving soon to a bigger space.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Incredible experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategy Advisor in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Strategy Advisor in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Spark Experience part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Enabling
    Fun
    Conducive environment
    Encourages great work
    Friendly team environment
    Supportive
    excellent management
    One of the most supportive and friendly places I have worked - definitely encourages and brings out my best work.

    Cons

    The current SPARK office can sometimes seem like a crowded workspace - A larger workspace could go a long way in helping/facilitating growth - adding more personality to it could also foster creativity as well.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.
    MAybe integrate an hour a week to have "all agency" meetings where teams can talk about current and upcoming projects.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Company to Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interactive Designer
    Current Employee - Interactive Designer

    I have been working at Spark Experience full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great knowledgeable co-workers with excellent management and fun projects.

    Cons

    The commute is a little long for me.

    Advice to Management

    I would love to attend more conferences.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Innovative and exciting user experience research creative agency!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spark Experience full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Incredible team members, bright, fun, ambitious, creative, and collaborative. I am constantly learning from our team and enjoying there humor and ideas as well! I love the entrepreneurial spirit and camaraderie of the team. Also, our team are experts at the top of their fields in cognitive psychology and behavioral research as well as interactive design and web development languages. The benefits of flex work locations and hours, vacation policy, and professional development opportunities keep SPARK even more competitive in the industry!

    Cons

    Small office, but we are moving in July and will have plenty of space and a User Experience Research Lab.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Interesting, Exciting and Collaborative Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spark Experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Highly collaborative environment with a great team mentality
    -Inspiring, creative and dedicated colleagues who are passionate about their work
    -Very flexible, comfortable setting and accommodating, caring management
    -Management encourages learning and growth for employees
    -Wide range of interesting clients, which leads to exciting and inspiring projects

    Cons

    n/a - I am very satisfied working with this company

    Advice to Management

    It has been exciting to see this company grow. Keep doing what you have been doing to continue expanding and evolving!

  10. A group of brilliant digital researchers and user experience designers and developers!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Strategist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Digital Strategist in Washington, DC

    I worked at Spark Experience full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The entire staff are brilliant at their specific areas of expertise. They are a team focused on creating a unique work environment for their staff and the most cutting edge work for their clients. As an employee you are part of a true work family where everyone is respected and valued and all opinions are actively sought and appreciated.

    Cons

    In my experience, I encountered no downsides.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing exactly what you're doing. Creating memorable and engaging user experiences for your clients and a truly wonderful work experience for your employees.

  11. The best place and last place I'll ever work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spark Experience full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly staff, little to no hierarchy, flexible schedule, optional telecommuting, opportunities to advance, unlimited vacation, green certified business, inspirational CEO and management

    Cons

    They only downside to working at SPARK is trying to maintain work/life balance — which is not a fault of management but more the infectious nature of doing your best which resonates amongst the staff.

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