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26 English questions out of 26

April 1, 2019

What are perks and other benefits like at 1904Labs?

Pros

I've been at 1904labs for almost a year now and I love working here. We work in small teams as consultants for large companies, solving interesting technical problems. Here's the deal: you need to be a self starter, a hard worker, and be committed to growing and learning to thrive at 1904labs. I have a great work-life balance. All the people I've had the opportunity to work with here are smart and capable. The culture emphasizes professional growth and the company allocates time throughout the week for employees to work on themselves or their businesses. I enjoy working in the Cortex district. The benefits are good, and the salary and vacation time is competitive. The principle values of 1904labs come from Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and they aren't just empty words but are truly embraced and followed from the top down. So many people who work here lead tech groups, volunteer for charitable causes, and own start-ups. I honestly can not imagine there are many better places to work in STL.

Cons

As with any consultancy, you don't have control of the clients or projects you work on. So, if you're not crazy about the work or the tech stack, there's not much to be done about that. The structure is flat, so there's not a clear path to 'level up'. No differentiation in titles for employees, not sure if this is really a con but may not be great if you want to move.

Advice to Management

Continue practicing what you preach, and keep up the great work!

The benefits are good, and the salary and vacation time is competitive.

April 1, 2019

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June 14, 2019

What is health insurance like at 1904Labs?

Pros

- Competitive Pay. - Health Benefits are pretty good overall, along with vision, dental, life insurance. - Loads of free snacks and lots of free meals through Lunch and Learns, team lunches, etc. - You get a $1200 professional development fund to use on whatever you want professionally or personally. Things people use them on frequently: Conferences, books, gym memberships, fitness classes, online courses. - Unlimited sick leave, meaning you don't spend all your PTO on being sick. - 3 weeks of PTO, AND you get the last week of the year off for Xmas, along with the standard 10 federal holidays. Plenty of time off, IMO. - Innovation time is a huge help for those of us working on side projects (4 hours per week). You retain all IP from anything you create while working here, 1904 claims none of it. - Office is an open environment, but there are distinct sections to the current office (3 different rooms) with dividers usually splitting each room up a bit. - Office location is great, right in the CIC/CET and within walking distance to tons of great restaurants. - Management is the most transparent I've seen in terms of communicating their plans for the future, important decisions, etc. - Three All-Hands events each year to discuss the prior trimester, company goals (recruiting, sales, etc.) and whether we're meeting them and what we're doing to address any issues. Most importantly, there's a Q&A session with the two founders where they accept any question, and there have been some pretty difficult questions asked and they are good about following through. Someone complained about only having 2 weeks of PTO, and several months later they announced they were increasing PTO to 3 weeks after reviewing their benefits again! I've never seen a company increase my benefits, only gradually take them away. - Work life balance is incredible. Lots of "work from home" when you need it. - Puts a percentage of their profits towards charitable causes/events - Works to hire a diverse workforce and be an inclusive employer, supports a lot of STL organizations focused on increasing the number of underrepresented groups in tech. - Trying really hard to figure out how best to contribute to the open source world so we're actively giving back.

Cons

- Sometimes your client contracts suck (which is the nature of consulting), but your 1904 team and company are excellent which makes up for it. - PTO doesn't roll over (which we're told is intentional, they WANT you to have to use it to take breaks from work). This doesn't really affect me, but it causes a "use it or lose it" rush at the end of the year if most of your team doesn't take it throughout the year like they are encouraged to do. Most people seem good at spreading it out though. - 401k matching could be better. - Because the organizational structure is pretty flat, there isn't a ton of upward mobility, but that's not necessarily a bad thing for most people here (I certainly don't care about it right now). There has been some movement from worker --> practice leads, but there really isn't anywhere above that to go currently. Not bad, but worth keeping in mind if that's important to you.

Advice to Management

- Keep being open and transparent. - Be cautious when discussing bringing in "outside" funders if you want to keep your culture. There's a lot of "growth" talk, but no real goal/reason for growing other than (presumably) making more money. Once someone starts caring more about money than culture, it's all over. I know it's been stated that you care about retaining the culture while remaining profitable, but if you bring in an outside investor you suddenly have a party that _only_ cares about money and that would inevitably kill the company (usually because any decision that is going to increase profit is going to be a negative for employees). Growth for growth's sake is a path to destroying your company...figure out how big you want to be for stability, justify that size, and stick to it. - Probably growing too quickly, IMO. Be more cautious when hiring people. We haven't had to lay off anyone due to a lack of contracts and we don't want to start.

Health Benefits are pretty good overall, along with vision, dental, life insurance.

June 14, 2019

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April 1, 2019

Does 1904Labs offer unlimited time off?

Pros

I've been at 1904labs for almost a year now and I love working here. We work in small teams as consultants for large companies, solving interesting technical problems. Here's the deal: you need to be a self starter, a hard worker, and be committed to growing and learning to thrive at 1904labs. I have a great work-life balance. All the people I've had the opportunity to work with here are smart and capable. The culture emphasizes professional growth and the company allocates time throughout the week for employees to work on themselves or their businesses. I enjoy working in the Cortex district. The benefits are good, and the salary and vacation time is competitive. The principle values of 1904labs come from Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and they aren't just empty words but are truly embraced and followed from the top down. So many people who work here lead tech groups, volunteer for charitable causes, and own start-ups. I honestly can not imagine there are many better places to work in STL.

Cons

As with any consultancy, you don't have control of the clients or projects you work on. So, if you're not crazy about the work or the tech stack, there's not much to be done about that. The structure is flat, so there's not a clear path to 'level up'. No differentiation in titles for employees, not sure if this is really a con but may not be great if you want to move.

Advice to Management

Continue practicing what you preach, and keep up the great work!

The benefits are good, and the salary and vacation time is competitive.

April 1, 2019

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April 7, 2019

What is the retirement plan like at 1904Labs?

Pros

Prior to joining the team I made sure to do my research. I went through the company’s website, read all of the online reviews, and gathered any bit of information I could get my hands on. I wanted to be sure I was headed down the correct path. Honestly, at first I thought it seemed too good to be true. Luckily, I was wrong and it is truly as good as it appears! 1904labs is a great company, with a fun, friendly, and positive culture (ie. “no brilliant jerks” policy). People manage to have both high IQs and EQs. It’s an environment of low egos, team-oriented mindsets, and people who are always looking for opportunities to help each other. Personal and professional growth are core values that are embedded in the culture. For instance, the company provides employees time (4 hours weekly) and finances (a decent personal budget) to dedicate towards their goals. In my opinion, it’s an excellent example of a company putting their money where their mouth is. Frequent retrospective reflection is rooted in 1904labs’ culture and they continuously pursue improvement in all aspects of the business (eg. personal, team, company and client). Teams are relatively small and autonomous and practice Agile methodologies hand in hand with a Human Centered Design approach that emphasizes the customer in order to “build the right thing, the right way”. Great work/life balance and a flexible work from home policy. and the list goes on… :-) If you are 100% dedicated to serving clients in the best way possible, this is the place for you!

Cons

Salary is competitive however, 401k match can be a bit better. Other than that if anything pops up in the future, I have no doubt it will be respectfully reviewed.

Salary is competitive however, 401k match can be a bit better.

April 7, 2019

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June 14, 2019

What is paid time off like at 1904Labs?

Pros

- Competitive Pay. - Health Benefits are pretty good overall, along with vision, dental, life insurance. - Loads of free snacks and lots of free meals through Lunch and Learns, team lunches, etc. - You get a $1200 professional development fund to use on whatever you want professionally or personally. Things people use them on frequently: Conferences, books, gym memberships, fitness classes, online courses. - Unlimited sick leave, meaning you don't spend all your PTO on being sick. - 3 weeks of PTO, AND you get the last week of the year off for Xmas, along with the standard 10 federal holidays. Plenty of time off, IMO. - Innovation time is a huge help for those of us working on side projects (4 hours per week). You retain all IP from anything you create while working here, 1904 claims none of it. - Office is an open environment, but there are distinct sections to the current office (3 different rooms) with dividers usually splitting each room up a bit. - Office location is great, right in the CIC/CET and within walking distance to tons of great restaurants. - Management is the most transparent I've seen in terms of communicating their plans for the future, important decisions, etc. - Three All-Hands events each year to discuss the prior trimester, company goals (recruiting, sales, etc.) and whether we're meeting them and what we're doing to address any issues. Most importantly, there's a Q&A session with the two founders where they accept any question, and there have been some pretty difficult questions asked and they are good about following through. Someone complained about only having 2 weeks of PTO, and several months later they announced they were increasing PTO to 3 weeks after reviewing their benefits again! I've never seen a company increase my benefits, only gradually take them away. - Work life balance is incredible. Lots of "work from home" when you need it. - Puts a percentage of their profits towards charitable causes/events - Works to hire a diverse workforce and be an inclusive employer, supports a lot of STL organizations focused on increasing the number of underrepresented groups in tech. - Trying really hard to figure out how best to contribute to the open source world so we're actively giving back.

Cons

- Sometimes your client contracts suck (which is the nature of consulting), but your 1904 team and company are excellent which makes up for it. - PTO doesn't roll over (which we're told is intentional, they WANT you to have to use it to take breaks from work). This doesn't really affect me, but it causes a "use it or lose it" rush at the end of the year if most of your team doesn't take it throughout the year like they are encouraged to do. Most people seem good at spreading it out though. - 401k matching could be better. - Because the organizational structure is pretty flat, there isn't a ton of upward mobility, but that's not necessarily a bad thing for most people here (I certainly don't care about it right now). There has been some movement from worker --> practice leads, but there really isn't anywhere above that to go currently. Not bad, but worth keeping in mind if that's important to you.

Advice to Management

- Keep being open and transparent. - Be cautious when discussing bringing in "outside" funders if you want to keep your culture. There's a lot of "growth" talk, but no real goal/reason for growing other than (presumably) making more money. Once someone starts caring more about money than culture, it's all over. I know it's been stated that you care about retaining the culture while remaining profitable, but if you bring in an outside investor you suddenly have a party that _only_ cares about money and that would inevitably kill the company (usually because any decision that is going to increase profit is going to be a negative for employees). Growth for growth's sake is a path to destroying your company...figure out how big you want to be for stability, justify that size, and stick to it. - Probably growing too quickly, IMO. Be more cautious when hiring people. We haven't had to lay off anyone due to a lack of contracts and we don't want to start.

3 weeks of PTO, AND you get the last week of the year off for Xmas, along with the standard 10 federal holidays.

June 14, 2019

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