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1904Labs Overview

Saint Louis, MO
51 to 200 employees
2016
Company - Private
IT Services
Unknown / Non-Applicable
1904labs helps IT leaders implement modern software and data solutions by providing teams of innovative people who emphasize the customer and deliver results.

Mission: Our goal is to hire innovative, courageous, intensely curious and team-minded people. We value people skills and technical skills equally. As such, we are committed to providing each team member with opportunities that will allow them to develop their people and technical ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Since Day 1, 1904labs has been proud to call St. Louis home. This Innovation Award from Mayor Lyda Krewson is as much for our clients, who entrust us as partners on their innovative technology challenges, and for our people who are also proud to call the Lou home. Thank you! #team1904 #innovative #technology #stlouis #community #thankyou .

  • Thank you St. Louis Business Journal for the recognition of Fastest Growing Company. It is a testament to the faith our clients put in 1904labs to do the work we do and to our people who come to 1904labs seeking something different. This recognition is for you! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMYID #fast50 #team1904 #STLproud #thankyou

    1904labs solves complex problems for the area's biggest companies - St. Louis Business Journal

    2018 revenue: $12.6 million 2016-2018 change: 500% 1904labs, an IT consulting firm, was launched in 2016 to solve a dilemma: Large corporations were frustrated by their inability to attract and retain startup talent - innovative, entrepreneurial problem solvers who, by and large, have no interest in working for corporate America.

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1904Labs – Why Work With Us?


At 1904labs, our employees are Intenslely Curious Innovators who are:

  • Passionate about being their best self who want to craft high-quality products/solutions
  • Self-starters/self-driven; persistently pursues solutions to conclusion
  • Have a strong work ethic and value work-life balance
  • Team-minded, enjoys collaboration with others
  • Unpretentious, low ego, humble, admits shortcomings and willing to learn/improve
  • Persistant and passionate, displaying a high level of grit

Our goal is to create an enviroment where our employees have:

  • Exposure to new things; expand technology skill set; get better; stay ahead of the curve
  • Ability to contribute to decisions/company’s direction – not be another cog in the corporate machine
  • An opportunity to make an impact through expertise
  • Support/encouragement to professionally develop and learn new things
  • Easy access and approachability of leadership/ colleagues
  • A psychologically safe environment to learn, work and grow

Great Working Environment

We work hard and play hard. From snacks in the office and the CIC cafe, to ping pong, foosball, and games in the lounge, we pride ourselves on being a great place to work!

If continuous learning motivates you, then our lunch and learns will be an added benefit to your work week.

Innovation Hours

Exploring passions makes employees more productive, happier and well rounded – all while fostering individual ideas. That’s why we allow 10% of your time to be devoted to innovation hours. This time can be used to foster individual ideas, personal projects, startup ideas, improve an open source tool, self guided education, or community giveback. All during traditional working hours.

Community Giveback

Central to the culture at 1904labs is giving back. The company’s community-minded approach is evident in the various programs 1904labs has supported since its founding in 2016. One signature program is 1904coders, a 12-week program in which employees of 1904labs serve as mentors and teach the fundamentals of software design and development to middle school students from Lift for Life Academy, an inner city charter school. More than 40 students have gone through the program to date and it continues to grow each year.

1904Labs Reviews

  • "It's great to be around people who encourage you to grow"

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    Current Employee - Modern Data Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Modern Data Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 1904Labs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I've had a great experience at 1904Labs.
    Leadership at 1904Labs is open and encouraging for engineer's who want to advance their careers.
    The innovation hours give employees the time to work on improving skills or starting their own side gig.
    Ongoing effort to have a more inclusive and diverse workforce.

    Cons

    It's a stretch to think of any. I honestly think, that out of any company in St. Louis, I would choose 1904Labs.

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1904Labs Photos

1904Labs photo of: Company wide celebration, May 2019
1904Labs photo of: 1904labs MVB Band performing at the Ready Room, May 2019
1904Labs photo of: 1904labs Bowling Bonanza!
1904Labs photo of: Globalhack2018
1904Labs photo of: Happy Hour 2018
1904Labs photo of: Escape Room!
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1904Labs Interviews

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    Agile Engineer Lead Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Louis, MO
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 7+ months. I interviewed at 1904Labs (Saint Louis, MO) in July 2019.

    Interview

    The interview process started in Jan, when I had come across a job posting online. My resume clearly stated my current role as a Scrum Master on a government contract project. I did 2 phone screenings, which resulted in the discovery that even though there was a job posting, there was no available position at the time, & that they prefer to "build relationships with people" to make sure there is a good fit. Not uncommon, & that's fine, as that also helps me in the discovery process.

    Across 7 months, I had nothing but positive interactions & feedback from every discussion & employee there. However, on my final interview, the Delivery Director that I had been dealing with was no longer employed there. When mentioning their name, there was definitely some awkward reactions from the two other Agile Engineer leads I was interviewing with, which struck me as a bit curious. After speaking to the two Agile Engineer Leads, I then spoke to the new Delivery Director. At the end of the interview, the exact words I was give were, "Based on our conversation, & the notes we have on you, you seem like you would be an absolutely perfect fit here."

    At no point through dozens of interactions with 5 different people was there a hint of concern about my experience coming from the government sector of the software development industry. At more than one time was this experience vocalized as a positive, because it provided me with hurdles of constantly having to defend Agile methodologies in ways that most Agile leadership positions will not often face.

    About a week & a half after my final interview on a Friday morning, I received contact asking if I was able to block out 30 minutes for a phone call on the following Tues.

    Up to this point, every discussion I had with an employee made this company sound like they were very people first, & heavily Agile leaning. I even inquired about different books they had based their human centered software design off of. Great reads, but even some of the people I had interviewed with had not read, or even known about these titles upon me bringing them up in the interviews. In spite, the idea of working in what sounded like a very transparent, people first environment was very exciting.

    I set up the phone call, & had obvious anticipation the entire weekend, after a long but positive process. I had to leave work for this call, which only lasted about 4 minutes (not the scheduled 30 minutes), only to be told that they were "looking for someone with more industry experience, & not government experience." A bit shocking as up to this point no one had vocalized concern that the experience was remotely problematic, & in contrast had been expressed seeing it as a positive from 2 separate individuals. This left me with a few frustrations. First, they took the same amount of time to set up a phone call, as it took them to give me the rejection, sandwiching a weekend around contact. Not a very "people first" move. Even the companies in the area that are far from people first have handled me much better than this in both offers & rejections. There was also frustration that my resume clearly stated that I currently work on a government contract project, yet it took a full 7 months to decide that this experience wasn't desirable. A third frustration is that there are individuals that work there that came from the exact same government project I am on, & ONLY had government experience. These frustrations led me to ask the recruiter, who very much seemed like a genuine well-meaning person, if I could possibly have some more feedback from some of the leadership, as none of what had just transpired really made any sense to me.

    The next day I received a phone call from the Recruiting Director. My call was more to try to understand if there was additional feedback, outside of the "government experience" reasoning. I told that there was nothing else, & that this reason was just "minute details". They also had no clue I’d been on site a total of 3 times, one of which I met them. Upon hearing this, I did decide to give feedback to them on handling of interview processes, & how the way this was handled was the opposite of "people first", & that if they are truly after getting talent that values people first mentality, this wasn't the way to go about doing it.

    As easy as it would be to say I'm disappointed in not being selected, I am far more disappointed in how it took 7 months for them to realize that the "minute details" of my experience that disqualified me for a position were readily available to them before they ever reached out to me to discuss the opportunity in the first place. I’ve discussed these 7 months with at least 6 other industry people, & none of them have ever heard of a company handling an interview process this way.

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1904Labs Awards & Accolades

  • Top Workplaces in St. Louis, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2018
  • Best Places to Work Finalist, St. Louis Business Journal, 2019

Pledges & Certifications

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

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