I worked at Architech full-time (More than 3 years)
If you are looking for autonomy, just want to code and don't care about job advancement this is the job for you.
- Agile development company with no reporting structure. No boss to tell you what to do and give you directions.
- If you are assertive and proactive, you can get yourself assigned to most project you like.
- Good variety of projects because most of them are short term.
- Strong software engineering culture where front-end development is a low priority. But very collaborative and capable coworkers. .
Stepping stone until you find another place with mentorship and career advancement.
- There's very little opportunity for career advancement because that's reserved for a few of the bosses' favorites
- You have to find your own way because there's no boss, no mentor and no one to guide you or give you objective feedback
- Lack loyalties to workers. Recently they had "parted ways" with people whom skillsets no longer align with their ever changing company goals.
- Low employee engagement and moral - seemed like HR's only job is to recruit and fire staff.
Advice to Management
Get some executive couching. Lead by listening: don't just get feedback from the customers get it from the staff as well.
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Architech.
I applied online and received a phone call from the HR within one week. It was a brief 15 minute phone interview. At the end of the interview I was assigned a Programming Development Exercise to complete within 48 hours. I completed the exercise within the 48 hour time limit with results as requested in the exercise and emailed the solution to HR. Received no further response or feedback from the HR.