Mission: We believe that a few talented individuals, working hand-in-hand with like-minded customers, can bring about a disproportionate amount of good.
How exactly do you land that dream job? In our latest post, Asymmetrik's Recruiting team answers your burning questions on interviewing, resumes, and how to get hired. (psst....we're hiring!) http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMCYu
Here's to the talented developers, analysts, designers, engineers, leaders, and team members who make Asymmetrik such a special place to work. We celebrate your contributions and achievements not only on International Women's Day, but all 365 days a year!
LIFE IS A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT
At Asymmetrik we promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage a high quality of life for our employees. We are committed to offering a competitive benefits package to protect our employees and their families now and in the future.
THE A-TEAM IS WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL
We recognize that our employees are a huge part of our success, and they're what makes Asymmetrik such an amazing place to come to every day. Members of "The A-Team" are distinguished by their intellectual curiosity, a fierce desire to learn, a great sense of humor and the ability not to take themselves too seriously.
• We treat everyone we interact with as respected individuals, and give A-Team members opportunities to discover their potential. We demand the best from ourselves and from those we work with.
• We have a modern work environment with ergonomic sit/stand desks, MacBook Pro, Slack and Google ecosystem for easy collaboration, a fully stocked kitchen with drinks and snacks, and a game room complete with foosball, ping pong and air hockey.
• We consider family members part of the“A-Team” too! We host regular family-friendly events such as our Family BBQ and Star Wars Night with the Bowie Baysox. Family members are always welcome at social events including Happy Hours, Renaissance Festival outings, Poker Night and Movie Theater Takeovers (new Star Wars movie on opening day, anyone?)
• Our engineers hold regular Tech Exchanges to share how different teams use emerging open source technologies
• We believe in corporate responsibility, and support our employees in bettering the communities in which they live
PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS
All software engineers, regardless of seniority, complete a coding challenge prior to joining our engineering team. We recognize that autonomy, new ideas and collaboration are critical to creating an environment where engineers succeed.
Everyone, focusing on what they do best – that’s the solution for truly remarkable progress.
NIMBLE MOVES MOUNTAINS
Asymmetrik is a Maryland-based company specializing in software development and data analytics.
Since 2008, we’ve been helping government and healthcare organizations solve their toughest problems. Our small team development approach is precise and efficient, attacking complex challenges with an arsenal of software expertise, deep-dive analytics, user experience design, and research fundamentals.
DO BIG THINGS—WITH LESS
Asymmetrik is based on the concept of asymmetric contribution - the idea that minimal (but extremely talented) resources and unconventional approaches can bring about inordinate progress.
By joining with like-minded people with complementary strengths, we’ve found that it takes only a small number of good people to enact change. And, that change can be extraordinarily greater than the sum of its parts.
I have been working at Asymmetrik full-time (Less than a year)
Asymmetrik is an amazing company to work for! The company really cares about the employees and makes coming in to work enjoyable. The work is stimulating and challenging, and the culture is friendly, welcoming, and relaxed. The compensation and benefits are really great. Employees are encouraged to explore new ideas, new technologies, and continue their personal growth and development. The people here are not just good at their jobs, but are also a pleasure to work with. There are also regular social events that help bring everyone at the company together into an inclusive community.
TLDR - Great people, great culture, great work environment. Five stars across the board. Maybe six stars.
The on-boarding process is a little chaotic, but that's a temporary thing and may also vary from team to team. Apart from that, I don't really have any significant/persistent criticism.
Advice to Management
Keep it up! The commitment to the culture shows and makes Asymmetrik an awesome place to be!
I applied online. I interviewed at Asymmetrik (Annapolis Junction, MD).
Interviewed here on-site within the last 12 months. I met with 5 different people including the CTO and CEO. It's a tiny company (less than 20 people). While I found the engineers smart, pleasant and easy to converse with, I couldn't entirely get a handle on the leadership team and their vision for the company. I found the CEO to be vague when answering even basic questions regarding the company's direction and plan for the next few years. The impression I got was: whatever work falls into our lap is what we will take on. I found this really unfocused and pretty unmotivated. Not the most exciting place! I think one of the employee reviews is spot-on in saying "for those looking for a get rich company, this is not your place".
In terms of the interview: I completed a coding exercise which had to be submitted online, before being invited on-site via email. I did not have a single phone call with HR before the in-person interview. In hindsight, it probably would have been really helpful to have that conversation to learn more about the company and the role.
The technical interview on-site started off with some CS concept questions - it was a list of "explain this" and "define that" type of Q&A. I would have appreciated a more open-ended design conversation that unearthed my knowledge of these concepts naturally rather than a "do you know this or not?" type of approach. The coding question I was asked to whiteboard wasn't very difficult, but I think the interviewer was more focused on getting a specific answer vs. understanding my thought process. I got nervous under his hammering the question to get me to reach a particular solution and didn't do as well as I would have liked. This was either due to his inflexibility to change gears and ask something else that would have tested my problem-solving skills, or my own nerves and confusion -- but the type of questioning here just left me feeling dumb.
I also had a 30 min interview with a non-technical person (don't remember her job role). She seemed unprepared for the interview and asked lots of vague, general questions. "Do you like to work in small teams or large teams?". She was totally caught off guard when I asked a few questions of her. "Most people don't ask questions!" Umm. All in all... while the people I met were very nice, I walked away not knowing what to think!
Veteran Hiring Commitment
Committed to helping America's military veterans find work
Pay Equality Pledge
Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience
Tech Hiring Commitment
Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers
Career Advancement Program
Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions
Social Responsibility Pledge
Formal programs or foundation to give back to communities
Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce
Pledge to Thrive
Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being
First Job Programs
Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts