Mission: To pursue our clients’ success.
I have been working at Atomic Object LLC full-time (More than a year)
The people are hands-down the best part about working at Atomic. Everyone is just a grade-A thoughtful, interesting, caring human being. I'd happily dig ditches for minimum wage with these people- it's a bonus that I get to do really interesting, challenging work with them.
There's lots of good stuff to say about AO, but the simplest way to say it is to direct you to our value mantras (can be found on our website). It's a really remarkable, unusual thing to be able to say that we /really do/ live them out every day- it's not a marketing campaign or corporate BS.
The nature of the job is that you don't get to have much say in what you work on. But, it's highly varied, and you're never doing something boring for long.
Advice to Management
Keep doing what you're doing. It's awesome.
The process that I took to get an internship with AO was atypical... My adviser had emailed my resume to several different companies, one of which being Atomic Object. The owner of the company, Carl Erickson, quickly initiated emails back and forth to determine when would be a good time for us to have a phone interview. Within a week or two of my resume being sent off to the company (if I recall correctly), I had a 30-minute chat with Carl about my previous experience, what sort of interests I had in the field, and how I envisioned an internship going. He also explained their work culture (which is fairly relaxed-- jeans and t-shirt acceptable when not working with clients; work days start as your team requires or by the 9:00 daily stand up meeting; the office does not have designated seats or cubicles, and employees are encouraged to interact with each other both with technical questions inside the office and hanging out casually outside the office). The conversation ended with him directing me to the online application for interns and me agreeing to come to the office for another interview; the day/time would be scheduled later. I did not hear anything for several weeks and ended up emailing Carl back asking about the visit to the office. He quickly responded and indicated that things were getting rather busy with the company, but he still wanted to do the interview. A couple weeks later, he asked me to come in early on a Friday. (All potential interns were coming in for an interview that day so that they could call everyone back that afternoon with a final decision. I was to be one of three interviewed, and they would select two for an internship.) The interview lasted about 30-45 minutes and took place with Carl and another employee who had graduated from the same university I was attending. They asked a number of basic questions, some being similar to questions that were asked during the phone interview. It was a very pleasant conversation, and I enjoyed my visit. That afternoon, they called to inform me that I had gotten the internship.