Mission: To work with the world's most ambitious companies to build the best connected software experiences.
- Probably the most helpful and kind group of coworkers I've ever worked with
- Some of the projects are pretty cool and interesting
- Pair programming. Not like how other companies normally do it where you pair program to tackle a specific problem but instead you're stuck sharing a single computer with another engineer your entire time there. One of the most frustrating aspects of any job I've ever had. And considering how strictly this is enforced, what made it worse was the fact that this did not come up at ALL during the interview. I would never have accepted the offer if I knew this was in their process.
- Did not learn much. The top priority of any intern is to soak up as much knowledge as he/she can during the internship. I can safely say that less than a quarter of my time here was put to use to learn or develop anything useful or challenging. I could have learned more on my own time. I constantly asked higher ups to put me on a more impactful and interesting project but my requests were ignored.
- Engineering process is almost non-existent. I had to work with some of the most messy and terribly written code I've seen in my life. Code reviews are infrequent. Good number of engineers don't seem to understand the concept or purpose of version control (if I had a nickel for every time I saw a file with commented out code pushed to production).
- Still trying to figure out why they are called "Connected" Lab since I did not do any work related to that at all during my time here.
- Couple engineers are solid but majority are pretty mediocre. The company will say they're very selective and strict in their hiring process and only hire the best. But having worked with a lot of these engineers I can tell you firsthand most of them are nothing much to write home about.
- Rigid 9-6 schedule. I worked for different tech companies prior to this and have gone on to work for much more prominent companies (startups and large corporations) and this is the first place where this policy is enforced this heavily. I felt like I was back in high school working in a fast food restaurant. Even showing up a couple minutes past 9 am was deeply frowned upon. The company is located in the heart of downtown and so the commute is a lot longer for some compared to others.
- The salary was pretty bad however wasn't my top concern since internships should be more about the learning (but I didn't learn anything either so it was a lose-lose situation).
Advice to Management
- Please be clear and explicit about the responsibilities and process at the company BEFORE hiring people
- Listen to your employees
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Connected Lab (Toronto, ON (Canada)).
Got contacted by a recruiter.
During the first round they invited me over to their office. It was your standard interview; I was asked about my past experience, personal projects and some white board questions.
For the second round I had an awkward meeting with the CEO at a coffee shop. The thing just turned turned bizarre after I somehow ended up at their company event. There was clearly no process in place.
Few days later I got an email from the recruiter saying that the CEO thought I was lying about something. Well...OK.
Back when I interviewed, the company wreaked of that typical startup bs:
bro culture...check, buzzwords...check, underpaying by at least $10000 below market rate check, long hours...check, infantilization of engineers...check
Danny, one of our Product Managers at Connected, just wrote a unique perspective on what tech can learn from Big Oil: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQPQ4
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