Mission: We're here to deliver great software that transforms organizations, and lives.
We believe there's a better way to build software, to work with clients, and to do business. And we believe that it all starts with people.
Headspring is much more than a provider of enterprise software strategy and development, and the values that drive our company aren't just lip service. We are motivated by our daily opportunity to create a real impact in the world, and to enable our employees, our clients and our community to achieve beyond their perceived potential.
At Headspring, we don't believe in empty culture promises. In fact, our commitment to culture is why we've been recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Texas several years running.
We are authentic: open offices, compensation transparency, and quarterly hardball sessions with the CEO to ask anything you want. We hire the best talent, but not the biggest egos. Promotion advancement isn't wishful thinking, and we highly encourage work-life balance here. We also invest in your career development with the tools, training and coaching you need for success.
Our environment is relaxed, our office is open, and our team members embrace the creative freedom to make their own experience. We put emphasis on making sure our expert team members get to work on projects for which they are uniquely qualified.
If you see a position we have open that looks to be a great fit, we look forward to receiving your application and learning more about you.
Dustin Wells started what would become Headspring in 1999 with the purpose of delivering great software to transform organizations.
As Chairman & CEO, Dustin guides Headspring’s long-term vision, with a passion for building an exceptional team of talent and strong culture. Since the company’s inception, Dustin has more than 15 years of extensive experience in technology consulting and enterprise architecture, programming, business management and finance. He is actively involved in the community as a board member of and volunteer for several professional organizations and non-profit organizations, including TeXchange, the Austin chapter of The Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and Capital Factory. Dustin has received numerous awards for his business success and community leadership, including the KPMG Executive Leadership Award from the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the ACG Central Texas Rockstar Entrepreneur of the Year award. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Dustin is an avid Longhorns fan, professional jazz musician, father to three wonderful children and husband to his biggest supporter, Megan, for more than 15 years.
Glenn Burnside serves as Executive Vice President of Operations, ensuring the successful, “zero-surprises” execution of all client projects through Headspring’s unique Post-Agile delivery framework.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Glenn has been delivering software projects and leading development teams for over 14 years, ranging from high-speed data acquisition libraries to global e-commerce solutions, as well as enterprise products for both the medical and financial industries. He works with Headspring’s consulting staff, ensuring they are equipped to deliver insightful solutions to clients’ business needs. Glenn is an Eagle Scout, a Microsoft Certified Professional, and a Certified Scrum Master, and regular speaker at community user groups.
Jimmy Bogard oversees the technical design and architecture of Headspring solutions, evaluating potential technologies and increasing awareness of technologies on the horizon.
Jimmy has more than 10 years of experience delivering solutions ranging from shrink-wrapped products to enterprise e-commerce applications for Fortune 100 customers. He is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and is an active member in the .NET community, serving as President of the Austin .NET User Group, leading open source projects, giving technical presentations, and facilitating technical book clubs. Jimmy is a the author of ASP.NET MVC in Action, has received the “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) award for ASP.NET every year from 2009-2014, and speaks regularly at international technology conferences. Outside of Headspring, Jimmy is a proud fair-weather fan of Houston sports teams and enjoys attending local sporting events with his wife and toddler.
I have been working at Headspring full-time (More than 3 years)
Headspring is a company that lives up to it's core values (People are Valued, Honest Communication, Passion for Learning and Growth, Drive for Excellence, Own Your Experience). The leadership strives to ensure that decisions are made not just for the benefit of the company, but for each of the Headspringers it will impact. A culture of learning, growth, and professionalism ensures that each individual is given opportunities to improve in every way and excellent feedback across the board helps foster insight and reflection. There's a fountain of knowledge and experience here for anyone willing to step up to the plate.
Not so much a con, but a friendly FYI: If you prefer to hide behind corporate policy walls or isolated to a cubicle, this place isn't for you. Headspring lives and breathes its core values, and part of that requires you to be willing to step outside your comfort zone. There's help and guidance here, but you have to be willing to grow and adapt... and be honest with yourself about whether or not you're willing to do so. If you are, an incredible journey awaits.
Advice to Management
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Headspring (Austin, TX) in March 2017.
Pretty standard fare. Started with a phone screening with the HR/Office Manager. Then proceeded to a phone interview with the Lead PM. After that, I was given a skills task where I had to create a project plan slide deck and presentation for a pretend client. I was given a week to prepare - very reasonable.
Onsite interview started ~20 minutes late; it's an agency, stuff happens. I was scheduled to do my presentation first to three PMs, then have regular interviews with two more groups of three different employees. Whole process would have taken ~2.5 hours. At the time, I thought I did better than I anticipated with the presentation, but since then I got my PMI-ACP cert and I can see a lot of holes in it. Which brings me to the point in the interview I thought was rather cheeky.
After my presentation and very reasonable interview questions, the group said their pleasantries and went to get the second group. I waited for a few minutes, then the lead PM came back, by himself, and said there was some sort of emergency with one of their clients and that the interview had to be cut short. He assured me that I would be contacted in a couple of days to schedule phone interviews with the rest of the team, said some pleasantries, and escorted me out. Two days later, I still heard nothing, so I emailed to find out if the phone interviews were to happen soon? A few hours later, the lead PM called me and said that they were going to pursue other candidates. Okay, that's perfectly reasonable.
What left me with a sour taste, however, was the apparent ruse with the "emergency client scenario." If they did not think I was a good fit, I should have been told while I was at the onsite, rather than string me along with a perceived ruse. Would have I been contacted had I not emailed them after a couple of days? I would imagine, no, hoping that I would have just faded away. At least this is the perception I got after the whole scenario played out. Not good form.
The people I met were smart and nice, except for the end shenanigans part. Because of this, even as my skill-sets grow, I would not consider applying to this company in the future. If they are willing to play these games with potential candidates, what are they willing to play with its employees?