I got to work on what I liked, and came out polished and confident with a sense of pride, so I loved every day of the work.
Initially I was in Mapjects products (Energy Management Systems, Fraud detection, Data visualizations, GIS, BI) and moved to consulting side. So, they trained me ground up on their core products and invested in me without rushing me - For e.g. firms like Accenture put you on the meter, i.e. you have to bill the client to make a paycheck all the time, but here we were more resources they invested and educated, I truly appreciated that effort.
Now to aspect of my work, I came from a sales background, so it took me sometime to come up to speed, and I had all the support I needed, so I loved it, they also have some of the most weird/curious equipments in their prototype/labs. I was able to make a difference, succeed and deliver. I am a "groupie", there was a lot of collaboration, sharing and brainstorming, and these sessions were the core of our engineering sessions, we first mapped out what we understand and went after the goals for the products or the client's objectives. In summary, I liked how they gave me the freedom and still kept me focused - it was a lot of fun!
My horizons grew, because I learned a lot about emerging technologies and trends, like smartgrid, 13514, energy management, financial risk OFAC, PHR, Health Care, Environmental sustainability. This is probably the most important for me, since lot of companies bring you in to use your skills and don't invest, but Mapjects really invested in me when I was between projects, they truly believed in learning. They have some amazing relationships with universities, and companies.
I did get to travel internationally once, I wasn't sure about it, worked out well though, (I lost 25 lbs, and learned a new language) and it was a true eye opening experience.
It all summed up to a very fun experience, great place to work.
Very little hands on management, i.e. the philosophy was you're adults and motivated through work. While this is a great thing, I felt some of my other colleagues/consultants didn't invest the same time I did. So, I would have liked some more "hands-on" management. Needless to say, their tenure was short lived!
Advice to Management
Invest in marketing.
Polish your products - they are amazing, let the world know!!
Invest in management layer.
The owners don't believe in VC, but angel funds would seriously help you grow much faster.
Good luck in your future, I hope to work with you soon.
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Mapjects.
Applied on this site, some interviews were in the office, and others are at a noisy starbucks or a mall - this was deliberate to see how well focused, yet relaxed I was.
[Must have a solid grasp of fundamental concepts of graphic design principles
Intermediate skills designing for web/tablet/mobile
Strong skills in the Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator)
Strong skills in Microsoft PowerPoint and Word.]
The process had 3 Steps, after I applied with my resume, and included some artifacts around .AI and PSD files. I decided to submit those vector files to show them, that the artwork was my own, and it had good practices (bonus points).
Just when I forgot, in 2 or 3 weeks, I got a follow up and a call. It was odd, because rather than asking what I could provide, they asked me what I was looking for!
Later, they told me, with what I submitted it was clear what I could do. So, when I asked for remoter work, they agreed with a couple of conditions.
Steps, 1 and 2 were basic screening questions.
The last was more a discovery process on how well we fit, and what I could do to help them.
I was looking for additional income, and this worked out very well. We just bought a cool Scion.
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