Mission: Perfect Sense is a full-service product company that capitalizes on its user experience platform, Brightspot®, to drive innovations in web and mobile development for corporations worldwide.
Very fun day at the office for our Perfect Sense future interns: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIqi5
Thrilled with our partnership with SourceMedia, and the launch of their beautiful new sites on Brightspot! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIQaH
Our core philosophy infuses everything we do at Perfect Sense and boils down to three clear principles:
We are respected and trusted by corporations worldwide to be 100% focused on getting each project done right, on budget, and to our partner’s complete satisfaction. Quite simply, we do what we say we’ll do. We take personal ownership to understand people’s needs, and we dedicate ourselves to meeting those needs of our partners, employees, vendors, and society.
Founded in 2008 by technology executives David Gang and Lisa Beaudoin, Perfect Sense is a full-service product company that capitalizes on its enterprise digital application development platform, Brightspot, to drive innovations in web and mobile development for corporations worldwide. Perfect Sense originally created and now actively supports the Brightspot platform, which powers dynamic and highly engaging consumer experiences.
Such leading corporations as Coca-Cola Company, Walmart, Univision, US News and World Report, Scripps Networks Interactive, Special Olympics, and many more are deploying Brightspot’s platform to materially change the way they do business online. Our partners benefit significantly from having increased flexibility as business requirements change, the ability to launch new sites and make updates more quickly, and fewer resource requirements to manage their digital initiatives. As Brightspot’s adoption rate increases, our partners continue to drive valuable enhancements that benefit everyone.
Our capabilities include product strategy and development, experience and visual design, multi-platform software development, content services, SEO analysis, and 24x7 hosting and operations. Our expertise enables us to deliver integrated web systems for our partners, including innovative websites, publishing platforms, online revenue programs, and metrics dashboards that drive brand awareness, expand capabilities, improve performance, and build relationships between publishers and users.
Perfect Sense is based in Reston, VA with offices in Atlanta and San Diego.
Brightspot is an enterprise user experience platform, designed and developed to power large-scale, highly dynamic, editorially rich and visually stunning consumer experiences. Brightspot brings teams together from day one and speeds up their day-to-day design, development and editorial processes.
Unleash designers: create visually-stunning experiences with complete design ﬂexibility and zero platform constraints.
Empower developers: automate routine tasks and inject industry best practices in development workﬂows they already know and understand. Brightspot offers the Dari developer framework toolset to speed up development.
Inspire editors: make the publishing tool as compelling and as easy-to-use as the experience it powers.
Enable collaboration: facilitate immediate partnership between teams with rapid prototyping, instant changes, and automated tool chains.
Brightspot was built using the Dari Framework, a powerful object persistence library that makes it easy to build complex content types and persist them to one or more database backends.
It enables the creation of complex data models. Using simple annotations and standard Java types, anything can be modeled and accessed with a web view, or through an API. As a user experience platform, Brightspot can be used as a publishing platform (CMS) for websites and native mobile applications, an application back-end, CRM and much more.
We have developed a way of working that uniquely benefits our partners. It's based on one goal: Make a true difference in a partner's business by delivering a high-quality digital solution on-time, on-target, and on-budget.
Our business, and our success, is built on hiring only the best talent. Join us as we continue to build expert teams of product, design, and technology professionals to serve our growing list of partners.
Perfect Sense Digital Employee Benefits 2015
Quarterly Performance Bonuses
Company Paid Holidays (7)
January 1 – New Year’s Day
April 3 – Spring Holiday
May 25 – Memorial Day
July 3 – Independence Day Holiday
September 7 – Labor Day
November 26 – Thanksgiving Day
November 27 – Thanksgiving Holiday
Starting with 3 weeks per year (one week during the December Holiday)
The first calendar year following your 2nd anniversary – four weeks
The first calendar year following your 5th anniversary – five weeks
Safe Harbor 401 (K)
Eligibility is the first day of the month that follows your date of employment
Any new monies are 100% vested during the Safe Harbor Plan Year
Full Health Benefits (Open enrollment September)
Eligibility is the first day of the month that follows your date of employment
Summary of Health Benefits Coverage
Out of Network Services – Its important to remember that health care professionals not in our network can charge whatever they want for their services. If what they charge is more than the fee our network health care professionals have agreed to accept for the same services, they may bill you for the difference between the two amounts. You will pay all the costs associated with the covered services outlined in this insert until you paid $300 in one calendar year. This is called your out-of-network deductible.
Vision care (Open enrollment September)
Annual routine eye exam - $15 for each visit (Plus – valuable discounts on eyewear)
On-site Fitness Facilities
Fitness Club Membership available to full time employees
Summary of Dental care (Open enrollment September)
Coverage Year Maximum - $1,500 per member
Diagnostic and Preventive Services – 100%
Basic Restorative Services – 80%
Endodontic Services – 80%
Periodontic Services – 80%
Oral Surgery – 58%
Orthodontic Services Lifetime Maximum - $1,500 per member
Orthodontic Services – 50%
Company-paid Life Insurance - 1x Salary
There is an option to get ADDITIONAL life insurance in addition to what is standard 1x
Company-paid Short and Long Term Disability
Short term – 60% of weekly earnings.
Maximum weekly benefit $2,200; duration 13 weeks
Long term – 60% of monthly earnings
Maximum monthly benefit - $10,000
Flexible health care spending (Open enrollment December)
$2,500 Health care (maximum election)
$5,000 Dependent care (maximum election)
"Giving Back" is part of our culture at Perfect Sense. Our company's mission is to:
Perfect Sense is proud to serve its community through a variety of events and projects aimed at providing rewarding and life-changing experiences to those less fortunate.
Riding through the Snow
Perfect Sense closed 2014 by spreading holiday cheer to 50 children at two Washington, DC YMCA branches. On Tuesday morning, December 16, employees put down their keyboards and picked up their wrenches, and with help from The Bike Lane, provided 50 children with a new Trek bicycle and helmet to kick off the holiday season.
“Bicycles are such an important rite of passage that teach kids about goal setting, patience, hand-eye coordination, and healthy living,” shares Angie Reese-Hawkins, President & CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. “We are so grateful for this timely donation by Perfect Sense to spread cheer this holiday season with a gift that will keep giving.”
A Summer to Remember
Perfect Sense's involvement with the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington began in the summer of 2013, sponsoring 10 children to attend a week at Camp Letts in Edgewater, Maryland, along the Chesapeake Bay. This past year, Perfect Sense expanded its commitment, offering 20 scholarships for a two-week, sleep-away camp experience.
In April, our employees began reviewing applications from prospective campers, learning about their current interests and future dreams.
Sarah Tarpley, Director of Operations, served on this committee and helped select the recipients. “The children we chose to attend Camp Letts had such inspiring dreams of becoming teachers, artists, doctors, even computer programmers! I hope this experience at camp – learning new skills and making new friends – is one they will remember for a lifetime.”
“Camp Letts simply allows kids to be kids. They spend their days running around with new friends enjoying the outdoors,” said Andrew Mason, Camp Letts’ Executive Director. “Perfect Sense's generosity the past two summers has helped provide this opportunity for low-income District youths, who benefit so much from this freedom.”
Perfect Sense Plays Unified
Throughout the year, Perfect Sense employees not only worked on a variety of Special Olympics digital projects, but also joined athletes on the slopes and on the field as teammates in Unified snowboarding and softball competitions.
In January, Perfect Sense Digital helped welcome Olympic and X Games gold medalist, Hannah Teter, as the newest Special Olympics Global Ambassador by sponsoring a Unified snowboard race in Aspen, Colorado. Perfect Sense employees and top snowboarders in the world partnered with Special Olympics athletes from around the country in a dual giant slalom race down Aspen Mountain.
“I am so excited for my new role with Special Olympics and appreciative of Perfect Sense's sponsorship of today’s Unified competition,” reflected Teter. “The snowboarders on the mountain with us today were awesome!”
In August, at Ossian Hall Park in Annandale, Special Olympians from Virginia’s Area 26 and Perfect Sense Digital employees divided into two teams for a five-inning softball game. The Special Olympians, fresh off a trip to the Special Olympics Virginia State Summer Games in Richmond, led the way with great fielding and hitting, inspiring their Perfect Sense teammates at every turn.
A Capitol Hole-in-One
For the third consecutive year, Perfect Sense worked together with the Tiger Woods Foundation to provide a unique experience for golfers from a wide range of backgrounds. Sponsoring the Monday pro-am, which kicked off the Quicken Loans National, Perfect Sense welcomed 18 youth golfers from The First Tee, 10 top-ranked golfers from Special Olympics, and 6 wounded veterans from Feherty’s Troops First Foundation to compete alongside PGA TOUR professionals at Congressional Country Club’s famed Blue Course.
Sam Wimbrow of The First Tee of Charlotte, Kasey Torres of The First Tee of South Los Angeles, and Matthew Gang, a Special Olympics athlete from Virginia, were paired with Jordan Spieth, who spent the round impressed by the skills and maturity of these young golfers. “Sam, Kasey, and Matthew hit some awesome shots throughout the round," reflected Spieth. "Congressional’s tournament conditions are so challenging, but they went out there and attacked every hole. The energy and excitement on the course, especially from Matthew, made the day truly special.”
After playing in last year’s Pro-Am, Jordan joined with Perfect Sense Digital to co-host this year’s event. With his Charitable Trust dedicated to helping special needs children, providing opportunities for youth golfers, and honoring veterans, the partnership made a great fit, and Jordan’s presence created memorable moments throughout the afternoon.
Later in the week, The First Tee golfers arrived at Perfect Sensel eager to learn more about the company’s work and different career opportunities. After hearing about several Perfect Sense clients and meeting with designers, product managers, and developers about how a website goes from idea to reality, the golfers sat down for a one-on-one conversation with a Perfect Sense employee, learning about their career choices and searching for advice on school and life.
First Tee Golfers also visited a variety of American landmarks and monuments that would leave them in awe. With the sun setting, they ascended the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. As President Lincoln towered behind them they stood together at the spot where Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his “Dream” with the world.
In what is quickly becoming one of the most unique events on the PGA TOUR, the Perfect Sense Pro Am, spotlighting golfers from Special Olympics, Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, and The First Tee, provides opportunities for friendship, inspiration, and personal growth, but more importantly, memories and stories each of the golfers will tell for a lifetime.
Special Olympics International
Since its founding over 7 years ago, Perfect Sense has partnered with Special Olympics to design and develop powerful and engaging websites to help advance its movement providing opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Drawing on the skills of designers and developers throughout the company, throughout 2014, Perfect Sense Digital completed an array of projects to help Special Olympics achieve its goals.
In September 2014, Perfect Sense launched a new online experience for LA2015. The new site aims to be a valuable and inspiring destination that tells the story of this monumental spectacle, the largest sporting and humanitarian event in 2015. As the Games grow near, Perfect Sense will continue working with LA2015 to provide a unique online experience for visitors from around the world, as well as sending employees to Los Angeles to volunteer at the Games next summer.
Additionally, Perfect Sense has provided web designs to help promote two major initiatives around the LA2015 World Games – the Youth Summit and the Unified Relay. The Youth Summit brings together teenagers from around the world to brainstorm and plan community efforts focused on spreading awareness, promoting inclusion, and developing a greater understanding of individuals with intellectual disabilities. The Unified Relay, inspired by the 1984 Olympics, will provide nationwide excitement and anticipation to the LA2015 World Games as three torches snake their way from Miami, Florida; Washington, DC; and Augusta, Maine across the country to the Opening Ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
In August, Special Olympics kicked off a brand new global marketing campaign, Play Unified. Targeted towards youth engagement, Perfect Sense developed a sleek, modern website that shares inspiring stories of unity helping promote and grow Special Olympics Unified Sports. As red balls, the symbol of Unified Sports, spread throughout our communities, the Play Unified movement will help usher in a new generation of supporters, volunteers, and donors dedicated not just to providing athletic opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, but also to joining them, as teammates, on the playing field
To mark the 25th Anniversary of Christmas Record Grants, which has provided millions of dollars to Special Olympics programs throughout the world, Perfect Sense designed and developed an interactive map highlighting several case studies of how this money has impacted athletes globally. This new feature of the Very Special Christmas website is a powerful tool for showing the wide-reaching effect these albums and artists have had on thousands of Special Olympians.
This year we are excited by the challenge and prospect of expanding the reach and impact of our mission-based efforts. Between hosting the Perfect Sense Digital Pro-Am at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, returning to Aspen for more Unified Snowboarding, sending a team of employees to volunteer at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, and much more, Perfect Sense will leave its mark in 2015, touching the lives of thousands.
Through the ongoing support of our partners and clients, we look forward to continue working within our community, providing unique opportunities to at-risk children, veterans, and individuals with intellectual disabilities.
I have been working at Perfect Sense full-time (More than a year)
To start off, the people are great. Everyone is friendly, works hard, and willing to help out when needed. They are passionate and proud of the product (Brightspot) and the work they do. The product itself is unlike any other in the market, and the company has an impressive client list (J&J, Politico, Univision, Coca-Cola, etc.) because of it.
The best part about the company, in my opinion, is the emphasis on giving back. I haven't found another company that focuses on mission work like this one does. There are so many opportunities for employees to participate in events with Special Olympics, the YMCA, Troops First, etc. For example, the company flew employees to Puerto Rico to assist in relief efforts in December and is sending a few employees at the end of this month to Aspen to participate in a Special Olympics snowboarding event.
Between the clients, the people, and the mission work, it's motivating and exciting to know that your work every day is contributing to a company that is making an impact in many different ways.
There are quick deadlines and fast-paced projects that require working extra some weeks, but this comes with many project-based companies.
The company is experiencing some growing pains and there needs to be more structure and better internal resources for employees, but they are working on improving this.
I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Perfect Sense (Reston, VA).
Talked to them at my University Career Fair, was called in for a 30 minute interview a couple days later. About a week later, I scheduled an onsite interview and was given a technical challenge to build before the interview. The interview was a half-day with technical, cultural interviews and a meeting with the chief architect.
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