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Silverchair Overview

Charlottesville, VA
51 to 200 employees
1993
Company - Private
IT Services
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
One Platform for Scholarly Publishers

Silverchair integrates and delivers scholarly and professional content from a single platform – journals, books, video, custom formats, and more.

Mission: Headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, Silverchair’s mission is to be the most creative, dynamic, effective, and sought-after product development partner to the professional and scholarly knowledge community worldwide.

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Silverchair – Why Work With Us?


What We Do

Silverchair is changing the way that scientists, doctors, and researchers discover and use expert information. Scholarly and professional publishers use the Silverchair Platform to deliver distinctive online sites and products from their unique content. Silverchair includes comprehensive product development and migration services, online management tools, and ongoing support to ensure publishers achieve their product vision.

Silverchair has consistently pushed the boundaries in applying a semantic layer to expert content databases, and we have designed our platform to exploit enriched data to create advances in discoverability, contextual linking, and targeted content delivery for consumers of expert content. While some call the Semantic Web “Web 3.0”, we’ve been hard at work applying these concepts to web applications for more than 15 years.

Our Employees

We employ over 120 professionals with a unique combination of skills – technology, product design and development expertise, and STM market knowledge. Our team has grown over the years while maintaining our roots in Charlottesville, VA.

Our Clients

Since our founding in 1993, Silverchair has worked with the most prestigious organizations in the science, technology, and medical (STM) information sector, as well as professional societies, humanities publishers, and government agencies. Among our esteemed clients are Oxford University Press, the American Medical Association, McGraw-Hill Education, Wolters Kluwer Health, Duke University Press, and many others.

 

Working Environment 

Silverchair has achieved a unique balance by offering the structure that a typical startup usually lacks, while not being burdened with the bureaucracy seen in big corporations. This position has enabled Silverchair to constantly improve, innovate, and create.

Silverchair offers a stimulating work environment where excellence and ingenuity are rewarded. We believe that the quality of the people on our team is the single most important factor in our good fortune to date, and we select, manage, and compensate accordingly. Click here to find out more about our available positions and discover your future career possibilities.

 

Benefits

  • Be surrounded by smart, energetic peers
  • Be offered paid time off, parental leave, retirement matching and medical/dental benefits
  • Enjoy fair and wonderful flexibility in terms of working hours and conditions
  • Work in a beautifully renovated historic building on the Downtown Mall in the heart of Charlottesville – consistently named among the top ten places to live in America
  • Receive professional development opportunities, including tuition reimbursement, functional learning and development budgets, goal setting, and individual development planning
  • Contribute to the scholarly communication and education that advances medicine and science

Whether you are passionate about business, technology, data or are interested in the scholarly publishing industry in general, there is always a place for you here at Silverchair.


Charlottesville offers a perfect blend of city life and natural beauty. Located in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and just a short drive away from the Shenandoah National Park, Charlottesville gives outdoor lovers the unique opportunity to embrace nature. The James & Rivanna Rivers offer the perfect options for water activities such as ratting, tubing, kayaking and canoeing. Take a hike along the 101-mile Appalachian Trail, go fishing in the mountain streams the Shenandoah, or simply enjoy the interactive exhibitions of the park.

Only two hours from Washington, D.C., Charlottesville is ranked among the Top Five New American Foodie Cities with world-class fine dining and just plain fabulous wineries and breweries constantly featured in national publications. Various antique shops, book shops, art districts and galleries are dispersed throughout the city, offering delightful surprises as you navigate the city. 

Silverchair’s location on the Downtown pedestrian mall gives us a front-row seat to all that Charlottesville has to offer. With the Free Speech Wall on one end and an Escape Room on the other, with incredible food and a lively arts scene, this is a town that not only invites but nurtures variety, creativity, and balance. What better place to locate a company that thrives on those qualities.

Winning, Fun, & Collaborative 

Getting tired on a Friday afternoon? Enjoy a cup of Snowing in Space cold-brew nitro coffee on tap in the kitchen!

Feeling peckish? Snacks abound, and the downtown mall offers no shortage of walkable fooderies.

In need of motivation? Our comprehensive Wellness Program rewards caring for all aspects of your physical, emotional, financial, and social lives.

Weekend plans looking sparse? Silverchairians enjoy getting together outside of work either informally for happy hours and team outings, or for company-sponsored functions like picnics at King Family polo, roller skating at Carver Rec Center, or our company picnic.

Narnia & Silverchair

Silverchair gets its name from the fourth book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, noted for its themes of persistence and transformation. The inspiration still weaves its way through the company, both in team names (e.g. Narnia) and building locations (e.g. Cair Paravel, Wood Between the Worlds, & Spare Oom). 

The Australian rock band came later, but it occasionally leads to confusion (including an application for an Editorial Assistant position from someone who listed as one of his qualifications that he had been an office manager for Soundgarden—he didn’t get the job).

Why Employees Love Working For Silverchair

"A UX mind frame that starts at sketches and collaboration with UI developers.” 

“Everyone at Silverchair is dedicated to working hard and making you feel like part of the team. Leadership has made it a priority to ensure that the workplace culture is inviting and satisfying. They are constantly striving to do and be better, and asking for help in the process. Being involved in the STM community provides a sense of charity and cooperation.” 

“Great environment, extremely intelligent people who are very solid in their roles and easy to work with, wonderful flexibility.” 

“Silverchair is a great place to work on the downtown mall and is carving out a significant niche in their industry.” 

“The people are some of the best I've ever worked with. They are engaged, dedicated, smart problem solvers.” 

“Smart people, cool technology, still a relatively young company with an ability to influence future growth; Really cool office in a historic building right on the downtown mall.” 

"Workspace is beautiful, people are friendly and talented/know how to work hard/have fun. Management is down-to-earth and friendly."

"Competitive pay and benefits!"

"Proactively shaping company for greater impact and growth."

"In addition to being located in a great area of Charlottesville, one of the best things about working at Silverchair is definitely the people. I have found lifetime friends and mentors through this company."

Silverchair Reviews

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    "Company values mean nothing if they don't occasionally cause pain"

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    I have been working at Silverchair full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is one of the few places I've worked where the company values are more than just PR, or something we tell new hires about and conveniently forget when it impacts revenue. I've worked at those places. Places where calling out an issue leads to someone telling you to mind your business or stay in your lane. Silverchair actively encourages you to raise issues. They're by no means perfect about solving them, but they do strive to improve over time and that means a lot.

    Silverchair has an amazing work culture and ethic. People are open and honest about feedback and criticism with the goal of constructive growth. Also has some of the smartest people I've had the privilege of working with. I've learned and grown a ton working there, and continue to learn every day.

    Great work life balance, great PTO system, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The business side can sometimes have a bigger voice in outcomes than other orgs, this is generally true of most agile shops however, and there are genuine attempts to improve that balance.

    Advice to Management

    A company dies once it loses it's core values. There are plenty of local examples of this as well as other examples nationally. Keep hiring those that truly believe and internalize the core values of Silverchair and the company will continue to do great.

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Silverchair Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Silverchair (Charlottesville, VA) in January 2020.

    Interview

    The process took ~3.5 weeks. I was contacted by the recruiter within a couple of days of submitting my resume. I visited the location 3 times - conversation with directors, technical interview and conversation with team members and Chief People Officer. From the first interaction you understand they value their people and culture and are truly looking for the right fit for the company. Feedback was very timely and I was kept informed of the next steps throughout the process. Everyone was very nice and welcoming.

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Silverchair Awards & Accolades

  • Business of the Year, Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, 2017
  • Spotlight Award, Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, 2012
  • Governor's Award for Science Innovation, Governor Bob McDonnell and Science Museum of Virginia, 2012
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Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

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