Mission: Solstice engineers idea-driven digital experiences that bring our customers closer to their customers. The secret to our success is our people and our culture. Our creativity is empowered by a blanket of servant leadership that envelopes our entire organization. We are a ...
We empower disruption by enabling our clients to innovate quickly. We marry innovative strategy with beautiful, human-centered design and precise engineering. We reimagine the customer journey by replacing points of friction, with points of delight. We create emotional connections through experiences driven by context and personalization.
The secret to our success is our people and our culture. Our creativity is empowered by a blanket of servant leadership that envelops our entire organization. We live in a world where there are no bad ideas, no stupid questions. We foster an environment where recognition is placed not on those that are good at their job, but on those that make others great at theirs. This philosophy has created a tight-knit group of innovators, creators and relentless embracers of change. Together, we are reimagining the way the world does business.
We are Solstice Mobile. Let’s build something together.
We empower disruption by enabling our clients to innovate quickly. We marry innovative strategy with beautiful, human-centered design and precise engineering. We reimagine the customer journey by replacing points of friction with points of delight. We create emotional connections through experiences driven by context and personalization. Together, we are reimagining the way the world does business.
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Every year our firm takes a break from client activities to participate in a 24-hour innovation blitz, affectionately referred to as "Express Day". The Express represents the accelerated nature of the event and the ability for everyone to express themselves by working on any idea they choose.
The event is a competition with teams self-organizing around ideas they are passionate about. At the end of the event an external panel of industry judges scores the teams, using our firm's principles as the judging criteria.
The event drives our roadmaps for internal IP development as well as future service offerings; but most importantly, it fuels employee passion.
I have been working at Solstice Mobile full-time
Highly motivated employees and leadership, even six months after the acquisition by St. Ives. Too often a major investment round or exit via sale/IPO irreversibly changes what made that company great in the first place. The exact opposite has happened at Solstice: it has been a catalyst for growth. If anything, it's validation of the unique blend of raw talent, thought leadership, innovation, happy customers and happy employees. The digital world is dizzyingly fast moving. It's rare to find a company that doesn't get stuck in a rut after nearly 15 years of being in business. I think operating a fast-moving boutique consulting firm will always be a pendulum that swings between sales and delivery. But having a bit of swagger on the delivery approach (agile scrum) that has proven successful over and over with Fortune 500 companies, combined with the added benefit of strong market momentum, allows Solstice to be a bit picky in who we engage on projects. If clients aren't a good cultural fit and we find we aren't setting ourselves up for success during discovery, we won't pursue opportunities with that company. As bitter a pill that may be to swallow from a sales/revenue perspective, it's very wise to take the long view with client relationships versus the big team churn the large agencies tend to deliver. Happy client references are well worth the wait.
No major cons at this time. Continue to find ways to improve the lives of employees. Continue to engage the Chicago community as well (charitable events, volunteer time, etc).
Advice to Management
We are all pulled in 1000 directions, a symptom of our growth. Find unique ways to engage employees as senior leadership beyond formal mentoring. Upwardly mobile and talented people need to feel that they continue to contribute positively to the overall vision, which can be lost in the "fog" of constant delivery and back-to-back projects.
I applied online. I interviewed at Solstice Mobile .
I had an introductory chat with recruiter who rejected me and did not give me the contacts coding app because she said I did not have soft skills and "we feel that you have room to grow in communicating and working in teams." I was not able to skip the contacts app and talk to an engineer or hiring manager. I don't know where she got the team thing considering she is a recruiter and has no idea about my work style. She also said they lean more towards hiring iOS developers ("At this time, our hiring needs lean more towards iOS Consultants - those who can hit the ground running and those who are immediately client-facing on our projects.") instead of Android developers which I find to be strange as it is never stated anywhere in the job description and the job title specifically states Android along with iOS. I was also told "We are specifically looking for Android and iOS developers" during the conversation. I have a feeling she did not like my reluctance to do the coding challenge in the first place, even though I agreed to it in the end. Here is why I am reluctant to do app interviews: Why should I do a free app for a stranger who I have never talked to in hopes of "winning" him or her over? Plus, I've been totally burned in the past when I work many hours/days on pre-employment tests but get no feedback or response or the feedback is full of personal technical choices that could be fixed in 10 minutes ("this isn't the best view [in Android] to solve the problem"). Solstice needs to think about candidate's time (scrap the coding challenge app because there are plenty of agencies that don't require it) and stop making bad hiring decisions based upon a recruiter's point of view.