Mission: To assist low- and moderate-income individuals and families to move sustainably out of poverty through the practical application of innovative technology and public policy.
I worked at Solutions for Progress, Inc full-time (Less than a year)
- Some really cool people enjoying a relaxed work atmosphere
- Plenty of time to learn
- Colleagues really care about the mission
- SfP hires a diverse workforce, which is rare in the tech industry
- Low salary: My base pay was well below market. It was reduced even further by company-wide pay cuts during hard times.
- Out of touch management: I don't know if anyone's crunching the numbers. When I was hired we were on the verge of signing a big contract that promised lots of opportunities for growth. When that contract fell through, it wasn't a break-even situation. They couldn't make payroll, cut our salaries and eventually laid off 20% of the company.
- Seniority-based layoffs: Nobody deserves to be laid off, but don't expect strong performance to save you.
- Repeated layoffs: Since I left, there have been multiple rounds of layoffs. The company repeatedly hires people they can't afford to pay year-round.
- Technical Debt: They use a large sub-system written in a proprietary language. Over time, debt accrues.
- No modern tools: Programmers at SfP don't use modern programming tools. Don't expect to be very marketable when you get laid off.
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