Mission: The Freedom to Create Products People Love.
WillowTree's recent research on the importance of brand apps cited in this The New York Times article today alongside brand stories from Regal Entertainment Group, Walgreens, Panera Bread, and others who are taking their mobile presence seriously. More here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ86x
Check out Nish's guide for exploring Android's navigation architecture component.
WillowTree, founded in 2008, is a mobile design and development agency whose mission is to create high-quality solutions for our clients. The only way we know how do this is by bringing together a team of smart, motivated people who take pride in their work. We foster a collaborative environment that focuses on continuous learning and unlimited opportunities to make a true impact; and of course, we also ship lots of code!
WillowTree works with top brands and companies, who give us interesting and, many times, difficult challenges that have a real impact on them and their customers. They rely on our expertise in UX strategy, design and our knowledge of constantly changing mobile technology to solve their problems. We do this for companies like Zappos, PepsiCo, HBO and Mattel. All this makes WillowTree a unique place where we always seem to be pushing the envelope in mobile; you never know what we will be working on next and it definitely is never dull.
We’re an intensely curious, vibrant team with a diverse range of skills in technology, design, and more. We’re always looking for dynamic, creative people—like you—to keep us moving forward.
We hire the best in the industry.
Some of our benefits are:
Just west of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, WillowTree is located on the downtown mall in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia. This small city offers the perfect balance between rich history, rural Southern beauty, and urban amenities like vibrant music and food scenes.
Though the Charlottesville area attracts millions of visitors each year, see why we chose to live here…
Vineyards & Breweries
There are over 70 award-winning wineries, handcrafted ale and lager breweries, and hard cider orchards in the Charlottesville region. Wine and brewery tours are popular for visiting various locations.
Music & Arts
Concert venues including JPJ Arena, the historicParamount Theatre and The Jefferson are popular destinations to experience live music and performances. Charlottesville was also featured in Artizen Magazine. Every Friday, Spring to Fall, Fridays after 5 gives people a reason to come together downtown at the NTelos Pavilion for Free music at a great outdoor venue.
Take a drive on Skyline Drive or hike on the Appalachian Trail – both are accessible in nearby Shenandoah National Park. Avid fisherman? The Rivanna Reservoir is a 450-acre fishing setting, home to bass, bluegill and catfish. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide endless opportunities for skiing, hiking and biking.
Tech Events in Charlottesville
Charlottesville is home to a vast array of technology events and involved enthusiasts. WillowTree is a huge supporter of events such as the Tom Tom Festival and technology groups including Neon Guild, CVJS, PyCHO, beSwarm, & HackCville.
If you want to actually enjoy your day at work and do more than tolerate your co-workers, then WillowTree might be the place for you. People here collaborate, help each other out and generally like each other.
WillowTree is a very flat organization with no middle-management. This means that everyone here needs to be self-motivated and accountable. We are really busy working hard for our awesome clients, but we also like to have fun together.
Weekly team lunches, company L&L lunches, Friday happy hours and company parties are an important part of getting to know each other outside of work. Some people even go on vacation together! ( :O).
We hire the best talent in the industry and give them what they need to keep growing and learning. We have all of the fun perks of other development shops, but it is the people and the teamwork that make WillowTree such an amazing place to be.
Do you want to do more than fix bugs and get coffee? Interns at WillowTree get an amazing amount of responsibility and become intergrated members of their team. They work on real client projects and get plenty of mentorship from some of the best deigners and developers in the business.
Our interns this past summer had a weekly team lunch where they had weekly speakers from different parts of the company come share their knowledge. They also had weekly team lunches with their team as well as presented their work at our weekly L&L. We had events with other local tech firms to expose them to what else is going on in c'ville and had fun events with other interns like Networking 101, rafting down the James River and a CEO roundtable. They even had a day trip to Busch Gardens.
This quote from a Summer 2015 Android Developer intern pretty much sums it up:
"WillowTree is an amazing place to work. As an intern, I was given the same responsibilities as a full-time developer and had the opportunity to work on actual projects that were published to the Play Store. It was nice to know that the work I did at WillowTree had an impact in the real world. The other main factor that made WillowTree great was the people. Everyone in the office was always very friendly and the overall company culture made work relaxing. They really focus on bettering their employees and place a strong emphasis on learning. Weekly intern lunches, team lunches, and the company-wide Lunch and Learn and All Hands on Deck meetings made sure that I always knew what was happening within the company as well as the latest Android news. I would highly recommend WillowTree to anyone looking for an internship."
WillowTree values our interns and we only hire students that we think have the potential to be hired full-time after they finish school. If you are looking for an internship with limitless possibilities to learn and grow please get in touch or come say Hi when we visit your school or hackathon!
I have been working at WillowTree full-time (Less than a year)
Close your eyes and picture the coolest and most enjoyable place to work...this place is better. Here's why:
• The People: Working here initially can be intimidating because you are surrounded by such intelligent hard-working people. This makes for an unprecedented work environment that is challenging, stimulating, and rewarding all at the same time. Everyone is constantly pushing each other to become better. This is partly facilitated by the fact that everyone here is incredibly cool to be around. In an office full of people, I can't name one I dislike. I truly enjoy and care about the people I work with and for, and I believe that this is a shared sentiment throughout the office.
• The Opportunities: From a design perspective, working for a mid-sized company or with larger clients can mean getting shoved in a corner somewhere on a design team of god knows how many people where the work is so divided that you barely play a part in it. And the small sliver of work you do contribute may or may not even see the light of day (or screen). That is not the case here. You have an unparalleled opportunity to make an impact through design. Not only do you get to work with huge and exciting clients, but the teams are usually pretty small and agile. There is no excess of designers on one project, which means you have a sizable impact on the design direction for huge apps and websites—products that will be seen and used by thousands and potentially millions of people. In addition, the design team is relatively large and growing, so although you have a lot of autonomy on the project you're assigned to, you still have a team of awesome people to bounce ideas off of and get feedback from, which you’ll need because you may be asked to travel at some point to present your work to execs at a major, super cool client company. Literally the most ideal situation. How could you want more?
• Personal Growth: There is a mentoring program geared towards helping you grow in your role at the company. Your boss meets with you on a weekly basis to make sure everything is going well with you. They also dedicate 2 hours of work time a week to learning new things. They’re not afraid to invest in the betterment of their employees. Oh, and also, you get to choose a conference to attend once a year. And they pay for it. Ha, just wait. There’s more…
• They Actually Care: I have never met so many high-level people who truly care about the employees of the company, including the CEO himself. Company-wide meetings are held every other week to discuss the state of the company, recent wins for the company, welcome new employees, and openly answer questions or concerns. Recently, a huge company-wide survey/study was conducted to ensure that everyone was feeling included and good about working there. Like really? Is this a Disney movie? I could act surprised, but I’m not. Because this company is all about the surveys. Surveys about potential growth. Surveys about how you think the company should donate money. Surveys about how happy you are with the snacks they have in the office and what snacks you might like to see in the future. Surveys about what time works best for you for the company to rent a movie theater for the entire office to go see The Last Jedi. Like what? These are all real surveys, I’m not joking. That’s the level of caring that goes on here. And the CEO is constantly seeking feedback and input from all employees, and then (and here’s the kicker), he acts on it. I’ve witnessed multiple people (from many levels and departments) raise valid points and he then makes changes in response to it. And I don’t mean in like months…I mean days. Or even hours. Like really? Really?? Where else does this actually happen?
• Lavish Extras: Two paid lunches a week. State-of-the-art equipment and tools at your disposal. Snacks on snacks on snacks. You could probably survive off of all the snacks they have in the office. I haven’t tried it yet, but I bet you could. Bagels every Monday morning. Nitro brew on tap. Flexible hours: project teams set the core hours they will be in the office. Paid downtown parking. Fun company events. Happy hours every Friday complete with free alcohol and other beverages.
It can be intimidating to work with such big clients on large-budget projects if you haven't before. They help you with this.
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Keep doing what you're doing...this is awesome!
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at WillowTree.
There was a recorded video interview that tested your knowledge at a very high level. The answers are not meant to be very in depth as you only have about a minute to answer each one. After that, a recruiter called me and we discussed basic information about the company and what it had to offer. The recruiter then scheduled a phone interview for me with the team lead where he discussed topics related to the particular type of work that I was interviewing for.
Next I was sent a test project that I was to complete and send back to them for review. I would rate the test project as fairly easy and can be completed in less than 10 hours. After reviewing the test project, they invited me to visit their office where I spent the day in various interviews, some technical and some more personality related.
Finally, a few days later, during which I assume they reviewed all facets of the process that I traversed, they sent me an offer which I accepted.
Overall, I felt like they were very selective regarding which candidates they send offers to. The entire experience was difficult but extremely rewarding and everyone was very nice, sincere and helpful.