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"Amazing culture, great coworkers, interesting work"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Charleston, SC
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Charleston, SC
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at SPARC full-time (More than a year)

Pros

- Culture can't be artificially created, but it can definitely be nurtured. While it may sound like recruiter fluff, SPARC's commitment to having a thriving culture at the center of everything really does show through in the day-to-day life here.

- As a developer, I've never previously experienced the creative freedom I enjoy here. Rather than seeking to be a "Java shop" or a ".NET shop", the technical leadership here simply encourages using the right tool for the right job (with a pragmatic understanding that sometimes "right" is largely dictated by the interests of the team doing the work). As a result, I haven't had to use Java OR .NET during the two years I've been here (although both are used within the company...). :)

- While organizational scale requires some form of hierarchy, there is a very clear policy against requiring communication channels to follow any such hierarchy. Everyone from execs to summer interns are encouraged and enabled to talk directly to anyone within the company, CEO included. My own experience was that I had talked to SPARC's CEO (Eric Bowman) more during my first 15 minutes than I had with my former job's CEO over 4 years.

- The projects and challenges that we solve are varied and interesting. Some of our projects have direct impact on our nation's veterans, we create unique solutions for commercial customers, and we've built some truly awesome products and proprietary analytics technology.

- As a strong proponent of Open Source, I was happy to find that SPARC's commitment to Open Source wasn't just lip service. During my time here, I've been able to contribute to literally over a dozen Open Source projects and SPARC itself is Open Sourcing new projects as well (including entire applications).

- As has already been commented, the benefits are good, salary is competitive, and the coworkers are awesome.

Cons

No job is going to be without problems. SPARC has definitely experienced growing pains and at times communication could have been better. My own challenges here at SPARC have most often been minor, situational, and not endemic of the company as a whole. Part of SPARC's culture seems to being laying everything out on the table, so when murmurs turn to grumbling, you can pretty much count on a very proactive and open response.

Other Employee Reviews for SPARC

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work as for a developer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Developer in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SPARC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work environment and benefits. Agile methodology to the fullest!

    Cons

    Sparc has some growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Focus hiring on quality over quantity.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The Sunday angst I used to have about reporting to work Monday a.m. is gone forever; I have taken back my Sundays!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive of Human Resources Solutions in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Account Executive of Human Resources Solutions in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SPARC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Camaraderie among employees
    -Open lines of communication across an extremely flat organizational structure
    -My voice is heard
    -Recognition is consistent and constant
    -Work is fun
    -Work is meaningful
    -Innovation is constant!
    -Everyone is a "team member"

    Cons

    If you do not like working for a company with the characteristics listed in the Pros section, this may not be the place for you. Current employees are known to arrive early and stay late, so again, if you are not willing to bust your back for something you care about, SPARC is probably not for you. If you do not like having fun or the ability to engage ANY team member in conversation within a company, SPARC may not be the place for you..

    Advice to Management

    Continue constant innovation as well as the ability to be agile! Add value!

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