I worked at Hatsize Learning Corporation as an intern (Less than a year)
Good intro to Agile Software development. Friendly staff and development team. Encouraged to really be part of the team.
Sometimes will do something one way, to later find out by another developer it should have been done another (though it didn't happen often).
I worked at Hatsize Learning Corporation full-time (Less than a year)
Knowledgeable, senior, easy going devs. You will learn a decent amount. Agile process is embraced. Pair programming is awesome. Collaboration is encouraged.
They have been hacking away at the old/crappy/legacy code. Last I heard most of it now gone so you wouldn't have to look at legacy code which seemed to be written by someone in 1st year. It really was horrific.
While most of the team is a joy to work with, there is a certain elements who makes thing unnecessarily tough (If you read this review carefully, there is a hint who that is). So if you are paired/stuck with the said individual, your life at Hatsize would be tough. This is not just my sentiment, I had this conversation with other devs and they readily agreed.
As a team, you are expected to manage things yourself. In other words, the manager doesn't really manage the team, he only manages end clients
Advice to Management
Do not tolerate brilliant jerks. The cost to teamwork is too high
-Reed Hastings, CEO Netflix
Small company dynamics mean you get to wear many hats and experience a broad set of roles and subject matter in your day to day responsibilities. Flexible and agile.
Small company dynamics mean you often have to work odd hours and fill in where there are gaps. This will intrude on your personal time. Decide whether this is a significant downside for yourself.
Advice to Management
Keep the end goal in focus and continue to let the technical stars in your organization get work done. Introduce only meaningful process and review it regularly.
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