What's in it for you?
We get it. Making a move to a new employer is a big decision. So here are some of the things you can expect from us. Questions? Just ask.
Work Where & When You Want
Corgibytes is set up as a distributed team. Our focus is on results, not micromanagement. We use collaboration tools such as Slack, GitHub, Zoom (along with an internal tool we built called Einbot) to stay connected and give each team member a high degree of autonomy.
Flexible Scheduling Options
We understand that a 40-hour work week might not be the preferred work scenario for everyone. To provide as much flexibility as possible, all employees are paid by the hour and you can adjust your time up or down as life demands. For example, one staff member likes to work more in the winter and less in the summer. Another wanted to scale back on hours to support his partner’s growing business. Part-time status is below 30 hours per week and full-time is above. One caveat — we don’t want anyone working more than 50 hours per week. Beyond that, you’re simply not productive.
Paid Professional Development
Mastering your craft shouldn’t be relegated to just nights and weekends. That’s why we’ve set up 10% time to help you focus on regular professional development during working hours. At Corgibytes, for every ten hours you work, you’ll accrue an hour to spend learning something new. Popular activities include taking an online class, learning a new programming language, contributing to an open source project, blogging about your experiences, or building something interesting.
Focus on Health
Yes, we offer health insurance for full-time employees. We also go beyond by focusing on a low-stress environment that promotes healthy living. We encourage each other to get plenty of rest (including mid-day naps if needed), exercise, and eat well. We even offer a virtual yoga class to help us stay mindful and keep carpal tunnel syndrome at bay.
Prefer Contract Work?
Like your 1099 status? No problem. We can structure your work arrangement in a way that works for you. While you won’t get access to health insurance and will be responsible for purchasing your own equipment, we recognize that being an independent contractor just works better for some folks.
Positions we're scouting for.
As a bootstrapped company, we're hiring developers based on client demand. We have a bunch of good sales leads at any given time, but the timing of when we're hiring might not be immediate. If you feel like you're a good candidate for any of the positions listed below, still reach out. We'll rely on folks who have gotten in touch with us first before we turn to recruiters.
Lead Code Whisperer
Does reconstructing a database from the binary files without any documentation so you can integrate it with a modern framework sound like a fun challenge? If so, you’ve got the right attitude! You’re a seasoned developer and this ain’t your first rodeo. You may have lost count of how many languages you code in because you’re always eager to try something new and are confident you could pick up a new language in a week or two. In your career, you’ve been the person who other people naturally go to for help. You have a service-oriented approach, enjoy mentoring, and like the idea of solving problems as a team as opposed to going off and doing your own thing.
Corgibytes doesn’t have project managers, so you’ll also be responsible for interacting with clients to help run projects, discuss budget, and prioritize tasks. Good written and verbal communication skills are a must. You’re adaptive because each client is different. Some run on two week sprints and are comfortable with Scrum. Others do well with Kanban and Continuous Deployment. You get that the methodology is less important than the results, and will be diligent about collecting retrospectives so the executive team can stay informed and involved.
We get asked these questions a lot.
Is there a particular skill or language you're looking for?
The folks who have been the best fit at Corgibytes have a “can do” attitude and are amazing consultants. They are proactive, take initiative, and focus on delivering lots of value to our clients. They communicate with ease and leave a trail of documentation behind them.
The most popular language/frameworks that we get asked to work on are object oriented: Ruby on Rails, Python/Django, C#/.NET, PHP, and Java. Most of our developers can work with several of these tech stacks, including a few more. If they’re not familiar with a technology, they can ramp up quickly, which to us is delivering value in about a week.
I live outside the United States. Can I still apply?
Yes. We have several members on our team who work as international contractors. However, there are projects that might have specific work requirements that we need to stick to. Most of our team is currently on Eastern Time. One of our teammates lived in Hong Kong for a month, and while it worked, we noticed there was a significant delay in communication that isn’t ideal. Given that, we give preference to people close to our timezone but are absolutely open to being convinced otherwise.
Are you hiring junior developers?
As a small team, we’re building our core leadership first. This means that for the foreseeable future, we’ll need developers with lots of experience. We do have it in our strategic plan to implement a training program for more junior developers, but realistically, it won’t be implemented for a few more years.
What about diversity?
It’s awesome! Creating a culture where everyone on the team feels included and has a sense of belonging is one of our topmost strategic priorities. Our CEO was featured in the book Erasing Institutional Bias: How To Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion for some of the ideas she’s implemented here. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate by race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. If you’ve ever felt like a minority in the tech community, we encourage you to apply.
Nice. I think I want to apply. Any tips?
Keep informed of when we’re hiring by completing our developer survey.
When need to staff a project, we’ll send out a message to individuals with more details about the position. We have loads of applicants contacting us, so here’s how you can help yourself stand out when filling out your survey:
- Show us your personality. Good communication, especially written skills, are essential and a quality we’ll be looking for.
- Our CEO and CTO are the ones who initially review applicants. Use our names in your greeting. They’re on our website.
- Demonstrate that you’ve done your research and read the documentation. We’ve put a lot of detail on our website on purpose.
- Links to projects where we can check out your work are super helpful.
- If you have typos in your survey, we’ll assume you’re also okay with typos in your code. We pitch our company based on quality, so details matter.
Sweet. I filled out the survey. Now what?
Head on over to our hiring process page and read all about what you can expect.