SmartLogic | Developer - Technical.ly

Developer

SmartLogic |  Baltimore, MD | Dev / Eng

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Job Description

We’re a web and mobile product development consultancy based in Baltimore, MD. You’ll always be learning and surrounded by smart people.

We strive to create an environment where everyone has the freedom to create the best products for our clients. What does that mean?

Our team is always improving our process. Have an idea for how to work smarter? We want to hear it. We’re constantly looking for ways to build better software with less stress.

No separate project management. We know you do your best work when you control the deadlines and client expectations. There are no layers in between you and the client: you have ownership of the project.

We emphasize communication. We have daily standup meetings, constantly hang out on chat, and encourage open and honest communication, both internally and with our clients. This reduces stress, improves your work environment, and results in better work.

Requirements

We’re looking for engineers who can handle the full process, from client communication to implementation.

Technical generalists. We want engineers who understand the fundamentals of technology. We specialize in building web and mobile apps in Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, iOS, and Android, but if you don’t have experience with those specific technologies, convince us that you’re a fast learner.

Excellent technical skills. We are looking for developers with significant hands-on experience and smart developers who are early in their careers. You can hit the ground running, or grow into your full potential.

Independence and drive. We have a systematic process, and we support each other, but there’s no hand-holding here.

Control your destiny. We expect our team to team to take ownership of their projects. You have the power to make decisions that will lead to the best work for our clients.

Communication skills. Because we don’t have separate project managers, you must be adept at putting technical problems into plain English.

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Talk to us about your tech stack.

We make it a priority to always use the latest tech. For instance, we won’t use something that will be useless in a few years. 

Elixir/Phoenix is our go-to choice for all new projects. Modern web applications demand both real time communication with end users (i.e. chat, live updates, notifications, etc) and background processing (i.e. transaction handling, reporting, external integrations, etc). Elixir’s use of the Erlang VM brings a great multi-process model to these challenges. We do still use Ruby on Rails, as well, primarily for legacy apps and in some cases for new apps where Elixir doesn’t present a clear advantage over Rails.

We use React and React Native for web and mobile app development, respectively. React Native lets us develop Android and iOS apps that look and feel native but that share a codebase, making the build faster, more efficient and easier to maintain.

What are some internal or client projects that you’re proud of?

An internal effort we’re excited to introduce is our in-house product development investment program: SmartVentures. The program provides $400K of product development and mentorship as an alternative path for startups looking to scale up.

We’ve also worked with OrderUp, a national food ordering company, to build an internal menu builder tool (which cut data entry time in half) and an Android app. Not long after, OrderUp was acquired by Groupon.

We’re proud of our work for Spotcrime, a crime data aggregator that has been a client since 2008. Most recently, we built an infrastructure that enabled the app to handle a large volume of data for much lower costs. It is visited by one million users a month and sends over five million email alerts a month.

We’ve even built software that ran on the International Space Station.

What do you look for in new hires?

We make very driven hiring decisions. We’re looking for devs who are solid technical talents — people who understand software to their core and computer science from an applied perspective. We look for people who are deeply interested in programming; for them it’s more than a job, they read about it in their spare time.

We look for people who are smart, capable, truly interested in the work and excited to come in every day.

Our team is very self-directed. We’re not going to micromanage you here. So we seek people who are self-managing and very independent.

Tell us about your internal culture.

Our office is quiet and organized. Our processes are well thought-out and streamlined. Never wanting to become stagnant with old tech, we make a concerted effort to keep up with the modern tech landscape. The people are our team have a variety of skill sets and we value that.

In terms of career growth, we encourage you to pursue things that you’re interested in learning or trying out. We keep the lines of communication open so that team members can discuss their interests, find a way to explore new ideas, learn tech stacks in between client projects, etc. 

Many folks here have their own side projects so we have a side project club that meets once a month, where employees can update the team on what they’re building.

What are your company values?

● Be trustworthy — We want happy, repeat clients, and that happens when they know we have their best interests in mind. 

● Collaboration and Communication — We’re very collaborative and transparent; our clients own the accounts we create for them, and they invite us to access their accounts. There aren’t any non-technical PMs sitting between us and our clients. The devs communicative with them directly.

● Be pragmatic and intentional — We don’t wing it here. We come prepared and use time judiciously. 

Do you have any special company and/or community traditions?

We host a company lunch once a week where we socialize and pick topics to discuss. About once a month we do a company outing, such as a happy hour, craft night, axe throwing or go-carting. During the holiday season we do Secret Santa and host a great party for the team and their plus ones.

As part of growth and development, we send everyone to one to two conferences a year. This year five of us are going to ElixirConf and four of us are going to the React Conference in NYC. 

One of the things we’re most proud of is our effort to sponsor and produce grassroot events.  In 2018 alone we sponsored 74 events. We’ve been a longtime sponsor and supporter of Technical.ly’s events. We program and host on our own lineup of Meetups, including the Baltimore Elixir Meetup. And, we also hosted the Baltimore Women in Tech Micro-Grants Program and gave away $12,000 to women-led initiatives.

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