SmartLogic is a Baltimore-based consultancy that has been building custom web and mobile applications since 2005. SmartLogic works with funded startups, established organizations, and nonprofits to bring new projects to life using progressive, best-of-breed technologies and methods including Elixir/Phoenix, React Native, and Ruby on Rails.
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What sets SmartLogic apart from other development consultancies?
There’s definitely a sense that we’re one of the good guys in the software development agency world. There’s a lot of ways where a company can focus on prioritizing getting as much money out of a client as opposed to developing a long term relationship with the client and I think we definitely skew on the end of focusing more on what’s best for the client as opposed to what’s best for the bottom line.
What is the best part about working at SmartLogic?
It’s never boring. Every day is a little different: there is a wide variety of clientele, there are no shortages of challenges and we’re encouraged to learn from each other and from our projects. And it’s a very relaxed environment with a flexible schedule and no one wearing suits and ties.
What’s work/life balance look like here?
We have core hours from 10am – 3:30pm everyday, so everyone is expected to be in the office or online during that time period. And then how they make up the rest of their hours is up to them.
How do employees stay connected with one another?
Slack, walking around the office, Skype, daily standup meetings and weekly lunch meetings.
So, what’s for lunch?
There’s a grocery budget: everyone puts what they want in a spreadsheet and Relay Foods delivers. We have a kitchenette with protein bars, Greek yogurt, fruit, pop tarts; it’s very health-conscious. For the weekly lunches, if there’s an agenda, we order in, if not we go somewhere nearby like Mission BBQ or Atwaters.
Do employees hang out outside of work?
There are company events and activities and some team members hang out on their own. There are a few people who like to go rock climbing together. We’re a big family, but we’re not the ‘happy hour after work’ office. We don’t really need that.
How does SmartLogic encourage diversity in a white, male-dominated field?
We sponsor a lot of events to encourage diversity. But regardless of whether it’s diversity of ethnicity or diversity of thoughts we often have different developers come in and speak on whatever topic it is that they might be interested in or any projects that they might be working on for the company to watch.
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