Senior Web Developer (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – June 26, 2012
Mass Relevance is an Austin-based startup that's breaking ground in a rapidly-growing segment of the social media market. The company is expanding quickly, but smartly, and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
As with many startups, the atmosphere is exciting and energetic, even slightly chaotic (in a good way). An open office layout lends itself to easy communication, albeit sometimes at the expense of concentration. Fortunately, there are quiet spaces to retreat to, and the flexible work arrangements make it easy to work remotely on occasion when you need to bear down and finish a project.
The executive team is A+, and will undoubtedly make the best decisions to grow the company to its full potential. The team is young, intelligent, spirited, friendly, and cooperative. Product development is a very self-guided affair, with a healthy blend of delegation and guidance/feedback/direction. I find this very refreshing after having worked for at least one company that treated developers as commodities.
Internal meetings are few, and the company culture values working hard toward tangible results with minimal administrative/bureaucratic roadblocks. Days are usually spent working independently at desks, broken up with a communal lunch, plentiful games of ping pong, occasional hijinks, and chatting with coworkers as needed to realize projects.
The hardest part of the job is achieving world-class results with limited resources. However, as an employee, the odds are stacked in your favor - it's a wonderful environment for delivering your best work.
free breakfast & lunch daily, abundant free snacks, monthly celebratory field trip, flexible work arrangements, birthday cake, ping pong table, wii, macbook air, apple thunderbolt display, great co-workers
slightly cramped space (temporary), ridiculously-skilled ping pong competition, sometimes loud/busy in office
As a software engineer here, I get to work on a huge variety of things, from processing 350,000 Tweets/minute via the Twitter Firehose using Cassandra, Scala, Redis and so on to our Rails app to JS visualizations. And we're moving and building fast, so we have learned to scale to millions of requests per minute. Yes, I get to work on things I care about, which is awesome.
The uppers put a lot of trust in you to get your work done and to do it well. You also have to proactive in choosing the problems you want to tackle. So if you're the person that prefers someone to dole out tickets for you to work on, this company may not be the right fit.
The culture is wayyyy fun. Vacation time is really flexible, and we go out as a company every month to do something fun. We've done Franklins BBQ, golf, swimming, volleyball, ping-pong, bowling, going out to bars, and others I've forgotten.
smart team, hard problems, good food, culture of trust, great vacation policy/culture.
Senior Designer (Current Employee) – Austin – July 2, 2012
After working for a global design consultancy on long projects with corporate clients that usually ended up not making it to market because of corporate engineering red tape, etc.—it's amazing to work at a company, where in any given week, we deliver on what might be tens of projects.
Whether it's sales, dev, design or marketing; we are all on the same team and working towards a common goal, and collaborate closely. We work hard, but we also play hard. Fantastic Fridays give us a chance to relax once a month with a half day offsite, there's constantly a game of ping pong going on in the office, and we have lunch together which is provided in house by our very own startup chef.
We are growing rapidly, both in employees but more so in projects! We are going strong, and we need to hire! That is the ONLY reason for the one four star rating above—instead of 5 straight—but that's NOT a bad thing. Being busy is good, and Mass Relevance is great!
amazing team, collaborative open environment, free lunches, fun offsites, benefits
growth is fast, the office can feel packed and loud sometimes, but plans to move are in the works; very fast-paced, flexibility and ability to switch tasks quickly is required