With startups leading the way in Canadian innovation, every day, BetaKit does its part to help fill the talent gap with our BetaKit Job Board.
To highlight some of the great places prospective employees can work at across Canada, we’ll put one startup in the spotlight each week to find out what makes their company tick.
Right now, Empty Cubicle is looking for a .NET lead developer. We talked to community manager Nicole Rose about the best parts of working there.
If someone were to come in to work for Empty Cubicle on their first day, what’s the first thing you tell them to get them excited to work there?
Empty Cubicle is building a very distinctive HR technology which we speak to in the interview process but can’t fully share until you join. So on day one, we’re pretty excited to share everything with you. Your role is particularly important in building our vision because we’re early on in our development process. We’re also excited to be growing as a team. We’re a small but mighty group that wants to build something great and have fun doing it.
What are some company perks that people can expect when working at Empty Cubicle?
We’re really early stage and know the kind of team and culture we want to build that will include all of the fun stuff. Right now we’re focused on offering a great work experience, unique work and access to latest software and development tools out there. Our people are great too! Our Founder and CEO, Eric Riz, has long established relationships in the technology space and is a global thought leader. He delivers keynotes on business and technology all around the world. So it’s really important to him that the team has direct access to the best technology. And we do have access to some of the best. We focus on outcomes and results so we can have a flexible workplace — get it done, don’t let the team down and make sure you do what you need to do to have a life outside of work.
When working as part of the developer team, what kind of problems could the .NET Lead Developer expect to tackle? What makes the team so dynamic?
This is a tricky question for us to answer because so much of what we’re working on is confidential right now. Your role is the cornerstone of our dev team, and you’ll have the opportunity to build out the team. We have a solid vision of where we’re going, and we’re excited to have a Lead Developer join us to deliver it. At the same time, you won’t be completely on your own – you’ll work with off-shore and out-of-office uber-experts in the field. Ideally, we would love to hire someone who has built a team before – it’s a great opportunity to put a really important stamp on who we are as a company and what it’s like to work here.
In what ways do you help to foster personal and/or professional growth in your team?
We try not to make things complicated. For us it’s simple – we want to know what’s important to you personally and professionally. What do you want to achieve or learn in both your personal and professional life? The Empty Cubicle team will figure out how to support that. We also have a detailed education plan for our developers in order to support them. It’s about getting stuff done, but also having a life outside of work. Also, as a company, we’re part of the Upside Foundation, which believes in giving back to the community. This truly is one of our fundamental values.
What’s your favourite part about working with the Empty Cubicle team?
There isn’t one single aspect about this team that is my favourite. We support each other, we have an open-concept working environment, and we’re growing. As a start-up, we may not have a lot of the bells and whistles that larger companies have…yet… but we do make sure we have fun. I think most importantly, there are so many learning opportunities and we’re doing something cool which is really what gets me up in the morning.
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