- Scribble Software04.Nov 2018
From a personal standpoint, I really didn't really feel engaged culturally by anyone significantly except by one person. That person ended up becoming my mentor and one of my best friends. I greatly appreciate the opportunity they gave me to meet that person as they have changed my life and my career for the better.
Otherwise I think for the most part, I always felt like the culture at Scribble was beyond my reach since I always felt like an outsider peering into something else. I really cannot say what it was that made me feel disconnected.
Support from management
Eh... it could have been better. As I said, I felt like I was an outsider and only ever really got help from the guy I mentioned up above. Everything else I felt like was delegated to me and I just worked on it with my co-workers or by myself. Felt pretty atypical if you ask me.
Unfortunately there seemed to be more wanton to save money than I would have liked. I ended up having to buy some of my own software to do my job. Oh well, I dealt with it.
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Teamwork was great when it took place. I really enjoyed working with some of the guys on various production issues or tag teaming on creating stuff. ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
Other times though teamwork was kind of... non-existent. Because it was a small company, you really couldn't afford to expend multiple people on single tasks. This was especially true in my stint in tech support.
Freedom to work independently
This was probably the best part! As you probably could see up above, there were a lot of cases where you could work on stuff on your own. I'm pretty proud of what I was able to accomplish while I was at Scribble, despite the fact that I will probably want to clean it up. But hey, I did that stuff. And people actually used the stuff!
Because of this, I think this is probably the best part of working at Scribble. YES, this is a double edged sword (hence the 1 star ding), but man, the advantage this gives you is tremendous. You have YOUR TIME, so make the best of it (ง°ل͜°)ง
Mostly emails and meetings. I felt like they really needed some kind of internal website though for managing things. Too much stuff was delegated to email or memos and would get lost in the clutter. The meetings sometimes ran over and didn't feel as productive as they should.
Pretty normal as far as I could tell. ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ)
I want to give this more stars, I really do. They gave me a lot to do while I was there and I feel like I benefited from it immensely. I am eternally grateful!
However, I have to consider the fact that this is one of the reasons why I left. I didn't see any opportunities within the company left. It wasn't growing as fast as I would have liked and it also wasn't seemingly doing much to provide me with the time, space or work to keep me around. I hate to say this, but I feel like Scribble is not a long term place for a software developer. I hope that changes, for the company's sake. (；一_一)
Overall compensation for your work
I didn't think the compensation was justified and/or high enough. I felt like it was below average and there wasn't much of anything else being done to make up for it. This bothered me immensely. (ಥ﹏ಥ)
The 401 was higher than other places in Richmond though, which was nice. But it... it just got under my skin when I realized I was making far below the median salary for the local market. I probably would have felt more content and stayed longer if I didn't feel like I was under compensated.
Office / Work Environment
It was OK, but a little too noisy. Because the building was small and adjacent to the buildings next door, you could hear stuff through the walls, floors, ceilings, etc. The noise would be coming from all directions. It wasn't constant, but when it did happen, this made a lot of noise pollution. It really hurt my concentration or when I was on the phone with a client.
I don't know why, but I had this weird feeling every time I went home that I couldn't get the place out of my head. So even if I didn't work late, I still felt like Scribble was still there in my head! ◉_◉
This drove me nuts and probably didn't help when I was at my worst mentally or fatigued. It made me grumpy a lot and not feel so inclined to stay optimistic about working there. Again, its was weird. Maybe it was because I didn't feel "involved"? Who knows... ƪ(˘⌣˘)ʃ
If you asked me this 2-3 years ago, I would have said very proud. But I think as time wore on, I started to feel like the company was mostly competing on price and not on quality. (•ω•)
I think it's challenging, but it isn't in the way I would have liked it. A lot of the challenge comes from having to juggle so many hats. You can't just rely upon being a pure developer, pure tech support, pure sales, or pure whatever to get your job done. The company is tiny, so you need to be able to shift your role at any given point throughout the day. If you are like me and you prefer to hone your skills in a particular area, this can get frustrating. I think some people like it because it helps them feel less bored, but for me, its not what I want in life. ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐
Suggestions for improvement
- Pay more or do something else to make up for the lack of pay. You're going to have to decide on what that is though. I know it's rough because you are so small, but you need to do something about this if you want to retain people. At the end of the day, money does... a lot. Hire more people who have an ambition to become developers/dbas/etc, I guess. I really do relish the opportunities you gave me, and I think another fresh employee could benefit just as well. Just keep in mind though that if you want to keep them... you probably need to do the above and also do more to help their growth by not only challenging them but also encouraging them to continue to learn. Pluralsite subscriptions are actually a good idea, now that I think about it. Maybe offer incentives for completing courses? I don't know if you do, but I never noticed if you had a mission statement or a vision while I was there. Yeah that might seem like silly fluff, but it felt like there wasn't any... ultimate goal or direction? I guess the goal is to be the best at the industry you serve, but I feel that's kind of a taken for granted thing. If you don't have one, you may want to consider it.
What I like about the company
I loved working on the stuff I was given while I was there. The experience I got was priceless. I learned a LOT while I worked there and am thankful for the time. ｡◕‿◕｡
A couple of the people I worked with became my best friends. I am not going to ever discount this... I'll always be grateful for this as well.
The amount of independence was great and helped me achieve a lot of things for both the company and me as a person.
PureService, ESync, Rental H2O, LaunchOffice and PureRetail were cool products to work with/on/support/etc. (▰˘◡˘▰)
What I dislike about the company
Not enough time was allotted to get everything done from an engineering/architectural/research standpoint. I feel like better decisions and choices could have been made to solve problems if things were done with better care and not to just "get it done". ◔̯◔
The culture was very confusing and obtuse to me. I could not fathom what it really was about... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Not enough pay and diminishing career path after a point. I said these a lot, but these are the two of the four main reasons why I left. =O
It never felt like you could get Scribble out of your system once you went home. I felt like this was not conducive to a good work life balance or mental health, even. (ಥ﹏ಥ)
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