Atomic interviews quite a few folks for entry-level software development positions each year. Part of the interview process involves a programming challenge. We try our best to present challenges that are similar to the work we do day-to-day, rather than asking candidates to solve obscure algorithmic puzzles. Generally, though, our candidates start from a blank […]
Consulting can be a scary business. Folks bring unique, challenging problems and ask you to solve them within a tight timeline. If you’re a planner and you like knowing what the path to completion looks like, this can be stressful. Learning to work confidently in these spaces is one of the great gifts I’ve received […]
This fall, Atomic’s Grand Rapids office will be recruiting our fifth Accelerator cohort. Our Accelerator program is a unique leadership development program designed for folks beginning their careers in software development. It’s a full-time job, complemented with extra resources and mentorship to help folks get off to a great start. If you know someone who’d […]
I’m very excited to have our fourth Grand Rapids cohort beginning our Accelerator program this summer. Each Accelerator cohort helps us shape the program’s structure, activities, and content. I’d like to share three key improvements we’ve made over the last few years.
Most folks aren’t terribly excited about receiving feedback at work. It’s generally negative, you might not agree with it, and it’s often too vague or shallow to be helpful. Most folks aren’t terribly excited about giving feedback either. There’s a risk of being perceived as judgy, nitpicky, or impersonal. Or it may simply be hard […]
“The weather’s beautiful—let’s go for a nice bike ride!” You’re picturing a five-mile route along a trail, right? If so, we’re in trouble. I’m hoping for a 100-mile ride, hopefully on roads I’ve never traveled before. If we ride off together without getting our expectations aligned, we’ll soon find ourselves unhappy.
Your first job out of college really matters. Who you meet, what you learn, and what you accomplish in those first years will go a long way toward determining how the rest of your career unfolds.
The Atomic Accelerator program has recently reached an exciting milestone—Accelerator members and graduates now make up over half of our development team! We’re thrilled with the value our Accelerator Atoms are contributing to client teams, the strong positive effect they’re having on our company culture, and the relationships they’re building early in their Atomic careers. Our […]
I had the opportunity to attend the HCI Employee Engagement conference in Denver recently and really enjoyed Bek Chee’s talk, “Beyond On-Boarding: Using ‘Day Zero’ Engagement to Kickstart the New Hire Experience.”
Imagine setting off with a group of strangers for a yearlong journey into the wilderness. You must all work together to overcome the dangers you’ll face along the way. Now imagine that the group’s leaders seem much more concerned with their own personal security and success than yours. This is a pretty stressful situation, right? […]