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Updated 18 January 2019
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Pros
  • "It is pair programming, co-location, constant communication, building trust, giving feedback, continuous improvement, self-organizing teams, etc" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Serious about agile, pair programming, TDD, etc" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Asynchrony practices pair programming" (in 7 reviews)

  • "I have nothing bad to say about this company" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Finally a company culture that is long view vs 90 day P&L"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asynchrony Labs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I've worked for some 100% plus private companies, and the one thing going for them was alway the long view culture and that the people in the trenches make the company profitable, not the CEO, the board, or the customer. Asynchrony/WWT is doing that in a 30 year old company. Treats its employees well. Work hard, play hard, Invest in your employees, and Team work not, follow-the-leader.
    - Great benefits
    - Great Culture... management listens... the entire org is focused on honesty, candor, facing hard truths, humility, passion, and process.
    - Great leaders
    - Great work/life balance
    - Encourages Innovation at all levels and from all team members.
    - Compensation is good.

    Cons

    we can get crazy aggressive timelines, and yes there are customers from heck, and a sales force that promises more than we can deliver... but see above... management plans for this and fosters openness in realizing bad data or decisions and reassessing next steps based on facts and not on unkeepable promises.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing, especially in transitioning from less hardware installs to complex systems integrations and solutions.

    Asynchrony Labs Response

    7 Jan 2019 – Chief Technology Officer

    Thanks so much for the comments and advice! Let us know if you ever see us not working to adjust or improve when problems arise.


  2. "Amazing place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asynchrony Labs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredible office space, trusting management, ability to find the right solution to problems

    Cons

    Can be hard to find a career path if you're not self-motivated, but there are plenty of opportunities up for grabs at all times

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

  3. "Fantastic Place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Denver, CO (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asynchrony Labs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing people, great benefits, and fair wages. Truly though the people here are very smart, both technically and emotionally!

    Cons

    Pretty few in my mind, occasional bad customer, and (this is a pro in my mind but may be a conf for some people?) it is very self-directed you will be as successful as you want to be. Lack of diversity, although I think we are trying to make it better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Asynchrony weird! Also keep giving people opportunities for career growth.


  4. "Fun place to work and a great place to learn"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Denver, CO (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asynchrony Labs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've been developing software professionally for almost 18 years now. There are a few positive things about Asynchrony that really set it apart from other jobs I've had.

    1. Pair programming - The majority of the time when I'm working I'll pair with another developer. And this is a common arrangement amongst almost all of our teams. I find that this greatly improves ramp up time for a project and allows us to learn from each other faster than we would learn on our own. The code quality improves drastically as you and your partner work together and feed off each other. And last of all it really breaks down knowledge silos so any one of us can leave for vacation with full confidence that the rest of the team will carry on fine without us.

    2. TDD - Test-driven development is strongly encouraged and it's refreshing to see. Quality is improved so much with TDD and it's really incredible when it's embraced like this.

    3. Agile (kanban) - Our way of agile software development has a way of simplifying my job while also improving our efficiency and even reducing the stress of a big project.

    4. Learning - As you work here you'll probably be chosen for projects based on your past experience and existing skills to some extent. But I've seen time and time again people being chosen for a project who were missing the experience on a couple technologies necessary for the project. And yet they're given the chance to learn on the job with the safety net of other experienced developers around them to help. I've been on both ends of this and it's been awesome to learn some new technologies and even teach others in this way.

    5. Ping pong - Yes, we have a ping pong table in the Denver office and there are several of us who play almost every day during our lunch break. It's a great way to re-energize before getting back to work.

    Cons

    1. I have heard some people complain about pair programming and that it just doesn't suit them. I think you have to be open to that way of working to really thrive here as a developer. But I still maintain that pair programming is a positive from my perspective.

    2. Deadlines - Ultimately most projects are still going to have deadlines. Our agile process helps alleviate a lot of the pitfalls of failing to deliver within your deadline. But deadlines still serve as a stressor for each team at some point. The good news is that as many of our longer-term clients begin to trust us the deadlines are relaxed and we begin to focus with the client more on prioritizing, forecasting, and just simply working the stories most valuable to the client. When this happens our jobs as developers become less compromised as we're able to make better decisions every day without the external pressure of a looming deadline.


  5. "I love my job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asynchrony Labs full-time

    Pros

    Learning opportunities by changing teams with different tech stacks, competitive pay

    Cons

    They could do better when it comes to disability accommodation

    Asynchrony Labs Response

    7 Jan 2019 – Chief Technology Officer

    Thanks for the review! We definitely want to pay attention to how we accommodate our employees, as much as we can given the constraints of our location. If you have specific concerns, please... More


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asynchrony Labs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All around great company to work for.

    Cons

    Client work. Sometimes they can jerk you around.


  7. "Interesting work, motivated and talented coworkers, and nice benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asynchrony Labs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cool coworkers, fun environment, smart management

    Cons

    Professional development can get shorted in the drive for more billable hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture of Asynchrony during the full transition into WWT.

    Asynchrony Labs Response

    7 Jan 2019 – Chief Technology Officer

    Thanks for the review, and keeping our culture of quality delivery while fully incorporating WWT's culture of valuing people and having a high standard for leadership is of utmost importance to us.... More

  8. "A Mixed Bag"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Developer in Denver, CO (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asynchrony Labs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Tons of opportunity for career growth
    Free Food
    Lots of drinking/alcohol events (if you drink)
    Some clients are exciting and cutting-edge
    Benefits Package
    Proximity to Light Rail

    Cons

    Feedback culture and culture of continuous improvement can feel painful and aggressive to some people. This seems especially true for women, and I've seen many of our women struggle in this environment.
    Practice of referring to highly talented and experienced people in their 40’s and 50’s as “Junior” while calling 25 year olds with a masters degree “Senior” can really mess up your mind and sense of self worth
    It feels like a roller coaster – when it’s good it’s very good, and when it’s bad it’s the worst place I’ve worked
    Feedback culture and culture of continuous improvement can feel painful and aggressive to some people. This seems especially true for women, and I see many women struggle in this environment.
    Practice of referring to highly talented and experienced people in their 40’s and 50’s as “Junior” while calling 25 year olds with a masters degree “Senior” can really mess up your mind and sense of self worth
    This place feels like a roller coaster – when it’s good it’s really good, and when it’s bad it’s the worst place I’ve worked
    Lots of drinking/alcohol events (if you don't drink)
    Some clients are dull, boring or stressful

    Advice to Management

    Eradicate the practice of calling people Jr. and Sr. These labels don't match the industry standard and feel like hazing and harassment for our older employees who are called "Jr." all the time. Consider the impact of only hiring highly talented people with lots of experience. You are missing out on highly-qualified, diverse entry-level applicants who could add great value to the organization.

    Asynchrony Labs Response

    7 Jan 2019 – Chief Technology Officer

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate you acknowledging the things you enjoy about being part of WWT Asynchrony Labs. We do take career growth seriously, especially... More


  9. "Lives Up To the Hype"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asynchrony Labs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - High level software development, lots of smart people
     - Serious about agile, pair programming, TDD, etc.
     - Chance to learn A TON as a developer. Unlike anywhere I have ever even heard of in this respect. The wide range of projects and tech stacks are amazing if you want to learn.
    - Really great atmosphere and culture. Relaxed, positive, understanding, serious (in a good way) - and on and on.
    - Flat-ish structure - can go both ways, but I love it

    Cons

    - Since WWT (and hence also Asynchrony) is billing itself as "Silicon Valley in St. Louis", I'd say their benefits and pay fall short of what you'd expect in Silicon Valley
    - You can sometimes be "on the bench" which is boring as heck
     - Some difficulty with clients who are not set up for agile can cause headaches

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of what makes this place great as we grow

    Asynchrony Labs Response

    7 Jan 2019 – Chief Technology Officer

    Thanks for the great comments, and for the feedback. While we may not pay what one might need to live in an area like San Francisco, we do regularly compare our salaries to others in the area to... More


  10. "Nine months in, still engaged."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asynchrony Labs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lateral management structure
    Plenty of opportunities to learn new things
    Interesting projects
    Self-organizing teams
    Customers are persistently engaged
    40-hour weeks (no, really)
    Employees have agency and the space they need to enact good ideas.
    Extremely Intelligent, engaged co-workers who love what they do.
    Revolving door company
    Insane benefits
    Free soda/coffee
    Snacks aren't free but profits from those go to buying video/board games for the company stash.
    ... oh, and you get a certain amount of Professional Development hours each year, in which the company will pay you to go tinker with robots or whatever you so desire.

    Cons

    Lateral management occasionally leads to problems - larger cross-team projects can lack cohesion if you don't keep an eye on it, though mostly they do.

    Transitions from one client project to another can involve some down-time, and if you work for Asynchrony, being "out of work to do" is probably not something you enjoy.

    Advice to Management

    We should be eating our own dogfood more - there's a lot of great in-house ideas that could become IP if we funded them.

    The ProDev hours are a great idea, but should be adjusted: require them to be taken while in the office, but triple the number of them.

    Asynchrony Labs Response

    5 Dec 2018 – Chief Technology Officer

    Thanks for the great feedback, and so glad to hear you're still engaged! We've definitely had some growth pains in the last few years, but I feel very optimistic that many of the issues of the past... More