Job Openings – Follow up

I was reading this article today and realized that I didn’t give people a good feel for who we are or why they may want to work here. So, here’s a better stab at that.

Our band of Brothers (and cousins)

We are a small team that works well together. Brad and I started doing this about 12 years ago. We’ve worked hard to build long term relationships with our customers. They’ve told the people they know to hire us and that’s worked out well for us in developing a stable, growing business. Barrett and Kyle have been working for us for a few years and we have a stable of contractors we’ve been using as well.

We just moved into some new offices in Lake Orion, MI. We share the building with a construction firm and a print shop. We also run another company we own, called Paw Pods, out of here. We’re a happy group that plans to work together for a very long time and we are looking to add some smart, nice, hard working people to our team.

Our Clients

We work hard to develop long term relationships with our clients. We have big companies that we work with like Henry Ford Health System and the University of Michigan. We have smaller companies like CIMdata and Oliver Corp., and we have some startups like EZPaperTrail and PawPods.

We make sure that everything we build is valuable to them and worth at least what they paid us to build it. As cheesy as it sounds we put their needs first, even if that means turning down an idea or project because we don’t think it is worth what we’d have to charge to build it. We’ve found that builds a real trust and that they come back to us again and again when they really do need something done so it pays off in the long term. We expect that kind of integrity from anyone that would work here. Short term thinking and exploitation is just not how we work. We want to build our clients up so they will succeed and work with us for many years to come.

Daily Life at IWD

We work varied hours. Kyle is an early bird. Brad tends to work late. I like to get home for dinner with my family. We’re flexible within reason and want you to be happy with the hours you’re working. Not an early riser? Come in at 10. Fall asleep at 7pm? Come in early instead.

We’ll get you set up with a nice computer with the software you need and big monitors to make sure crappy tools aren’t wasting your time. Prefer Eclipse or Notepad to Dreamweaver? We don’t care as long as the code you type in it is good.

Coffee is on us, Brad just picked up an espresso machine so you can even get fancy lattes right here. No lousy powdered creamer or burned sludge to drink.

We’ll do our best to make sure you’re happy coming in and working here each day. If you need something you just tell us and make a reasonable case and we’ll do our best to take care of you.

Ideal Candidates

You are:

  • Smart
  • Friendly
  • A good person
  • Hard working
  • Regularly productive
  • Interested in regularly learning new skills
  • Able to communicate complex and technical ideas clearly in writing and verbally
  • Able to research a solution to the problems you encounter
  • Dedicated to getting things right and refusing to churn out a crappy product

Our Technology Stack

We use the following on a daily basis:

  • ColdFusion
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • jQuery
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Subversion
  • Apache
  • Windows 2008
  • CentOS
  • Adobe’s Design programs – Fireworks, Photoshop, etc.

The more of those you are familiar with the better. But if you know code, especially some sort of web programming you should be able to make the switch. Moving to ColdFusion from something like ASP or PHP is like a breath of fresh air. jQuery is easy if you’ve been doing anything else with JavaScript . Subversion is pretty straightforward with a few minutes of explanation. The server stuff (Apache, CentOs, Windows 2008) is nice if you know it, but not actually required. If you’re asking what HTML is this may not be the job for you.

I think this is a pretty good group and I’m happy to be spending a huge portion of my life working with them on a lot of interesting projects that actually help people. If all this sounds good to you please let us know.

Kevin Hall
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