Informiam/Genesys: Java Developers, Intermediate and Senior

August 26, 2008

Informiam / Genesys is looking for Java Developers, Intermediate and Senior:

As a part of our team of software developers you will be a contributor to the design and implementation of Genesys/Informiam’s rich interface web-based applications and products.

We are looking for developers with strong Java skills, good understanding of data modeling and relational database fundamentals, object-oriented design, a creative software design sense, and enthusiasm to build our complex and rich internet applications — real-time business intelligence and reporting analytics products used by some of the largest IT companies in the world.

The Good
A friend works there, and I know at least one other developer there has a good reputation via friends and colleagues.   Having a good team counts for a lot, so having two future colleagues with good reputations goes along way with me.

The technology mix is also interesting, for the most part: “Java 5 + 6, Spring 2.5, Spring Security (Acegi), Restlet, ActiveMQ, Maven 2, GWT, and Hibernate/JPA on a daily basis”

The Bad
I can’t personally summon much enthusiasm for what Informiam produces and sells.  The location is also pretty awkward for many of you.  Unless your house is North of the 401 and/or somewhere near uptown Yonge street, the location might be a bit of a problem.  There’s a fair amount around, but it’s not a commute that I’d be looking for.  It’d be nice if they talked a bit about the work you’d be doing, your role, the process, the compensation.  There’s also very little about who Informiam is, and why you might want to work for them.

YMMV
They mention ESB; that either means that Informiam has some very tough technical challenges ahead, or they like to adopt complex and painful technologies.  You decide.

I’m under the impression that they offer reasonable but unexceptional compensation.

In Summary
If you’re north of the 401 and looking for a job north of the 401 that isn’t out at Buttonville Airport or for someone huge like IBM, Informiam might be a good fit.  If you do take the job, lemme know and I’ll tell you  who you can trust.  😉

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Little Bites: Domainer, GAP Adventures, Scotia Algorithmic Trading, Microsoft Security, Informiam/Genesys

April 21, 2008

Domainer’s looking for a “web developer“. Without a listed compensation range, my first instinct is that “web developer” often means “cheap developer” in the Toronto job market, particularly for startups. G.A.P Adventures looks more interesting but suffers from the same problem.

Personally, I think algorithmic trading systems sound like an interesting domain, but I haven’t explored the space in enough detail to argue the point. The technology mix of C++ and Java both is an interesting and unusual one.

Microsoft Canada wants someone to change the country’s perception about their security? Sounds like a dangerous mission for only the bravest of soldiers.

Informiam, bought by Genesys, is still looking for some creative developers up at Yonge and Finch. If you’re already up north, this seems like it could be an interesting place to work.


Jobs: St. Joseph Media, Informiam, CBC

February 6, 2008
  •  St. Joseph Media is looking for a technology director / lead architect.  If you’re into Python/Django, this could be an interesting option.  I have to admit, I’m a little suspicious of a company looking for deep experience in interative web applications when it looks like their properties aren’t very interactive, for the  most part.
  • This posting at Yonge and Finch is for Informiam, recently acquired by Alcatel-Lucent, and employer of a friend.  The posting itself is nice, looking for interesting technologies and using positive-sounding words like ‘creative’ and ‘intelligent’ is nice.  The location, on the other hand, doesn’t do a lot for me personally.  ‘ESB’ scares me a little — I’ve looked into these, and for the most part they seem like more trouble than they’re worth, but the rest of the technology stack sounds positively sane.
  • The CBC is adding two Senior Architect positions to the previously-listed Applications Manager.  Are they growing, or is there some kind of shake-up in CBC development?  Inquiring minds want to know.