So far, no WWDC announcements of new mac-book pros, so I may have to choose between the great high-res screen of the large 17″ MBP and the less-great, but less-expensive screen on the reasonably-sized 15″ MBP. Once that happens, posting rates should uptick again.
Fiver Media is looking for a Technical Team Lead:
Design, develop, and manage all technical aspects of the project, including:
- Development and review of technical requirements
- High-level design and architecture
- Assignment of work to team
- Coach and mentor other developers
- Conduct performance reviews
- Represent team in management meetings
- Code reviews as well as doing some coding yourself
Fiver Media seems anxious to portray themselves as fun:
There was a small team that tried “dress-up Thursdays” and that only lasted a few weeks! The last thing we want is a working environment where eight bosses are asking for “TPS” reports, like yesterday. Fiver is professional, but never corporate. In fact we don’t even like saying that word. It’s evil. We laugh and play hard, but always work harder
Companies that work hard to be fun are often, in fact, fun places to work. I’ve worked at a few, and I enjoyed many aspects of that environment.
There’s not a lot of information on the technology, but this employee testimonial from their website implies they might be doing some interesting things:
“I find myself working with things I had only read about and never expected to use, like massively virtual environments and extreme density blades.”
Then again, the only hit on ‘extreme density blades’ is their website, so perhaps that testimonial doesn’t go as far as I’d like, even if blade density is something that vendors talk about.
They’re located over by Wellington/Simcoe, which is both pretty central and yet still in a nice area for shopping, food, etc. They’re on the 16th floor, so they may have nice views.
The thing that stands out right away is that their website is directed to the potential employee. They don’t talk about their clients, and they don’t talk about the work. That’s often indicative of an industry that not everyone wants to work in (e.g. gambling, porn). I don’t know what Fiver Media does, but I’m suspicious of anyone who isn’t busy trying to tell me what they do. Looks like it’s a gaming shop, affiliated with bodog with all that entails.
There’s not much information. The role is reasonably well described, the work, the compensation are barely mentioned, and the process, while it does rate a mention, doesn’t get much more than that.
Your mileage will definitely vary when it comes to working for a gaming company. I know people who are dead-set against it, and others who don’t really know what they think. I’ve heard my share of war stories from a colleague who used to work for a company that did online poker.
Some companies work hard to be fun because they’ve elected to use that, rather than cash, as a motivating factor. As a result, some of those companies don’t pay very well compared to their corporate brethren. Other companies work so hard to be fun that they’re willing to continue to employ people who aren’t getting the job done, which can be frustrating. I don’t know that Fiver Media is or isn’t like that, but those are some areas where your mileage may vary.
Ultimately, as a gaming shop, my first instinct is that they pay reasonably well and are a reasonably fun place to work in an industry that’s a little sketchy and not to everyone’s taste.
If working for a company involved in online gambling doesn’t bother you, Fiver Media might be your thing. They’ve got a nice location, and they imply that they’re a fun place to work. There’s not a lot of detail, but if that much sounds good, you could certainly inquire about the rest.