Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cogent moves forward

Cogent has made a couple of steps forward this week. We'll tell you what those steps are in a minute, but first a little bit of background. Cogent Consulting really started two years ago when Marty and Steve merged their consulting revenue into one pool - now we have 11 employees, and we're going to come close to $2m in sales for this financial year. We generate enough margin to have two people on product development, we've released Runway, and we're about to start on another product venture. We still keep all our financials open and we operate reasonably democratically. Things are tracking fairly well.

So here are our two big steps. Our 11th employee was a business development manager, Rachel Morley. Having a business development manager increases our overheads, but it also gives us a more active, structured approach to business development that lets us (and indeed encourages us to) support more employees. As a result, we're looking for people who would like to become Cogent employees.

Cogent isn't your typical employer. We're interested in the usual things - people who have deep technical knowledge, people who can represent us well on client sites, people who like to learn. You've heard all that before. We're quantitatively different in that regard, in that our standards are very high, but there are some things that are qualitatively different about Cogent. If you're looking for someone to tell you what to do, in detail, then we're not the place for you. We're much more likely to give you some rather vague goal and ask you to figure out how to achieve it - and a lot of the things you need to do won't involve programming. They may involve marketing, or copy writing, or business analysis, or something as mundane as going and buying some stationery.

We truly need you to be collaborative and collegial - we don't have any places for people who want to work alone or who don't want to subject their programming thoughts to critique. Bob Sutton's "The No Asshole Rule" captures our philosophy quite well. In exchange we'll be completely transparent to you - you'll know our clients, our rates, our revenue, our costs, and everyone's salaries. You'll have the chance to be involved in decisions that you probably don't even know happen at your current employer.

We need you to be passionate. While we pay good salaries, we need you to be the sort of person who would program for enjoyment even if you weren't getting paid for it. We need you to be highly ethical - to be more concerned with doing the right thing than the profitable thing if there's a conflict.

We're interested in programmers, web developers, business analysts and possibly testers. So if you're interested in undertaking a variety of consulting work, off-site development, and product development at a place like Cogent, please drop us an email.

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