Now Hiring: A Look at 7 Stand Out Tech Companies’ Unique Cultures and Missions

Discover how these companies are driving professional growth and technological advancement, from engineering marvels to sustainable agriculture.

Written by Lucas Dean
Published on Feb. 08, 2024
Now Hiring: A Look at 7 Stand Out Tech Companies’ Unique Cultures and Missions
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Formation Bio, Carbon Robotics, GrayMatter Robotics and four more inventive companies are carving out distinct niches in their respective industries. 

And here’s even better news for job seekers: they’re all hiring now. 

At first glance, these firms may seem worlds apart. Formation Bio leverages tech in drug development to efficiently bring new treatments to patients, while Carbon Robotics’ takes an AI-driven approach to sustainable agriculture. Still, a common thread of creativity and a forward-thinking philosophy stands out.

Peeling back the layers of their unique missions, a unified vision emerges: to simplify complex processes and enhance accessibility through cutting-edge technology and shared vision. 

Formation Bio’s VP of CMC Silvina Garcia-Rubio captured this shared idea. “We bring together people with extensive industry experience to rally around our mission to bring new treatments to patients faster and more efficiently,” she explained.

Meanwhile, Product Manager Audrey Jen from Carbon Robotics spoke to the heart of its own distinctive mission: “I have ambitious career goals to do my part in creating a resilient food system that can feed 10 billion by 2050,” said Jen. “I’m inspired by the ambitious mentality of my colleagues and unwavering dedication to our mission.” 

Though operating in dissimilar domains, from software engineering to product management, these companies intersect in their passion for tackling complex challenges with innovative solutions. 

Moreover, they are looking for driven, talented professionals eager to contribute to their dynamic teams. 

In discussions with professionals at these seven noteworthy tech companies, Built In explored how career advancement, collaboration and achievement can go hand-in-hand when the right people share a common goal. 

 

 

 

Kimberly Vaden
Senior Account Director • tms

tms is a global company at the intersection of technology, marketing and sourcing, with a workforce spanning 26 countries and over 1000 employees, empowering brands in the age of the customer through a wide spectrum of solutions.

 

Describe your company culture in one word. What made you pick that word? 

Assiduous.

We’re a dynamic team of assiduous marketing professionals. At its core, assiduous means to exemplify great care, attention, effort and perseverance. We care deeply about our employees and the work that we do for our clients. We realize the importance not only of attention to detail but also attention to the needs of those we work with and those we serve. 

We are deeply passionate about what we do and always willing to give 110 percent to deliver the most remarkable product or service possible. Our perseverance is unmatched, unwavering and unbeatable. Whether facing social, economic or geographic challenges, we always find a way to succeed and deliver against client business goals.

 

How long have you been with the company, and what professional growth or development have you seen in that time?

I have been at tms for nearly 12 years. In the marketing world, it’s uncommon for someone to stay in one place that long. In that time, I have observed and witnessed changes across the industry and client landscape that ultimately transformed how we approach business to support our clients. When interviewing candidates, they often ask what keeps me at a company for this long, and my answer is consistent: tms has always taken care of its employees and has always provided the opportunities I needed to grow in my career.

 

Any growth opportunity I’ve wanted to pursue, I’ve been supported.”

 

Any growth opportunity I’ve wanted to pursue, I’ve been supported. Any new business I wanted to chase, they’ve said, ‘Go for it.’ Tms appreciates the time and dedication that their employees put into supporting their client partners and recognizes that time at work can mean time away from family and friends. From the day I was hired as an account executive to today, there has always been a two-way dialogue around where tms needed my support, where I wanted to grow in my career and what I wanted my next step to be. I believe tms values me as an individual, and from past experience, I know that’s not something that can be found just anywhere.

 

 

 

Carolyn Newmark
Lead Product Manager • Movable Ink

Movable Ink empowers brands to transform data into dynamic and personalized content across various customer engagements, enhancing marketing performance.

 

Describe your company culture in one word. What made you pick that word? 

Adaptive. 

Our ability to embrace change and innovate quickly is evident in our remote-first policy and agile response to technology and customer needs. This agility is key in efficiently developing high-quality features. An example is our Code Sprint, which focuses on developing a minimum viable product (MVP) for projects beyond our usual scope. These sprints require cross-functional collaboration and offer a break from routine, fostering creativity.

 

Our ability to embrace change and innovate quickly is evident in our remote-first policy and agile response to technology and customer needs.”

 

In early 2023, we concentrated on creating an MVP for AI-generated subject lines to enhance our AI capabilities, working closely with reference customers to refine our ideas. We encouraged cross-disciplinary participation, allowing team members to explore areas outside their expertise. This led to a prototype we were proud of by the end of the week and strengthened our team dynamics, boosting the speed and quality of our overall feature development.

Our culture’s essence lies in leveraging our distributed workforce’s diversity, which brings a variety of perspectives to our product development.

 

How long have you been with the company, and what professional growth or development have you seen in that time?

During my two and a half years at Movable Ink, I’ve experienced considerable professional growth, leading projects across various functional areas. Starting in the studio team to develop web offerings, then to mobile initiatives, where I launched an innovative SMS solution as a channels team manager and pitched Movable Ink’s mobile SDK, enhancing content precision across channels by integrating deep-linking and customer data collection.

After presenting at the Think Summit, our annual conference, I joined the Da Vinci platform team in 2022. Here, I brought product management best practices and developed an AI-powered SMS prototype. Now, as the product lead for AI and ML at Da Vinci, I’m focused on iterating existing models and exploring innovations despite my non-traditional background in ML.

By delving into different aspects of our marketing tech platform, I’ve gained a deep understanding of the industry and customer needs while building valuable cross-departmental relationships. Movable Ink’s culture of exploration and learning underscores its success and my professional development, highlighting the importance of going beyond traditional roles.

 

 

A look inside Cedar’s office space. 
Cedar Inc.

 

 

David Pabin
Staff Engineer • Cedar

Healthtech company Cedar is on a mission to improve the billing experience by guiding healthcare consumers through a personalized journey backed by data science and interactive design. 

 

Describe your company culture in one word. What made you pick that word? 

Open-minded. 

Regardless of experience, the engineers here are hungry for new ideas and techniques. Within management and engineering leadership, there is a shared understanding that not every pattern established during the company’s initial pursuit of a product and market fit scales with Cedar as it expands its teams, manages more code and caters to new customers. 

 

Regardless of experience, the engineers here are hungry for new ideas and techniques.”

 

This creates a receptive environment for engineers with diverse backgrounds to exchange their experiences and knowledge. Most importantly, there is a strong inclination towards embracing new learning opportunities instead of adhering rigidly to the familiar. In a recent project to improve outlier performance on Cedar’s home page, I introduced trace spanning as a general technique for quickly zeroing in on the source of slowness. Other senior engineers eagerly adopted the tools I had built, delving into performance issues within their respective sections of the product.

 

How long have you been with the company, and what professional growth or development have you seen in that time?

In the nine months I’ve been with Cedar, I’ve rotated through several teams, experiencing both the mature and emerging parts of the code base, as well as forming relationships with Cedarians and building various systems. While I’ve acquired valuable insights into the operations of Python and Django code bases at scale, the true opportunity for me lies in leveraging my decades of experience to influence engineers with different levels of expertise across diverse technical domains. 

Before joining Cedar, I worked in a relatively small startup where decisions were often made unilaterally, leaving little room for experimenting with alternatives. The fast-paced environment lacked the space for thoughtful communication on technical matters, and sharing insights from our experiences was infrequent. Transitioning to Cedar’s larger organization required me to experiment with various communication methods, involving fewer one-on-one whiteboard sessions and more reliance on presentations, design documents and diagrams. I am confident that these scalable communication skills will prove invaluable as I advance in my career.

 

 

 

Erin Mohideen
People & Culture Lead • 10Pearls

10Pearls is a global digital technology partner that aids businesses in growth, transformation and scaling by creating custom digital products, leveraging expertise in product management, UI/UX, cloud architecture and more.

 

Describe your company culture in one word. What made you pick that word?

Autonomous. 

Our culture is built on trust and respect. Because our culture is centered around autonomy, employees are highly motivated and excited to do well — for our colleagues, leadership team and clients. In turn, we build trust with each other every day. 

For example, my boss knows I can rarely meet after 4:00 pm because that’s when my kids get home from school. She also knows I will work after my kids are in bed to ensure I hit deadlines. The great thing is I don’t mind returning to work in the evening as long as I can maintain a flexible schedule that works for me and my life. If you asked any of our Unconsultants, I think they’d say the same thing. We want to do well by our organization because they allow this flexibility and trust us to do the job we were hired to do. It’s very motivating.

 

How long have you been with the company, and what professional growth or development have you seen in that time?

I’ve been an Unconsultant for two and a half years, and it’s been incredible. I have a background in talent development, so I knew I had a learning curve ahead of me when I took the people and culture lead role. Throughout this time, I’ve had the opportunity to learn about and manage benefits implementation, recruiting, and hiring, including performance improvement plans and performance reviews, all things that hadn’t been part of my responsibilities before I joined the company. 

 

I would not have succeeded in my role without my colleagues and leadership team’s guidance and support.”

 

Undoubtedly, these experiences have expanded my skill sets and made me a more well-rounded HR professional. I would not have succeeded in my role without my colleagues and leadership team’s guidance and support. This year, I’ve been promoted to a dual role where I’ll continue to lead our P&C function and participate in client-facing work. It was important for me to continue to keep my talent development skills sharp, and leadership was incredibly receptive to that. Professional development conversations are always encouraged, so I feel excited and inspired as I move into this new chapter.

 

 

A Carbon Robotics team member poses for a photo inside a tractor. 
Carbon Robotics

 

 

Audrey Jen
Product Manager • Carbon Robotics

Carbon Robotics is an AgTech company revolutionizing farming with its high-precision, AI-powered LaserWeeder, which enhances crop quality and promotes sustainable farming practices.

 

Describe your company culture in one word. What made you pick that word? 

Committed.

At Carbon Robotics, we’re committed to revolutionizing the global food system with our AI robotics technology. I’m inspired by the ambitious mentality of my colleagues and unwavering dedication to our mission. My favorite example of this commitment is how our software team recently prioritized a fleet-wide software update that increased our robot’s speed. 

This effort resulted in winning over new farmers to purchase LaserWeeders while also adding value for our existing growers, who saw major increases in their daily acres weeded. More acres Laserweeded means a better ROI for growers, less soil disturbance, fewer sprayed herbicides and healthier crops.

 

How long have you been with the company, and what professional growth or development have you seen in that time?

I have ambitious career goals to do my part in creating a resilient food system that can feed 10 billion by 2050. I am well on my way, thanks to what I’m learning at Carbon Robotics. In the six months I’ve been here, I’ve gained skills and insights that might have taken years elsewhere. 

 

In the six months I’ve been here, I’ve gained skills and insights that might have taken years elsewhere.”

 

My background is in agriculture, which I am now complementing with daily crash courses in software, machine learning, electrical and mechanical engineering. I’m talking to our customers in the field, translating pain points into product specs and designing low-fidelity mockups for our user interface. 

I recently expressed to my manager that a goal of mine is to build up my pricing muscle. I was immediately empowered to take on building a cost model for a real product in the pipeline. Simply stated, Carbon is an incredible place to be if you love hands-on learning.

 

 

 

Silvina Garcia-Rubio
Vice President, CMC • Formation Bio

Formation Bio is a technology-driven pharmaceutical company revolutionizing drug development with a platform that optimizes trial design and data capture.

 

Describe your company culture in one word. What made you pick that word? 

Synergy.

The Formation Bio team is better than the sum of its parts. We bring together people with extensive industry experience to rally around our mission to bring new treatments to patients faster and more efficiently. We hope to really make a difference in the lives of patients and their loved ones. We identify promising drug candidates and move them through the development process with an intense focus on efficiency, taking advantage of tech tools we’ve built and integrated that allow for seamless clinical execution. The team is curious, informed and uniquely equipped to find non-traditional and disruptive solutions. 

We hope to really make a difference in the lives of patients and their loved ones.”

 

How long have you been with the company, and what professional growth or development have you seen in that time?

In the seven months I have been at Formation Bio, we have built the brain trust to succeed in a very competitive market. I learn something new every day, all while remaining close to the mission of bringing new treatments to patients more efficiently. I can’t wait to see what we will achieve together!

 

 

 

Achille Verheye
Lead Robotics Engineer • GrayMatter Robotics

GrayMatter Robotics develops AI-powered robots to assist manufacturing operations, focusing on high-mix applications.

 

Describe your company culture in one word. What made you pick that word?

Fast-paced. 

When I joined the company about four months ago, I was astonished at how fast the company had grown not only since its inception but also in the short time between signing and starting, nearly doubling in size. That’s a result of a strong market pull but also a testament to the culture of quickly iterating to meet the customers’ needs. I’ve heard team members volunteer to take on a big task and say, “I can get this to you by tomorrow.” That willingness to step up and make others successful in such a short time is what gives everyone superpowers.

 

I’ve heard team members volunteer to take on a big task and say, ‘I can get this to you by tomorrow.’”

 

What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on recently, and how did it help you grow professionally?

I’m currently working on a new product that sprays and paints instead of sanding parts, which is a natural evolution of the product to expand to similar applications, which our customers typically need. Depositing liquids onto a part consistently is a much more complicated process than it seems to get that perfect finish or thickness. How do you ensure the compound you’re spraying doesn’t drip or puddle and is spread evenly even when temperature differences during the day cause the viscosity to change dramatically? 

Getting promising results and seeing excited customers is super rewarding and has pushed me to dig in and rapidly try to learn the ropes of this important skill, art even, to deliver a solution that can handle the variety of applications we see.

 

 

Responses have been edited for length and clarity. Images provided by Shutterstock and listed companies.

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