At Genscape, headquartered right here in Louisville, it’s a built-in part of company culture.
“The ‘internet of things’ you hear so much about today — that’s what we’ve been doing,” says Derrick Simpson, a senior software architect on the platform services team at Genscape. “This data is super valuable because we’re the only ones who can get it.”
To keep up with its clients’ demands and to stay on the cutting-edge of technology, the company relies on its software and hardware technologists. Clint Majors, a software developer at Genscape, has helped build new tools on an existing platform that supports the work of multiple departments.
“We started using Salesforce for sales and marketing, but we’ve now created custom data models for finance and accounting,” he says. “And we’ve expanded it to the entire field services team as well. We’re getting ready to make our North American tools available to our European team.”
Part of Majors’ work with field services is tracking and maintaining devices, which are “everywhere.” “Depending on the type of commodity we’re tracking, they are near powerlines or pipelines; we’ve got them on ocean liners and river barges.”
Majors sums up his role at Genscape — “My job is to make everyone else’s job in the company easier.”
Simpson’s team is focused on client-facing platforms and sharing technology solutions across departments. A big part of their work is spearheading research on solutions to make data more accessible or to improve communication.
According to Simpson, sometimes its creative collaboration between “tech” and “non-tech” talent that leads to the best solutions.
“Innovative thinking is encouraged here. We get to work with a variety of people across teams. Sometimes they’ll take something and run with it in a way I never thought of. It kicks off this kind of innovation cycle.”
All hands on “tech”
For the company’s annual “Tech Summit,” now in its third year, Genscape brings together all its developers from around the world for three days of networking, info sharing and of course …hackathons.
“We just start working on a project — something fun, something related to the business — usually it’s from a box of spare parts,” says Majors (whose team tied for first place at last year’s hackathon). “While we’re doing that, we share what we’ve learned in the last year, what’s up-and-coming in tech.”
Past events were held in Louisville and Boston. This year’s Summit is in Las Vegas.
“What’s really cool is that you get to meet people from other parts of the business, learn about what they do and see what they’re working on,” says Majors.
A few of their favorite things
It’s hard for Genscapers to narrow it down to just one (or even three!) things they like best about the company. Here’s what they had to say:
The people and family first
“The people have to be number one,” says Jesse Baker, a former Genscape intern who now works on the IT support services team. “People here are easy to get along with.”
“When I was relocating for my role, I moved before the rest of my family,” says Majors. “Genscape went above and beyond to give me flexibility so I could put my family first.”
Team work and availability
“I’ve never been in a company where I can go upstairs and talk to the CEO,” says Baker. “There’s no micromanaging. It makes everyone work harder and want to do their best because their work is their own.”
“Even as an intern, I was getting work that actually mattered to the company. It was really hands-on and I loved that,” says Baker. “I really felt ready for any entry-level IT role that would come my way.”
“Seeing that I’ve made an impact. And getting to use new technology to do completely new things. Seeing a whole new slate of things you never knew we’d be doing,” says Simpson.
Trust and flexibility
“I came from a more rigid environment and I had culture shock when I came here,” Majors says. “I wasn’t used to being trusted so much to make my space my own or to find the way I work best versus conforming to the ways of the company.”
Laid-back vibe/creative culture
“The first thing people would notice is it’s a casual and creative environment,” says Majors. “I remember one of the coolest things from my interview was seeing people white-boarding on the glass walls.”
He adds: “Just being able to try new things, experiment. We’re not afraid to throw something out if it doesn’t work. That gives you a lot of freedom to find what works for you and your colleagues, not just follow a cookie cutter approach.”
The new Genscape office space is also a favorite among the staff. Read more here about their new digs in Old Louisville.
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