Best Places to Work in Idaho 2012, 2013, 2014, and… 2015!

Most of us spend a great deal of our adult lives at work, for better or for worse. We see coworkers and bosses as much or even more than friends and family members. Yet, it’s a common, and even institutionalized attitude for Americans to accept that “work sucks, it’s just a means to an end, and we just need to deal with it.” But really, does it need to be that way? What if working in Idaho was awesome, and something that you loved? Where should someone look if they wanted to work for a company where people love their job?

That’s what POPULUS, a third-party research firm, looks to answer every year when they compile their Best Places To Work in Idaho™ list. Each year a survey goes out to participating micro (10-19 employees), small (20-99 employees) and large (100+ employees) businesses in Idaho. Employees are able to fill the survey out anonymously and provide their honest opinions on their employers. The survey asks about work/life balance, workplace environment, compensation and benefits, employee growth, development and overall organizational management. Once all the data has been collected, a list of the top 10 employers is announced. This year, finalists were honored and celebrated at the awards ceremony on April 16 at Boise State University in the Stueckle Sky Center.

10 of us from MetaGeek were able to attend the event. Everyone enjoyed the ceremony, the food and most of all, the view. Craig, our HR director explains,

“It was great. We were in the Stueckle Sky Center so the view was amazing, and we were able to get a picture with the blue turf in the background.”

From top left: Woody, Skay, Ryan, Craig, Maryn, Mike, and Lisa. From the bottom left: Marissa, Holli and Jay

From top left: Woody, Skay, Ryan, Craig, Maryn, Mike, and Lisa. From bottom left: Marissa, Holli and Jay

For the past three years, MetaGeek has made the Best Places to Work in Idaho Top 10 list, continuing to move up the ladder each year. After getting 6th last year, we’re proud to announce that we’ve moved into 3rd place for 2015! With perks including our vacation incentive plan,“You’ve got Plenty” paid time-off policy, and tuition reimbursement, it’s easy to see why. Lael, who’s been working at MetaGeek since 2011 states,

“The workplace perks are great, but it’s the attitude behind those perks that make me feel valued as an employee. The theory is that if MetaGeek provides you with any tool, book, paid vacation, snacks, etc. that you need to succeed, they trust that you will turn out amazing work. And because of that mutual trust, amazing work does get done around here.”

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CEO, Ryan Woodings showing off award for 3rd Best Place to Work in Idaho

Our CEO, and Co-Founder of MetaGeek, Ryan Woodings, received the award on behalf of MetaGeek. He’s just another reason why we are one of the best places to work. Ryan, and our whole leadership team at MetaGeek, continue to develop and grow not only the company but employees. A big thanks to them for making MetaGeek one of the best places to work!

We are all very honored to be apart of a company that gets recognized for what makes us awesome.

 

Want to join our team?

Check out our current job openings at MetaGeek

For more information and the rest of the winners

Visit Best Places to Work in Idaho

Develop.Idaho 2015

dev idaho poster by @developidahoWith over 4 million acres of wilderness, rolling farmlands, rivers, and a statewide population of less than 2 million people, Idaho might not be at the top of your list when you think of the tech industry, but if you walked into the Stueckle Sky Center at Boise State University during Idaho Tech Council’s (ITC) Develop.Idaho (#DEVID15) you would have thought differently.
Nearly 500 tickets were sold for the event, with representation from dozens of Idaho companies in the tech community around the state.
Develop.Idaho is an annual event put on by the ITC that brings Idaho tech companies together to brainstorm, collaborate, and help each other grow the tech industry in Idaho.

hadi speech kids and codeThe theme for this year’s conference was “208: Code For Growth,” which focused on how software creates growth opportunities for Idaho companies. The event was held at the Stueckle Sky Center at Boise State University.
Keynote speaker Hadi Partovi, co-founder and CEO of Code.org, talked about the importance of introducing coding to school-age kids, especially girls, so we can prepare a future workforce that is increasingly technology-focused.

ryan's speech benefits copyFollowing Hadi’s keynote, our own MetaGeek CEO Ryan Woodings (also an ITC board member) kicked off the conference by challenging attendees with a simple question: “Are You Building Something Awesome”? Ryan discussed that to build a great company that does great things, you must first start at the “Why” level. Companies need to ask themselves not, “what does my company do”, but “why does my company exist?”
After your Why question is answered, you can use it to check the alignment of every single other thing you do as a company. MetaGeek’s Why statement is short and sweet, but speaks volumes: “We believe that work should be awesome; something that we love.” It seems simple enough, but how do you turn a platitude into a real statement of how your company is going to operate?

ryan's speech packed crowdCiting companies like Netflix and Apple, Ryan explained that companies must have an intentional and purposeful culture that only retains high-performance “A Player” employees, but treats those employees with respect and freedom (not to mention fun workplace perks.)

 

“Deliberately teaching company culture through actions”, as Ryan posited in his presentation, will rally your entire team so you can work together to build something truly…wait for it…awesome.

Following the main speakers, attendees then had the opportunity to participate in three breakout sessions, where panelists discussed everything from surviving the “Valley Of Death” (periods of financial stress in your business), to “Learning to Lean” (implementing agile development) and the Continuous Deployment model of software releases.

Ibrian paneln the breakout technical panel “What Differentiates Top Engineers”, leaders from MetaGeek, Clearwater Analytics, Bodybuilding.com, Cradlepoint, and Keynetics discussed hiring practices and how to source the best engineering talent. One audience member asked if, in this merit-based day and age, a degree in Computer Science was a mandatory requisite for consideration.

“I look for someone that’s committed to self-improvement.  That oftentimes coincides with a degree in Computer Science, but not necessarily,” explained Brian Tuttle, MetaGeek’s CTO. Other panelists agreed, and went on to discuss the necessity of writing actual code during an applicant’s job interview, degree or no, and emphasizing the word “Viable” in building an MVP.

After the breakout sessions, there were more social opportunities to round out the day, including networking sessions from local Boise meetup groups like Girl Develop It (led by our own Marianna Budnikova) and Startup Grind Boise.

The overall theme at Develop.Idaho 2015 wasn’t necessarily nitty gritty technical stuff, but addressing how to grow tech-focused businesses that face all the very same challenges that all businesses face – hiring talented people, keeping money in the bank, and building a great products. If the success of Develop.Idaho is any indication of the tech industry in our state, then 208 truly is “Code for Growth.” 

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Get Creative with the SSID Name

In the Wi-Fi world it can be difficult to get creative, but we all have networks that need to receive a SSID, or service set identifier. Many people enjoy naming their SSIDs and spend some time coming up with a name. Perhaps you’ve seen your neighbors’ network names and wonder what in the world compelled them to name it that? If we think about it, in homes, offices, or business, people are signing on to your network daily. Devices are constantly scanning for Wi-Fi and when they’ve found a network, the name pops up in their feed. So why not have a little fun with that name and come up with something creative?

Here are some MetaGeek employee favorites:

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    Creative SSID Name

    Pretty Fly for a Wi-Fi

  • [Your Neighbors Address] Bathroom Cam
  • Wam Bam Thank You LAN
  • Do you want some Wi-Fries with that Shake
  • Silence of the LANs
  • Sorry My Kids Are So Noisy 

If you want more ideas, check out this article from BuzzFeed for entertaining names to read through!

Besides providing a little entertainment as people look up your SSID or one near it, having a creative name can also benefit you. Take, for example, the typical Centurylink SSID name like CenturyLink 7899. If another network that your device comes into contact with has the same name, which can happen, it is quite possible you could run the risk of joining that other network. If there is no password protection, this means you’d be exposed to potential data theft without even knowing it. Or perhaps your neighbor has the same name, then both wireless clients could associate with the wrong access point and cause confusion resulting in slower speeds or interference.

Another side to naming your SSID; make sure you don’t hide the name. I know it’s tempting for many of us to uncheck that box saying “Broadcast Network SSID”, and we think this will create added security, since no one will be able to see it. Let’s be honest though, having a hidden SSID only makes it more appealing to those who may want to hack it. Even if you hide it, your network will still send out probe requests, so in the end your network is still detectable. Just read this article on our knowledge base to learn more about hidden network SSIDs.

Have a little fun and name your network with something original. That way, if the person coming to troubleshoot your network has a MetaGeek product like inSSIDer Office, Chanalyzer or Eye P.A. where you can see the many SSIDs, they can enjoy it too.