Founded in 2011, CookiesHQ is a growing software development consultancy in Bristol, UK. Our team consists of backend and frontend developers, a UI designer, two project managers, a head of marketing as well as the two founders.
Since 2011 we’ve grown organically by treating our staff and client with the highest respect, openness and standards. This is the main reason why our clients stay with us over multiple years.
Early on, we decided to offer everyone working at CookiesHQ the opportunity to work from any location they choose, as a one-off or on a regular basis, whether it’s the office, home, their favourite coffee shop or a different country.
As a result, we now have a team that is geographically spread but well equipped to collaborate.
We’re very keen on self-development and work-life balance, so you will get dedicated self-improvement time and won’t be asked or expected to work nights or weekends. Most people work from 9.30am to around 6pm and then catch some rest or enjoy time with their families.
How do we work?
We work on projects in ‘pods’, i.e. teams within the team. A pod is usually made of a project manager, a designer, a lead back-end developer and a lead front-end developer. Additional developers join the project if and when needed.
We usually work in sprints and tend not to split time between projects. In other words, most of the time, you will be working on one project at any one time to focus your efforts and avoid the cost of switching from one project to another too often.
We also give our team a great sense of ownership for each project as well as the opportunity to meet the clients, participate in the planning meetings and have a direct channel of communication if and when necessary (especially for more technical projects or for projects where we collaborate directly with the CTO of the client company). This allows you to understand the context of the projects that you work on and make rational decisions based on the business use cases.
Even if Ruby on Rails is the starting point of most of the applications we’ve worked on to date, we aim to take an unbiased approach to each new project and strive to recommend the best tool for the job to our clients.
Our tech stack is mostly made of:
- Ruby on Rails
- Vanilla JS
- Some node.js / EmberJS projects
- Heroku for a lot of our deployments
- Amazon S3 and Cloudfront
- Some Linode servers
- Capistrano and Ansible