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  • A Fish Called Barbara?

    There's a love affair going on at the Workbridge Boston office...

    ... between a recruiter named Abby, and her fish, Barbara.


     

    Barbara's originally from Hawaii, but she found her first home in Dorchester, MA. Then, in May, the fateful day came when she was bought by Abby and taken to Workbridge Boston to be our Mascot.

    Recruiter Brian Jenkins named her Barbara, after his first love.

    Barb weighs .07 ounces and eats ferociously. When she's lucky, she gets Blood Worms as treats. Truly an amazing girl, Barbara's interests include marbles, software developers, and coding in Fishy++, a highly functional programming language.

    Come into the Workbridge Boston office soon (545 Boylston St., Suite 602) and meet Barbara yourself! Abby might even let you feed her.

     

  • Boston Office Hosts Largest Event in Company Yet!

    Last week, Boston Tech hosted Workbridge’s largest event to date. With more than 300 RSVPs, “Big Data in the Real World” and speaker Sébastien Rainville attracted quite a crowd—almost 200 people were in attendance at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, MA.

    If you missed @WorkbridgeMA’s live tweets, here are some photos of the meet up:

     

     

    Earlybirds networking and chowing down on delicious slices of pizza from The Upper Crust.

     

     

    Graeme Noseworthy of IBM with his awesome Big Data Infographic, which you can downloadfor yourself in high resolution! You can follow Graeme on Twitter @graemeknows.

     

     

    Students Nick & Mike enjoy pizza and chat before the session begins.

     

     

    Recruiters Steve Vaughan and Drew Angers chatting up a group at the Workbridge Boston "booth!"

     

     

    Here is Sébastien Rainville talking about Big Data to the crowd. Rainville is the VP of Engineering at Hopper, a travel search engine launching soon.

     

     

    The crowd spilled up the stairs...

     

     

    And onto the balcony!

     

     

    Workbridge recruiters watched from the side lines.

     

     

    And did we mention the amazing view?

     

    We can't wait to host the next BOSTON TECH event soon!

  • On a Roll in Chicago

    Workbridge Chicago's Microsoft Web Development placement team is on a roll!

    Today alone, they made three people very happy by finding them awesome new jobs.

    The team is led by Phillip Perkins (pictured below).

    As you can see, his team has a rather... unique energy. While working hard to find .NET and C# developers great new jobs, they tend to have a lot of fun and keep the atmosphere light!

     

    If you're a .NET developer in Chicago looking for a new job, give us a call and ask to speak with Phill. He'd love to help you out! (and don't worry, he doesn't always wear the panda hat)

    Give Phill a call at (312) 726-6700 or email your resume to [email protected]

  • Workbridge Boston Success Story: Tony

    In the 7th grade, Tony programmed a Microsoft Access Database to manage his baseball card collection and how much each card was worth. Over a decade later, he put his trust in Workbridge Boston to place his talent in the right hands.

    Tony (Right) with his recruiter Steve (Left)

    Tony is originally from the Bay Area, where he studied at San Jose State University. In 2010, he came to Boston to work at City Hall doing .NET programming, and then after a year, transitioned into doing Rails and have been loving it ever since.

    Though he can't remember how he came across Workbridge (there's that Workbridge Boston mystery again), he sure is glad he did. In less than three weeks, Steve Vaughan placed him with a company that is transforming the way retailers manage in-store merchandising and marketing-- a company that Tony thinks will allow him to have a career in Rails. Tony explains, “I get to work in doing what I love, which is programming in Ruby on Rails."

    “You guys went right to work immediately and lined up interviews pretty much every day. All of them were interesting positions that all seemed like really rewarding opportunities. It was good, I loved it. Steve’s great, Abby’s great, the companies you guys were hooking me up with were great, it was just awesome all around. And very fast.” -- Tony W.

     

     

  • Tech in Motion: Extreme Programming

    Last night, Workbridge Orange County helped to host Tech In Motion:OC's event on Extreme Programming. We  had a great time mingling with fellow tech enthusiasts and learned a ton thanks to Phil Markgarf from Carefusion's awesome presentation. Here's a few photos from the night: 

    Make sure you don't miss out on the next Tech in Motion OC event by joining the groupnow!

  • Workbridge Boston Office Headshot Spoofs

    Headshots of Workbridge recruiters will be scattered all around our new website-- launching soon.

    For now, here's a preview of ones that didn't quite make the cut:

    Open Source Recruiter: Abby Rose

    Division Manager: Ryan Crimmins

    Scott Lobdell (Left) with Division Manager Ryan Crimmins (Right)

    Open Source Recruiter: Steve Vaughan

    Which one is your favorite?

  • Kind Words from Someone We ... DIDN'T Place in Boston

    Even though we didn't place him, this candidate was more than happy with us. He wrote to our .NET team:

    Though you guys did not place me, I would like to mention how satisfied I was with your business. I have worked with a few recruiters and placement agencies before, but the team at Workbridge Associates exceeded all my expectations. Your team demonstrated professionalism, energy and results. As Alex promised during my first visit to your office, I felt like working with multiple efficient placement agencies. That was just amazing!

    I would like to keep you guys in my professional network. Be certain that Workbridge is the first placement agency I would recommend in the New England area to anyone seeking for Software Engineering positions.

     

    My regards to the entire team.

    These are often the best kind of reviews we get from candidates. Why? It's more than obvious that someone who gets placed will likely be pleased with our services, but for someone who didn't find the right job to go ahead and say that we were the best-- that sure says something.

    It exemplifies the way that, here at Workbridge, we give our all to each and every candidate we've got.

     

  • Boston Success Story: Jamie Michalski

    Jamie Michalski is a man of many hats, but here at Workbridge Boston, we think the three coolest are developer, DJ, and recruiter Scott Lobdell’s first placement.

    (Scott, left, and Jamie, right)

    Jamie moved to Boston from Amesbury, MA, graduated from Boston University in ’05, and has been working in Quality Assurance ever since. Recently, he began to explore the development side of things. When he decided to continue pursuing development, he came to Workbridge.

    Over the past twelve years, Jamie has gone by the alias “DJ Die Young” by night—something he’s kept somewhat of a secret from his employers until he was named “Boston’s Best DJ” by the Improper Bostonian. Twice.  

    Scott Lobdell, a fairly new recruiter and electronic music enthusiast, was more than happy to work with Jamie. “Scott was highly responsive and kept me completely informed about the process. He was incredibly friendly and never made me feel pressured,” says Jamie.

    Scott placed Jamie with a global water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities firm, where he felt Jamie would be a fantastic fit. Jamie says he’s excited to continue becoming experienced in this field, and to be working for such a prestigious global company with “a small but intelligent team of developers.”

    “Workbridge was professional when it came to the hiring process. Everyone was laid back and made you feel comfortable with working with them.”

    – Jamie Michalski

     

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