We are a software agency based in Bochum, Germany, at the heart of the Ruhr Area. We love crafting high-end web and mobile solutions with cutting edge technology. We want to work with people that we regard as friends. Our job and team are central parts of our lives which means flexibility to us and not extra hours. We work in a modern office in Bochum's bar district, the Bermuda3eck. We firmly believe that teamwork should be based on mutual trust and not on rigid rules and procedures. Projects will only yield great results if everybody involved takes personal responsibility.
We are a steadily growing team of 45 people. We are developers, designers, product managers and two of us even understand business administration. Since 1999 we take pride and pleasure in developing prime, successful software.
You love learning new things and are open and friendly in contact. You are thrilled by cutting edge technology but don't view your favorite framework and methods as irrevocable doctrines. You have fun working on diverse projects and challenges and view them as possibilities to grow. You demand a lot of yourself, your colleagues and your employer. Work is an integral part of your life but not the only one.
We work in small teams. Instead of banking on complex hierarchies, we rely on personal responsibility. That means that we expect everybody to fulfill his tasks with diligence and on time but also that everyone is free to use the tools and methods of her or his choosing to accomplish the goals. That goes for projects as well as for the everyday work in the agency. We believe that our customers should be in direct contact with our designers and developers right from the start to avoid discrepancies and unrealistic expectations. That is why we don't have dedicated sales and acquisition positions.
We help our customers to realize a multitude of diverse projects which is why we can be flexible with the technologies we use and stay on top of the developments in tech. We rely on t-shaped developers and provide our staff with the possibility to extend their knowledge in- and outside of projects to get an in-depth understanding of their specific fields as well as a broad understanding of the various aspects of software development as a whole. A front-end developer, for example, should also gain knowledge in back-end technologies, design, marketing and economic efficiency in the long run. We support this with tailored solutions for each of our staff members.
In large part, we work on site from our office in Bochum. Naturally, we occasionally visit our clients for workshops and meetings, but we don't do body leases. We are convinced that constant communication and exchange between the staff is paramount to being a highly professional team. However, that doesn't mean that you won't be allowed to work remote temporarily.
If you'd like to learn more about our mode of practice: After he met a lot of people that were dissatisfied with their current job and employer, one of our colleagues collected a few thoughts on company culture and why it is time to change the way we work and how we perceive it.
We believe that it is better to decide depending on the situation which methods and technology we use instead of following strict rules and procedures. That also applies to the handling of, for example, cases of illness, flexible working hours for parents as well as after hours. Naturally, you should be willing to put your shoulder to the wheel when a deadline is approaching.
You have the opportunity to develop your skills as you please. Whether it's through attending conferences, participating in in-house workshops or simply by working with books and screencasts that we provide you with. We think that everybody should be able to decide how to improve oneself and we have plenty of specialists in various fields that will guide you.
We work hard on improving our working environment. We provide our staff with modern and reliable hardware that may also be used for private purposes. We have height-adjustable desks that allow you to work standing as well. One year ago, we built a modern office that satisfies our needs and hope that next summer we'll be able to inaugurate our roof deck.
We are by no means proponents of the nine to five workday practice. We believe that not everybody is sharp and efficient at the same time of day and also certainly not every day for eight hours straight. So, as long as it doesn't interfere with the work of your team members, your workday at 9elements starts when you see fit.
Use the technologies that get the job done. Currently, we rely on Ruby on Rails or Phoenix for back-end and React Native or Angular for front-end.
We are a steadily growing company. That means that there is a lot of potential for personal development and that you also get the chance to fill newly installed positions depending on your fields of interest.
There is no such thing as a fixed hiring process here at 9elements. You don't have to write a classic application, and you certainly don't have to hand in any of your grades. Just let us know what makes you unique and what you'd like to do here. Depending on the job you are applying for we'd love to see some projects you've been working on, code examples or designs so we can assess your knowledge status and get an impression of your modus operandi.
Once you sent us your material, we'll get back to you to set up a meeting so we can get to know each other. It is paramount to us that the people we hire convince us both professionally and personally, as our company is more than just a bunch of individuals that happen to sit in the same room whilst staring into their laptops. If both parties have the feeling to click, we will get back to you to clarify the terms, make you an offer and then eventually welcome you aboard.