About our beloved company, Bottle Rocket:
Bottle Rocket is dedicated to creating the highest quality iPhone, iPad and Android applications and brand-critical mobile solutions on the planet. We believe exceptionally innovative technology not only enhances the way we do things—it redefines the way we live our lives. To us, iOS and Android are more than sophisticated mobile operating systems—they are game-changing platforms uniting information, instant access and unlimited range to create entertainment and enterprise solutions.
We are a rapidly growing mobile strategy, design and development company at the forefront of the app revolution. We literally started the morning after Steve Jobs’ keynote announcing the iPhone SDK and months before the Apple App Store was even launched. In that time we have grown to a team of over 180 smart, passionate, hard-working Rocketeers and released over 150 high-profile, premium brand-critical mobile experiences for companies like History Channel, American Express, Discovery, ESPN, LEGO, Food Network, WWE, PBS, National Geographic, Coke, NBC Universal, NPR, Chick-fil-A and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, as well extremely popular games such as Rockpocalypse and Annoying Orange: Kitchen Carnage. Our apps have been Emmy nominated, won multiple Tabby, Webby and Media Vanguard Awards, are regularly featured in the press and have been awarded more Apple Hall of Fame Awards than any other company. Our work is used by tens of millions of delighted users every day to connect with the information, brands and entertainment they love. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Now, let’s talk about what it’s like to have a career at Bottle Rocket:
We will never stop pushing the envelope of design, architecture and the capabilities of the platforms we embrace. Our future promises continued growth of both our capacity and capabilities in all areas of our business from strategy, creative, engineering, quality assurance, project management, account management and administration and across our core custom design and development divisions (if you can dream it, we can build it) as well our specialty divisions focusing on game development, TV Everywhere, enterprise, commerce, publishing and more. And that’s where you come in. Right now we have dozens of projects that you won’t just find interesting, but also challenging. If you choose to get to know Bottle Rocket better, you’ll learn that we are a values-driven business where things like “embrace the impossible”, “take your craft personally” and “serve the user” really mean something. If you visit our studio the first thing you’ll feel is passion. The next is energy and excitement. You’ll see Rocketeers debating design issues at whiteboards on nearly every wall, focusing on tough problems in complex code, leading client meetings with the world’s top brands, conducting user testing to find areas to improve our work and creating project plans to release the next award-winning app. You’ll see a 100% Mac laptop environment (either 15” MacBook Pro Retina or 13” Mac Air), electric height-adjustable desks on wheels, seriously robust Wi-Fi, hundreds of test devices available for checkout, bean bags, booths and 27” Apple Cinema Displays on every desk.
If you interview with Bottle Rocket, you’ll meet passionate people who will ask tough questions and, while they won’t expect you to know every answer, they will expect you know how to figure it out by thinking the problem through and using resources wisely, on your feet. There’s going to be a lot of interviews, probably some testing and scenario-based questioning as well. It’s not easy to get a job at Bottle Rocket. Please don’t apply if you’re not seriously passionate about building the best possible experiences on mobile.
The Bottle Rocket experience begins immediately and, frankly, it’s a lot to take in at once. You’ll get your hardware before your first day so that you can hit the ground running. You’ll have a buddy to help you learn the ropes, you’ll start on your first project almost immediately, you’ll attend Flight School and, most importantly, start producing work like you’ve never had the chance in your career until now. Bottle Rocket is the type of place where you can do the best work of your life. But what happens at Bottle Rocket will be up to you. At Bottle Rocket, we don’t wait around for someone to tell us what to do, and we don’t point fingers when things don’t work out like we hoped. We are each accountable for our own success and Bottle Rocket’s success.
As you become part of Bottle Rocket’s culture, you’ll realize there are a lot of unique things about us, including:
- The smartest and most passionate people you have ever met in your life
- The most generous vacation policy you’ve ever seen
- Respect for your personal time (although we always work with passion and sometimes work long hours)
- Company parties and social events
- Brain Boosts (inside and outside speakers on a variety of self-development topics)
- Yoga Club
- Meditation Club
- Makers Club
- Pretty much everyone uses Path
- Coding Club
- Book Club
- Rocket Science – our annual 24 hour creatathon where every everyone builds their heart’s desire
- Transparent and inclusive culture
- Absurdly outrageous Halloween costume contest
- Really fun family events
- An invitation to help steer our culture through “LIFT”, our employee welfare and culture team
- The opportunity to work with some of the most important brands in the world
- Really, really good coffee
- A lot more…
With all of this comes another big challenge, embracing the impossible. Bottle Rocket consistently does what other companies can’t. But this is only possible because of our passion. We know and love the iPhone, iPad and Android unlike anyone else. We’re those people who stood in line for the newest model. We value aesthetics, UI and UEX. We build awesome applications that serve the user and not only exceed standards, but set new ones. We sweat the details.
And now we are part of WPP, the world's largest advertising and marketing services company made up of 150 different companies around the world with more than 165,000 employees over 3,000 offices in 110 countries including giants of industry like Ogilvy & Mather, Young & Rubicam, JWT, Grey, Wunderman and AKQA. The partnership is amazing and provides the horsepower for Bottle Rocket to expand its impact not only in the industry, but also across the globe.
Let’s be honest, what we do isn’t easy, and it’s not for everyone. Rocketeers are team players. We are mature, self-driven professionals who bring our passion to the table and check our egos at the door. We respect each other. We keep our promises to each other and to our clients. We love our craft and do what it takes to get the job done. And we’re smart enough to know we’re not perfect, we don’t have it all figured out and probably never will. If we did, that means we’re not pushing ourselves hard enough. Speaking of hard, we work hard. In fact, we work really hard. But we love what we do and we have a lot of fun doing it. We never give up. We never give in. This isn’t for everyone. But if all this gets you excited, maybe you’d like to work here.
So, what does it take to get a job at Bottle Rocket?
A very big brain - Rocketeers MUST be smart. Very smart. Our brains are our most powerful tools, and you must have the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills accurately, quickly and consistently.
Passion - Too many people take a job some place "because it's a good place to work". That's like saying "I'm under this tree because it has a lot of shade". Bottle Rocket isn't a tree. We are here to make amazing things including making each other and the company better. Rocketeers are always building - ourselves, each other, our clients and our work.
Hard work - This shows up a lot of ways, but it includes dedication, commitment to producing high-quality work, and willingness to go above and beyond as needed.
Most importantly, a Rocketeer needs a high energy level. Without energy, it's impossible to apply yourself, day in and day out, pushing yourself to greater heights, do it consistently and challenging others to do the same.
So, what do you think? Sound crazy enough to be just the thing you’ve been looking for? If so, click below...