We help our clients connect to the world, securely. We understand the security challenges they face and write custom software to solve problems that can’t be solved through other means. Many existing applications come with security trade-offs. Our solutions are different because we own all of the data and infrastructure end-to-end. This is how we sleep at night.
We are not a mass-production company – we expertly and rapidly build unique, boutique solutions. We create custom Android apps, which are primarily written in Java (though we’re also exploring Kotlin, which is kind of fun). We also make modifications to use open source products and use modern languages like Java, Python, Angular, and SQL to solve software challenges.
Our custom software helps our clients mitigate technical risk and create a technical advantage. We create mobile and web applications, develop back-end services, and maintain the software we build. We get a lot of direct feedback from our clients and are able to use that feedback to enhance our system features and functionality.
Our software team members appreciate the opportunity to learn a lot more than just software. They interact with the network side, go deep on problems, interact with customers, and go far outside the realm of what they had learned and/or been exposed to at other places. Fostering this type of collaboration and growth is a basic tenet of how we go about our day-to-day business.
Team Member Spotlight
What did you work on yesterday?
Yesterday I continued working on a software development project where we’re designing a user interface that displays data mining techniques. My teammates and I put it together for one of the guys from our training team. I also got to demo this project for the CEO and thought it was cool that I got to present something I worked hard on to upper management. I also had multiple video chats with teammates which was nice since we’re a company that has a mix of in-person and remote work.
How would you describe what you do at Ridgeline?
I write pieces of software for our clients and also for internal use. I like to call it duct tape engineering because I piece together open source tools that have already been built and change them so they can fulfill a different purpose.
Why did you come to Ridgeline?
While I was in college studying data science, a friend who worked at Ridgeline recommended that I apply as a technical intern. We’d had multiple nerdy conversations about data and he thought I’d be a good fit. I was fascinated with the things he’d told me about his work so I applied as an intern.
Why have you stayed at Ridgeline?
I really like it here. I get to work on a number of challenging, fast paced projects, and because we’re small, my efforts don’t go unnoticed. It’s a culture where I can ask questions to anyone in the company and I don’t feel uncomfortable. It’s collaborative. It’s just fun – we have great company events; everyone has a good time together. I graduated from college in 2019 and transitioned from being an intern to a fulltime employee. My internship had gone well and when Ridgeline presented me a really great job offer after finishing school, I decided to take it. I was already comfortable at Ridgeline and also really happy. It was an easy decision!
What advice would you give to someone considering working at Ridgeline? Why should they do it? Why should they not?
Do it if you like fun banter with co-workers, learning new things, working on interesting projects and being intellectually stimulated. Don’t do it if you don’t like dealing with growing pains. We are growing really quickly so there are certainly growing pains. Sometimes there’s confusion about who is in charge. It’s also very normal to be surrounded by people you didn’t know three months earlier. Oh one more thing - my favorite bash command is chmod, but mkdir is a close runner up. If you understand what that means, you probably belong here.
What kind of things do you enjoy outside of work?
I really like yoga, maintaining an active social life, hiking, going to concerts, and watching Ozark on Netflix. I never put in more than 40 hours a week – I could if I wanted to but right now I don’t want to. I do not feel overworked and have plenty of time to do my hobbies.
Life at Ridgeline
Our people matter. We know everyone says that - here’s how we prove it:
- We’ll contribute 20% of your base salary to your 401k, regardless of whether or not you contribute anything at all. This is our way of saying, “Thanks for taking a chance on us and helping us build this company.”
- We have a self-managed PTO plan. As a company, we want to support a holistic and engaged lifestyle; we want you to enjoy life outside of work - and we want you to take care of yourself and the people you love when you need to. Burnout is bad for both you and us.
- We have flexible work schedules. You’ll be able to work with your supervisor to figure out what’s best for your situation (we all know the chaos of living in the DMV).
- We’ll give you $2500 each year to buy clothes. When you look good, you feel good. And we think it’s just kind of fun!
- We’ll give you $2000 each year to spend on a hobby. We want our people to be bursting with creativity and innovative ideas. That doesn’t happen in a vacuum! We want to support interesting endeavors and believe it pays off for us in the long run.
- We have a sweet office space that’s right on the Silver Line, with nitro cold brew on tap, sparkling water, legit snacks, and oodles of natural light. We like being here!
- We are well resourced and will make sure you have what you need to do your job well. Get the technology and training you need – we’re a learning organization.
- We’ll treat you like an adult and give you a voice. We want you to build this company with us. We’re figuring it out together and creating something special. We want you to speak up and help make this the kind of company you want to work for. We like it here and like each other.