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What is the best place to work to grow as a Web Developer?

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Elizabeth’s Answer

Hello there! I understand it can be challenging to pinpoint specific companies in the vast sea of opportunities out there. The beauty of this is that there are numerous large and small companies that offer fantastic growth prospects. Web development is indeed a diverse field, offering a myriad of areas to explore and work with, making it a thrilling choice for those with a keen interest in continuous learning.

Allow me to share a snippet of my journey as a web developer to give you some perspective. I kick-started my career at a web agency, which turned out to be a blessing. It allowed me to dabble in various web technologies, thereby expanding my skill set at a fast pace, all while enjoying the security of being part of a single company.

As I gathered knowledge on a range of web-related topics, I gradually began to delve deeper, aiming to master specific skills. This mastery enabled me to transition between companies that required my expertise, ensuring my growth never stagnated. Each company I worked with offered unique opportunities, further enriching my professional journey.
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Piyush’s Answer

Google, Amazon, Facebook, are some well known companies where there are lot of opportunities.

Here is the list of top 20 companies in web development

https://www.itfirms.co/top-web-development-companies/

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Sadia’s Answer

Hi Jason,

As a former web developer what worked for me was using work study opportunities to gain a part-time position as a web developer at my university (Specifically for the Provost office). The team was kind and helped me learn on the job and patient because they understood I was a student with little experience. I was able to learn a lot and eventually got promoted to a full time position then to the Web Master.

Good Luck!
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Ming Ju’s Answer

Google, Facebook and Salesforce. Thoses companies are the place you can utilize your strength as a web developer/ programmer to make contribution to the world.

Thank you comment icon Depends on what "best" means to you! Chris Visaya
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Shyam’s Answer

Hi Jason,

Web development as an occupation is expected to grow 27% between 2014 and 2024, which means there will only be more job openings in the future (and there are already tons). And besides, the average general web developer is going to make around $65,000 per year, and often much more (especially if you’re an expert in something like Ruby).

But the best part about coding careers is that you can do the vast majority of them remotely, from anywhere with a decent internet connection.

Some things to think about while choosing a career in this field with any organization are

Upward Mobility : Opportunities for advancements and salary

Stress Level : Work environment and complexities of the job's responsibilities

Flexibility: Alternative working schedule and work life balance

Start-ups usually offer niche opportunities that have amazing career growth (Upward mobility), but may be stressful and not flexible. Free-lancing is another option.

However if free-lancing is not your cup of tea, then some of the top companies in the field (apart from the main once already mentioned in previous replies) are

  • Konstant Infosolutions:
  • Blue Fountain Media:
  • Y Media Labs:
  • Iflexion:
  • Dom & Tom:
  • WillowTree:
  • Intellectsoft:
  • Chop Dawg:

Source : (https://www.itfirms.co/top-web-development-companies/)

HTH,

Cheers,

Shyam

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Alex’s Answer

Hello Jason - thanks for your question.

To me, a good way to think about this would be the pros and cons of working for a larger, more established organization, versus working for a smaller company or start up.

In my experience, I started out working as a Web Developer at a small, 15-person start up. Working with a small team is exciting but also stressful: the start up could "make it big" and then you could have a lot of clout and leadership as the company grows, but it could also fail more easily than an established company! My team was small, I felt like I had a lot of say in the organization, even lacking experience. I could contribute to areas outside my immediate domain, for example in product design. However, we were constantly in "crunch mode" and I didn't have a lot of opportunities to do further training or take a step back to consider my professional development. I didn't have a lot of mentorship since the more senior people were busy and in crunch mode, and I didn't even have a regular meeting with my immediate supervisor.

I think I could have used a more nurturing environment in terms of developing my skills. In later years I have had the opportunity to work at larger companies and realized that, while less exciting in some ways, they can provide a little more time, space and formal training to help you learn and grow into the position. Some companies offer formal training and mentoring, budget for you to do additional training, and have established work flow systems meaning you can actually take time to use those resources. So from my perspective, I would advise initially trying to work for a more established company, learn as much as you can both in terms of technical skills and observe how the business is run, and then bring that knowledge and experience to a smaller company if the excitement of a smaller company is attractive to you.

That being said, some people work well and learn quickly under the often more frenetic start up circumstances. I have a number of former colleagues/friends who started out working at startups who have done quite well; they learn quickly and well under pressure. Similarly, a couple of my former colleagues who were very strong developers started their careers at software development agencies; an agency is a company that serves a wide variety of clients, which means as a developer you work with a wide variety of technologies in a fast-paced and often high-pressure environment. Of course, these are not hard and fast rules either, but generalizations. If you have the luxury of multiple offers, you can be sure to learn about the different work cultures before taking a position.

Best of luck as you apply!
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Héctor’s Answer

Hey Jason,

that is a question I also had not only in the past but every time I feel I need a change. Working as a software developer is a long run. You always grow and you need to take the best from every place you have the opportunity to work on.

Firstly, if you are interested in web development I would recommend to just focus on web companies. If that is what you like you will have a lot options. Most of the software worldwide is web today.

Mentioning a concrete company is a tough task. There are so many companies to enumerate. I will give you a tip I used during my entire career. And it get insights from the ones working in those places. Ask them what's about working there, which is their daily basis. That's the most reliable source of truth.

If you don't you anybody in this field, there is a website that can help you: https://www.glassdoor.com/. Here you can fin reviews and information about almost any company in the tech industry.

Good luck!

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