At MindSpark, we aim to give adults with autism spectrum disorder the opportunity to build a career, maintain steady employment, and work within an environment that allows them to be productive individuals. We understand that it is hard for those on the autism spectrum to find rewarding work, and MindSpark is designed to help them deal with that situation by not only training them and giving them a valuable skill set but also allowing them to build a career where they can continue to build upon the new skills they’ve acquired.
Below are testimonials from our employees commenting upon their time at MindSpark and how it has been a beneficial experience for them.
“I’ve been working at MindSpark for a little over a year now and I have enjoyed my time as an employee here. I have been a software analyst on a lot of different projects and it’s really cool to see how the programs work. We test all sorts of stuff like websites and other types of software used by big companies. Working here can be fun too, so it’s easy to succeed as an employee. All the analysts and managers are friendly as well as willing to help you succeed here at MindSpark. MTA, The MindSpark Training Academy, is interesting too. When you finally get some hands-on experience at the OJT (On-The-Job-Training) after the Academy, you learn how to write test cases, how to report bugs, and all sorts of cool stuff. I really enjoy working here at MindSpark and if you are committed to working for a really cool company then this is the place for you.”
“MindSpark has given me a career where I can learn new skills on the fly. In a short year, I have learned how to communicate better as a team player, and apply computer skills such as Excel, Google docs, as well as Slack, all in a timely manner. I have also participated in first hand with game testing, web based testing, and client based testing (via virtual machines). The staff is extremely accommodating and flexible. They take time to help develop their employees on an individual basis via One on One. These One on One meetings have helped me where I want to go career-wise. In my short time working here, I have taken every opportunity that I have to learn these new skills. It is because MindSpark actually takes time out of their day to address their individual workers that I find MindSpark to be a good place to work, and I would recommend it.”
“MindSpark is a wonderful opportunity for those with autistic spectrum disorder. It gave me not only a job, but the skills and tools needed for a lifelong career in quality assurance. MindSpark helps people develop lifelong skills that can be used to create rewarding careers and be able to provide for themselves. I believe that we have been taught the proper testing methods and tools so our skills are relevant throughout the tech industry, and I enjoy working with clients that are innovative industry leaders. MindSpark allows for flexible schedules and understands the restrictions that some of its employees run in to. More companies should learn from this model and provide opportunities for those on the autism spectrum. I really feel like I’m now a productive member of society thanks to the chance both MindSpark as well as our clients have given me.”
“I have been at MindSpark for over 4 years now, and as the first tester to complete the training program I have seen the company grow substantially. MindSpark was my first paying job out of college and it’s helped me a great deal. I have found it interesting to test different kinds of software, and programs for many different kinds of companies. We learn all sorts of different testing strategies, and have fun in the process. The training at the MindSpark Training Academy is one of the more distinct aspects of the company as there aren’t a lot of companies that train the employees before they start working, so you don’t need any prior experience to work here, which is a really good thing. You have the unique opportunity to learn all of the basics on good test practices and it prepares you for a long career in software testing. MindSpark is a good place to work if you want to get started in software testing.”
“At MindSpark, most of us have a lot of experience with computers but there’s always more to learn, especially when it comes to analyzing software. We learned that there is a great deal more to it than just clicking a button and seeing if it works, though that’s still something we also check for, as well as the development process itself. We look for bugs and try to find things that don’t work or cause something to pop up that shouldn’t. The MTA (MindSpark Training Academy) will also prepare you for the work environment you’ll be in, as well as what is expected of you from your peers. Even in training, it’s a very professional environment, but a welcoming one. You aren’t just treated as an employee, you’re treated as an individual. Everyone is here to not only do their job, but to help you do yours as well. It’s a practical, encouraging mindset everyone shares for an environment where teamwork is vital.”
– Evan H
“With my time here at MindSpark, it has granted me the possibility to learn some valuable skills in the fields of quality assurance testing, small team management, accounting software, program scheduling, and biofeedback device testing. Over the 3 years I’ve been working at MindSpark, I have progressed through the ranks to earn the title of Senior Analyst, despite being dyslexic and a fair amount of reading being required, which I am very proud to have accomplished. MindSpark has helped teach me to utilize my strong work ethic and drive to more effectively communicate with my coworkers on what they need to achieve to successfully complete a given task, a skill that will no doubt prove invaluable for the rest of my life. It has also granted me the opportunity to learn how to deal with different personality types while in the workplace, which in turn has helped me to grow as an individual.”