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. 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. 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.”
“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. You learn all of the basics on good test practices and it prepares you for a long career in software testing.”
“MindSpark is a wonderful opportunity for those on the autistic spectrum. 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 feel like I’m now a productive member of society due to the chance MindSpark gave me.”
“Most of us know a lot about computers but there’s always more to learn, especially when it comes to testing or analyzing software. There is a great deal more to it than just clicking a button and seeing if it works, though that’s still something we will also check for. We look for bugs and try to find things that don’t work or cause something to pop up that shouldn’t. 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 professional environment, but a welcoming one. They teach you all about this sort of stuff in the MTA.”
– Evan H
“MindSpark has really made a positive contribution to my life. Before I came here, I was really struggling to figure out what to do career-wise. I felt that the jobs I had didn’t allow me to use my full potential for the most part. Now that I’m here at MindSpark, I’m able to do work that allows me to make more complete use of my computer and writing skills when I test software. I’m very thankful for this opportunity.”