Engineering Staff Augmentation for Prepared Meals Company
Staff Augmentation Development
Timeline: jan. 2021 – Ongoing
$1,000,000 – $9,999,999Budget:
Sonatafy Technology has been an excellent contributor; they offer a good balance of senior and junior engineers who deliver on business goals and show leadership. They’ve integrated well with the client’s team and communicate effectively. Moreover, they work collaboratively to find solutions.
“We’re really happy with the relationship and the work they’ve done for us.”
Please describe your company and your position there.
I’m the senior director of platform engineering at Freshly, a prepared meals delivery service based in the US. We cook millions of meals a year and deliver them fresh to customers every week as often as they want. I run half the engineering team dedicated to backend services and software that enables us to run our business.
What challenge were you trying to address with Sonatafy Technology?
We were trying to be agile about staffing. Hiring is difficult in our current environment, so we were looking to solve some budgetary challenges by adding some outsourced talent to our team. Our goal was to add some redundancy to our engineering team so that we could scale up and down quickly and easily without going through all the complexities of searching for and hiring full-time employees. In other words, we wanted to inject flexibility into our engineering resourcing.
What was the scope of their involvement?
Sonatafy Technology is our outsourced engineering partner. They source candidates they think fit our needs, and then we interview them. Since we already have a large interface-focused team, Sonatafy Technology is dedicated to backend engineering.
What is the team composition?
We currently have 8–10 resources from Sonatafy Technology in our team. Our main point of contact is Joseph (VP of Account Management).
How did you come to work with Sonatafy Technology?
We found them through a reference. They were hired before my time at the company.
How much have you invested with them?
We spend at least $100,000 a month with them.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them in January 2021, and the engagement is ongoing.
Food & Beverages
Sr. Director of Platform Engineering
CEO | Engineering Manager| Account Manager
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What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
Sonatafy Technology has been an excellent contributor. Like any team, they have various skill and engagement levels, and we have a good mix of junior and senior members. They’ve been really good leaders within the organization, and we treat them like any other employee. Moreover, they’ve delivered a ton of our business goals. Overall, we’re really happy with the relationship and the work they’ve done for us.
How did Sonatafy Technology perform from a project management standpoint?
We have a shared Slack that our Sonatafy Technology representatives are a part of. Meanwhile, the engineers are like any internal team member, so they’re in the same channels as our full-time engineers and participate in our meetings.
What did you find most impressive about them?
We’ve been pretty lucky that the contractor resources we’ve worked with have all been pretty good, including with Sonatafy Technology. We’ve had o negotiate some things throughout our engagement, like how to engage their team members outside of office hours in an emergency. That was a critical issue where the team worked with us, and we devised a good solution together. We’ve worked with them to establish a standard where, if an employee has to work outside of regular hours, they’re accruing vacation time that they can track and take whenever they need to.
Are there any areas they could improve?
I don’t have any negative feedback for them; we’ve worked together really well and hope to continue doing so.