This week, Inc Magazine released its annual list of the fastest growing companies, and we’re proud to announce that Full Scale ranks #878 in the US!
The Inc. 5000 list is an incredibly competitive group of elite, high-growth companies. According to Matt DeCoursey, our CEO, “Being listed on the Inc. 5000 is an honor. It’s true validation for all of the hard work our team has done, as well as how amazing our clients are.” While our 723% 3-year growth landed us at #878 overall, Full Scale also ranked #78 in Business Products and Services and #6 in the state of Kansas.
Over the course of just 4 years, we’ve grown to a team of nearly 300 developers, testers, project managers, and leaders.
Finding Developers In a Booming Software Industry
Full Scale was created to address a need that every tech company has experienced: developers are hard to find and even harder to retain.
Almost five years ago our founders, Matt DeCoursey and Matt Watson, were commiserating over the challenges of scaling their development teams. This led to their first trip to Cebu, Philippines to open an office and recruit developers for their respective companies. Other business owners heard about their success in Cebu and asked for help finding developers as well, and Full Scale was born.
The market for software developers has only gotten worse. There are currently over 300,000 unfilled IT jobs in the United States alone. Companies in mid-market cities in particular are losing talent to the coasts and can’t compete with the major tech giants, and many companies are hamstrung by the challenge of finding and retaining top talent.
By opening international offices and finding talented developers, testers, and project managers, Full Scale has helped dozens of companies break the hiring bottleneck and grow faster than they thought possible. Take it from one of our long-time clients:
“Onboarding an outsourced team and quick integration is a significant process that Full Scale is uniquely adept at. LendingStandard has seen multiple company growth spurts and Full Scale continues to pay dividends in delivering the velocity and developer innovation our clients demand.”Andy Kallenbach, CEO, LendingStandard
Keys To Success: People, Process, and Platform
Managing a high-growth global team comes with a lot of challenges.
Above all else, finding and retaining the right people has been critical to Full Scale’s success. We hire world-class developers who want to work on interesting projects. When we place them with our clients, they become an indispensable part of their team. Some of our first clients are still working with developers we hired four years ago.
As Full Scale has grown, we’ve evolved from being a pure service company to being a platform for managing teams. We’ve built an entire portal that allows clients to search for developers, schedule interviews, add and remove team members, receive daily reports, conduct performance reviews, and more.
This management portal allows us to efficiently process over 1,000 applications every month and put candidates through a rigorous vetting process, ultimately hiring only the very best 3% or so of applicants. Our process and platform have made it possible to scale to nearly 300 people in just a few years, and will allow us to scale to 1,000+ people in the coming years.
What Makes Full Scale’s Model Different?
Our clients aren’t just hiring freelancers. While developers work exclusively for a single client, they’re still members of the Full Scale team, and we’ve built a reputation for being an awesome place to work. Our employees get great equipment, pay, and benefits, but also enjoy company parties and company-sponsored teams for things ranging from badminton and mountaineering to community service.
Compared to companies that match you up with freelancers, we’ve found our team members to be incredibly loyal and dedicated to our clients for the long term.
Looking For Talented Software Developers?
With the sort of growth we’ve experienced, clearly we’re doing something right. Our clients love the fact that we can match them with experienced developers who are ready to join their team in a matter of days.