Beyond the studio
Why work for Kyan?
We have a culture of sharing and we work in teams within a flat structure where every opinion is valued. We collaborate and build on our pooled experience, so knowledge is shared, not siloed.
The work is challenging (but fun), we work hard and we enjoy what we do. At Kyan, we always hire for fit and aptitude over qualifications and experience, so if you've got a reason for us to hire you, why not get in touch?
Pride in our work
Quality is the trademark of everything we do at Kyan, if it's worth doing it’s worth doing well.
All of our code is peer-reviewed and a pull request is generated and approved every time, before committing to Github. All of our design output undergoes scrutiny from a usability and consistency perspective. By holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards, we have achieved a reputation for excellence among our peers. We are truly proud of everything we do.
Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby!
Kyan is a Ruby on Rails development house and has been since Rails 1.0. One of the main reasons for choosing Ruby is the ongoing developer satisfaction of working with a human readable language.
We ❤ technology
We are early adopters of Ruby and Rails, but that doesn't mean it's all we do. We also enjoy Elixir and React projects, and we're always keen to work with the latest tech.
Agile is in our DNA
We're not fans of weighty, technical specifications that no-one wants to read. We operate an agile Scrum methodology with teams working on 1-2 week sprints, focussing on one core element of a project at a time. The work is fast-paced and iterative and that’s the way we like it.
Your training, your way
We assign a personal development budget to every staff member for their use as they see fit. As a Kyan employee, keeping up-to-date is part of the job, so we encourage learning as part of daily work.
Don't make me think!
We are big on usability and UX, and believe that a website or application should not only be a thing of beauty, but work beautifully. Every project starts with a sketch of an idea, before being worked into reality and tested to be the best possible solution prior to development.
Events all year round
We're connected to the community... We run our own speaker event, WXG, and its sister meetup event Web Meet Guildford (WMG) as well as hosting various social events in the office for a number of meetup groups – some tech related, some not.
We host our own quarterly meetup for everyone involved in tech and design in and around Guildford. We've also hosted the Surrey Ruby Users Group and the regular Chef meetup. We also attend many others, including Rails Girls, London… maybe it’s time for a Rails Girls, Surrey?
We encourage staff to attend external conferences and to book onto any desired training so that there is no danger of stagnating. We welcome innovation, new technology and new thinking.
We like to play.
Kyan has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with plenty of break-out space for day-to-day socialising, or just to get away from your desk.
Life of Kyan
We regularly organise events at and around work, including quizzes, meals, lunchtime socials, ale appreciation trips, tree-top adventures, and much more. There are many opportunities to socialise outside of work too, be it a trip to the the cinema, mountain biking in Wales, 5-a-side football or rock climbing. The only limits are our imagination. Any ideas?
"People are friends, not just work colleagues and so working together, socialising together, helping each other out — it all comes naturally"