Culture & Jobs at Atomic Object

Custom software development for web, mobile, desktop, & devices. Atomic is an employee-owned software development company in Michigan & Chicago.

Working at Atomic Object

Hiring in: Ann Arbor, Chicago

When Atomic Object opened its first office in 2001, the status quo in the industry was dismal—buggy software, blown budgets, missed deadlines, and lots of features nobody even used. Companies were treating software-making like an assembly line process, leading to some terrible products.

We wanted to make really good software that people would actually use. And do that by putting the human element back in software development and honoring it as a craft.

From the start, we embraced new processes like Agile that gave power and responsibility back to individual craftspeople. And we built the principle of testing constantly into our DNA.

After nailing code quality, we turned our attention toward predictability and got good at project management. Our next goal was software that met users’ true needs, so we brought in Human-Centered Design practices. Now we’re working on product management, as we tackle ever larger and more complex products.

Craft is putting something of yourself into everything you create. It’s designing things that are useful, and building things that are beautiful. It’s loving what you do, and always working to get better at it.

It’s what still inspires us today.

Letter to a future employee

Hi there,

We just let you know what we're all about—creating products that help companies shake up the status quo and serve their customers in new ways.

But what about who we are? Despite what you’ve heard about software makers, we don’t all like video games and craft beer. We Atoms come from a variety of backgrounds, beliefs, and ways of looking at the world. What we do share are six values that form the foundation of everything we do at Atomic Object:

  • Give a Shit
  • Think Long Term
  • Own It
  • Share the Pain
  • Teach and Learn
  • Act Transparently

If you care about the same things we do, consider becoming an Atom. We’re always looking for smart, curious people who love perfecting their craft.


Atomic Object

Why work at Atomic Object

Professional Growth

  • Ownership

Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging

  • Committed to Diversity Goals

Culture & Climate

  • Thoughtful


  • Work/Life Balance


  • Friendly


  • Employee Stock Purchase Program

Atomic Object office in Ann Arbor

Jobs at Atomic Object

Software Designer

Ann Arbor

Software Developer and Consultant