SamKnows

At SamKnows we’re building next-generation internet performance tests to help build a better, faster, smoother future internet for everyone.

Founded 2008
16-50 employees
  • Digital Communication
  • Hardware, Internet of Things, & Electronics
  • Headquarters address
    135 Park Street, London, SE1 9EA

    SamKnows.com was initially launched as a free site displaying the availability of different internet services, but when we wanted to add performance information, we became frustrated by the lack of accurate services. So, we decided to build our own global platform to measure internet performance and quality of experience.

    To do so we have worked with academics, consumer groups, ISPs and industry to build a standard broadband measurement test suite and platform. SamKnows also works extensively with regulators around the world to ensure that the SamKnows tests meet their increasingly complex requirements.

    At the time of writing this, SamKnows is considered to be the global leader in broadband performance measurement.

    The platform was initially deployed in the USA and has now been extended over five continents. The SamKnows SDK is currently embedded in over 30 million mobile phones, routers and other devices around the globe running billions of tests every day which are stored on our big data platform. The SamKnows platform is acknowledged to be the most accurate way of measuring internet performance, and is currently used in studies covering more than half the world’s internet population.

    How We Interview & Hire:

    1. Phone interview to let you know about our exciting projects and discuss your CV
    2. Technical assessment based on actual work that we do
    3. Three part face to face interview which includes a compay introduction, technical discussion and meeting an executive

    What is Like to Be an Engineer at SamKnows:

    We use an agile / scrum based workflows including sprints
    We work in cross-functional teams to deliver new features
    We use Github, Jira and Slack
    We do peer reviews of all code
    We have a weekly company all hands to celebrate achievements
    We have a quiet working environment
    We dedicate lots of time to innovation and product development as-well as allowing time for refactoring and codebase improvements
    We get to work primarily on greenfield or modern projects with very little legacy work
    We use automated testing

    Tech stack

    C, C++, Bash, SQL, Pig, Java, PHP, Python, JavaScript, Go, Kotlin, Swift, Ruby, Vue.js, Git, Symfony 3/4, Jenkins, Docker, Scrutinizer

    Benefits

    Compensation and retirement

    As SamKnows we provide season ticket loans if they are required. We also contribute 5% towards your pension if you contribute 4% to make up the minimum Government requirement of 9%.
    Pension plan
    Commuter assistance plans

    Health and wellness

    Staff at SamKnow can choose to be part of our AXA PPP healthcare plan which includes Health, Dental and Optical. We have the SamKnows running club and are open to any staff lead or external initiatives for increasing our teams wellbeing and work life balance.
    Health insurance
    Dental insurance
    Vision insurance
    Dog walking stipend

    Vacation and time off

    SamKnows provides 25 days of annual leave plus bank holidays, 5 training / conference days annually as well as paternity / maternity leave.
    Paid time off
    Paid holidays
    Maternity benefits
    Paternity benefits

    Personal development

    At SamKnows we have an unlimited book budget and a training and conference budget that is available to all staff.
    Tuition reimbursement
    Management training
    Job training
    Conferences reimbursement

    Values and quality of life

    At SamKnows we have an awesome office dog called Sausage that visits on Wednesdays and Fridays. We have frequent social events as well as two big parties during the year. Each year we donate money to a charity organisation chosen by our team. We have a SamKnows cycle to work scheme.
    Accessible via public transportation
    Bike parking
    Employee groups and committees
    Snacks and beverages
    Company activities
    Pet-friendly workplace
    Employee discount programs
    Showers
    SamKnows - We work in a bright, sunny and plant filled central London office.
    SamKnows - SamKnows Summer Party