For the past decade and a half Black Label has been providing tailor-made software services to partners in Norway, Europe and the US.
We’ve built up a strong reputation for delivering high-quality software developed by trustworthy and efficient teams that grow with our clients. The Black Label story began in 2006 when Greg Iwacz, our CEO and a serial entrepreneur and former programmer in his own right, launched the company from a small shared office space in Krakow, Poland.
As software evolves, and our partners’ needs change and priorities shift, we have the agility and flexibility to adapt and grow with them. We’ve already gained a lot of experience and garnered a lot of successes, however our story is only beginning to unfold.
From early on, our CEO Greg had a straightforward, open and highly personable approach to running Black Label. He preferred to grow slowly and invest in people and their personal and professional development.
Greg also knew that he didn’t want to create a typical Software House, but rather build a Software Home – an IT company that was built around a community. For the first five years Black Label grew by only a few team members a year as we were primarily focused on delivering highly-tailored IT services for Highsoft.
As Highsoft grew, so did we, and eventually our companies grew closer together. Over time we began organizing formal and informal company integrations in Poland and Norway. This community-first approach and commitment to building long-term partnerships based on trust soon became the Black Label way and is the cornerstone of our company culture to this day.
Each new team member is chosen carefully and brought up to speed at their own pace. We commit a lot of time and resources to learning and development to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to continuously improve their skills and fulfil their true potential.
Like many modern IT companies we have all the trappings and benefits that developers have come to expect (read: gaming room, pizza, flexible hours etc.) including a remote office on the Spanish coast that our team can work from.
Alongside official integrations with our partners and client teams, we double down on our commitment to company team-building and extra curricular activities. We regularly organize pick-up soccer games and organize rock climbing trips. Our current Slack channels include climbing wall meet-ups, yoga sessions, Fifa tournaments and local concerts. Black Label perfectly epitomizes the statement: the company that plays together, stays together.
Our people-first approach and commitment to building a strong community has helped keep our core team intact (93% retention rate over the past decade) and allowed us to grow upwards and outwards together.
During the recruitment process, we try to focus on a candidate’s personality and fit to the team as much as verifying their skills and experience. Although the majority of us are software engineers by education, you can meet mechanics, architects, lawyers, musicians and every kind of sports enthusiast under the sun. We value people from all kinds of backgrounds and we work hard to create a safe and friendly working environment that encourages employees to be themselves. As our name suggests, labels are meaningless.
We are a tight-knit team that understands that achieving genuine “work-life balance” isn’t just about vacation time and remote work, but it’s about creating a fun and safe atmosphere inside and outside the office. Whether we’re at work or on a climbing wall, we push each other to be better and we grow together. As a community, we’re moving beyond just work-life balance, and aiming to achieve work-life harmony.
And when a new person joins the team, they are not only given the tools and knowledge they need for the job, but they are immediately welcomed as part of our community which values working together as much as we do playing together.
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Thinking of joining our community?
We work in small, well-integrated teams on carefully chosen projects. We grow together and help each other day in and day out. If you’d like to join our team, the careers page is an excellent place to start.