Full-Cycle Software Development house

Polcode is an international full-cycle software house with over 1,200 completed projects. We’ve provided comprehensive software development services to 800+ businesses of all sizes worldwide.

Team: Over 150 professionals on board, including certified developers, UX designers, project managers, admins, client service support team, QA team.

Approach: After analyzing your project, we’ll propose the most cost-effective and technologically advanced solution. Our highly specialized technological pillars ensure the end product fits your exact business needs.

Technological Pillars:

  • Polcode E-commerce—from small web shops to international multi-stores and marketplaces
  • Polcode Web Development—full-cycle web development, frontend & backend, RWD, modifications/upgrades of existing sites, CMS, 3rd party integration
  • Polcode Business Solutions—custom business-oriented solutions (intranet, CRM, ERP, LMS, SaaS, custom IM, API-centric solutions, mobile booking systems, etc.)
  • Polcode Outsourcing—dedicated English-speaking teams, wide range of technologies, certified developers, flexible working hours, team augmentation, contract managers, monitoring and reporting

Project management: Our certified PMs combine the best of Waterfall and Agile methodologies to improve project efficiency.

History: Founded in 2006 by a small group of passionate and ambitious developers, Polcode has been delivering functional business software solutions ever since. Today, the same passion propels us to provide seamless development services across the globe, except now there are more of us.

 

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2006
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Warsaw, Poland
headquarters
other locations

Portfolio

Dock & Bay

Modern, functional, and effective Magento 2 multistore allowing clients from all over the world to buy exclusive beach towels.

 
Custom implementation of:
  • Collections algorithm
  • Checkout page (one page, one-step checkout, custom cart on the checkout page)
  • Configurable products algorithm (auto-selecting specified swatch options,
rendering specified thumbnail images)
  • Related products module (possibility to view configurable products as related
  • Contact forms (integration with external services — SendGrid)
  • Pricing module
  • Store switching algorithm (detects user’s IP address redirects to specific store)
  • Website switching functionality
  • Layered navigation module (possibility to filter by multiple values of the same attribute)
  • Shipping rules (multiple rules for shipping rules, country, shipping zones, cart total)
  • Added possibility to modify product quantity on the checkout page
  • Enabled customers to add comments to orders
  • Added integration with external portals (e.g. shiptheory.com, theiconic.com.au, mautic.org)
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    https://polcode.com/projects/dock-bay/

    Cottage Portal

    A ground-up redesign and development of a real estate rentals multisite site:
    • Multisite to manage several websites from one CMS
    • Frontend (including graphic design)
    • Payment module (PayPal) integration
    • Advanced search module

     

    https://polcode.com/projects/cottage-portal/

    Firm Prospect online portal

    A comprehensive online platform built to deliver targeted candidate, law firm and job searches as well as an unparalleled market intelligence.

    User-friendly multi-functional recruitment portal able to process a big amount of data faster and generate complex analytical reports and stimulations.

     
    Frontend and backend for a new
    website:
    • Site performance improvement: Elastic Search implementation
    • Data analyses modules enabling users to create prospects' career development forecasts
    • Business intelligence data processing and report generating modules
    • API for third-party company tools incorporation (e.g. third-party CRM)
    • Data migration from the old website
    • GDPR-friendly

     

    https://polcode.com/projects/firm-prospects/

    RevStop C&C E-commerce Platform

    Effective tailor-made C&C e-commerce platform that fulfills the client’s business idea and satisfies the customers’ needs.

     
    Designed and implemented from scratch a service marketplace platform, including:
    • Multistep ordering system allowing users to manage user accounts and add all necessary details about vehicles, vehicle delivery, and
    payment
  • Custom form creator for the administrator
  • Modified WooCommerce plugin to add CPT sales status option
  • Additional log-in/ registration option for WooCommerce account via Facebook
  • Functional database with an SSL server certificate.
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    https://polcode.com/projects/revstop/

    Altkom Akademia

    Educational website improving employee skills through a wide range of IT courses and training programs. Recommended by 90% of the courses’ attendees.

    Backend and frontend (UX/UI), including:
    • Course search engine
    • Dynamic list of training path & dynamic menu
    • Course management module (catalog, browser, detailed view, promotions) and exam
    offers
  • Custom API to aggregate content from many external services
  • Extensive content management module
  • Improved mobile version of the site
  • Added the English language version of the website
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    https://polcode.com/projects/altkom-educational-website-wordpress-laravel/

    Philadelfia Intranet

    Philamac – custom intranet systemfor a food manufacturing company, appreciated by the customer, suppliers, and several inspectors.

    A set of highly specific software applications helpful in everyday production routine, among them:
    • Client complaints module
    • Samples request handling module
    • Internal quality control module
    • Number of useful features
    like calendar or lists of users, clients, suppliers, carriers, products, etc.

     

     

    https://polcode.com/projects/philadelphia-intranet/

    Artists Everywhere

    The new Global Talent Directory. Profiling the most exciting and emerging talents worldwide.

    Customized social media site dedicated to artists and sportspeople seeking employment and career opportunities.

     
    Built the entire service from scratch:
    • Portal architecture
    • Fully responsive
    frontend
  • Backend
  • Social media integrations providing each user with the ability to evaluate their "digital influence score" based on the number of followers aggregated from all of their social accounts
  • Payment block integration
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    https://polcode.com/projects/artists-everywhere/

    Meditation Studio

    Search-engine friendly website with a built-in fast browsing engine for choosing a meditation type and an instructor. Backend and frontend (UX/UI) including:

    • Database with grouped recordings depending on the instructor, collection or course
    • Dedicated descriptions and animations
    • Dedicated API to manage the database

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    https://polcode.com/projects/meditation-studio-online-platform-custom-database-ruby-on-rails/

    Tweriod web application

    End-users social media industry web application for Twitter statistics analysis.

     
    Extended existing web app functionality, including:
    • Payment subscription module
    • Customized reports generation module
    • Hashtag popularity analysis
    • Real-time user monitoring

     

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    https://polcode.com/projects/tweriod-web-app/

    Der Workout Creator fitness web application

    Attractive and competitive fitness website with extended functionalities and new user-friendly modules specified by the client.

    • Produced and implemented an application that generates training plans.
    • Developed and introduced an administration panel allowing to add/edit exercises and set training sessions limits for free users.
    • Designed a user-friendly interface
    allowing to find and choose exercises with set parameters (type, duration, difficulty level, etc.)
  • Added premium user access, with an unlimited number of training sessions.
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    https://polcode.com/projects/keine-zeit-fuer-sports-workout-creator/

    Blinck

    New user-friendly WordPress-based website with a fresh design and smart wizard for price estimation.

    Backend and Frontend:
    • UX/UI design
    • Dedicated order placement wizard for custom cost estimation
    • Online payment module
    • Studio reservation system
    • Multi-language site
    • On-line chat
    • Intuitive administration
    panel

     

    https://polcode.com/projects/blinck-wordpress-based-e-commerce-website/

    SNAP Interactive Portal for a Health Care industry

    Interactive patients portal and data management system for medical practices

     

    Developed a system consisting of 4 parts:
    • iPad application: allows patients to fill the forms chosen by the staff member and browse the educational portal using webviews built into the app

     

    • Web-based RWD UI for staff: allows staff to
    see recent encounters along with initial patient data and status of an encounter, check filled forms, export them to PDF / CSV / etc. or transfer them for further processing

     

    • Educational portal for patients: shows personalized content (e.g., allows to read recent publications and have access to the content provided by affiliated publishers)

     

    • Server-side API for the iPad app: enables stuff to store, view, and process gathered data with access levels compliant with health care data security regulations.

     

    • Main system modules: centralized logging & deployment tools etc.

     

    • The server-side code (dashboard, educational portal, and server) was written using Django and Wordpress, with implemented RESTful API schemes and responsive HTML5

     

    https://polcode.com/projects/snap-portal/

    Tangram

    Custom website developed to meet specific business needs of consulting company

    Built WordPress-based custom website including:
    • Customized administration panel
    • Blog and newsletter modules
    • RWD
    • UX friendly frontend
    • Fully responsive animations and parallax.

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    https://polcode.com/projects/tangram-website/

    Persian Bloom

    Multi-feature e-learning platform created from scratch, featuring a variety of additions that facilitate learning.

    Frontend and Backend:
    • Subscription module
    • Course trailers and sample lessons
    • Database of learning materials such as videos, music, sample speeches, interviews, poems, etc.
    • Online payment module
    • Features for transliteration,
    translations, and voice recording
  • Dedicated Wordpress blog
  • External systems incorporation
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    https://polcode.com/projects/persian-bloom-e-learning-platform/

    Theory Test Pro E-learning app: driving theory test simulator.

    Functional and user-friendly e-learning tool based on Driving Standards Agency (DSA) licensed materials.

     
    Develop an e-learning application including:
    • Entire official test question bank
    • Hazard perception video clips
    • Online version of the Highway Code

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    https://polcode.com/projects/theory-test-pro-e-learning-app/

     

    Gold Medal Squared (GMS). Americas Most Respected Volleyball Education Resource

    Web application & admin panel with a wide selection of tools allowing coaches to keep tabs on all aspects of the game.

     
    Full-fledged GMS+ coaches panel comprises:
    • Dashboard
    • Statistical wizard
    • Video library
    • Set of handy tools with which coaches can manage their camps, games, clubs, staff, strategy, and perform an in-depth
    game analysis
  • Communication and notification tab designed to streamline information sharing
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    https://polcode.com/projects/gms/

    Scandlearn

    User-friendly E-learning System (LMS) for aviation industry: solution provides training tools for first class crew and management in 600+ enterprises around the globe.

     
    Develop new functionalities:
    • New course building
    • Import/export courses from external files
    • Progress report generation
    • Test results calculation&nbsp
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  • PayPal integration
  • Certificate creation tool
  • Intuitive admin panel
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    https://polcode.com/projects/scandlearn-lms/

    Easton e-commerce shops and customized websites

    Customized e-commerce websites and blogs for several businesses belonging to Easton-Bell Sports (later BRG Sports): high-end sports equipment producer.

     

    Easton Cycling (high-end bicycling equipment):

    • Fully customized responsive web-store.
    Easton LaCrosse:
    • Fully customized responsive
    web-store.
  • User-friendly administration panel fit for a non-technical person to use
  • YouTube Data API
  • Customer review module
  • Related products display module
  • Easton Baseball:
    • Blogs development with an easy-to-use administration panel
    • Different graphic design of each of the individual blogs and the home page
    • Each individual blog built as a fully functioning WordPress page linked to every other Easton-Bell Sports websites, yet can be managed centrally from the WordPress MU interface.
    Easton Hockey:
    • WordPress-customized multiple languages version website with social media plugins, video streaming, and images manipulation module.
    • Enriched e-commerce capabilities of the website with complete technical details and product reviews
    • Introduced multiple languages and regions versions. Each version has its own product range and inventory

     

    https://polcode.com/projects/e-commerce-shop/

    Wshful

    The Global Lottery Syndicate for the world’s biggest lotteries.

    Modern, user-friendly platform allowing its customers play lottery together to improve their odds.

     

    We designed and developed from scratch the entire website (frontend and backend), adding:
    • UX design (including style guides)
    • Sign-up module
    • Service
    subscription feature
  • Referral programs
  • Integration with an experimental payment gateway Dalberry
  • Multiple sign-in options (via registration, Facebook, or Twitter credential
  • E-commerce feature with lottery tickets
  • Marketing tools incorporation such as: Post Affiliate Pro, Fuse Lead Marketing, PropellerAds, GoogleAds, etc.
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    https://polcode.com/projects/wshful-interactive-online-platform/

    Freckle web application

    UX friendly multi-functional time tracker web application.

    • Time-tracking application conceived and developed by Polcode and a very well-known team: Amy Hoy and Thomas Fuchs—important personalities in RoR world.

    • More flexible approach to time tracking, as it takes into account all user activities, not only paid working hours.

    • Boasts

    many additional features.

    Rugpad USA

    Fast and efficient e-commerce shop to handle a large number of products and heavy user traffic.

    • Built an advanced feature allowing ordering custom cuts.
    • Developed a new ‘add to cart’ tool using AJAX technology.
    • Fixed existing shop performance issues to make sure it works properly for a large number of products and users. This included fixing: product details
    display and configurable products, product categories lists, shopping cart functionalities, etc.
  • Implemented efficient cache mechanisms allowing to speed up site performance.
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    https://polcode.com/projects/rug-pad-usa/

    Football club Legia Warsaw

    Advanced, tailor-made applications for all football fans done in record time.

    Frontend, backend (including administration panel) design.

     

    Twoja Legia (Your Legia) - Website with embedded form to collect subscribers’ contact data for marketing and sales purposes. The double opt-in has been used to protect the users and their personal data.

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    Florida Cup 2018 - Fan registration system to distribute coupons for Florida Cup games online broadcasts. The system ensured user registration with complex backend processing that involved fan card verification, dynamic allocation of TV streaming access, and assigning different types of membership codes.

    Karnety VIP (VIP pass) - Website dedicated to VIP game pass ordering with data verification system and administration panel.

     

    https://polcode.com/projects/legia-warsaw/

    GolfMore

    Custom kiosk application  for golf player swith multiple features and a user-friendly, intuitive interface.

    Backend and Frontend (UX/UI) including:
    • Golf course rental & reservation module
    • E-commerce features
    • Vaucher validation module
    • Multi-language
    • External services incorporation

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    https://polcode.com/projects/golfmore-custom-web-application/

    Students Mundial

    New user-friendly language version of the accommodation booking system.

    • Multi-language mechanism development
    • Administration panel functionality adjustment
    • RWD
    • Additional API development for a related portal Housing Anywhere
    • Modify the implementation of Google Analytics

     

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    https://polcode.com/projects/student-mundial/

     

    ZMR CRM

    User-friendly, intuitive CRM system and a functional intranet portal equipped with a set of features meeting exact business needs.

     
    Key Features Developed:
    • Comprehensive patient data management system
    • Functions: appointment planning, room scheduling, calendars
    • Finance module
    • Company documents creator (with sending
    function)
  • Team & Tasks Manager complied with appropriate data access levels
  • Insurance company import/export module
  • Patient diagnosis viewer function
  • Internal communication module
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    https://polcode.com/projects/zmr-2/

    Reviews

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    Web & Mobile Development for E-Learning Company

    "They are a trustworthy company who is always trying to find a solution for us."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $200,000 to $999,999
     
    Mar. 2013 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Polcode augments some internal developers to maintain an e-learning platform product. They handle primary executions of most development projects using PHP and JavaScript, including iOS and Android apps.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Uppsala, Sweden
    Product Manager, E-Learning Company
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Polcode has been a necessity in both ongoing projects and development emergencies. They work with internal teams to overcome language and culture barriers, and have proven a helpful team to have on hand. Polcode has been flexible, reliable, and communicating with them is concise and straightforward.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    We are an e-learning company providing the aviation industry with training and a full solution for distribution, everything they need to maintain their education. It’s a platform for everything. I’m a product manager.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Polcode?

    We needed a partner who could provide us with a foundation of developers. They needed to have certain skill sets and knowledge in the subjects we develop in. Before, we had developers both in-house as well as outsourced, but we needed a better partner. That’s where Polcode came into the picture. We had the product already developed.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    Polcode produces most of our content in terms of code. In-house, we have our developers for the managers like myself, but Polcode does the primary execution of our ideas and products. Lately, we have revamped our whole interface for the administrators and users. It involved a lot of moving around to give way to the training, and also utilizing the training class (a staff member or a private crew member). That had been a later project.

    In the latest projects, we’ll have a backend powered by Laravel. So it’s an Open Source framework using PHP together with some JavaScript. We’re also using a framework called Vue, together with Ionic as a mobile language, Angular 2, and TypeScript. It’s comprised into one hybrid mobile application. There’s a lot of PHP and JavaScript in this company.

    They have also developed various iOS applications with Android coming soon. They do everything we ask them to do.

    What is the team dynamic?

    Right now there are three team members. We have one lead programmer who is checking everything for us. We were happy with him. He basically reviewed the code and made sure everything was right and prepared for production use.

    How did you come to work with Polcode?

    I got in touch with them a long time ago, and then we looked on the market and their name came up again. So we started using them. We thought it was worth a shot.

    How much have you invested with them?

    A few hundred thousand dollars.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started working together in March 2013 and the work is ongoing.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

    There can be some challenges, of course, with the language and culture differences. But in terms of code quality and everything they produced for the actual product, it’s pretty good.

    When using Polcode, we expect them to put their efforts into it. If something is needed or there is an emergency, they have been very helpful in terms of bugs or breakdowns. They have been very useful.

    How did Polcode perform from a project management standpoint?

    We’re generally doing pretty well, but outsourcing to programmers, developers, and engineers can involve some challenges because of culture and language. It’s been a long road to where we are today. Right now it’s pretty good.

    What did you find most impressive about them?

    They are a trustworthy company who is always trying to find a solution for us. They’re always flexible and fulfill our wishes. We’ve been very happy with that.

    Are there any areas they could improve?

    We don’t have any issues. It’s been quite easy. Everything’s right to the point and easy to discuss with them.

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      Sometimes a developer on their side will estimate something unrealistically. But also, oftentimes the issues that come up are due to the complexity of the product, or a bug on our side. It’s not a Polcode thing, just the nature of the product development.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      It’s worth the money, for sure. Sometimes you wish you had in-house engineers, but for the money and the flexibility and everything that comes with outsourcing, it’s definitely a 5.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      When things happen, they always take responsibility for everything.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      For sure. Any day. Even for personal projects, I’m using them.

    Mobile App Development for Hosting Company

    "There is still a long way to go with it, but I’m confident that they will be able to do it."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    4.5
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $10,000 to $49,999
     
    Feb. 2016 - Apr. 2017
    Project summary: 

    Polcode updated and enhanced an existing podcast mobile app. They worked natively with MySQL and Objective-C, and stabilized both the iOS and Android versions, adding functionalities and integrations.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Nate Birkley
    CEO, Ratchet Host
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Polcode succeeded in stabilizing the app, bringing error tickets down to 2 per day from as high as 20 per day. The team excels in adapting to internal processes and preferences, and communicates effectively and often. Polcode is professional, diligent, and flexible in every way, including payment.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    Ratchet Host provides shared infrastructure and mobile hosting. I am the CEO and a co-founder of the company.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Polcode?

    We had a client in need of developers who could help update their podcasting app. They were getting rid of an old vendor, and needed to bring the Android and iOS solutions back to a stable form. Development of mobile apps is not our specialty, so we reached out to Polcode based on a reference.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    Polcode essentially recovered the older code of the apps, and brought it back up to date, as well as added new functionalities, as requested. One of the main ones was further integration with the website, which hadn’t been working well until that point. There were many smaller things which had been removed by the previous company, like speeding app playback, adding favorites, using local storage to download episodes, and so on. Many of those functionalities were broken, so Polcode was in charge of fixing or adding them.

    The app was developed natively for iOS and Android, using Objective-C and MySQL on the backend. Polcode also provided very limited design work for the apps. The client provided basic design guidelines, for the most part. The app had been completed prior to Polcode taking over, but it was severely out of date. They leveraged the same design and framework, and rebuilt some of the foundation.

    The podcast is hosted on the client’s website, and the data ultimately feeds into the apps as well. Whenever a new podcast is posted, it generates an RSS feed which is ingested by iTunes and Google Play, as well as some other third-party services. The client also has an app which leverages an API for communication between the website, the apps, and the database. The information is pulled based on a user-management system and a description process.

    I estimate that there were around 5 developers from Polcode’s side assigned to us. We had a dedicated project manager who was with us for the whole time, while the developers cycled in and out, and had various responsibilities ranging from the app development itself, to work on the WordPress website and QA.

    How did you come to work with Polcode?

    My CTO had worked with Polcode for his previous company, and recommended them as reliable developers.

    How much have you invested with Polcode?

    The cost of their work has been around $25,000.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started working with Polcode around February 2016. The project is ongoing. Our expertise is specifically around dedicated shared hosting and infrastructure, and we never wanted to get into the project management and development game. We initially acted as a middleman between the client and Polcode, given that the client was not tech-savvy. We translated many of their requirements and worked directly with Polcode and their project management in order to break those into a project plan for the developers. The long-term plan has been to hand the reigns over to Polcode entirely, and let them manage the project with the client. Our portion of the engagement completed in February 2017, but the work with the client is still ongoing, and we continue to consult them.

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

    The only way in which we were able to measure the success of the app, prior to Polcode stepping in, was based on support tickets. I would say that, on average, we had 15-20 support tickets per day, directly associated with the app being nonfunctional. After Polcode implemented the new app and squashed a couple of bugs, the tickets were reduced to perhaps 2-3 per day. We implemented Crashlytics, which gave us a view of the app’s stability across Android and iOS. We saw great results, in the high 90th percentile, for stable instances of the app across all devices.

    Polcode did an amazing job of making the app stable, and getting it to a functional place for our client and their own subscriber base. There is still a long way to go with it, but I’m confident that they will be able to do it.

    How did Polcode perform from a project management standpoint?

    Our project manager was a phenomenal resource for the entire time. He held weekly status calls, gave us updates, and was very communicative. He used the tools which were convenient for us, such as Slack and Bitbucket, and adopted to our style. Our project manager did a phenomenal job of translating requirements, not only from us, but even from the nontechnical client. He was able to translate directly into tasks for the developers, in terms of specific coding languages, databases, and so on. He took things which were as simple as a brief sentence, and translated them into formal, documented requirements. I definitely appreciated his contributions enough to try to hire him myself.

    What did you find most impressive about Polcode?

    They’re flexible, adapt to requests, and have a lot of knowledgeable contractors which can be brought in and out as needed. Polcode is able to identify the right resource for the issue, so we won’t have WordPress developers working on iOS apps, for example. On top of having access to experts, we’ve worked differently in terms of payments and fixed estimates for different phases of the project. Polcode was able to hit those milestones and stay within budget. If there was any sort of overreach, they were communicative upfront, and warned us that we were approaching the hour limit.

    Are there any areas Polcode could improve?

    I honestly can’t think of anything. We were wanting to step out of the project management role a bit sooner than we did, but I don’t think that this is an issue of Polcode, as much as it was the client wanting to feel entirely comfortable.

    5.0
    Overall Score Polcode is a wonderful company to work with. I highly recommend them, and appreciate the partnership mentality they brought.
    • 4.5 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      There were a couple of times when we saw slight delays caused by developers leaving, but these are items we can’t really plan for. Polcode had outstanding performance.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      The price was very reasonable.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      They stayed on-task and on-budget.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      I have referred them multiple times, and would have no hesitations in the future.

    Web Development for Consulting Company

    "We have more Polcode developers working on our projects than internal staff."

    Quality: 
    5.0
    Schedule: 
    5.0
    Cost: 
    5.0
    Willing to refer: 
    5.0
    The Project
     
    $50,000 to $199,999
     
    June 2012 - Ongoing
    Project summary: 

    Polcode provides scalable staff augmentation for multiple PHP and Ruby on Rails development projects, focusing on e-commerce websites and web apps to support external clients.

    The Reviewer
     
    1-10 Employees
     
    Naperville, Illinois
    Paul Eident
    Consultant, Aslan Interactive
     
    Verified
    The Review
    Feedback summary: 

    Through Polcode’s seamless integration with the internal engineering team, collaborative initiatives finish on time and demonstrate consistent quality. Their accessibility, strategic resource allocation, and competitive price point strengthen this long-term partnership.

    A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

    BACKGROUND

    Introduce your business and what you do there.

    We’re a web consultancy working with clients to design, build, and maintain their online properties and mobile apps. We’re general contractors for websites. Even though we have our own developers, we hire out much of the work.

    OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

    What challenge were you trying to address with Polcode?

    We needed extra talent for completing a PHP Zend project.

    SOLUTION

    What was the scope of their involvement?

    We’ve partnered with Polcode on 6–7 projects using different technologies since our first engagement. They have provided staff augmentation; we have more Polcode developers working on our projects than internal staff. The main technology has been PHP, but we’re also working on a large project using Ruby on Rails. For this situation, we hired a whole team, including a project manager and 3 Ruby developers.

    We focus on e-commerce with our websites, but features range depending on the type of project. We’ve built web apps to keep track of clients’ processes, client self-service, and backend administration interfaces.

    We haven’t used Polcode for applications or aesthetic design since we have internal staff and other consultants for these roles.

    How did you come to work with Polcode?

    We have been hiring resources in Eastern Europe, especially Poland, for almost 10 years. We needed some fast talent who we could trust. I don’t remember how we found them initially, but we’ve established relationships with several of their project managers. 

    How much have you invested with Polcode?

    It would be hard to determine a cost, especially since we mix our expenses with external partners. Polcode’s cost has been in the high tens-of-thousands range.

    What is the status of this engagement?

    We started our first project with Polcode around June 2012. 

    RESULTS & FEEDBACK

    Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or impact of the engagement?

    Polcode acts like a part of our team, and we treat them as we would our internal developers. They have access to all our tools and get to work promptly. As such, I can’t state particular metrics about them.

    For the most part, the work has been good, and we continue to hire them. Polcode can get projects done, and we’ve rarely had problems with their code. It’s human to make mistakes, and we’ve had to redo parts of the code at times, but we’ve been happy with Polcode’s quality overall.

    How did Polcode perform from a project management standpoint?

    When we used them for project management, they did a good job. Our Ruby on Rails project manager in particular was excellent. There has been deadline creep, but that was our fault in most cases. Polcode has done a great job in maintaining this.

    The communication is good for the most part, especially with the project managers when we use them. The developers can become busy with other projects, and we may not hear from them for a couple of days, but they’re generally accessible for questions. We use JIRA and Slack currently. We also use Skype at times, depending on how long a developer is working with us. We invite longer-term resources to our Slack channels.

    What did you find most impressive about Polcode?

    Previously, when we were searching for talent, we had a large pool with many unknown resources whom we’d have to interview and test. Evaluating whether someone fits into our project takes time. With Polcode, I can contact the appropriate project manager for the technology we need and be fairly certain that we’ll receive a quality developer since they’ve already done all the vetting. This saves us time and lets us start working on projects quicker.

    Are there any areas Polcode could improve?

    It would always be nice to be able to call Polcode and get access to a developer right away, but they do have other clients. The detriment of working with any outsourced team is that they’re not always available exactly when we need them. This isn’t their fault, but we’d like to be their first priority all the time. 

    5.0
    Overall Score
    • 5.0 Scheduling
      ON TIME / DEADLINES
      If they can’t meet a deadline, they let us know in advance.
    • 5.0 Cost
      Value / within estimates
      For the type of talent provided by Polcode and the easy vetting process, there is a lot of value.
    • 5.0 Quality
      Service & deliverables
      We’ve been happy with everything that Polcode has done for us.
    • 5.0 NPS
      Willing to refer
      They’d do a good job for a colleague, but that would limit their availability for us.