- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I have been working at Octopus full-time (More than 3 years)
- Huge variety of work
- Very talented colleagues I can rely on and learn from
- Responsibility and accountability for work
- Very ambitious
- Short termism in parts of the business
- Communication (corona doesn't help)
- IT still playing catch-up
- Fast-paced (again, I know, always comes at a price)
Advice to Management
Love the recent change removing the "job grades" and moving in line with the market to allow job progression through standardised job title systems.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Octopus (London, England (UK)) in September 2020.
I applied for a role with the operations team at Octopus Ventures. First HR called to discuss the role in a bit more detail, next I had a 30 minute zoom call with the hiring manager and a 30 minute call with HR. There were some competency questions and questions around my CV. It felt more like a conversation and there was a lot about culture fit and the Octopus values, which are really important to them. You can tell that they stand by those values and want to find employees that will fit in well with the team.
Next I had a numerical and verbal reasoning test, these I'd recommend practicing for before. Then I had a case study: Part 1 you complete in 24 hours and part 2 is done during the next interview stage with the Operations Manager. I found the case study quite easy so long as you are competent with excel.
The final stage was two more 30 minute interviews. One with an Associate on the team and one with the CEO of Octopus Ventures. Again it felt like culture fit was quite important so they wanted me to meet as many people on the team as possible. These were quite casual and included some of the same questions as the first stages. Questions around my CV and my experience for the role.
The whole process was really efficient and I appreciated getting updates regularly from the Octopus team about the status of my application. It was one of the most enjoyable and well organised interview processes I've ever been a part of. They are clearly a passionate and welcoming team.