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Employees rate El Segundo 6.8% higher than the overall average
I have been working at Pariveda Solutions full-time (Less than a year)
I've had a wide variety of software jobs in the past, from video game development to medical devices, from laid-back to cutthroat-corporate, and Pariveda Solutions is the sweet spot I've always wanted to find. It's the most challenging work I've ever done, combining complex software analysis, development, and integrations with the social challenges of consultancy: interfacing with clients and their teams to figure out what their needs are, to help them understand their needs, and to deliver solutions that meet those needs. When you interview, they stress that work-life balance is chief among their concerns, that taking care of employees is a point of pride, and that growing the individual is at the core of the business. It may sound over the top, ridiculous, too good to be true, but this is a place that really puts their money where their mouth is. They have a powerful mentoring program, and structured, well-supported career development plans to guide every consultant towards bigger and better skill sets. Even vice presidents get mentors. Everyone is expected to learn and grow over time, never to stagnate. They keep us happy with above-average perks and benefits, loads of vacation time that you actually get to use, free social and networking events, the list goes on. I won't say the perks are industry-leading because hey, not everyone can be Google, but compared with other places I've been, this is well and truly a dream job. For comparison, I interviewed on-site with a tech giant or two, and I can honestly, confidently tell you I'm happier here than I would have been there, from what I saw, judging by the culture and atmosphere in the office, and the way people treat you and each other in their offices. In exchange for all the fun and support here at Pariveda, you're expected to put in Maximum Effort for the 8 or 9 hours a day you're at work, but I've gotta tell you, I'd rather be challenged for 8 hours a day than bored and stressed by bureaucracy; and at the end of the 8 hours, you do actually get to leave work at work, and go home!
Working with clients is tough. They are our customers, and unfortunately, as in retail, the customer is (almost) always right. Sometimes you have to suffer through bureaucracies and interactions with people who are less skilled, less comprehending, and less scrupulous in order to deliver a product or service and get paid. But, that is the job, after all. We are being hired to help those who can't do this on their own, so, no complaints here. A real downside is that we have to work at the client site often, and that means you don't know where your office location will be, and it will change every few months, so living close to work is impossible. In LA this can be devastating in terms of the commute you'll be wrung through. I ride a motorcycle, it helps a lot that we can filter traffic here. ;) One other thing that gives me an itch is that since we don't have any products we own, per se, it doesn't feel like a "secure" job. Pariveda has a great record of retaining employees when contracts are thin, since so much focus is placed on employee care and growth; so that gives me confidence, but it is still nerve-wracking to know that all the contracts we're on now will be over in half a year and we'll need to find new ones to keep the lights on... and that's a constant feeling, because that is the nature of consultancy!
Advice to Management
Keep doing what you're doing, this is an awesome place to work. The company is growing quickly, and growth often kills the culture of companies that start out with great intentions, so please don't forget what it is that makes Pariveda special!
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I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Pariveda Solutions (El Segundo, CA (US)) in April 2016.
Note that I was interviewing as an experienced hire, rather than a new grad, even though I was interviewing for an "entry level" position. It's because I was changing industries.
The interview process was long, and quite rigorous, consisting of an email chain, a phone screen, and a full 9-hour on-site interview. I was a bit psyched out when they called the day before my on-site to warn me that it would be tough, and not to feel bad if I was sent home early for poor performance.
The phone screen consisted of some basic programming terminology and concept questions, and one big design question that took a much higher level approach. It was surprisingly insightful, inherently taught me something about the nature of the job, and was fun to answer. The interviewer was friendly, casual, but focused and presented a fair challenge. The job, even at the entry level, grooms entry level and developing employees for jobs higher up the ladder, I felt this was a good sign from my perspective.
There was also a personality test, something they use to learn more about you that has no impact on whether you're hired. I think it was called the Personality Index or something; anyway, it was interesting, and painless, and when they give you the results it's eerily accurate.
The on-site started with a big breakfast, and it was delicious. Not really important to the outcome of the interview, but was a great intro to the company culture, interview difficulty notwithstanding. Sitting down and eating with one of the other employees to chat and ease me into the process was great, whereas I've been taught the traditional wisdom is not to risk any kind of faux pas by even accepting a drink of water during an interview.
After breakfast, was the whiteboarding session, which they call a "case," and was over two hours long, all one problem. I'll describe it below since Glassdoor doesn't let you review an interview without posting a question.
After the case, I got to meet more employees and shoot the breeze with them, since I wasn't sent home early after the exhausting case. I had the chance to ask and answer questions in a very casual, friendly way. They took me to a really nice lunch where I got to chat with a manager and a senior developer about random, non-work-related stuff. After lunch, I met with the office VP for a personal interview, where I was asked the kinds of questions you would expect, about a time I had to make a hard choice, or felt underprepared for a hard task. Typical personality and history type stuff, though I felt there was a subtext and a side evaluation being done, like the questions weren't really the goal of that part of the interview. I think it was more an evaluation of my ability to stand up to pressure and scrutiny, in other words, my ability to interface with clients. Just a suspicion.
Finally, they gave me the BAPT test, which was surprisingly fun, but stressful due to time limitations. You can look it up, it's basically a programming test with a fictional language, that tests your ability to learn and apply new languages to problems quickly. That took another few hours.
At the end of the day, I was beat, and they said "if you get this job, this is how you'll feel at the end of a typical work day." I got an offer, and they were right, but to be honest I couldn't be happier because the work is fun, and I'm accomplishing and learning new things every day.
There are no negotiations for salary. Pariveda pays everyone with the same job title the same salary and benefits. They have a strict, satisfying policy of transparency with no drama, so there's no need to wonder whether the guy at the desk next to you is making more, for doing less, etc. The only exception is a slight cost-of-living adjustment if you live in more or less expensive cities. For example, employees in San Francisco make a few thousand more than someone with the same job title in Atlanta.