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Pariveda Solutions El Segundo, CA (US) Reviews

  • "Amazing Company to Work for"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in El Segundo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in El Segundo, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pariveda Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - You will grow as an individual/professional. Pariveda's number one is priority is growing its employees to their fullest potential.
    - Annual opportunities for promotions.
    - Health insurance premiums paid by company.
    - Minimal to no travel required.
    - Cell phone plan with stipend to help purchase a phone.
    - Constantly surrounded by brilliant people who are willing to share knowledge.

    Cons

    - Starting pay is a little bit lower on the spectrum but still acceptable with all the other benefits involved.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to prioritize the individual as a whole.

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Pariveda Solutions El Segundo, CA (US) Salaries

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    Consultant (C1) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Pariveda Solutions (El Segundo, CA (US)) in April 2016.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • We're not supposed to share details about the case, but basically you're simulating an actual project with client concerns and technical aspects rather than solving arbitrary programming projects. You get a packet of information and supporting documents, including the problem definition, some constraints, etc... about ten pages of stuff, and you have to architect a solution, which you later present before a panel, sort of like a Master's thesis defense you get two hours to prepare. This was more difficult, more revealing, and much more fun and interesting than the kinds of whiteboarding tests other tech companies love to give where they just make you barf out algorithms. Pariveda wants to see how you approach a real-world problem, how you design solutions, and what considerations you make in design, as well as a brief glimpse into your implementation skills. I personally agree with their approach, to focus on good architecture, design, resourcefulness, and even leadership in some cases, and fill in the blanks in code as needed, with emphasis on vision, process and design soundness rather than the minutiae of character-by-character compilation correctness. Anyone can learn to code well, can research an algorithm, can follow a debugger to fix code errors. Knowing how to code a hash table is not as important to a member of the workforce as knowing the best time, place, and method to apply one to a problem as part of a system of implementations. Just one man's opinion!   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    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.

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