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Backbase Overview

Amsterdam (Netherlands)
501 to 1000 employees
2003
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
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We’re on a mission to revolutionize banking. 700+ Backbesers work together globally on better and more advanced products. We believe that doing new things is great, but it is more important to learn from them. Being part of Backbase is more than just “doing ... Read more

Mission: Million people around the world would like to have access to their money via a smartphone. Our mission is to help banks to do everything via digital technology.

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    "A lot of fluff, bad product but nice team"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Backbase full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The team was nice , the office is super basic and they don't really care about the wellbeing of their employees, the only thing is a free lunch. The salary was ok

    Cons

    I really think it's not ok to lie to customers... they organise a massive event each year to basically sell things they haven't done or things barely possible. They spend a massive amount of money to simply create fluff. Everything is fake, they just think at the last minute of something that looks cool, ask their design team to spend ages on a nice presentation and then just demo this fake thing without even thinking about it's feasibility. It's pretty shocking actually.. It's ok to sell, but it's wrong to completely lie. I think they are good sales people before anything else. The management doesn't really care about the product itself, just the money. On top of that, they actually don't do UX Design at all, so don't bother working for them if they want to hire you as a UX Designer, they will just give you UI work to do, or powerpoint presentations (or google slides). A few people are lucky and get in the right team, but most of the time it's not great. I think some people are super motived, tech wise, design wise, but there is no process, and the management is egocentric. They have 10 VP of blabla and they are just bragging about air.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying, stop making the company look like it's gonna save banks simply because banks don't know anything about tech. There is a difference between guiding companies and manipulating companies to just charge them massive amount of money (who thought I would be nice to banks..) . Listen to your design teams, because the future is there. I would recommend the management to just get down their high horses, stop thinking they are google or something and just think about doing a good product.

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Backbase Interviews

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    Java Architect Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
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    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Backbase (Amsterdam (Netherlands)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Recently I tried to apply for the Java Solutions Architect position at Backbase :

    http://www.glassdoor.com/job-listing/java-solutions-architect-JV_IC3064478_KO0,24_IE117266.htm?jl=1360877232&paoIdKey=MA==

    The first interview was held by HR guy within 15-20 minutes with common psychological and characteristic screening questions. He did a good job and in a day advised that 2 further interviews will take place with their java team lead and senior architect guys separately one after one, 1 hour each. Alright.

    Those 2 guys were rather punctual as the technical interviews commenced without any delay. That's the only positive feedback for them. Each of them neither had a list of java technical questions nor architectural ones. The only technical question I could remember from the java team lead is presented below. As for the architect guy, that were the same common boiler-plate questions ( see below ). Neither code nor architecture design questions were raised.

    In a day I received the following Backbase resolution from those guys.

    1. HR guy passed the following from the technical guys :

    "quite outdated knowledge, narrow experience, mostly old school way of working, not so much into agile and craftsmanship practices.
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    2. The senior architect provided the following feedback to me :

    "
    first of all, appreciate your time talking with us. In addition, I can say, that I am most certain, that your are brilliant engineer, however, we are trying to fill in the positions that we currently have and we have certain expectation/requirement, one of them is also "fit into Backbase" culture. Unfortunately, we did not found you fitting our skills and culture requirements, which has nothing to do with you personally.
    "

    Now, here is my conclusion how technical java interviews are organized at Backbase :

    1. That's the total waste of time for any serious developer having several companies to choose from in his further career path.

    2. Technical interviewers have no knowledge how to achieve java background validation and system design skills assessment.

    3. That was the strangest interview I ever had for 14 years of my developer career because the frustration comes from absence of an idea what went wrong.

    Interview Questions

    • That was a question from Backbase Java team lead : How would you design persistent layer ?   1 Answer
    • That was questions from Backbase Banking architect : 1. How would you describe Scrum ?
      2. What source code management system do you use ? 3. What experience do you have with enterprise service bus ? 4. Do you have experience with Big Data ?   1 Answer
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Backbase Awards & Accolades

  • Best of Show, Finovate Europe, 2014
  • Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for User Experience Portals, Gartner Magic Quadrant, 2014
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