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I worked at RealSelf full-time (More than a year)
Honestly, I worked here for about two years and I was able to learn and grow so much within my role. Coming in at a point where there was fast growth, I was able to experience it with an amazing team and a wonderful manager. She taught me how to perform various functions of my job and the best part was giving me the ownership to manage these processes and find ways to improve them, or even create my own. Being able to manage my career is something that's not easily found at other jobs and it's something I definitely will miss. Also, the team morale is awesome. I was able to play with the soccer team, participated in bottle fridays, looked forward to the holiday parties and bust a break dance move or two, and got along with basically everyone at the company. Oh, and the snacks & coffee were awesome. I've never worked for a company that allows dogs in the office and provides pet insurance, takes the office out to sporting events in the Seattle area or other fun things, and so much more. This work/life balance is amazing as well.
I was fortunate enough to work for a fantastic finance team with a great manager, and the only cons I can think of were the rapid growth the company faced at times. With much work to do, there were only so many people able to do it all but a pro to add to this is that I was not alone through any of it. The major con is that no other company (at least that I can think of) will be able to top this so RS sets the bar super high. Other small cons include; some barking in the office and loud noise or heavy traffic when events go on at the stadiums nearby.
Advice to Management
Giving your employees ownership and letting their voices be heard will definitely benefit the team/company over time.
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at RealSelf (Seattle, WA (US)) in January 2017.
Quite a number of individual interviews. Once with the Recruiter and a skills test, an in-person meeting with VP, another in-person meeting with the CTO, and a third in-person meeting with Product Manager, Sr Developer, Soft Dev Mgr, CTO, Recruiter.
Things were pretty routine, however, I got the distinct impression that they didn't know exactly what they were hiring for, as the position was "new" and the email/website job title waffled between Software Development Manager and Software Development Engineering Lead.
Over the course of lots of meetings, interviewing mostly concentrated on soft skills, behavioral, situational and industry. I seem to be hitting all the correct talking points, asking each interviewer what they were looking for, things seemed to be firing on all cylinders over the course of two days and several in-person interviews. I felt like I had been upfront on the position I was looking for and received confirmation along the way. They were good, productive conversations.
However, in hindsight this feeling of ambiguity was reinforced after talking to the Sr Backend Dev, who felt the company needed focus on the front-end and their MEAN framework. Turns out the Sr Dev's opinion either won out or echoed what they were actually looking for... a Technical Lead who could provide leadership on the front-end development. I'm not sure where or even *if*, people/process management was a true consideration.
Nice people. I liked the environment. But I feel like the company was purposefully trying expand their net for potential applicants by creating nebulous job descriptions.. and seeing what they got, without regards to the time/energy of me as an applicant.
The job market in Seattle is plentiful. It's useful practice to take any interview and go through the process. But if you're serious about getting a job, perhaps it's best to make sure they are serious first. However, I'm not sure what else I could have done to cross this job-posting off earlier. But it would have been nice.
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