Critical Mass
2.9 of 5 81 reviews
www.criticalmass.com Calgary, Canada 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated May 6, 2014
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Information Architect

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Critical Mass.

Interview Details – Contacted via phone due to personal recommendation. Spoke with HR over phone. Met with Account Manager in local coffee shop. Was offered within 2 weeks. It was both personal and professional, but I was expecting more in-depth analysis of my experience and expertise. Things were probably accelerated due to pressing project needs and particular skills they needed in the roster.

Interview Question – Standard bevy: toughest challenges to overcome, strengths, weaknesses   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiation was immobile, as they said the home office salaries were tiered lower than standard pay in my location. it was fair pay, but they didn't budge.

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Information Architect
Atlanta, GA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Critical Mass in July 2010.

Interview Details – Pretty straightforward. Long but casual talk with recruiter/HR in another office, then met with an account manager to discuss ideas, role and responsibility. Asked and answered lots of things about experience, vision, skills and strengths. Discussed a great deal about the client and interacting with them. Had some really good coffee.

Interview Question – Describe the most difficult work experience you can remember and how you dealt with it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They were pretty firm on the offer, even when I did a soft poke to see if they were flexible. It was reasonable, but didn't hurt to try.

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Project Manager
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Critical Mass in April 2010.

Interview Details – friend of a friend set up the initial interview. It lasted 1 hour with a wide range of topics covered. Mostly looked for fit and was hired after only 1 interview

Interview Question – what are your weaknesses   View Answer

Negotiation Details – easy - one phone call, got the offer and accepted

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Project Manager
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Critical Mass in May 2009.

Interview Details – I was phoned and went in for one interview. An offer was made two weeks later.

Interview Question – Questions were standard PM-type questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate, but I should have.

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Developer
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I applied through other source and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Critical Mass.

Interview Details – The first contact came through from the company in the form of an email from one of their own HR/recruiters. At the initial face-to-face meeting with him, we talked about a general overview of the position and expectations.

In the second meeting with technology team members (three people: tech lead, tech director and a developer) I was asked general questions about technologies I am comfortable with and the technologies being used at the company.

Overall my experience was positive, the people involved were friendly and helpful.

Interview Question – I was asked about a scenario that they were experiencing. I had started the answer in one way and realized I should be answering from a more technical perspective so, I had to switch how I was phrasing my answer.   Answer Question

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Planner Interview

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The process took 3 months - interviewed at Critical Mass in April 2011.

Interview Details – I initially contacted CM about an open position. It took them a couple weeks to get back to me. Once they did, I had an easy phone screen with a recruiter. A few weeks after that, I interviewed with people in my department and people on a couple of different clients that I might work on.

The interviews themselves were strictly resume-based and behavioral. Everyone was nice (except for one person who I learned later just isn't very nice; it wasn't a tactic or anything).

Interview Question – Why don't you have more digital experience?
Do you use social media a lot?
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Negotiation Details – They made me a pretty good offer; I countered asking for 5% more and they agreed.

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Project Manager
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Critical Mass in April 2010.

Interview Details – The employee who met with me was very friendly and welcoming. The company recruiter however hugely low balled me on job position and compensation. I was new to the city without many contacts in the local area so I took the position as a starting point. It is now very slow and hard to move up in the company being lowballed right off the bat.

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