Red Nova Labs
Red Nova Labs Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Web Developer Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Red Nova Labs.
Interview Details – This company centers most of their business around the self-storage industry. Not exactly exciting, but at least project development would be a little more predictable day-to-day.
Although they do some PHP development, unfortunately this company uses a lot of Ruby. From the TIOBE index and from the PYPL (Popularity of Programming Language Index) you can see from 2009 Ruby has been in a nose dive. Obviously Ruby is quickly falling out of favor by developers. Pro-Ruby shops are a big turnoff for me as a seasoned programmer.
The culture on this inside was just a bunch of long tables thrown into the center of a room with everyone uncomfortably cramped around them. In reality, cubical-free doesn't mean more creative collaboration, it just means they only want to save space and money by not providing nice offices and nice desks. Everyone's legs and height are different and everyone needs a different desk height and chair height to properly accommodate safe posture. Isn't it interesting that you don't see any office executives working off of old schools desks; you see them working in a nice office, nice chair, and a nice desk with a door for occasional privacy and concentration. Having to be hunched-over a long table all day was another big turnoff.
Interview Question – If you are applying for a programming position be prepared to take a fairly hard (and strangely abstract) one hour written test, and also be prepared to write out functions and create programs from memory. Answer Question
Chief Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Red Nova Labs in May 2009.
Interview Details – Very casual. The company considers a matrix of work ethic, cultural fit and skillset. The interview process can seem very fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants but be wise; they know what they're looking for.
Interview Question – Some of the more key roles - in sales mgmt or product dev - are quizzed on economic or math bases. In fact, the eng roles are safeguarded by a comprehensive testing system that takes cues from Google. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiations at Red Nova Labs require an up-front number. The company bases its compensation figures on opportunistic value (what were you worth here, what would you be worth there) so you should be prepared to walk in with a "I make this, I want to earn this." Put a number on yourself and be prepared for evaluations of commitment.