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    Always think long term

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Equilar full-time for more than a year


    This review applies to entry-level graduates considering a job at Equilar.

    I worked at Equilar for two years in at least three different teams, including research. Equilar was my first job out of college.

    Your first job out of school shapes your entire career. You have no real world experience, and worst of all, you don't know where you want your career to go. In my experience, people will only be successful in their careers if they either really enjoy what they are doing, or they are extremely motivated. A good first job helps you find out what you enjoy.

    Equilar is one of the best companies you can join to help find your dream role. You can transfer to completely different departments in as little as three months time from your start date. In some cases, Equilar will even teach employees how to code and move them from a non-technical role into the engineering team. This trait is what makes Equilar unique - you won't find these kind of opportunities at other companies.

    Other good things about Equilar:
    - Smart employees, even compared to top companies - trust me!
    - Good people - you will find some friends for life.
    - Managers are friendly, no nightmare bosses.

    My advice to prospective Equilar employees - be smart about your career. Learn about all the different aspects of a successful company. Find what you enjoy doing. Invest in your own skills for the long run, and focus on making a meaningful impact on a company before worrying about how much you're getting paid. Money will take care of itself when you find your niche.

    I chose the job at Equilar over a high-profile tech company, even though Equilar offered me significantly less pay. Throughout my career at Equilar, I declined many job offers for significantly more pay as well. I consistently chose Equilar because it offered me the best environment to learn. Equilar helped me discover what I enjoy doing, and I now make a deep six figure salary at one of the hottest companies in the world, doing what I love. Had I chosen other companies, I would still be stuck in the grind. I still look back at my time at Equilar and consider it the best period of my career.


    - Culture can be negative. Each individual employee contributes to the culture, so results will vary depending on who you spend your time with. Try not to become part of the problem!
    - Computer monitoring/banned websites. I am told that Equilar no longer monitors computer usage and they are considering relaxing the ban on Facebook, etc
    - It's hard to get excited about executive compensation.
    - The foosball competition is pretty weak ^_^

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are great at hiring top talent. Keeping these people is another story. Find a way to retain these folks, and your other employees will have a goal to strive for.

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Equilar Interviews

Updated Aug 18, 2014
Updated Aug 18, 2014

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Interview Experience


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    Research Analyst/Leadership Development Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Equilar in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    The first round is a 20 minutes phone interview - just some general behavioral questions.
    After the phone interview, they held a two hours on-boarding interview. Before going to the on-boarding, they sent me some materials about executive compensation to read. And during the on-boarding, they let me take a few assessments and it took 45 minutes. The assessments were some reading comprehensions including grammar corrections, calculations and spreadsheet corrections. The assessments were not too difficult, but you really need to pay attention to details. Besides the assessments, four recruiters interviewed me in two groups. The first group is HR oriented. They asked some detailed questions about my resume and school coursework. The second group is oriented in executive compensation. It was more like a conversation and discussion.
    if you passed the second round there will be a final round on-board with the CEO.

    Interview Questions
    • Think about two companies, and how their executives are getting paid. Why?   Answer Question
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Website www.joinequilar.com
Headquarters Redwood City, CA
Size 6 to 15 Employees
Founded 2000
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $1 to $5 million (USD) per year

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