FirstLook and MAX Systems

FirstLook and MAX Systems Reviews

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at FirstLook and MAX Systems full-time (more than an year)


    dont usually write these posts put feel like a couple of my former colleagues are taking out there frustrations here so i want to help the uninitiated understand the reality.
    The BOTTOM LINE on the company NOW: Lots of Smart People, Treat Employees Well, Good Managers

    New Business - MAX is doing some really cool stuff that helps consumers better decide on the #1 or #2 biggest purchase they make and is growing faster than any company i have friends working at.

    Lots of work on process improvement (line mgt catching up to scale) in last 2 years paying off in a big way (examples: data operations are very reliable vs. two years ago; products have low defect rates, etc.)


    Kept too many underperformers and disgruntled types around for too long (this has gotten a lot better recently and makes it a stronger, more enjoyable team)

    Product Mgt and Engineering management in Chicago is the source of most of the negativity you might read about working here. There is new mgt over these areas (known as FirstLook) which seems to have a ton of relevant experience so the outlook looks much better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be quicker to make calls on people and process. When you've done it, its paid off. When you dont do it or put it off it causes us unnecessary pain (things very much moving in right direction)

    Positive Outlook

FirstLook and MAX Systems Interviews

Interview Experience

Interview Experience


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Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at FirstLook and MAX Systems in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interview process is pretty ad-hoc. Most emphasis is on trying to get to know the person interviewed and whether he/she will be a cultural fit. The technical part is either a written test, or on the spot blackboard quiz with multiple but mostly basic technical questions.

    Interview Questions
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Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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