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    Best job I have ever had

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

    I have been working at Sittercity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great work/life balance, and a real opportunity to grow by working on new and interesting things. Agile shop that practices TDD and has a real commitment to writing solid, supportable software. Also working towards being a true polyglot shop, which is exactly what I want. Clear technology plans for the future and some real, demonstrable progress on improving our tech stack in recent months. I am excited about the future as far as technology goes.

    Compensation is great, free lunch every Wednesday, and a great culture in the office. I wasn't around during what most of the previous reviews have mentioned...all I see now is a development process that works and generally happy product owners. Wonder if the reason it is better now is because all of these negative, angry people are gone...

    Cons

    Lack of clear direction from upper management. We hear a lot of talk about how things will go without really seeing those steps. Feels like we back into decisions instead of having a firm direction. Sometimes those decisions are good! But it would be nice to have firm, decisive leadership.

    We've also inherited a relatively rough tech stack. It's stable but it needs a lot of love. From what I hear things are a lot better nowadays then two years ago but we have a lot of work to do. I personally like that challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you truly believe the grand rhetoric then invest big in the company. We need a bigger staff and we need to take some risks. We hear every few weeks about these great big plans that we are going to pursue but nothing ever really takes shape. Push! You have a great team that is ready to go along for the ride.

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Sittercity Interviews

Updated Dec 2, 2014
Updated Dec 2, 2014

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    Senior CopyWriter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Sittercity in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online over a weekend, and the following Monday I received an email from the HR Director to schedule a phone interview. We spoke on the phone for about 15 minutes about what I do at my current job, and a bit of Sittercity history. The next day, I got an email to schedule an in-person interview.

    When I arrived, the same HR Director greeted me. She was all smiles and told me, "Have fun today!" I interviewed with the Creative Director, and when we were wrapping up the SVP of Brand & Communications came in, so the three of us talked together. It all felt very informal, like we were chatting and getting to know each other socially rather than strictly business. Everyone at the company was very friendly.

    The next day, I sent them a few writing samples per their request. Five days later, they sent me a sample writing assignment, which I completed within the week. Another five days after that, when I hadn't heard from them, I followed up and learned another candidate had accepted their offer.

    Overall it was a pleasant experience, and the company vibe felt almost like a family. Which is pretty fitting, considering what line of business they're in.

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Sittercity Awards & Accolades

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Work-Life Seal of Distinction, Alliance for Work-Life Progress, 2012

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Website sittercity.com
Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 1 to 5 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Private
Industry Education
Revenue Less than $1 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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