Skyrocket Ventures

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    Great place to work with the best startups in Silicon Valley

    Recruiter (Former Employee) Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

    ProsWorking at Skyrocket Ventures is an amazing opportunity for anybody looking to get into the recruiting industry. They only work with leaders at top tier technology companies and startups. I personally worked with C-level executives at dozens of companies as well as VP's and managers to help develop strategies that would attract them the best engineers in a highly competitive market. The founder of Skyrocket Ventures has many years of experience at other top recruiting firms and knows the industry better than most. You receive training from management on all aspects of the business but the majority of learning will come from experience. Immediately upon starting you are already talking with top engineers at companies like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. Skyrocket Ventures already has a large pool of amazing engineers that are passively seeking a better opportunity and not working with any other recruiting firm. Many startups, even ones with a "no external recruiters policy", work with Skyrocket Ventures exclusively because they prove time and time again that they're the best at what they do.

    It takes being a self-starter and hard work to get good at this job if you're new to the industry, but it's very rewarding and you can make a lot of money. I was able to close a deal in my first month, but it takes going the extra mile to do that. After the first deal, the amount of opportunities to close more keeps growing exponentially. You can easily make well into six figures your first year if you are smart, dedicated, and driven. Skyrocket Ventures was an incredible learning experience and I'm insanely grateful for the time I spent there.

    ConsWhile there is a base salary to get you going when you're first starting out, you only start to make real money when you're closing deals and it's entirely up to you to be able to do that. If you aren't making a lot of money it means you're not good at your job and you'll probably be let go. Unfortunately, some people will blame the management for this because they don't want to believe they weren't cut out for it. This job isn't for everybody. You'll receive the training you need, but some skills can't be taught and some people just aren't cut out for this. While it's a boiler room environment, you are part of a team and they are there to help you out.

    This isn't the standard 9-5 job. While you're free to leave after regular hours, you're not likely to succeed in the business that way. If you want to excel at this job and make great money, it takes going above and beyond. That means staying late and working every now and then on the weekend. No matter how good you are, sometimes deals can fall through and it's completely out of your control. Some employees take it personally and let it get to them, but you can't let it drag down your attitude.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay away from this place if you have any self-respect and dignity!!!

    Executive Recruiter (Former Employee) Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

    ProsIf you are desperate to get into recruiting you may try this place for few months and move on as soon as you have any other opportunities in this industry.

    ConsA boiler room environment, very cut throat. You will not receive any recognition for doing a good job. There is no opportunity for growth and career advancement. On average it takes six months before you see any commissions even if you are great at what you do. Benefits package does not exist. Owner has no respect for his employees. People last on average 4-6 months.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Can't beat the money or the laid back environment

    Technical Recruiter (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you're money motivated, this is the place for you - the earning potential is endless. The environment of the office is super, super laid back and probably not for the overly uptight -- full of personality and fun but also a place where serious work is getting done all of the time. I found management to be extremely flexible in allowing time off for both health and personal concerns as long as a legitimate reason was given. There is a bit of a right of passage, but once you've earned the respect of management and peers everyone feels very equal in the office. A great place to work regardless of where you are in your career.

    ConsHours -- because they're potentially endless. There is always more to do and if you think in terms of dollars, it's hard to fight the urge to bring work home, come in on weekends, etc. This is also easily a pro for those who like money.

    Not a lot of analytical thinking or problem solving requirement. A good place to test your limits in terms of sales ability, but most tasks don't require a ton of brain stretching. Again -- this could also easily be a pro for others.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Seriously: You get what you make of it

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe network this small company has been able to develop is very surprising. For proprietary reasons, there's little we're allowed to say about our clients & our methods, but there's big benefits from working with this team. You won't find any hand-holding and the work is demanding, but there's a lot of ways for you to literally cash in on others' experience.

    In absence of a formal, extended training regimen, the team is designed to make everyone an equal contributor--you have just as much an opportunity to lead as to learn. If you can pick up on the experience that is around you, you'll be successful & the skills are going to be applicable to whatever step you take next in your career. However, it's on you to ask questions & come forward with your ideas.

    Some people need more structure & a more formal setting, but if you can let go of the tie & suit or needing to use/hear "sir" & "ma'am", you'll find the environment is more relaxed during office hours than most places during happy hour.

    Compensation: "base" pay is relatively low, but no ceiling to amount you can make via placements
    Time off: Basically ask for a day off and it's yours. No one is calculating sick days, counting times you're late, or putting deadlines on how much notice you need. So long as you're not a slacker & it's within reason, you'll get an OK for almost anything you need.
    Vacation: Mandatory vacation during the holidays, with huge gaps between holidays that we actually shutdown for, but there's plenty of leeway for personal time
    Benefits: Health insurance options range from none, to pretty standard, to pretty nice (your choice depending on how much you want to contribute). Vision/dental isn't directly offered.

    ConsRecruiting is a rough, tough, and sometimes dirty business. By nature the industry is a grinder and there will be high stress & high fallout. Honestly, this is not the kind of job you suggest to most of your friends. Even if you get GREAT at each of the things you need to do this kind of work, there's no guarantee that you'll be successful.

    What makes it harder here is that some employees will seriously try to outwork you, so there's some pressure to keep up with the hours they put in & the work they do. It's really up to you to control your schedule (no one tracks your hours), but once you start keeping pace, the workload can seriously cut into your social/personal life.

    Because of the relaxed environment things can turn slightly frat house from time to time, so if you're not used to hearing a foul word or a crude joke at work, your first on-site at Skyrocket can be major culture shock. **I'm sure more than one candidate has totally misjudged how serious this team is about their work

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    A place for anyone who is self driven and willing to grow.

    Technical Recruiter (Former Employee)

    ProsSomewhere anyone with the right attitude can learn about recruiting, sales, business and cold calling. It's not for everyone and can be heartbreaking at the worst of times. If you're someone who does not know how to manage processes on your own, or focus on personal goals and growth, it's not for you.

    ConsPretty stale growth as far as title's but unlimited earning potential. If you like money, the more you work the better is kind of the motto. You may be looked at as a B player if you can't keep up and the team environment makes it a very sink or swim atmosphere. I would consider this more of a downside to future applicants rather than the company as the company is shaped to harness your selling potential.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up if you like what you're doing. It's a good environment for the right people and if things were to open up into more interesting growth opportunities you may see a stronger employee success rate.

    Considering you are a major factor in the growth and success of my career, I only have the best of compliments for Skyrocket Ventures.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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