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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at SweetLabs (Seattle, WA) in August 2016.

    Interview

    Absolutely horrendous experience. Their whole hiring process is shambolic.
    Applied online. The recruiter contacted me the same day and set up a chat with hiring manager. It was a telephonic interview , we mostly discussed about my profile and about the company. I was invited for an onsite loop. Everyone were 'sweet' and treated me well on the day of the interview. I spoke with few of their engineers and the director of engineer, QA lead. It went on for about 4 and a half hours( which I'm never going to get back).
    I dropped and email after a week to the recruiter enquiring the status. You guessed it right, complete silence. The next week, I received an offer from another company I was interviewing with, so I called the sweet labs recruiter, she quickly came up with an excuse and hung up saying she would call me back . The recruiter later called(at last) me that afternoon to inform they are going through some re-org and they have frozen their hiring. So if I am ready to wait for couple of months they would definitely have me in their team*slow clap*. This company is a joke.
    I wasted my my whole day interviewing with them and took a day off as well.

    Interview Questions

    SweetLabs Response

    Sep 14, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Lead

    While we are disappointed and not happy with your experience, we'd like to point out some facts. Yes, we did respond the same day we received the resume. Most people find it pleasant to receive a


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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    It was a very slow process. They take 2-3 telephonic interviews which are non technical and discuss your previous experience, then call you for 3 face to face rounds which is again non technical and then without taking any technical test, decide that you don't have enough technical experience. Never really understood the process as after 5 non-tech interviews which took around 3 weeks, they decided my tech capabilities won't fit the role. They always had my resume which clearly stated my years of experience. Was disappointed with the interview structure & the reason they gave. At least should have taken a technical round before deciding & ruling me out on that basis.

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    SweetLabs Response

    Apr 17, 2017 – Manager of People and Culture

    Thank you for your feedback, we are saddened to hear that you found the experience to be less than desirable. We do our best to minimize candidates’ time spent in the interview process and we

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    UI Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at SweetLabs (San Diego, CA) in August 2018.

    Interview

    I believe life happens for us, not to us. I had a great interview process. I passed an 8hr test project (was told I did a great job), was invited to an hour phone interview with Blake (awesome guy), passed and was invited to an in-person interview that was 3 hours long with 4 people. It was tough but felt I did well. Unfortunately, I found out a day later I was not a good fit for the position. I appreciate the experience and will grow from it. I'm in the process of growing from this experience, improving not only on my work but myself. Thank you Sweetlabs and good luck!

    Interview Questions

    • What is your process? Do I understand UX? How would I work with the UX person?   Answer Question

    SweetLabs Response

    Aug 28, 2018 – Manager of People and Culture

    We are sorry to hear that you felt you had a negative experience during our interview process. It is our goal to make our interview process as pleasant as possible and we strive to make sure


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    Linux Systems Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at SweetLabs (Seattle, WA) in August 2016.

    Interview

    From the start of the process, these were about the nicest people I've dealt with in this field. They were friendly and supportive, and the process was quite pleasant. I particularly enjoyed speaking with Christy who's the lead recruiter/office coordinator/everything.

    When I went in for the in-person interview, people were as nice as they had been over the phone. Basically, you meet with a different person every 50 minutes or so, and they ask questions ranging from "What websites do you visit in your free time?" to "What does the Bash built-in $$ variable stand for?" to "What option do you pass to curl if you want retrieve a page from a server with multiple vhosts?" It's more conversational than confrontational, but there's still a lot of memory-recall stuff. Unfortunately, I get terribly nervous during interviews, and I blanked on some questions I knew like the back of my hand. I'm good at what I do but I'm terrible at trivia, which is my fault 100%, but what can you do.

    At the end, I was told that I'd hear something back in 1-2 business days. When the second business day came and went, I dropped a quick email just to make sure I didn't miss anything (we had some email issues earlier in the process). No one replied, which I thought was a atypical since they'd been communicative until that point, but I didn't want to pester them, so I just waited. After two weeks elapsed, I sent another email, and again, I didn't hear back. Ruh-roh.

    Now, I'd heard about this happening to others over the years, but it was the first time I was the victim of the "abandoned candidate syndrome", and it's caused me to have more empathy for those who have been through it. It is a particularly harsh way of being declined. At first you jump every time an email comes in, only to be disappointed when it's another Viagra SPAM. As the days drag on, the empty bottles of Viagra pile up (hey $9.99 for a jumbo bottle, how can you turn that down?), and the cat refuses to come within 20 feet of you, you slowly realize that you've been disappeared. Erased. Deleted. /dev/nulled.

    Honestly, were it a larger, more faceless company, I probably wouldn't have felt bad about it. But, when you interact with people at a smaller company for so much time, spend hours talking to them, eating lunch, joking around ... it feels much more personal and even a little cruel when they abandon you without a word. You start beating yourself up as you try to think of what you did to make them hate you so much that they don't even want to send you a "Thank you for your time, we enjoyed meeting you, but ..." email. "Did I say something rude without realizing it?", "Did I burp really loudly after lunch without saying 'excuse me'?", "Is 'Because the Mighty Batman Says So, That's Why!", not a valid answer to most technical questions?" All of these things and more go through your mind.

    Alas, my interview performance was bad, so I get it. I harbor no hard feelings whatsoever for the decision. That said, no matter how imperfect a person I am, I am still a person. A human being. For crying out loud, I didn't walk into the interview, drop trough, poop on the floor, then start yelling epithets at people. I waited until at least 2 or 2:30 before doing so.

    I digress.

    People get busy and when they do, sending unprofitable rejection emails slides down the priority scale. I understand. Given that it's the only thing that was sub-optimal, I really can't complain that much. I'm also to blame for letting my guard down and allowing myself to be disappointed. No matter how nice and friendly people are, at the end of the day, it's just business. I think that's an important thing to keep in mind when interviewing. All things considered, though, the interview process was pleasant, the people were nice, the office is pretty cool, the location is awesome, and it sounds like the technology will keep you challenged. As if this weren't enough, they seem to have a favorable work/life balance, and they plan a fair amount of social events to keep their workers from getting isolated and disengaged.

    Another awesome thing I discovered is that they actually pay for a portion of dependent healthcare coverage, which if you do have a family, could result in a substantial raise out of the gate. Few places include this anymore, and I spend over $1,200/month (nearly $15K annually) just to insure my other family members.

    So, while they may not have much love for us interview-phobic lepers, it sounds like they treat the people they hire incredibly well, and really, that's far and away the most important thing.

    Bottom line? Sweet Labs is run by a good group of people who seem genuinely happy with the company. If it wasn't a cool place, I wouldn't be disappointed. I sincerely think that anyone would be lucky to work for this company, so if you get the opportunity, by all means give it a shot.


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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at SweetLabs.

    Interview

    I applied online and then went in for an in-person interview. The interview was mostly discussion about previous experience and the vision for their product. They seemed like very nice people and the office looked cool. I received an offer, but it was very low compared to the market rate so I declined.

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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at SweetLabs (Seattle, WA) in October 2015.

    Interview

    Had three face to face interviews: one panel and two 1:1. Very conversational and comfortable. Everyone I met was very generous and wanted to ensure any needs were taken care of.

    Interview Questions

    • What was a project that was not going well for you and how did you get it back on track?   1 Answer

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    Controller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at SweetLabs (San Diego, CA) in November 2016.

    Interview

    Very easy, straight forward process with key players. The people were very nice and the office left an impression. Office is above Searsuckers. Cool startup with a very attractive work environment.

    Interview Questions

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    Talent Acquisition Lead Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at SweetLabs (Seattle, WA) in February 2016.

    Interview

    Great conversations with intelligent, thoughtful and professional folks. I was referred by a long-time friend who has a strong working knowledge of my role and the SweetLabs culture. My first conversation was with the CTO for coffee. We really clicked and he told me on the spot he wanted me to come in and meet the team. Excellent! The next week I met folks in the office as well as some of the leadership team via video conferencing.

    As others have stated, it was a conversation v. any sort of grilling. Everyone was very forthcoming in sharing - even my more difficult or more sensitive questions about the business were answered in full. The reason I rated the interview as Difficult is because we really got down to it. I've met with many companies over the years and have rarely gone as deeply into the business and culture for this type of role. It's usually kind of shiny and glossy v. a thoughtful discussion about the possibilities. In other words, I had to really think about the conversation. I like that.

    One of the interviews was cut a little short so we figured another time to talk without being rushed. I really appreciate this investment. In fact, it is one of the reasons I accepted the offer.

    As for the offer itself, it was quite generous - especially considering the richness of the benefits offered. All in all, a great experience. Happy to be at SweetLabs!

    Interview Questions

    • What is the SweetLabs business - tell me about our offering.   Answer Question

    SweetLabs Response

    Mar 18, 2016 – Manager of Design and Culture

    Thank you so much for the thoughtful review and for sharing your experience. We have worked very hard on improving our interviewing/hiring process and we are glad to see it's been effective. We are


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