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I worked at BrightWave full-time (More than a year)
Great management, supportive to you learning new things, everyone has a voice, great recognition of achievements, great atmosphere to be creative, and very empathetic employees.
Long hours if you let yourself get behind
I applied online. I interviewed at BrightWave (Atlanta, GA) in August 2017.
Overall the company seemed decent but the HR person really left me with a bad impression from the start which is why I ultimately turned down the role. Every interaction with the HR person made came across as if they were doing me a favor. First you'll get an email from HR. Now they'll likely not respond for a week or so when you email them back so you'll have to follow up with HR a few times to remind them that they actually reached out to you to follow-up on your resume. Eventually you'll get on the phone with HR and they'll you some basic questions before asking you to come in for the first round of interviews.
First they bring you in for a round of panel interviews meeting 4-5 people from different levels in the business. None of these people will actually look at your resume before meeting you. Instead they'll all come in and say "I was too busy, just tell me about yourself". RED FLAG! After repeating your story to 4-5x they'll walk you out. HR person is too busy to walk you out so you'll just wander around until you find the exit. This process takes about 2 hours total.
About a week later you'll get an email asking you to come back in for another round of interviews 2-3 more people. Be prepared to explain yourself because once again nobody will have had time to read your resume so its on you to stay engaged while you say the same thing over and over again. When the interview is done just show yourself out. This takes about another 2 hours.
A few days later you'll get another email from HR asking you to come in and meet senior leadership. At this point you're already burned 4 hours of PTO for your current job that you don't want to waste so you'll keep going through the process. You'll confirm a date and time with HR and won't hear anything back until the night before when HR sends you an email with a completely different time than what you previously agreed upon. (Be prepared to tell your current job that "doctor's appointment" got pushed back when they reschedule.) You'll come in to meet senior leadership. If you're lucky you'll even get to see the other person you're interviewing against because they'll stack the interviews back-to-back. When you meet with leadership they'll tell you they were too busy to read your resume and ask you to tell them what position you were interviewing for. (TIP: Don't say CEO) After your brief encounter re-explaining yourself to the CEO you'll be there for another 1.5 hours talking to 5-6 more people that didn't have time to read your resume before meeting you. These interviews are really more about them liking you than you're ability to actually provide value but hey, they've got a culture to preserve. They'll ask you all top questions they found in a quick "Best interview questions 2017" search. (TIP: Google "Best interview questions 2017" before the interview).
Now here's a secret...at some point they'll ask you "Why email". This company focuses on the email marketing specifically so unless you're coming from a hardcore email marketing firm (which you're probably not) you'll have to try to convince them that you've always loved email marketing. After taking another 2 hours off to meet with tons of people that didn't know you were coming you'll walk yourself out because you know where the exit is by now. A little later that afternoon you'll get a lowball non-negotiable job offer from HR right before 5pm on Friday. They'll ask you to think about it over the weekend and let them know by Tuesday. And that's pretty much the interview process. Good luck!