- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I have been working at MindGym as an intern (Less than a year)
- The best thing about the company is the organisational culture. People will make you feel welcomed from the moment you walk in the office or join a group call for the first time.
- There is constant support while retaining independence. There is always someone to ask for help while the onboarding process is going, but you will have work from day 1 and ample learning-by-doing opportunities.
- There is an explicit understanding of employee needs and flexibility around people's schedule. I had to call sick once with no notice and there was no backlash; instead, my team helped taking over my workload for the day so that I could rest.
- There is a clear push to make the organisation more diverse and inclusive, with people being generally very open-minded and polite.
- The internal information organisation makes it extremely difficult to find what you need unless you know exactly where to look for it. The best search engine there is is asking in the department group chat whether someone knows where to find the documents you need.
- There are limited employee benefits for people in an FTC or an internship.
- The notice period to know whether an internship contract will be extended or not is too short for comfort.
Advice to Management
It would be nice to have a clearer picture of the length of an internship contract or the prospect of a full-time offer.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at MindGym (London, England (UK)) in October 2021.
The hiring process had three stages: a pre-screening call, a live assessment, and a 30-minute work task.
The pre-screening call was very amicable and felt more like a conversation. There is little pressure on the interviewee and lots of room to answer showing your own personality and values. It is also a very good point to ask questions about the company and get a feel of the kind of environment that the workplace has.
After the call, I was rejected on the basis of my work permit in the UK. This was disappointing because I had explained my situation and reassured the interviewer that I had clearance to work with them for the full period of the contract.
A week later, I received a call from my interviewer giving me the good news: my resume was back on board and I had been invited to the an online assessment. For this stage, I was given 3-4 days to prepare and give a 10- minute presentation that was playful, informative, and based on research.
The assessment was hosted by two senior members of the Solutions department, unlike the pre-screening call that was run by a member of the Talent Team. This was the most difficult bit of the process as the post-presentation questions were highly specific and tested my science communication skills. I would recommend showing confidence and humility regarding what you know and what you don't. Honesty plays a big role.
I received a response one day later saying that I had to clear one more task, which involved writing the copy for one of their products within 30 minutes of receiving the information. There is very little you can do to prepare for this since you only get to know the nature of the task when the timer starts, so it tests your adaptability, quick thinking, and communication skills.
I was contacted one day later with the results of the final task and offered a contract. Negotiation and signing took roughly two more days with the back and forth, but communication was always fast and friendly.
After applying to numerous jobs with varying degrees of success, I found that Mind Gym was the most transparent and friendly company to apply to, which played a big role in my decision to accept the role.