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Up and coming company with great career prospects. Fantastic and engaged leadership team. It seems like they are hiring more amazing senior leadership and managers all the time, making it a great place to learn from.
I was given a thorough onboarding doc which listed all expectations and tons of people within the company that I should reach out to based on my career path & interests. Owned 2 large projects entirely myself and also completed day-to-day of full-time employees. My manager was stellar, and always made sure that the work that I did lined up with what I wanted to do professionally. In terms of the work that I completed, this was easily the best internship I have ever had (out of 3 other internships).
I love everything about the culture. Every employee was excited for me to learn and grow. Benefits are stellar- free breakfast, lunch at a local restaurant, beer & wine, snacks, Cookie Tuesday. Don't know if this was a mistake, but I was also given a 401k with matching as an intern. We had our company party/yearly meeting in the Broncos stadium. I couldn't really find any office politics (and I looked for them). It's just great in general to be at a place where people love their jobs.
Pro tip-- you can negotiate for your internship salary. Amazingly, this never occurred to me. Pay was still great (especially with 2/3 of my meals provided free), but probably could have been higher if I tried.
They're working on it diligently, but SendGrid could use some more diversity. They have a huge diversity committee across a lot of teams that's putting together ways to make SendGrid more diversity friendly, which I thought was pretty cool.
Advice to Management
Put more info about your awesome internship program online for students to explore. When I search for internships, I want to know what the day to day will look like, how elite the program is, what you look for in an intern, how many are able to turn the internship into a job, social aspects/special events that interns can look forward to, etc.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at SendGrid (Boulder, CO).
They threw way more people into the interview than necessary. It seemed they were just trying to get interview experience for current employees, but they value they added was marginal. Process took way too long (over 30 days) and my job title ended up being changed the day I started anyways, so the job I interviewed for is not the job I got, which I didn't realize until later.
Have another offer, and negotiate hard to market rate base salary. You won't see another pay increase until you get an "external promotion" aka "leave for somewhere better".