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Employees rate Seattle 0.7% higher than the overall average
I have been working at Varsity Tutors full-time (Less than a year)
The company is rapidly growing which means there is so much room for career growth if you do your job well and seek out stretch assignments. Their training is good and managers do not micromanage.
The benefits are solid- PPO and HSA insurance options, matching up to a certain amount for HSA accounts and 401(k)s. A decent amount of PTO that grows by 1 day each work anniversary. In addition everyone gets 1 paid volunteer day and 1 paid float holiday. A really nice perk is a the generous allotment of tutoring hours each year.
The Seattle office can be really hot or cold depending upon the time of year, but that is more of a building than company con.
Advice to Management
Continue to invest in management training for future company leaders.
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Varsity Tutors (Seattle, WA).
First there was a recruiter phone screen to see how I met the items in the job description. Then I met with a would-be peer and discussed the ins and outs of past experiences and the current position. It sounded like an opportunity worth finding out more about. She seemed very positive and pleasant.
I then I had another interview after about a week. This interviewer was 10 minutes late and hadn't looked at my resume so she asked me to go over my work history for her. She asked me where I went to school, which I thought was a little strange since especially in this profession, but didn't discuss my answer. When I said I had a former degree in science, she said that was weird but didn't ask me about it. She didn't ask follow up questions to any of my answers. She asked for me to explain what I did on a project, which was a little vague so I asked how in-depth or what she was most interested in because client work varies in approach so much, but she said to just talk. I had expected a two-way conversation to really understand each others thinking, but I could tell she didn't want to be there and didn't care to ask me to elaborate on any particular subject. She was looking out the window while I answered her questions. She tried to tell me I didn't have experience in this or that before I had ever described the projects where I actually did perform those things. She tried to convince me I wasn't as good as the other amazing designer, which made me not want to work with a company who treats people like this, even if she had no plans on moving forward. At the end of our time she said she had to leave so she quickly stood up and left without confirming anything about what we were there for in the first place.
Overall, it was very unpleasant. I tried to be very open and polite but it was the most shallow discussion I've ever had with a UX professional, especially in a profession where you engage in conversation to uncover the meaning and ideas other people have in their experiences. If she had read my resume she would have known to not waste her time, because she gave off the impression that I wasn't worth being polite to. Definitely a disconnect. Or maybe she had a bad day.