I have been working at A9.com full-time
Although A9 has continued to grow tremendously each year, we've managed to maintain our start-up feel. The company is very employee-centric rather than corporate, and I feel that A9 really does care about its employees.
A9 is starting to become more and more Amazonian, which is both good and bad. Good because we get to utilize some of Amazon's resources, bad because Amazon is not as personal as A9. With new leadership, what has made A9 special for all these years is disappearing, so more and more people are moving on.
Advice to Management
Maintain the personal experience that A9 has always maintained; we don't want to be an automated company having to submit trouble tickets rather than having real people we can go to for help.
I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at A9.com (Palo Alto, CA) in February 2015.
Applied through college career fair, but personally talked to the recruiters as well. Had an on campus interview with a senior engineer, who was really nice during the interview and afterwards. Most of my later interactions were with that engineer. The interview process was very low pressure and the interview itself was more of a conversation about my background and A9's work as opposed me being constantly evaluated. Definitely was a good sign. It almost didn't feel like an interview at all. I only had a single on campus interview before being offered the position.
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