After working here awhile there's quite a few good qualities this place has to offer. I've gotten to work with some extremely talented and bright individuals.. The projects are interesting and challenging, and I always find myself learning from those around me. This place is a great stepping stone to build your skills and experience and I feel like that's what a lot of people do here.
There are many management styles here. Some managers are very hands off. Some have too many ideas and only a fraction of those are what the project actually calls for. Some like to get things done quickly and efficiently. Overall I believe if you produce quality work and actually do your job your manager will go to bat for you so to speak. And hopefully, your work style cliques with your managers style. If not well, I hope you're adaptable. You need to be to survive here.
Opportunities for travel.
Dog friendly! Some days you really that puppy love.
Unfortunately there are a few downsides to working here as. One of which being budgets for projects. Projects frequently go over budget and you find yourself either cut off of what you were working on entirely, working on something you don't like/rather not be working on/not even in your job description, or strait up struggling to find work on any projects. Its not something you see a terrible lot of most of the year but years end is a pain in this regard.
Traveling for the job is....interesting. Sometimes things go from a quick trip to a better run to Walmart and buy clothes I'm going to be here a bit longer.......
I have to address HR. I fortunately haven't had to deal with our HR department very much at all but I have noticed that anonymous complaints don't tend to stay anonymous. I've also noticed if you're going to submit a complaint about someone who has been there a long time, don't expect anything to happen. They are there because they are talented and because the company has a hard enough time keeping employees as it is.
There are many different management styles there is a solid chance you wont be happy with how your manager does things. Hands off can be a problem. Incomprehensible emails you need to decode to do your job becomes time consuming until you get used to it. Panic and Stressed out becomes frustrating to deal with and get things done.
I have good days and bad days with my manager. There are more good than bad but the bad can be extremely bad. There has only been one instance where I almost quit. Most days are really good, but those bad days are frustrating.
Advice to Management
Not just to management but advice to everyone there. Its good practice to check your egos at the door. This is a place of business. You are talented yes, you wouldn't be here otherwise. Let that bit stroke your ego and have a professional attitude toward your colleagues. Most people are really good about this, but a few of you need a reminder.
I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Applied Minds (Los Angeles, CA) in October 2016.
Very pleasant and extremely friendly staff throughout the entire process.
From start to finish the entire process was about 5 days. I had a phone screening interview and a few days later (mainly due to my schedule limits) I was asked to come in person.
Im usually pretty good at reading people and I didn't encounter anyone in the office who didnt look like they hated where they were in the slightest. The atmosphere is very relaxing, they have a Coy pond inside, there are some technical displays spread around like old rocket engines, aircraft things, etc. The bookshelves that line the wall are cantered giving the decor a "fun" and playful type of impression. Overall it seemed like a very pleasant place to work.
Some of the postings on here did come up, but I will say that nothing I read on here was visually evident nor did it come out in any of the dialogue with various employees. I think if you are going for an interview and you intend to use this site as an insight to where you might be applying, take some of the postings from the viewpoint of bitterness and emotional anger. Rarely does anyone who departs a workplace amicably come to this site to write about it. Usually its people who were let go outside of their own will and that will skew the viewpoint a lot. It's definitely wise to consider some things that look repetitive or deeply concerning and ask them in interviews, but overall, I think at least from my perspective, some of the scathing postings on here don't appear to be true.
In the end, I was sadly not offered the position, but they were very kind to inform me about the choice of another candidate very quickly to not keep me waiting.
I think this would be a great place to work for creative types and engineers. I will not get to experience it first hand but if you have an opportunity to interview with these folks, I would definitely encourage you to just based on my experience during the interview process.
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