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I have been working at Back Market full-time (Less than a year)
At Back Market, I sometimes wonder whether or not I'm working or genuinely doing things that I enjoy. Since day one at BM, it has been such an accelerated and wonderful adventure. You learn fast, find solutions to problems every minute of every day, and do more things in a NY minute than you would ever expect to do -- all with the tools you need and without compromising your focus and the integrity of your work. You learn nearly everything here: how to create better processes, streamline workflows, extrapolate data to form case studies for potential new features, French slang, French mannerisms, and most importantly, how to have fun.
The team is teeming with talent, enthusiasm, initiative, and resourcefulness. To describe the energy of the team: it's a combo of that gritty New York work ethic and that super cool and super laid-back French vibe. Not to mention the absolutely fabulous culture of Back Market (and I never use the word fabulous -- ever).
Through Covid, it has been essential for the Back Market family to stay connected without jeopardizing our work-life balances. No one on Earth expected such an unprecedented and unfortunate series of events through last summer, but let me tell you, I didn't sense disruption in the slightest bit in my life or daily routine. The Back Market family was extremely supportive and enabling throughout the crisis, always providing resources, tips, advice, guidance, and encouragement to teammates.
The thing about working at Back Market is that it's not a job, it's an experience -- an experience that helps put you in the direction you want to be career-wise. The brand mission, core values, and philosophy are the most progressive I've ever seen in any company, and way more genuine than companies who claim to "make the world a better place" but don't seem to put their money where their mouths are.
In a nutshell: Back Market is super cool and I love being here.
Refurb Revolution for the win.
none, but it's still impossible for me to say 'squirrel' in French
Advice to Management
long-term WFH plans?
I applied online. I interviewed at Back Market.
I applied online and had an intro screening call with People Operations out of NYC. The call went great and I was even more excited about the opportunity as my skill set was a perfect match and I really resonated with the company culture and values. The woman who screened me was very junior/green, but she was pleasant and polite. I was told I would be getting scheduled for the next round with Chief People Officer in France. The next day, I learn the woman I had spoken to in NYC was no longer with the company. I reached out directly to the CPO in France to follow-up on next steps/reiterate my interest in the company. Read my message, no response. I followed up once more. Read my message, no response.
This type of behavior from a "people-focused" professional is just embarrassing. It's 101 to not ghost candidates. It takes 2 minutes to send a response - whether the candidate is moving forward or not. I went from really digging the company to having a very poor taste in my mouth. Get it together.