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New York, NY
501 to 1000 employees
Red Ventures
1976
Company - Private
Internet
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
LendingTree, NetQuote, Motley Fool
Helping people make the best financial decisions in life is no small challenge. And we should know.

Bankrate is the nation’s largest aggregator of personal financial data. Dedicated to ensuring people make the best decisions with their money ... Read more

Mission: Provide Consumer Value. Anticipate their needs and build lasting relationships by delivering content, data, tools, & analysis to empower our consumers enabling them to make informed financial and life decisions

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Bankrate Reviews

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Bankrate President & CEO Kenneth S. Esterow
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    "Good bye for now"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bankrate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I was hired on by this company (then Wallaby, now Red Ventures) about two years ago as a rookie mobile engineer with an engineering background. It was a very small team when I started, quickly grew and was acquired by Red Ventures (stressful, layoffs inevitable). I am a much stronger developer and team mate for working here, and this was easily the best job I ever had. Every seemingly insurmountable goal I came in hoping to achieve was accomplished. I definitely got out what I put in (maybe more than what I put in). Every team is full of amazing people (brilliant, ethical, motivated, creative) and I learned something from everyone, even the quietest ones. Many of the original founders/hires are still there doing their best everyday. I would take anyone working here as a lifelong friend or mentor. That is amazing to me, as it has not been my experience at other great jobs.

    Regarding leadership:
    I don't think it goes with out saying that the CEO and senior leadership have had very difficult roles "holding down the fort", and I don't envy that responsibility. I am female and do believe there is a zero tolerance policy for racism and sexism, and have observed real corrections by management in the event of toxic or inappropriate behavior. The issues I did believe to exist were discussed and clearly taken to heart upon my leaving (when I brought them up).

    About the products:
    I loved working on the technology and will continue to use and advocate for it. (Fun fact: by working on the app I have opened better credit cards to suit my lifestyle, increased my credit score and limit, understand a lot more about credit cards and made money off of them-- all as the technology claims to do for its users).

    About the open bar:
    Winesday and Demos and Drinks are traditions, and they're awesome. Thank you to the office manager for always keeping such good snacks around. Thank you to the cofounders for making everyone drinks from scratch.

    Why I left:
    Because taking a more entrepreneurial route seems like the right move for me personally.

    About Red Ventures:
    Good people, consistent message, capable of recognizing the Pasadena talent if they haven't already (but I think they do).

    To all da hatas out there:
    Why'd you stay so long if you found it so intolerable to work here? This is not a prison and there are no shortages on tech jobs in LA. Also, what a pain in the asp it is to log into Glassdoor and leave a review on a company brand that doesn't even exist anymore. Sorry you're having such a bad day still. Please don't deter good talent from working with my awesome teammates.

    Cons

    Discussed in the exit interview.

    Advice to Management

    The rating by this review is contingent upon the funding of a new office foosball table. The existing table clearly has a warp, giving the yellow team an advantage. It's important everyone is treated equally.

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Bankrate Interviews

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Palm Beach, FL
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Bankrate (West Palm Beach, FL).

    Interview

    Technical phone screen:

    Technical questions are asked and if pass then they will ask you for an in person interview the following week.

    In Person:

    First part of interview with polished empathetic manager introducing himself spending 45 minutes asking questions about background and understanding the candidate.

    Second part of interview with developers white board exercises asking comprehensive, conceptual walk through scenarios.

    Third part of interview is an ambush. Two narcissistic inexperienced architects asking pointed questions, questioning credibility of candidate, and not wanting to know if the candidate can do the job, but satisfying their own egos at the expense of the candidate. What is really demented, is they seem to enjoy themselves, relishing in the candidates uneasiness. There is another candidate on this site that states they answered a question correctly but was told they were incorrect. I would assume by these two architects.

    Fourth part of interview. Follow up with manager.

    Interview Questions

    • If you do not know the answer then how could you possibly have 14 years experience working with ... ?   1 Answer
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Bankrate Awards & Accolades

  • PR Department of the Year - Silver, Best in Biz Awards, 2014
  • PR Department of the Year - Gold, Best in Biz Awards International, 2014
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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