I have been working at Bits in Glass full-time
1. Work life balance
2. Support of colleagues and leadership
3. A technology company that is on the cutting edge
4. Marketing team keeps employees (including those remote) engaged
5. Great communication
1. Benefits for U.S. employees not yet mature
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Bits in Glass (Edmonton, AB (Canada)) in July 2013.
I received a phone call and after a brief conversation, we arranged a meeting to discuss my resume. In this initial interview with HR manager and a Technical Dev Lead, we discussed my resume, skills, and past experience. This was supposed to be the technical interview, however, all the questions were behavioural and situation-based. The interviewers pressed really hard for questions such as salary expectations (this was also pressed for in the phone interview) and would not move forward unless a hard figure was given. I tried to defer salary negotiations as I do not like to talk salary until I've been able to understand the position's responsibilities and how well my skills and knowledge stack against it. I agreed to a follow-up technical skills test the following week.
On the day of the technical test, I was placed in shared office with a workstation. A fresh Win2K8 VM was set up for me and the problem was described to me. There was a little direction for solution and no expectation of completion. I begin to set up my IDE and SQL databases, etc. With two hours, I spent over 1 hour setting up my working environment before I could start working on the problem. At the end, the proctor was grading me on the direction I was beginning to take and what I was planning to do. The entire technical exam felt very disorganized and the problem was very open, leading to very little display of my knowledge and skill set.
I received a follow-up phone call a week later to inform me that they were not going to move on.
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