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I have been working at BounceX full-time (More than a year)
(To squash any rumors: I am not an executive writing this).
I've been at BounceX for a bit over a year, and I'm still incredibly impressed. This place is special, there's no denying it.
Another reviewer said it best: getting a job here is competitive, but internal competition isn't an issue. People are genuinely supportive of one another and the general attitude is that everyone here wants everyone to succeed.
Arguably the biggest pro of working at BounceX is that we truly become a necessary part of most of our clients’ business. We make a difference, we’re respected, and we get to collaborate as partners and not just as a vendor.
People work very hard here. It’s hard to stand out because everyone is so damn driven. If you’re looking for a company where it’s easy to shine, BounceX is not the place for you. Most people are high-performers and it’s not part of the culture to seek out public praise. People works as teams, not individuals.
There isn’t pressure to stay late, but there is a lot to get done. Work-life balance can be a challenge but, at least for me, the work is exciting enough that I’m happy to dedicate much of my time to BounceX.
People are a little less social than normal because we’re in a temporary working space. However, I’d emphasize that this is a temporary problem and really isn’t that bad.
Transparency into the product roadmap has been limited at times, but this is definitely improving.
Advice to Management
More all-hands. Everything is happening so quickly so it's nice to have visibility into what's ahead.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at BounceX (New York, NY) in January 2017.
The interview consisted of a recruiter phone screen, a phone screen with an engineer, and then two separate in person interviews. I enjoyed my conversations across the entire interview process and was excited to get an offer. I was disappointed when I found out it was an exploding offer. I received the offer at around 8 PM on a Wednesday, and the offer expired at 11:59 PM on Friday. This is not enough time to make a decision, and companies should really stop doing this. The offer I received was a bit below market rate for a 4+ year experienced engineer, and less than I am currently making. I sent the following email at 8:30 AM the next day (Thursday):
I’m very excited to get this offer! I’ve had such a great interview experience with you guys. There are few things I’d like to discuss:
It was probably just part of the form offer letter, but I’m not prepared to make a decision in 48 hours. I mentioned I’d love to come in next week and meet with the rest of the team. I want to make sure that I can be successful and work well with the whole team from day one. Additionally, I would really appreciate the opportunity to speak with you (or someone else) about the company’s finances. As a member of the team, it’s really important to me that I understand the company’s future growth and revenue strategies. After those discussions, I feel I’ll be better prepared to speak with my family and make a decision.
I still think we’re off on compensation. This offer would be a decrease in compensation for me relative to what I’m earning at [CURRENT POSITION]. I don’t think we’re very far apart, but it’s important to me that I’m paid fairly.
I’d also like to learn more about career progression. I think you have me as a “Software Engineer”. Is that the Junior level? How does one move up to the next level, and how do you typically help your employees plan for growing their careers at BounceX? I want to make sure BounceX is a place I can thrive at for many years.
I’ll set up time to come in next week to meet with the team. I hope you can join for some part of it (I know you’re busy, and I appreciate all the time you’ve dedicated already). If not, let’s jump on a short call. Again, I’m stoked for the offer, and the opportunity at BounceX, and I’m confident I’ll be a great part of the team.
I received a response at 1 PM:
That makes me really happy to hear.
I want to give this a thoughtful reply. I am (we're) in the middle of [A PROJECT], so let me wrap that and I'll put together some thoughts this afternoon / evening.
I did not get a response that afternoon or evening, or all the next day. Finally, at 7 PM the next day, just 5 hours before the offer exploded, I was sent the following:
Hey, thanks for the patience.
Today got away from me and shows no signs of relenting, but I wanted to catch up. Do you have some time tomorrow – how about 1:00P? [Note: This is after the offer explodes]
All my best,
I could not talk on Saturday, as I had other plans. We finally got in touch Monday at 6 PM. I was told the offer is expiring, and will not be reissued. The above is our sum total of communication up to that point. Draw your own conclusion.
My advice to other engineers is to steer clear until they either figure their recruiting process out, have a mature leader, or decide to pay a competitive salary.
BounceX entered 2019 as a team of 370 hungry, dedicated people. Now, we're so excited to announce the BounceX Core Values to help our fast-growing team align around a shared vision for our future. Read about them here from our CEO Ryan Urban!
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