I worked at Brainscope full-time
Exciting work: traumatic brain injury is a huge area of need in sports and the military
The people who work here really care about getting the work done correctly. It's a challenge to be a startup that is driven by cutting edge medical research (most medical startups fail within the first few years), and engineering deadlines are always difficult to meet. The people here are ethical and management listens to input from employees regardless of how long they've been at the company.
Having 2 predicate devices already cleared by FDA and a comprehensive IP portfolio are good indicators of future potential for success.
You will work a lot. This is still a startup, so you can view this as a pro or a con, but the work you put in will be noticed and the things you do will matter to the company as a whole because every member of the team is important.
Like many startups, funding can dictate employment and compensation opportunities. Total compensation is reasonable when you take into account good medical insurance and stock options, but you may not get a salary on the high side for the DC area.
You will work a lot. This is still a startup. I have this in both pros and cons - see above.
Advice to Management
The only advice I have is regarding syncing up business plans and engineering schedules: I think the company might benefit from having greater communication between engineers and management to try to nail down realistic timelines. There was definitely an effort to improve on this around the time I left; so, I hope it continued.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Brainscope (Arlington, VA) in August 2015.
I was initially contacted by the clinical trials team via email. I had a 20 min phone interview with one of the team members. The next week I had a 20 min phone interview with someone within the HR department. I was asked to come in for an in-person interview the next week. The interviews were conducted by the clinical trial team, some members of the engineering and algorithms team, the president/COO, the CEO, and the CIO. There was also a lunch. While everyone was pleasant for the most part, the entire day was about 5.5 hours with interviews by a total of 9 people. The following week I had another phone interview with the clinical trials team for follow-up questions. They seemed concerned because I had asked about the work/life balance. The only reason I had asked was because of the reviews about working at the company on Glassdoor stating that work took up the majority of their lives. They also seemed concerned with me wanting to go back to school for a PhD in some field of scientific research in a few years.
While I had expressed several times that I had no problem working long hours (as evidenced by me working the entire weekend prior to my in-person interview), I wanted the honest opinion of employees after reading the reviews on here. Most employees agreed that work hours were long, but usually during big deadlines. It appears that the company is also taking on a lot of new hires to reduce the workload for everyone.
Ultimately, I was notified via email the day after the follow-up phone interview that I was no longer being considered for the position. The interview process seemed excessive for an assistant position and made me feel like I needed to sign away my first born child to work there.
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