I have been working at CROmetrics full-time
There aren't many 5 star companies out there. This is one. Read the reviews. At Cro Metrics you are listened to, in an uncommon way. You work with some of the most dedicated, creative, kick-ass pro's in the industry. The culture is the company's biggest asset.
You won't always be patted on the back and told how great you are. There is a culture of radical candor in place. But you'll always be treated fairly and with respect and be challenged to improve on a daily basis. And your accomplishments will be celebrated.
Depending on your geo location, comp may be on the soft side. Benefits are awesome though, as is the autonomy, the respect, and the career growth this company affords you. For me at least, it's not a close call.
Advice to Management
You have something special here. Keep it front and center even as the company grows.
I applied online. I interviewed at CROmetrics in August 2017.
1 - Application: there is a work sample you need to create with a hypothesis backlog of at least 6-8 ideas for a sample site (45 min).
2 - Phone interview: you'll speak to the leadership team on a video call (30 min).
3 - Paid interview: this is a 10 assignments process each taking about 1 to 2.5 hours. I'm currently half way through the assignments. Someone will shadow you during this phase and ensure that you fit the team's culture, processes and that you are actually skilled for the position. It’s also an opportunity for you to test the water before you jump (1-2 weeks)
Because the position is remote and requires certain skills (communication, ability to work remotely, experience, etc.), I think that the company had to create a unique hiring process to filter candidates. That being said, I understand that it's not for everyone. If you're in a hurry, have bills to pay or are applying to 10 positions per minute without reading job descriptions, you'll probably just skip this one.
Personally, I think that the hiring industry is broken and found this process refreshing, respectful and fun. Considering that I spent countless hours re-entering my resume field by field on outdated HR sites, I see this process as an HR innovation and am willing to spend the extra time. Strongly recommend applying.