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Cardone Ventures, helping our clients and their teams achieve their personal, professional, and financial goals, through the growth of their businesses.
I have been working at Cardone Ventures full-time (Less than a year)
Surrounded by forward thinking thought leaders.
They help small to medium sized businesses win.
They only service business owners.
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I appreciated how clearly Cardone Ventures articulates who they are and about their culture. It helped me identify if I would be a good fit or not.
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Cardone Ventures in February 2020.
First, I was asked to relocate to the city I live in, which shows they didn't read my cover letter or resume. I was then asked for a 60 second video, but not told where to upload it to so I sent it through Google Video and shared it with them. Then, the Manager, set up a day to chat but never a time. So I followed up the day of to check if we were still going to chat and at what time. This call was with 3 people total. They said they live by their personal, professional, and financial goals along with their values. Questions included, where do you see yourself in 5 years? What do you know about the company? And some general skills questions.
The next step was to take a personality assessment called the R3 and do a 20 minute presentation on their values which are: inspirational, accountable, transparent, disciplined, intentional, and results oriented. The Manager didn't mention any further details so I put together a Powerpoint showing Personal and Professional examples that hit all of these points. You can go to Stratus Dental's About Us (this company and Audigy were owned by the co-founder of Cardone Ventures before he sold them-Google these companies before your interview and look at the Glassdoor reviews before he sold the companies) page to find a little more detail about these values since the Cardone Ventures website, at least when I applied, had no info on these.
Again, the Manager did not commit to a time for the presentation. But even after it was decided via email, they sent the wrong calendar invite time/date, so be careful to double check the email and calendar invite. They also sent the wrong location in the invite for this in-person presentation.
When I arrived, the team wasn't prepared for a PowerPoint presentation at all (again, no real clarity beforehand for what they were looking for). I offered to do it based on my notecards but eventually they figured out how I could show my presentation to the group of 4 plus the Manager videoed in. The presentation itself went great, the employees seemed nice and interested, asking good questions afterwards and allowed me time to ask a few questions as well. Except there was one employee who left 2 minutes after I started my presentation after his phone went off and at the end asked "what's your heartrate?" Unprofessional and strange.
After this, I waited a week to hear back and the Manager wanted to schedule another call and emailed the following questions:
A) What are your salary expectations?
B) Can you give me a professional example of a time when you exceeded someone's expectations on a project. Specifically where did you take it over the top and how was it received?
C) What can we expect from you on your best day?
D) What can we expect from you on an off-day?
I sent my responses and my phone number for the call. The day of, they asked for my phone number again (even though it was in the previous email I sent the day before). Then we chatted on the phone call where I learned they wanted to make an offer. I mentioned my pay range was $B-D in the email. Once on the phone, the Manager told me the range for this job was $A-C. The Manager mentioned that they expected to have me at $C (mentioned this number multiple times) and if I met my goals I could get to $D that year.
I got the offer letter via email, but for $B. It would have been better for her to under-deliver on pay during the phone call or just tell me to wait until they had the official number. Via email, I asked for a base of the $B, as we discussed, they denied it. The Manager said the pay they mentioned was what I was projected to get if I met my goals for the year. I accepted the pay of $B and tried to negotiate for 3 weeks vacation instead of 2 weeks, and they turned this down and rescinded the offer.
The Manager said "No one on our team has 3 weeks of PTO - not even our Executives." So if you start, 2 weeks and 8 holidays is all you can hope to get, dont push this. Also, these hours are "pro-rated in your first year based on your Start Date. PTO hours do not roll over and are not paid out if unused." And some of these employees have been working with the CEO for 10 years and still don't have 3 weeks off! Also, new employees must sign a 7 page non-compete called the "Restrictive Covenant Agreement."
I would recommend looking at the public social media accounts for the staff and thinking about the fit. The "faces of the company" also have podcasts that I found telling.
Also, be prepared to know that even though this is a start-up now, this business will eventually be sold (the co-founder said he won't put his name on a business unless it's one he wants to keep). The perks seem to be a couple nice dinners, maybe a few trips in their private jet, and the experience of working for a start-up that will have substantial growth in the coming years.
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