I have been working at DoubleDutch full-time (More than a year)
Although I'm still early in my career, I'm confident that years from now, I will consider my time with DoubleDutch some of the most pivotal and impactful of my life.
That is not to say it hasn't been without challenges. We've ridden the highs and lows of the startup rollercoaster, but I think you do the most growing and learning when things are tough. It's easy to have fun when you close a fat round of funding- but how do you respond when things get a bit harder? There is only one way to definitely know, and that is to experience it.
At the end of the day, what I want in a company is not snacks or napping pods (although we do have top-notch snacking), but to be stretched and challenged in ways I never thought possible. Having the opportunity to raise your hand and own whatever is thrown at you has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.
The people here are also world class. This is genuinely a place I look forward to coming every day. Although we aren't, the company feels very flat. Where else in the world does the CEO play ping pong alongside individual contributors? And the CTO shares a beer with very junior new hires? This is a community that is fully invested in the success of one another...you'd have a tough time finding another work home with a group of such smart, talented, caring people.
It's been a rough year, but there are many good things on the horizon for those that have toughed it out. Excited to be a part of it.
I honestly view the typical "cons" as growth opportunities, especially for those earlier in their career. We are a lean team, but that means if you want it, you have the opportunity to step up to the plate and be highly visible and impactful.
That also means that you're highly visible and your decisions have the potential to create a negative impact...that's where the learning is done though! It's a unique opportunity that likely doesn't exist outside of the startup/tech world.
Advice to Management
Keep fighting the good fight for those that want to be here. We've come this far and are all in it together! Let's celebrate some big wins and continue to create a collaborative environment where everyone is heard.
I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at DoubleDutch (San Francisco, CA) in June 2016.
I was contacted by a DoubleDutch recruiter to set up an initial call within three days of applying online. Recruiter was very punctual (which I appreciate) calling at the scheduled time. To be honest, the recruiter wasn't the most welcoming for an initial call with a company you are considering to work for. The call lasted less than 15 minutes and one question after another was asked down the line - which felt definitely like a quick screen. I couldn't get a sense if the answers I was giving were 'good' or 'bad' - there was little feedback. The recruiter said he would be circling back by end of that week to let me know next steps but ended up getting back the following week - which left me a little underwhelmed. I guess, overall for an initial impression of DoubleDutch it wasn't very good - felt more like DMV than an innovative start-up looking to change the event software space. There was really no opportunity given to ask questions - it was more like a 'well get back to you'. Once I heard back that they were not going to move forward with me - I thanked them for the opportunity and asked if thye could answer one question for me as a follow-up and never heard back.