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Dozens Overview

London, England (UK)
1 to 50 employees
2018
Company - Private
Investment Banking & Asset Management
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Monzo Bank, Revolut, Nutmeg
Dozens is creating a new home for your money. It brings together a current account, a smart budgeting tool, and a savings and investment manager – all in one app.

Banks depend on their customers’ debt to drive their profit, which means ... Read more

Dozens Reviews

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Aritra Chakravarty
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  • "Fantastic team"

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    I have been working at Dozens as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Work with a great team of people
    -Team work is fabulous, everyone bounces ideas off each other incredibly well
    -The entire company get along with each and they all seem genuinely happy to work together
    -Everyday is slightly different
    - I believe in the ethos of the company and enjoy working somewhere where I can see myself staying for the forseeable future
    -Everyone makes an effort to be welcoming to newbies

    Cons

    Teams are slightly separated due to layout of the space which is unfortunate

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Dozens Interviews

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    Talent & Office Manager (+HR) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Dozens (London, England (UK)) in May 2019.

    Interview

    Pretty horrible experience: more like an intense interrogation for war crimes than an interview for Talent and Office Manager (and HR).

    I was interviewed by 3 people and their strategy was to try and put me under as much stress as possible, contradict me, belittle me and just gang up on me. They constantly disagreed with everything I said and then each of the three interviewers would tell me (in length) why I was wrong.

    I was asked about personal (not professional) qualities that related to recruitment and I said I liked analysing people and seeing what motivates them. "Ok analyse us in this room." So after knowing the interviewers for all of ten seconds, I had to psychologically analyse each of them. When I analysed the CEO and told him that he was pushy and aggressive, his response was, "yea, so what? That's the easy option. Tell me something I don't know." The other two interviewers were more junior and worshipped the CEO, agreeing with everything he said, which I think is because i) they’re in his pay ii) they are very high-level in the company, so they have to buy into this narrative to believe their own success. Note that almost everyone who works for this start-up is a VP of something. If he’d told them the world was flat, they would have believed it. The whole interview was about making me feel as uncomfortable as possible and I was close to tears and nearly walked out a few times.

    It felt like they were trying to catch me out on things that didn't relate to the role. The CEO disregarded a lot of my experience, citing some of my experience as “not very useful.” The interviewers would constantly talk about the CEO and “his brain", "his brain works in a matrix… his brain is like this, he's so logical, one day he'll think about something logically and then sleep on it and have a feeling in his gut and then decide on a different action," like the guy changed his mind and the interviewer was making it into a quasi-religious experience.
    After the interview, one of the interviewers apologised multiple times saying the CEO had clearly had a bad day and was testing me to see how much pressure I could take so that he could see if I could work under him during the role, it sounded a bit Marilyn Monroe, “if you can’t accept him at his worst, then you don’t deserve him at his best.” He seemed to be enjoying the power trip and putting others down to make himself feel superior.
    When I tried to give constructive feedback on the company and how the title "VP of storytelling" is a pretty alarming role in an e-money institution which wants to inspire trust in their customers, I was given a long spiel on why I was wrong and how no one would ever think story=fiction.

    With Talent and Office Manager (+HR responsibilities) they've squashed three different roles into one; it’s a bizarre combination and they are 3 roles in their own right, but I suppose it’s easier to pay one person £37k than three people £30k each. I got an offer from another FinTech start-up and was treated so much better and not subjected to weird mind games and an experiment in which I was pretty sure they were trying to ‘break’ me. If this is how the CEO treats interviewees, I’d dread to think how he treats his employees.

    Interview Questions

    • Introduce yourself. Why did you leave your last company (asked 3 times)? Why didn't you stay? Did you not see the value in staying? OK it was a fixed term contract, why didn't you stay? Was that your choice or theirs? You had a big role there and lots of responsibility, why do you want to leave? Why don't you psychologically analyse us here in this room? What is quirky about you (asked 3 times)? What type of people would you hire to work here? Why wouldn't you hire anyone from a corporate background? What are you giving up if you only choose to hire people from start-ups? Do you read? What do you like to read? Oh economics books, can you name one specifically? Can you recite any excerpts from the book? Why do you like those books? What are your weaknesses? What is the negative feedback you've gotten from past companies (asked twice but in different ways)? Tell me something I don't know about myself (based on our interaction).Why do you highlight your X skills, they're not that useful, what about your Y skills? Why would you not want to develop in your Y skills? Why do you want to work for Dozens? Do you have any feedback for us? I hope you didn't find the interview too distressing?   Answer Question
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