I worked at Economist Group full-time (More than 5 years)
Plenty of intelligent, friendly people at all levels who are willing to stop and chat wherever you may see them. Easy-going atmosphere all throughout the office.
Budgets were tight in most departments.
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Economist Group (New York, NY) in February 2017.
I applied via LinkedIn. HR interview was brief, then straight to an in-person interview. Met with the Tech VP in his office for about an hour or longer, he was friendly and easy-going. Very nice guy. Afterwards, I was requested for another interview, this time over video chat (Google Hangouts) with several other team members. Waiting to hear back after the interviews took over a week each time, so I was very nervous and left in limbo. It was excruciating. I thought I definitely would receive an offer based on the interviews and how well I got along with everyone, but no. They wanted someone who is AWS certified, basically. Nothing else you've done matters, regardless of how relevant it is, even with AWS in any capacity other than being a total expert with it in every way. It's all about the AWS Dashboard and how much prior experience you have with it managing server clusters, etc. I've noticed a lot of job desc will list every technology on the market, but once the interview comes along the truth about what's actually being used is revealed. Or their projects are spec'd out in a stupid way so they have bases covered for UM but are completely over-engineered. Happens very often.
Office looked pretty weak. Like no one in the tech department even bothered to show up for work the day I was there. The other team members I met over video weren't as friendly as the VP. One guy was kind of a d bag with his comments over video and the other guy was completely silent and not friendly. It left a bad taste in my mouth. The brash dude acted as if he knew everything about my experience and pinned me as unqualified off the bat, which is typical with interviews. He wasn't even in the same department.
It's a constant battle to prove to the employer you're good enough, and none think you are. This is probably due to how many people try to fake experience in interviews. It's basically impossible to get a programming job, even if you're qualified, these days. I've interviewed constantly and have top-level experience as a systems administrator, but everyone has a chip on their shoulder and it's all about using frameworks and the latest NodeJS or Java libraries or cloud stuff. Any inherent skill with technology or full-stack dev doesn't matter, it's all about the buzzwords and fitting all their requirements and kissing up during the interviews. If they sense you're a threat to them, you're out, and there are a lot of insecure rookies in the industry. Using frameworks is great but if you don't understand the inner-workings you're still a script kiddie, if you ask me.
The 2nd round video interview format left a bit to be desired and comes across lazy on their part. I did not receive an offer based on lack of a very specific software skill-set they were looking for. Disappointed because I could easily do the job they asked.
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