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Redwood City, CA
51 to 200 employees
2000
Company - Private
Research & Development
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Kenexa, Institutional Shareholder Services, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Equilar is dedicated to the idea that better leaders make better companies. We help leaders and companies improve by providing information and tools that strengthen corporate governance, enable broader and deeper board searches and build bridges between people at the ... Read more

Mission: Equilar offers data-driven solutions for board recruiting, executive compensation and shareholder engagement that bring together business leaders, institutional investors and advisors to drive exceptional results while ensuring sound corporate governance. We are committed to ... Read more

Equilar Reviews

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    "One year of experience"

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    I have been working at Equilar full-time (More than a year)

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    You can start as a research analyst and one day become a Dev/PM/Automation QE/Quality Engineer, etc. I’ve seen my co-workers invested their free time to gain new skills and transitioned into new roles in the company.

    The heads of Engineering are very approachable people. They do mentor you if come to them with an attitude to learn.

    A lot of room to learn and improve. I can only speak from my team, my manager has always been very cool and treated me professionally. When I’m in need of help she would assist me. I joined the team less than 2 months and she allowed me to restructure the whole automation framework. She gave me ample time to learn about performance testing and build a framework that we still use today. She understands that commuting can be hell at times and if you need to work from home once in a while it is fine. I’ve never experienced any micro-managing from her.

    Management has changed for the better, and I will give two concrete examples. Stock options are not just for the Senior level any longer. Upper management does not like it when we stay late, surprised? Well, I was when I found out about 4 or 5 months ago. The issue was addressed and now my team has never stayed later than an hour or two on release day. I have never had to work on weekends. If I am working on the weekend it is either taking the classes paid for by my LGL program or skills I’m trying to improve.

    For those who are interviewing and reading through glassdoor reviews for any clue or tips. I was in your shoes a year ago, I was super nervous to point where I wasn’t going to show up to the last interview. My advice is don’t worry, there are plenty of free candies so grab some. The people here are nice so be yourself. Good Luck!

    Cons

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    Pay can be better
    Commute is terrible but it’s the bay

    Advice to Management

    There are some great talent, Management should try to find a way to keep the morale up and retain them.

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Equilar Interviews

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    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
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    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Equilar (Chicago, IL) in September 2017.

    Interview

    Similar to another Account Manager interview post: I was contacted by a recruiter for this position. My first call was with the hiring manger. He enjoyed talking to me, so then they had me do a little research project. I had to find an article that pertains to something Equilar does, and send it to him as if he were a customer. They said they were impressed with what I did, so brought me in to meet with the VP of Sales and meet the other team members. This Chicago office is brand new, so there are only 3 of them. This meeting wasn't too difficult, but he was really focused on my past salary breakdown from 2014 and on, which was weird, especially since I thought I was making below industry standard (one of the reasons I was looking for a new position), and wasn't asking for anything high either.

    The recruiter called and said he liked meeting with me, so they wanted me to do a mock sales pitch. I could pitch anything I wanted, so I put together a short slide show and prepared a little speech. He really just uses this to see how you accept constructive criticism and if you're coachable. At the end he had me critique myself and gave me feedback as well. Again, I was contacted by the recruiter saying they liked me and wanted me to move to the final round, which is a Skype call with the CEO.

    Before the Skype call, they were very insistent about me sending over proof of my last salary in terms of a most recent pay stub, or 2016 W-2, which is something I have never heard any company ask before. Just asking for previous salary is becoming illegal in many states, let alone proof. It's starting off the employer-employee relationship with zero trust, and a lot of people would say it's private information and none of their business anyways. I should have stuck to my gut and not gave in, and if they ended the process because of that, so be it.

    Like previous reviews, the Skype call with the CEO was short. He seemed uninterested in being there. I barely got to ask all my questions because he was almost pushing to get off the call. I understand he's busy, but if you can't take 20 minutes, then don't be part of the hiring process. After this call, I never heard back from them. I tried reaching out to the company and recruiter with no luck. It's pretty unprofessional to being a candidate to the final stage, especially after hours of work and looking through the website for previous interviews, and then ghost them.

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