I have been working at Genbook full-time (More than a year)
In the two years I've worked here, there have been many situations where problems had to be solved - sometimes urgently and sometimes not. It could get stressful if taken personally, but the management and team have always been supportive, and it's actually been fun.
Once they see that you take responsibility, you are given a lot of freedom to try out any designs, frameworks or programming principles that you deem fit for the product you're working on. There's hardly any micromanagement if you're good at your work or at least sincere in your approach. The employees that seemed to take this freedom for granted usually didn't last long.
The feeling in the company is very much that of a startup, and people are encouraged to innovate. Things move fast, since there aren't any silly processes to bog you down. Recently, the company has started to improve on their back-end infrastructure, which seems to be moving in the right direction.
Out of the 20 or so employees in the office, there must about 15 different nationalities - a very diverse place with each person bringing something unique to the team. These are some of the best people I've worked with - great skills and great character.
The management periodically updates the team about the health of the company, any future plans and above all, the direction of the company based on it's vision.
There's monthly team outings, cultural lunches and Friday pool tournaments with beer in the office... Oh, and there's also an arcade game console if you want to take a break.
The testing team is good, but small. Needs more testers.
Advice to Management
Hire more testers, since there's usually a delay in the completion of work and the actual release.
I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Genbook (San Francisco, CA) in April 2013.
Recruiter phone screen. In person interview.
Recruiter showed up late to the interview and was attire was highly disheveled. Collared shirt was untucked and his jeans looked old. That was the good part of the interview and it went downhill from there.
The interview consisted of a series of questions like do you know how to create a landing page and what are the offers that worked for you in the past. What kind of response rates did they produce.
Where do I send the invoice for my time? Clearly a waste of time and energy.
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