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I have been working at Goodreads full-time (More than a year)
Goodreads is 10 years old, and was acquired by Amazon a few years ago. We get a lot of benefit from being part of Amazon, but also maintain a lot of the awesome, independent Goodreads culture. The best part about Goodreads is the employees. Everyone is brilliant, passionate, and just plain nice. There is a lot of work to do, but the workload is manageable. When people stay late at the office, it's typically to play games! There are a bunch of perks, but it's not obscene like you'll see at other tech companies—no giant chrome pandas here (though we do have an inflatable whale). We get free breakfast and lunch a couple times a week, 10% time to work on passion projects, tons of free books, snacks, a keg, team outings, a twice-yearly company-wide fun day, career development budget, team outings, volunteer opportunities, multiple book clubs—including a Chinese book club and a feminist book club—and did I mention books!? But what really keeps me motivated and proud to work at Goodreads is our underlying mission: helping people read more and share their ideas—a worthy goal!
Our goals are aggressive, which is great—but sometimes it feels like we're trying to do too much.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Goodreads (San Francisco, CA) in October 2013.
The "best" (worst) part of the initial communication is that after exchanging emails with the recruiter and agreeing on the interview date, I wasn't sent the quite usual email of "our company is located at <address>, please sign the attached NNN ". You may think that was little but searching for the company address is not optimal, what if they *just* moved? Later on... I was actually asked for the signed NNN after I arrived at the reception on the day off. Great.
After the interview, possibly the same recruiter didn't send feedback. No email, nothing at all actually.
I had about four interviewers, with one of them very professional and likeable perhaps he was happy outside of work with his sporting endeavors (judging by the clothing). The others were just average. One was a bit edgy and surprising to ask me a question about coding in Ruby, where the job wasn't for that and I had explicitly stated I haven't done that. I thought I read his stuff well enough for never having touched that.
Other questions were: traversing through a matrix, arranging layouts on a mobile device screen and so on.
There was a phone screen + coding; additional exercise;; and then an on-site interview.