Mission: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. If that’s your kind of story, let’s talk.
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 online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Goodreads (San Francisco, CA) in January 2017.
Recruiting was very professional. I applied online and they contacted me via email to schedule a phone screen with the hiring manager. The calendar confirmation contained some additional instructions:
"Please consider the following interview tips:
1. Be in a quiet place where you are comfortable and there are no distractions.
2. Have a copy of your resume available just in case you are questioned on it.
3. Have paper and pen ready to use.
4. Have any questions you have for the interviewer ready."
Based on the above, and the dozens of reviews on Glassdoor describing the toughness and rigor of the Amazon interviewing process, I prepared like crazy as I expected some tough questions.
The interviewer called on time, but after a couple minutes it became clear s/he had not prepared to conduct an interview. S/he had not read my resume and did not seem to have any questions to ask me other than "Tell me about yourself" as s/he skimmed my resume and occasionally murmured, "You have an interesting background". Once we got through my background, s/he did not have follow up questions for me. I filled in with questions of my own and asked about the company culture, team structure and next steps.
A couple days later, I noticed that they changed the job title (but not the job description), and a day after that recruiting contacted me to tell me they were moving forward with other candidates and that I should please understand they were unable to give me feedback on my interview.
Overall it was a very odd experience and I can only hope that this is not exemplary of the interview style at Goodreads.