I worked at Hoover's full-time (Less than a year)
Great people. The editorial department is a talented bunch. Benefits are good.
Pay isn't as high as it could be.
Advice to Management
Well, maybe train your managers better. Some were less professional than others.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Hoover's (Austin, TX) in June 2010.
Let me start off by saying that I am a lead developer in my current position. Being a lead developer, I am responsible for all aspects of the software that is being developed. This includes backend, frontend, and everything in between. Because of the many hats that I have had to wear, I do not have (and have never had) the entire technical manual of a particular software language memorized. With that being said, my face to face interview went a little something like this.
- I was told that I would be meeting with about 4 or 5 people and that the interview process would last for half a day.
- The person that came to interview me did not know my name and actually called me by someone else's name.
- During the interview, I was asked various technical questions. Questions that I did not have the complete answer to (reference lead developer statement), I explained my complete thought process out loud and by drawing on the board.
- Person interviewing me never gave me a chance to ask ANY questions about the company.
- Person interviewing me seemed very uninterested.
- After the interview, the interviewer went to get the next person. When he came back, he said that the interview was over and escorted me out. I had prepared myself for half a day of interviews and the process was over in 30 min.
In reading the other comments about the company, I think I dodged a bullet. The interview process was confusing to say the least. I do not believe that the interview process that I received allowed me to show who I really was. I was not able to really ask questions about the company projects that I would be working on. The only thing it appears that they are looking for from their Software Engineers is a code monkey that has the entire language specs memorized. They are not looking for someone that can actually think on their toes or solve real world problems. That is unfortunate.
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