I worked at Horizon Hobby full-time (More than a year)
If you are into the RC hobby industry, this job is amazing, especially if you are in a team with direct influence on what goes into future products. The atmosphere, for me at least, was one of collaboration and enjoyment, which when paired with the work load, was perfect for a life balance. I interacted with my manager, a director, engineers, and product developers. Each one is highly invested in keeping the company profitable and fun.
The hobby industry is not a huge market, so there is potential that resources could be an issue one day. With that said, that also means there is a lot of room for growth.
As for compensation and benefits, I feel like there should be more vacation offered to employees.
Advice to Management
I think it would be good to try to get focus panels for people that are not the current stereotypical hobbyist to try to better understand what those other groups would like in a hobby product. A lot of times when we discuss future growth and ideas, the room is filled with 100% men. Maybe other teams are meeting to brainstorm for the future, but I'm not sure. So I would do my best to get diverse gender/racial participants into focus groups, and I would include parents with children along with those groups too.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Horizon Hobby (Champaign, IL) in August 2012.
Not very difficult. There were two interviews. One with the hiring manager and one with the group. A skills based test was also given. That was the hardest part of the process.
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