Mission: Knewton's mission is to personalize learning for the world.
I have been working at Knewton full-time
Knewton has done a great job with hiring really awesome people. The friendliness and helpfulness of the employees is what makes coming to work everyday a positive experience. When I first started, I was pleasantly surprised with the willingness of everyone to try to get to know me and help me settle into my new role (very refreshing having come from mostly large, stuffy companies). Also, I really enjoy working with co-workers from different teams, all coming from a different backgrounds - it makes for a nice mix of people to learn from and collaborate with.
There are many growth opportunities to wear many hats and be challenged. Being fairly young in career, I am learning a lot more here than I have at other companies that I've spent double the time with. My manager continually asks me how to best support my goals and make the time for 1:1s. Colleagues listen to what others have to say and there isn't a sense of internal competition that I've noticed at other places.
Management is very accommodating regarding work life balance with very flexible vacation days and work hours.
Bonus points for happy hours, team sports, fully stocked kitchen, generous lunch allowance, great health benefits, dog friendly, and other start-up perks...
EdTech is a slower industry, which may have caused some bumps along the road. Though, I think Knewton is thinking strategically on how to overcome this through continuous innovation.
Advice to Management
Senior Management is doing a great job despite being dealt a difficult deck of cards. They are transparent, attentive to employee needs and always trying new ways to get to know their employees on the individual basis. They seem to really care about the success of the company and have a positive outlook. They are always transparent, accessible, and willing to have a dialogue through bi-monthly Town Halls. Keep up the great work.
The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Knewton (New York, NY) in February 2017.
The interview process was seamless - HR was very responsive throughout and worked towards scheduling my interviews very promptly. The whole process lasted a little over a week and they were quick with updates. They were accommodating to my requests and asked questions that were very applicable to the nature of the role. I met with several people from HR and senior leadership and was impressed with everyone. One of the reasons I accepted the position was the sincerity of everyone I met, their insights into the company, accurate portrayal of what the job entailed, and how organized the whole process was. One of the best experiences I've had interviewing by far.