Mission: Mavenlink’s mission is to reinvent the way businesses do work. We provide technology, expertise, and services that enable organizations to conduct business in today's fast-moving, networked economy.
Mavenlink challenges the staid ...
Best Places to Work: 2017 (#45)
I have been working at Mavenlink full-time (More than 3 years)
- Tremendous Opportunity
- Strong Growth
- C-Level interaction (never hesitate to help with a deal)
- Provide all the tools for success (unlimited training, mentorship, open door policy)
- Promote from within
- Outstanding operations
- Industry leading product
- No stock options are available (unless you're 1 of 3 employees who will win the yearly founder's award)
Advice to Management
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Mavenlink.
I was referred internally by two different people. I had a screening with internal recruiter, a call with the hiring manager, and a Webex with another director-level employee.
The recruiter was impressed (especially because I came so highly recommended), the hiring manager was very responsive and dug deep into process and mentoring/coaching and team building skills. Then came the interview with the other director via webex. He was clearly uncomfortable and never made eye-contact. Several times he mentioned that he was the senior level person ("practically a VP" he told me) and that he was making all the decisions in that department--though the hiring manager had told me he was fairly junior to the role and they were looking for someone with more experience to help run the division. I took his comments to mean he wasn't very keen about sharing the responsibility with anyone, and felt that he should really be promoted to the more senior role.
He ask a lot of questions about how I would fix the business model problems, which I couldn't answer because I didn't have access to business data, and frankly that wasn't part of the job. I did present several hypothetical approaches I would take as a contributing team member, but I made clear that any solutions would need to be validated with data from the biz-dev team -- which I did not have.
At the end of the interview, he told me that they'd only just started looking (they'd been looking for 3 months already) and so I'd have to be willing to wait 2-3 months before they made a hiring decision while they interviewed others.
I followed up immediately with the recruiter who said she'd get feedback and get back to me. She never did. They ghosted me. My take-away was that my age and gender was the issue and the reason for the interviewer's discomfort. I am female, over 40, and he clearly was uncomfortable with the idea of collaborating with me or potentially taking direction from me.
Leadership at Mavenlink really needs to get control of their hiring process or they will only ever hire candidates that don't challenge the least competent of their employees. Not a great way to grow a business.
Santa (Ray Grainger, CEO) knocked our socks off!
2017 Mavenlink Halloween presents Nightmare on Irvine Center Dr.