I worked at MovieTickets.com full-time (More than a year)
Great people. Covered parking. Great location. Good atmosphere. Lots of freedom to do things and grow in almost any direction. Assorted baked goods provided every Friday. Free coffee. 3% 401k, regardless if your contribution. Free stuff every so often (food, shirts, movies screenings, bowling nights). Spectacular work life balance and you really and truly feel like family.
For a technology company, they're a little too cautious in trying out new technogies. Expect to meet up with a lot of resistance if it's not a skill in the standard 2010 web developer wheelhouse.
Some departments are an absolute mess and this is tolerated. Standards for excellence don't appear to be shared across departments.
No communication to lower level employees, at all. Reviews were entirely skipped this year, but no one was told.
The process has ground the entire company to a halt. What should be a small, agile team that can quickly deliver has become a hulking behemoth that takes forever to put anything out. Politics also get in the way of things being done - priorities are rearranged to curry favor.
Salary and compensation way below average. If you're any good, expect to be woo'd by recruiters offering 50%+ salary increases constantly. I love movietickets, but I cant ignore the constant feeling of being undervalued. This is essentially the only reason I left.
Advice to Management
Communicate more. Your employees are invested in your company. Last years "State of the Union" was very well received and did wonders for morale.
Promote young, hungry people to management positions, and remove those with no acumen for management/leadership.
Get the process and politics out of the way. Promote a smart, savvy, seasoned director (you know the one) to CTO and have them lead the charge. Make your team lean and efficient again.
Don't rely on people not knowing what they're worth. They'll find out and be resentful. Pay your people well and most of the other complaints can be dealt with.
Movietickets has so much potential. It hurts to watch it be squandered by power grabs and incompetent departments. I believe you can Make MovieTickets Great Again.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at MovieTickets.com (Boca Raton, FL) in March 2016.
The overall process was fairly typical except that it was pretty quick. I got an e-mail from HR to set up an interview time. At the appointed time, I came in and filled out an application at the front desk and then the interview began. I was asked a pretty simple, in my opinion, set of questions. I was given some info on the position and asked if it fit with what I would enjoy doing. It very much did. Met with a couple other people that were primarily interested in whether I'd fit into the org personality-wise. It's kind of hard to convey personality via Q&A, but I think I did OK. The whole thing took about an hour and when I left I had a very good vibe and expected I'd hear back within the next day or so. When I got back home I immediately sent a follow up e-mail to thank them for the interview and to express my excitement about the position.
And that's, more or less, the end of the story. I've gotten no response from them. After a week I called the HR person who'd originally e-mailed me and left a voice mail and politely asked for a status update. I never got a return call or mail of any kind. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I still expect to be afforded some common courtesy. If someone grants you an interview, you send a thank you back afterward. If someone interviews with you, you give them a phone call to say either yea or nay.
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