I worked at Netbiz full-time (More than 5 years)
During my time at the company, I was one of a small handful of higher-level employees, and found that while there were things going on, or decisions being made that I may not have agreed with, I was able to thrive within my role. Having come from an industry giant to a company with ~300 employees at the time, there was a bit of culture shock and a small adjustment to get 'fit in'. However, once past that point, there was no shortage of challenges and interesting tasks to take on. Very fulfilling work, overall.
Sometimes heavy-handed decisions from the top, not being open to collaboration from outside a trusted few
Advice to Management
never settle for doing things a certain way just because that's how they've always been done - challenge the status quo!
After I applied for the job, I was contacted about participating in a phone interview. After the phone interview, I went in for an in-person interview with 2 people - the person who conducted the phone interview and a representative of HR. This led to a second in-person interview with several different key members of the company. After about a week and a half, I was contacted about their decision.
Reasons for Declining
Although everyone there seemed incredibly professional and kind, the position paid the same hourly as I make now, but the benefits were no where as good as what I have, so I would have been losing out on those, and money. Also, they offered me the position over the phone, and when I requested an offer in writing, they said they don't typically do that, which I've never heard of. I felt like that wasn't a smart move on their part because if an offer is in writing, it protects them and ensures the person receiving the offer has all of the pertinent information necessary to make a good decision.
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