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London, England (UK)
1 to 50 employees
2016
Company - Private
Investment Banking & Asset Management
Unknown / Non-Applicable
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Oval revolutionizes the way you manage your finances with a smart and intuitive system that keeps all aspects of your financial life under control, in one free app. Oval is designed to allow everyone saving and investing according to their own rules, ensuring their savings an ... Read more

Oval Money Reviews

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oval Money full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Flexible working, good balance work/life
    - Incredible people, it's full of talents you can learn from
    - Nice vibes in the Turin office

    Cons

    - If you join as a remote then you will have a tough life
    - Growing fast, growing pains, newer middle/senior management.
    - Sometimes a little chaotic and occasionally a little slow to make clear decisions.

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Oval Money Interviews

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    Backend Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Oval Money.

    Interview

    I applied for a position as Backend Developer in Turin, shortly after the HR contacted me, a very kind lady explained to me the whereabouts of the company and asked me something about my experiences, pretty usual stuff and at the end told me that I'll receive a quiz that I have to complete and send back one week later.

    Even before receiving the quiz I asked her if was possible to ask something if the quiz wasn't clear and she told me that the tech prefers not; at first seemed strange but I thought probably the test was very precise and they don't want to waste time, and oh boy if I was wrong!

    I received the quiz and I was amazed by the poor English and the vagueness of the test: there were seven points, the first six very trivial exercises in programming or very vague questions (like "what do you not like about python?"); the last one was the only valid exercise with a very specific problem to solve. One was written so badly that wasn't even clear what I had to do.

    I spent like two afternoons to complete all the exercises, to be honest, without putting much effort into them since I was a little put down by the quality of the quiz.

    After a week I delivered my solutions and the same day I received a reply with the message that I have passed this phase and that we could do a technical interview; they sent me a mail with a scheduled meeting for a couple of days later.

    The day came and like two hours before the interview they sent a change to the meeting: it became a call; they didn't ask me if was ok the change, they simply changed the meeting and an automatic email was sent. Fortunately for me was not a problem but I think is not ok to change in such sort notice a physical meeting.

    I waited for the call, it was with two technical guys: one arrived five minutes later and told me that he was in London at the airport and the other guy arrived fifteen minutes late without even apologize; for all the interview (in total lasted for 35 minutes, including the late arrive) the guy at the airport continued to repeat that he wasn't able to follow along because it was at the airport. Take in mind that they decided the meeting, I put no constraint on it.

    Started the interview was obvious to me that they haven't read anything about me, and he was reading my curriculum and the solutions right away: in particular at one point he asked me "I read that you don't like celery, why?" and probably he was reading the solution of someone else.

    After that the situation improved a little, he asked me about my code, telling me that was well commented and organized but I have used numpy and that is a heavy dependency. There was a little discussion about the python question in which I was a little imprecise.

    I asked something about the job, what would have been my task in the job but they answered vaguely and did not explain anything about the activity in which I will would have been involved.

    The interview finished and they didn't ask me anything more that wasn't already in the test: the position listed also some skills like database, machine learning, and they asked me only stuff about python; they didn't ask me anything about backend, like REST API or HTTP.

    Two days later I received a mail (probably automatic) informing me that I haven't passed the selection, obviously without any explanation.

    Sincerely I think they have a flawed selection process, probably they are looking for someone like Guido Van Rossum to join their team to do some backend development; if you are a senior developer don't bother to apply to their positions, they are not professional, you will probably waste your time.

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Oval Money Awards & Accolades

  • Personal Finance Management and Robo Advice Winner, Innovate Finance Global Summit, 2017
  • Startup Competition Winner, PYCON, 2017
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