I have been working at Pivotal Labs full-time (More than a year)
I've never felt more confident in a company's values than at Pivotal. Project teams as well as leadership are constantly reflecting on process and ensuring we're doing the right thing for our clients. If you're used to working solo or 'being the hero', expect to come out of your shell and collaborate on all things.
As a consultant, you'll work on a project full-time. While the focus of a single project is a tremendous things (cherish it!), finding time to hone skills outside the realm of client-engagement can be hard.
Advice to Management
Once Pivots get stir-crazy after a couple years of working on projects, find ways to keep them engaged and growing their skills.
I applied online. I interviewed at Pivotal Labs (Cambridge, MA) in May 2017.
Most of the process was centered on evaluating a person's ability to pair program and code using Test Driven Development. However, the recruiter that I interacted with was truly, astonishingly, unprofessional. Not the person that initially emailed me, but the person they had me call. They had not read my resume, they spent the first 10 minutes talking about the weather while they found my resume, they mumbled into the phone, and they did not even know the area around the Cambridge, MA office, because they were calling in from Florida. They also asked me to propose a compensation package for myself, and then acted upset that what I proposed wasn't generous enough, and then hung up abruptly. I almost did not go to the in-person interview. Fortunately I did go. The engineers were very professional and very enjoyable to work with.
The initial interview was about an hour, and involved working with a single individual in a paired process. They were very good about demonstrating their methodology and doing so in a code-agnostic way. Overall, this part of the program was a very positive experience.
The followup interview was a full day working on Pivotal projects with current employees, pairing the entire time. It was split into two parts, a different project in the morning and the afternoon.
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