I worked at Pivotal Labs full-time (More than a year)
Awesome software culture. Ferociously persistent at keeping its culture of pair programming and test driven development
Growing into a big corporation now. Lots of enterprise contracts and clients and sometimes the individual developers can feel like a number.
Advice to Management
Try to build more of a culture of supporting the growth that your engineers desire getting. Promote more mobility of job position and work type within the company.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Pivotal Labs.
I was contacted by a very helpful, friendly recruiter. I had 5 interviews spread over 2 months. I presented my portfolio to different staff repetitively and learned only after 1 month about the position and the size of the actual office I would be in. They flew me out to another city for the last interview-- an on-site workday with paired design. The day seemed very positive and productive, but I received no follow-up for 2 weeks. (I sent thank you notes as well.) Thankfully, the recruiter followed up on the silence and let me know I was rejected, but could not find notes on why. The feedback for all interviews was very good, positive. We were both puzzled. I was informed that I was the best candidate so far for the position, but it remains unfilled so far. Was surprised about lack of follow-up courtesy by the other departments, especially after expending a lot of time and energy throughout all the interviews (including taking time off from my current job). It seems that internal management has some communication challenges, or a lack of transparency as reported by other reviewers. It discourages me from applying there again. I've seen this phenomenon before to once-great companies growing very quickly and getting ready for an IPO. Nevertheless, seeing how this company executes onboarding, and the interview processes itself, gave me a good idea on whether or not the company would be a good fit for me. I can see why the interview process is rigorous, as the pair-design/programming work style requires high integration and personality fit.
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