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Toronto, ON (Canada)
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Founded in December 2009, Toronto-based Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services, offering more than 4 million eBooks and magazines to millions of users across the world. It is our mission to empower booklovers to read more &ndash ... Read more

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Rakuten Kobo President and CEO Michael Tamblyn
Michael Tamblyn
25 Ratings
  • "Good Perks, High Turn-Over rates"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rakuten Kobo (Less than a year)


    Perks, sometimes free lunches, people are smart


    Projects are decided on the fly without planning, not so good for work-life balance.

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Rakuten Kobo Interviews



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    Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied in-person. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Rakuten Kobo in June 2014.


    I got their attention only when a common friend with the data science team lead referred me. I think they have the online job postings just as a cover for pretending that they are an equal opportunity company. I am interested in the product of the company so I was following it and I applied to several positiones they opened in the last 2 years. They never responded to any of my 3 aoplications that I submitted online, even though I am quite sure my resume deserves at least a phone call.. Google called me without a referral.

    The phone screen was technical but it was done by an HR person who had no idea what I was talking about. He made sure to inform me that he was following a script and that he is transcribing my answers so that an engineer reviews them. That was professional of him but very unprofessional of the company.

    After the phone screen they sent me a programming exam which they requested to be returned withon 2 days. I had a busy schedule so I skipped sleep for one night and did the exam's programming tasks.. and I nailed them. I am not being pompous but the tasks were relatively easy, and I wrote the code with good structure and didn't do a dirty programming job which is typical for data science tasks. I am only stressing on how good my answers were because I am very frustrated that they never got back to me about it. I waited about 10 days then sent an email asking about the review, and I got an OOTO reply. I waited till the date the person indicated in their OOTO and sent a remider, and they promised a review by the end of the week. Two weeks later I sent a reminder and they responded that they cannot give feedback right now. Just a one liner! Very unprofessional, and it made me totally loose interest in the company.

    Interview Questions

    • What is a data structure used for recursion?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    My experience during the interview process shows that the company is putting people last, and probably struggling under the weight of the Kindle.

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Company Updates

  • 6 new and notable ways to enhance how you explore, discover and read with Kobo.

    Helpful Hints

    Because we love reading as much as you do, we're constantly making improvements to enhance the way you explore, discover and read with Kobo. From search improvements to even better suited personalized recommendations, we've put together a list of new features that will transform your reading life.

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Rakuten Kobo Awards & Accolades

  • Top Developer Badge, Google Play, 2015
  • Users’ Choice(Kobo Books), Tabby Awards, 2014
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