Huge thanks to http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQIaI's Greg McBride for hosting Part 2 of our Financial Wellness series yesterday, "Investing for Beginners." He covered everything from maximizing your 401(k) to getting started with stocks, and we already feel a thousand times richer. Thanks Greg!
Our RedTalks series invites athletes, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and influencers to share their stories with us – work-related or not. Check out some of our favorite guest speakers of all time on the RV Blog!
Who We Are:
Founded in 2000, Red Ventures is a portfolio of digital companies that brings consumers and brands together through powerful, customized online experiences. We use online marketplaces, strategic partnerships and passionate people to unleash transformative digital growth and solve complex problems across a variety of industries. We’re headquartered in Charlotte, NC, but our footprint spans the globe. We've been recognized as a Best Place to Work for 10 years running.
What We Do:
What we do is complex and constantly changing – and we like it that way. We combine the speed of a startup, the DNA of a digital agency, the strategic thinking of a consultancy, and the analytical skills of a big data company to solve problems, to connect consumers with better experiences, and to unlock exponential value for brands.
Sometimes we own a brand, connecting consumers with information they need to make better decisions. Sometimes we partner with a brand, helping them better engage customers. Sometimes we build technologies, solving digital challenges that face all of our businesses. In every case, we find and unlock opportunity that’s just not possible anywhere else.
Fun at Work:
If there's one thing that defines us, it's the fact that we're constantly changing and evolving. We don't do things because "that's the way we've always done it." We evaluate every process and fix what doesn't work. From restructuring businesses to swapping desks, we'll change what needs changing.
Learning & Development
Leave the woodpile higher than you found it
We use our office for more than just work.
We think world-class talent deserves a world-class workspace. As an RV employee, you can start your morning with a spin cycling class and chase it with a mocha latte from our onsite coffee bar. Then take a mid-morning break to play a quick game of HORSE on the indoor basketball court. Grab lunch with friends at one of the onsite restaurants and eat it outside by the pergola if the weather is nice. Wrap up the work day with a brick-oven pizza and then head to the rooftop beer garden or basement bowling alley for happy hour with your buddies.
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At RV, we train our talent in-house to make big decisions that matter – and given the speed at which our business is growing, our employees experience career progressions that just aren’t possible at other marketing and tech companies.
Creatives at Red Ventures, build and optimize web experiences for dozens of globally recognized brands across multiple high-growth industries. They collaborate with other creatives, analysts, and business leaders to optimize designs for massive audiences. They watch their impact on multi-million-dollar businesses grow in real time – and they have a lot of fun in the process.
At other companies, engineers might spend months developing a prototype – and then pass it off to someone else to be completed. Here, we don’t just follow our projects from start to finish, we help lead discussions on how to continually optimize it. We balance a multitude of projects, from consumer-facing products to complex internal systems and constantly be expected to come up with new, creative solutions to everyday business challenges.
Marketing/ Business Analysts
From coming up with game-changing marketing strategies to negotiating deals with corporate partners, these associates make multi-million dollar decisions that have tangible impacts on the business – daily.
We never do any cold calling, and we don’t waste time with unqualified leads. Every customer our inside sales representatives connect with has been carefully funneled through sophisticated behavioral tracking technology and advanced marketing analytics to help you close the deal.
Remember that thing we said earlier about driving your own career path? We weren’t kidding. We’ve had countless employees completely invent new positions that align with their passions and contribute to the bottom line of the business. Red Ventures is more than just a Best Place to Work in Charlotte – This is a place where you can launch and drive your own career.
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Red Ventures combines the speed and agility of a start-up with the big data power of a global, multi-billion-dollar business. As a result, you’ll have access to groundbreaking technologies, unparalleled learning opportunities, and a wealth of fascinating problems to solve on a daily basis – but you’ll also retain total autonomy, define your own projects, and see your work all the way through to production.
We’re backed by the same people who invested in GoDaddy, Dell, Uber and other tech giants, and we’re building prototypes covering everything from online behavioral tracking software to artificial intelligence applications.
From the Blog:
Learn more and view all open Tech positions at www.redventures.com/careers!
Our greatest asset is our people. We empower our employees to be the authors of our story. We act -- and hustle -- like owners. We heavily invest in learning and development programs for every stage of an employee's career. Red Ventures is a place ready for people to pitch in, work hard, and have a lot of fun in the process.
Our Creative team is made up of world-class designers, copywriters and editors who are constantly building and optimizing hundreds of thousands of online experiences for our national brand partners. The talented people who make up this team include entrepreneurs, illustrators, musicians, game developers, and even a few celebrities (really). Follow them on Medium.com for fresh new content and watch the video below to see some of the amazing things they're up to outside of work.
Senior leaders at Red Ventures include former franchise business owners, serial entrepreneurs, international finance and marketing consultants, a TV executive, and even some RV home-grown talent.
Our award-winning data science team uses mathematics and programming to help RV make better business decisions and to automate tasks that will help us scale faster. Their challenge: How do we continue to scale businesses at an outrageous pace without having to scale manpower at the same (impossible) pace? Their answer (in a nutshell): Assign different work to humans and computers based on their unique talents. Read more on the RV Blog.
Chandler's one of the most versatile and energetic RVers in history. He's held a number of different roles throughout his tenure, from top-performing sales agent to right-hand man of our CEO. Currently, Chandler heads up a nonprofit spun out of Red Ventures called Road to Hire, which provides professional training, development and job placement for high school graduates in the Charlotte metro area. Read more about Chandler's work here, and discover his Secret Life outside of work on the RV Blog.
I have been working at Red Ventures full-time (Less than a year)
I was initially put off by many of the reviews for RV on here, but I took the job on the good will of some friends who were already here. It was the best decision for my family I've made in years.
Tech managers genuinely care about the happiness of their employees. Though the work hours are technically 9-5, there is flexibility work time, so long as you get you commitments complete. If you need to go pick your kids up and take them to the doctor, there is no problem at all. I have a teammate who gets in every day at 7 and leaves at 3.
I can't speak to the culture of the sales team, but as a member of the "tech" branch of RV, this is easily the best job I've ever had.
We have enormous input into the tech decisions that are being made, decisions that will have huge affects on all of our partners. Developers are empowered to contribute in meaningful ways, using the tooling they as a group decide to be most appropriate.
Want to consider a new/different architectural approach to something we're building? You are encouraged to do so. A rising tide lifts all boats.
I have a clear, actionable career path with steps, positions, promotions, and responsibilities clearly defined that give me something to work towards for the next 5+ years, and they include things that will make me a better developer or manager.
There is huge diversity in the types of development work done, and cross-team training is highly encouraged. Want to clock in, get some CSS/HTML done, and clock out? Those jobs are here (although people who are passionate about the client's success tend to do the best). Want to develop ground up website architectures? They got those too. Interested in Devops? Cloud services? Security? UX design/development? Want to build internal software products instead of websites? iOS/android programming? Want to build alexa skills? You can do any of those things here.
There are internal teams solely dedicated to employee training & mentoring. Want to learn React but don't know where to start? Don't feel comfortable with git or the command line? Attend one of the many free workshops dedicated to teaching those things.
There is even a program dedicated to training non-tech employees how to become a developer, where graduates of the program are hired directly as developers on the "tech" team. There's also a similar program that provides a similar service for people who aren't current RV employees.
Being at a company where there's no ambiguity on whether or not you can move up on the team is refreshing, coming from a company that had none of that at all.
RV has high standards.
You definitely don't have to be the best programmer, but you DO have to have a passion & drive to better yourself and your craft. People who don't have that drive don't tend to do well here.
The interview process is rigorous. You have a technical screening call, followed by a take home project, followed by multiple in-person interviews including a whiteboard session. My advice is that the best thing you can do in the interviews is just be very very passionate. You don't have to know everything, or have experience with all the hot new tools. It's most important to show your drive & passion to better yourself.
The pace of learning & performance is fast, but not unhealthy fast. As a father of 3, I was worried I wouldn't be getting home until 8 or 9 everyday or this would affect my family life. That has simply not been true at all. It's true you often have deadlines you need to hit, but the management team does a great job of trying to keep them realistic, or cutting scope on the project if the deadline isn't realistic, so that it becomes doable.
Because things move quickly, there is a lot of constant change occurring. In the codebase and in the company. People change teams & seats at the company with regularity, as the needs of different partners change rapidly.
The pace also means there is a lack of process around some things that could benefit from it. Some people like this, others don't. It depends on your personality. But things tend to fall on the "let's figure out how to get something done and just do it", instead of "let's create a Jira task and get approval from 3 different people, and detailed, granular requirements before we begin" side of things.
Advice to Management
Keep empowering your employees to collectively make decisions that affect the whole company on a large scale.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Red Ventures (Charlotte, NC) in December 2016.
Contacted by Director of Sales Recruiting and scheduled a phone interview lasting approx. 40 minutes. Later contacted via email to schedule onsite interview for the following week. Onsite interview lasted over 3 hours and included a tour of the facility followed by back to back interviews with recruiters including a mock interview scenario. Everyone was very friendly and inviting.