Mission: Our mission is to democratize America’s financial system.
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"At Robinhood, we’re conscious that design, beyond the words, communicates who a product is for. We’re focused on design that’s friendly, that’s inviting, that doesn’t intimidate you, that isn’t condescending."
Alex Bond, our senior designer, spoke to Adobe and 99U about our design philosophy. Read more on her approach to designing with us.
“On a daily basis, I get to apply my background in software as I work with the engineering teams here, as I work with the product teams here, to understand what they’re building, how they’re building it, and to provide good legal advice."
Our General Counsel, Archit Shah, recently spoke with Law360 on his journey initially from engineering to pursuing law and being able to blend his experiences at Robinhood. Check out the full conversation.
Robinhood’s story begins almost a decade ago at Stanford, where Baiju and Vlad met as roommates and classmates. After graduation they packed their bags for New York and built two finance companies, selling trading software to hedge funds. With their newfound experience in the world of finance, they realized that big Wall Street firms pay effectively nothing to trade stocks, while most Americans are charged up to $10 for every trade.
They soon decided it was more important to build products that would provide everyone with access to the financial markets, not just the wealthy. Two years after heading to New York, they moved back to California and built Robinhood—a company that leverages technology to encourage everyone to participate in our financial system.
Exceptionally engineered systems
We are a team of engineers and designers, and we hold the products we craft to the highest standard. We believe that exceptionally engineered systems — not marble office buildings on Wall St — are the cornerstones of establishing trust.
Today there is a complex system of regulation, financial institutions, and assets that can seem daunting to a newcomer. Making Robinhood simple, focused, and immediately understandable is hard work. But we believe that by sticking to this goal, we can make something really special.
Individual participation in equity markets
The stock market is one of the best available tools for individual wealth creation, generating annual returns of around 10% over the past century. Our mission is to empower this new generation to take greater ownership in their financial future, which we believe can help shrink the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots" and lead to a healthier, more robust global economy.
We’re backed with $539 million in capital from top-tier investors such as DST Global, NEA, Index Ventures, Thrive Capital, Sequoia, and KPCB, and valued at $5.6 billion.
Robinhood is headquartered in Menlo Park, California with a regional office in Lake Mary, Florida.
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Robinhood Blog: Under The Hood
I have been working at Robinhood full-time (Less than a year)
Robinhood is truly an amazing company. I have never worked for a start-up company prior to Robinhood. This has been a truly rewarding experience. The people here are unique, funny, hard-working, intelligent, and ambitious. I am grateful for each day I get to work here. Now, enough of the mushy stuff. Here are the meat and potatoes I am sure you are looking for.
* Good Pay
* Friendly Co-workers
* Great Benefits
* Career Advancement
* High-Performance Culture
For a start-up, Robinhood has very few cons. However, there are only a few.
* No 401K matching
* No Tuition Reimbursement for employees (There is tuition assistance available your family)
That's pretty much it. I told you there were only a few!
Advice to Management
Thank you for being flexible and understanding. We all really appreciate the tons of work each of you completes on a daily basis. I appreciate each of you for staying open-minded, flexible, caring, and productive as we continue to grow as a company.
I applied online. I interviewed at Robinhood (Palo Alto, CA) in May 2017.
I applied through a recruiter and had an initial phone interview, covering my previous work experience, skill set, and interest in working at Robinhood. The recruiters also gave me some insight and background information on Robinhood, and the team I would be working with.
Within about a week, I had a phone interview with the hiring manager for the position. This interview was a bit more in depth about my previous work experience, but remained more of a conversation and open discussion. Soon after, I was contacted by the recruiter that they wanted to bring me to an on-site interview. My on-site interview lasted about 5 hours total. I interviewed with 4 people for around 45min each, and had lunch with the team. These interviews were more in-depth and included questions that challenged my though process for carrying out marketing campaigns, how I'd leverage certain data, and what my approach would be to solve specific problems. These felt like they went by VERY quickly, and I didn't feel that they were too intimidating. I actually really enjoyed interviewing with the team, and expressing my ideas and thought process.
24h later, I received an offer (I had other deadlines for existing offers). This just shows how fast the recruiters moved, and how respective they were of my other deadlines!
My offer was presented to me in-person by the recruiter, which I personally really appreciated. Both of the recruiters I worked with were extremely helpful, had excellent communication throughout the entire process, and honestly gave me the best recruiting/interview experience.