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I have been working at Tango Card full-time
This is the most competent executive team I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. While yes, the company is growing quickly, expectations have been appropriately set and the company has not lost focus on what has made it successful - both its continuous investment in product and its willingness to allow people to be themselves.
There is also an appropriate level of praise when warranted, and issues are always dealt with in a respectful way if and when they do arise.
I, for one, am extremely proud to be a member of the best client-facing team in the industry.
This is the place to be if you want your career to grow along with a company built on doing the right thing, creating a great and much needed product in the incentive marketplace, and have fun while doing so.
Sometimes the mountain view from the office can be distracting.
Advice to Management
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Tango Card (West Seattle, WA) in March 2015.
I was contacted by a recruiter from the company and asked if I was interested in the company and willing to have a quick phone chat. I responded yes and 2 days later we had a nice chat and later that day I heard the CTO wanted to meet and chat. Due to my schedule I couldn't meet for another week. I received confirmation details from the recruiter to meet the CTO near their office.
We had a nice chat, too. He said he would like me to come in to meet the team soon and he'd get the recruiter to set that up. I emailed the recruiter the next day to follow up and mention the CTO wanted me to come in. The recruiter responded that it would be a few days later at 9-2 with a lunch thrown in but no other details.
I arrived 10 minutes early and when I walked in a woman asked who I was there to see. I said I was there for a 9:00 interview but didn't know who I was meeting. I dropped the recruiter's name but the woman told me no one by that name worked here and I had the wrong place. I assured her that wasn't the case and at the point an engineer walked over and took over. He directed me to sit in a little area until 9:00. 9:00 we went into a little conference room. I started off by asking if there was a schedule of who I would speaking with, and when was the lunch. He said there was no lunch but I would be taking a walk with the Project Manager to a local coffee shop.
1st hour with this engineer was a little overview of my resume followed by a few interesting coding questions.
2nd hour was with the PM and we walked over to a local coffee shop where we discussed what I was looking for and how they did things. That's when I found out she'd only been there 4 months so I felt a little skeptical since the company seemed so stable.
3rd hour was with 2 engineers, one Sr and one Jr. They asked a few general Java questions and we proceeded to do some decent coding challenges. We talked about my resume some and I explained some things. I asked them how they liked it there, etc. At the end of this hour I felt like the smartest guy in the room which also made me skeptical as I'd rather be the dumbest guy so I can learn lots of things.
4th hour was with another Sr. engineer who gave an interesting OOP challenge. Talked a little about my resume and that was about it.
30 mins with the CTO, going over things with the company hierarchy. That's when I found out he'd only been there 8 months, and the former CTO and CEO were having tension and it was best they parted ways. Again a new employee less than a year left me a little skeptical. I asked about benefits and PTO. They have a 401k but no matching despite being a 35 person company making millions in revenue. PTO started off at 10 days a year, which I personally find ridiculous. We ended the conversation that he would meet with the team either that day or the next and the recruiter would let know soon.
Fast forward 4 weeks I still hadn't heard anything so I can only assume they didn't like me, or the recruiter failed to email me back.
I'm tempted to give a negative experience overall because I never received a final response but I can't be sure who is at fault there. On the other hand, any company that thinks 10 days of PTO with no 401k matching is an appealing offer should re-evaluate.
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