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I have been working at ThinkGeek full-time (Less than a year)
Previously, I worked at a pretty large, traditional accounting/consulting firm, and I am truly loving ThinkGeek so far. The culture is super relaxed and right up my alley. I get to wear a t-shirt and jeans to work, and there's tons of free geeky swag at the office. At least for me, the commute is totally reasonable (about 15-20 min). Also, I never realized how much I was missing out by not having a real desk with two monitors and a docking station. The people really do make this place though. Everyone I work with from management on down is really honest, understanding, and fun. But yeah overall, I couldn't be happier.
The holiday season is pretty hectic, since November-December is when we do a good bit of our business for the year, but no different from any other gift retailer in that respect. Because it's a smaller company where people wear a lot of different hats, there is a lot of task switching which can sometimes make it harder to focus on the long-term projects you want to get done, but I imagine this occurs just about everywhere, and ThinkGeek is still way better than where I used to work where we'd be working on 5-10 different client projects at once.
I applied online. I interviewed at ThinkGeek (Fairfax, VA) in March 2015.
I did an initial phone interview and then was brought into the office for a formal interview about two weeks later.
The office interview was broken up into three parts: two one-on-one interviews and a panel interview. During the panel interview, I was given control of Twitter handle @ThinkGeekN00b for about 20 minutes to answer random questions from their customers (this also allowed me to see how people before and after me did during this part of the interview). I was given a laptop to use for this part and was allowed to look up anything that I didn't know on the internet.
Very few of the questions from the interviewers were about my qualifications, experience or work history. Most of it were random questions along the lines of "Do you prefer PC gaming or console gaming?" or "Would you rather watch Star Trek or Star Wars?", which I somewhat understand being a pop-culture company but not when all the questions are like that and no one seems interested in my actual credentials or ability to do the job. I definitely got the vibe that they were more interested in determining if I would be a cool person to hang out with, rather than if I was the right candidate to get the job done.
No one followed up with me after the interview or responded to my follow-ups. Emails sent asking if the position had been filled or asking about my application status were not returned. I eventually took no answer to be the answer.
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