I have been working at Validant full-time
1. I like coming into work everyday because I am surrounded by a dynamic group of people who are all smart, motivated, and come from very different backgrounds. 2. In my experience in business development here, I have been encouraged to be creative and act as an intrapreneur within the function. I am never micromanaged but am always given the senior guidance I need when I have questions or when I am unsure about our strategy. 3. I have been able to grow quickly within the function and develop in my career here. 4. We are located right next to the Transamerica building in downtown SF near all the great restaurants, gyms, shopping, etc. 5. Semi-Flexible hours to work so I come in a little early and work a little later and take a nice long lunch to go to the gym every day. 6. We are expanding globally so there is so much opportunity to help Validant's expansion that I have been a part of. I feel like the opportunities are endless here and feel very stable at my job and in the company. 7. We have a lot of fun together. At least once a month we have some sort of event/happy hour/boat cruise, etc. In the almost 4 years of being here I have some amazing memories with my co-workers that I will always remember. Even the CEO is very friendly and talks to everyone and really believes in everyone. You can tell he cares.
1. Lack of processes & clarity on job functions and goals throughout the company. This can sometimes cause confusion and waste time of employees. **This is the #1 priority being addressed right now by senior management. 2. Fair compensation, but could be more competitive for some of the internal staff as I know we've had some fall-off from some of our more entry level positions. 3. No 401K matching 4. Lack of sales contests/incentives for the sales team to create excitement.
Advice to Management
I'm very close to management and I know that they're working on some of the most important areas we need to improve. My only real advice for them is to make sure they communicate clearly all the changes to the employees as sometimes people feel left in the cold without knowing what's going on and that might be a cause of some of our loss in retention.
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Validant (San Francisco, CA) in April 2011.
Phone interview followed by 1 person with multiple people.
Wasn't much room for negotiation, but future growth
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