It’s been a great year working with awesome people, awesome managers and I can easily say that this is the best place I’ve ever worked.
When I was looking for a new position I was mostly looking mostly for the right culture fit then good location & similar pay.
There were tons of companies interested in hiring me. I even started filling my whiteboard with the list of companies that were in the pipe and in which interview stage I was. At some point I had almost 20 in flight.
Although there was a lot of interest it was very challenging because most positions were either a long commute to downtown Seattle, others were really awful places to work and there were some that just could not wrap their minds around my previous/expected salary against their non-competitive budget.
I even laugh at one of the recruiters when she told me that my salary was a red flag when I had like 8+ other companies which had no problem with it.
Most of the people I talked were just really bad interviewers.
I was about to give up so I started considering the bad culture of Uber, long commute to Facebook or other smaller companies in downtown Seattle which had a startup culture. I even started considering giving up on the culture and try the forbidden Microsoft which is a no-no in culture.
Most interviews were a bust except Facebook which I decided not move forward once I got the offer from SAP is in downtown Bellevue.
Then I was contacted by an SAP recruiter and I was very hesitant about another political Microsoft like culture so I put them on the back burner. But I did agreed to a phone call with hiring manager just to respectfully let him know that I would not move forward because of the culture fit but when I asked questions he gave me a 180 degree view of what I though the culture would be and so far it has been true.
I was convinced once I talked to the team and told me that it’s a brand new team mostly people convinced from startups to start a project with great innovation inside the company and operate like a startup.
It’s the best of everything worlds team awesome culture, great commute to downtown Bellevue and I even got a decent bump on compensation so I could not be happier.
We’ve grown fast so I’m trying to keep a watchful eye for the politics rolling in.
So far has been a really awesome with the best people I’ve ever worked.
As mentioned before looking for new position some people were just really bad interviewers.
On one instance after the full loop I did not get hired just because I have not done enough Node.JS.
Been a senior software engineer I just though that “these guys were just amateurs because a language is a tool but the concepts remain the same”.
For instance I started working @ SAP using Node.JS and on my first project my manager told me that he is a good developer but my code was on another level and my response was: “Dude this is the first time I code in TypeScript for Node!”