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Meltwater Group Reviews

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Meltwater Group Founder & CEO Jorn Lyseggen
Jorn Lyseggen
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    Very important learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at Meltwater Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If they do not believe in you at the interview they will not employ you. Meltwater has undergone some significant changes in the past 4 years. I can honestly say that the whole experience is brilliant from start to finish.

    The company makes no illusion that it is not a sales focused role, so if you're prepared for that from the beginning you're going to do very well. The company will support and train you in every aspect of sales that is needed. There is no point in listening to people that say it is a 'boiler room' culture, this simply is not true. Sales is not for everyone, don't apply if you can't commit to some hard work.

    The commission structure here means that you always come away at the end of every month with a healthy enough pay cheque to live on, but it is completely up to you to work hard and make as much money as possible. It can be done. The products really do sell themselves, the kind of people that you speak to on a day to day basis expect your call, it is their responsibility to buy the best possible service that is available on the market. Meltwater is also well established now, so the likelihood is that they will have heard of Meltwater and appreciate your call.

    I have read some reviews on here that mention favoritism and the like. This simply isn't true, if you go the extra mile and succeed because of it, you will of course be at the top of the list when it comes to promotion and internal praise.

    If you have not noticed already, the people that have written mostly negative reviews have been there for a year or less. Unfortunately, it's my belief that they have not tried hard enough, the recruitment process that people go through is not to see if you can simply pick up the phone and talk nicely with a prospective lead. You are assessed on your personality, whether you're a culture fit, and above all how you willing you are to work hard.

    Some of the most successful people in the organisation didn't have the best first 6-12 months there, but through Management using their skills, they got better.

    The company also cares a lot about its employees, with regular interaction from the CEO and other senior directors, it is not a faceless organisation. In fact, there is a charitable arm of Meltwater called MEST this is the 'Meltwater Entrepreneur School of Technology' - an organisation set up in Ghana to provide Africans with the opportunity to change the face of accessible technology.

    Cons

    There are of course issues, as within any company. Poorly timed decisions - which are then reversed or changed again within 6 months. Promoting internally - there are plenty of talent pools being missed because of non negotiable salary packages. Misguided and unnecessary expenditure - travel costs, hub offices, international employee traffic. Training - shortsighted internally developed 'best practice' training, unfortunately I think this is one of the only places that Meltwater is 'asleep in class' (to coin a phrase from Jorn himself)

    Other those few, easily resolved issues, Meltwater is a progressive and inspiring company which is growing and I am sure will become a well known entity within the next 5-10 years.

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    Transparency is key. There are too many conversations that could be shared at earlier intervals with relevant people. I am a fan of Meltwater and all of it's staff, and perhaps one day we are able to work together again. One thing to remember is that as is well known in the company, your exisiting clients are your best assets. Remember that your existing employees should be right up with them.

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Meltwater Group Interviews

Updated 18 Nov 2014
Updated 18 Nov 2014

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    Graduate Managerial Role Interview

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    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Meltwater Group.

    Interview Details

    Initial phonecall interview then was asked to attend a 'coffee meeting' kind of interview where you interview the employer with any questions you have. Was asked to the group interview the following week. 16 people in the group interview and we had to do three different tasks:
    Tell the group about yourself and something you're passionate about.
    A small group exercise where you will come up with ideas for the company and then present them to the large group.
    30 seconds to sell something you are very passionate about.

    Interview Questions
    • Where would you open a new Meltwater site?   View Answer
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Meltwater Group Awards and Accolades

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Best Places to Work 2013 - Australia, Great Place to Work Institute Australia, 2013
Red Herring Global 100 Award, Red Herring, 2009
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Website www.meltwater.com
Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 2001
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue £100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
Competitors Unknown

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