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Employees rate Singapore 3.2% lower than the overall average
I worked at TransferWise full-time (Less than a year)
Many nice people to start off! There is a lot of opportunities to take on new roles or sub-roles within what you already do. Very flexible with working hours and where you want to work from (i.e Home, office). The team welcomes you with open arms and have a very inclusive team lunch, bonding sessions etc Remuneration is also better than expected.
Company politics develops as soon as you get through the door. Culture is that everyone should be on a level playing field and if you try to do better than someone who has been there longer than you, complaints come up. People team is very harsh with probation periods and even if you're a better working employee that shows pro-activeness, but you seem to be different from the culture they want to portray, they don't take a second look at you and will let you go in a heartbeat! The company prefers everyone to be aligned with their culture than a good worker. 4 of their core values are utter rubbish and no one adheres to that!
Advice to Management
Look at people who are able to do a good job and show how well they have been working and collaborating. Pro-activeness and a moral obligation to get the job done is way more important than adhering to company culture. Don't let employees go just because mistakes have been made.
Crackdown on long term employees that seem to think this company is a military organisation where it seems a higher rank gets the last say. Stay true to your autonomous attitude as you proclaim in your job advertisements.
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I applied online. I interviewed at TransferWise (Singapore (Singapore)) in December 2017.
CV was sent through web-site. Recruiter was very quick to reply and quite flexible to schedule the first round call. And this was the only positive and smooth experience with them.
I was told it would be a 30 minutes chat about my recent experience, so I was asked not to worry about preparing anything.
When the call started, I couldn't see interviewer's face, he put his laptop on his knees and only his chin was visible. I was too nervous to ask him to amend his camera, moreover I thought it would be impolite of me. But he must have seen himself in the corner of the screen!
Call started ok, as expected we walked very briefly through my most recent job and technologies used there. After that I was asked more about technologies and stacks from my previous jobs (2 years ago, 5 years ago) - questions got deeper to the details, some of them I couldn't answer precisely, giving only short description (technology X was used to build feature Y) and I was saying I need to revise X to answer in more details. Such my answers were wrongly perceived as if I don't know the correct answer or as if I never used technology X. Here I must say they didn't set my expectations well when saying I don't need to prepare anything.
Then he switched to algorithmic questions and questions on simple data structures. This was even more shocking for me! However, questions were mostly simple, nothing hardcore and I answered ok.
The call ended and I expected some feedback. Having fast replies from recruiter about scheduling, I was shocked again when feedback arrived only 3 days later from email address starting with no-reply@.... It was negative and it contained words 'We thought you had a strong application...'
I did realise that this interview was not the best of mine as expecting a chat about my recent experience, I had no chance to properly show my skills facing more technology questions than ones related to my experience or soft skills!
I must say, I was expecting to be estimated for company culture fit, to be asked more about processes (scrum, waterfall, whatever else) and daily routines... soft skills questions, tell me when you missed the deadline and all that stuff..
Of course, I didn't have much opportunities to show neither my hard nor my soft skills!
From the candidate's perspective, it was strongly negative experience.