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HS2 Solutions Overview

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Wheaton, IL (US)
51 to 200 employees
1993
Company - Private
Information Technology
£10 to £25 million (GBP) per year
Unknown
HS2 Solutions is a full-service digital company, creating intelligent solutions that ensure higher velocity and push your business toward results. In our ever-changing, fast-paced digital world, our approach helps brands envision, harness, and enable their online and mobile ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to leverage internet technology and digital marketing to drive superior results for our clients. We strive to seamlessly integrate our design, engineering and digital marketing competencies to deliver innovative yet pragmatic solutions across web, mobile and ... Read more

HS2 Solutions Reviews

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    I have been working at HS2 Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've been at HS2 for a few years and zero complaints with the company. Perks like the dot-com era. Free health care, unlimited vacation, owners who actually work alongside you on projects. It reads like it's too good to be true.

    The deal is that it's a highly competitive environment. This is the kind of place where you might learn on Monday that by Wednesday you're going to be on a client that uses a whole suite of software you've never seen before. You can of course talk to the people around you about whether this is a sane thing to do, and the PMs are happy to work to make sure this goal can be achieved. But if you're ever going to say, "I don't want to learn that," then this isn't the place for you. Those same PMs will also help you get reimbursement if you need some last-minute crash courses.

    The key phrase I like to use is this: If you like being the dumbest person in the room, this is the place for you. Everyone around you is hungry to learn and achieve, so you absolutely have to be ready to move. For me, that's a huge perk. There's also beer in the fridge, your PM is probably game to hit a bar after work, and your holiday party will be at a bowling alley with free food.

    Cons

    When I started, the entire company fit into a medium-sized living room. Now, we're essentially in 3 locations, or 2+1 since one is upstairs from the other, and they're all as large as the company I started working for.

    HS2 is growing more quickly than I'd figured for the company. The owners sold their last venture and so my biggest concern is that we'll be so successful we'll get sold off to some heartless buyer and I'll have to bail for another up-and-comer. In the near-term, 2-3 years, I think the company is a dream.

    Long-term, 4-5 years, this could be such a large agency that the culture could change. We're already functionally in 3 buildings even though one location is just upstairs from the other.

    Advice to Management

    Do better to communicate long-term plans. Near-term there are quarterly profit reviews for the company. We know everything about the day-to-day. However, lots of us were surprised when the company announced they'd gotten an investor. We had no clue the company was looking for capital, we were totally flush with cash. We're all along for the ride, right now we're just not 100% where it's headed.

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HS2 Solutions Interviews

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    UX Designer Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at HS2 Solutions.

    Interview

    The interview process consisted of a series of 3 calls followed by a 3 hour take home exercise based on a brief which is all standard. What wasn't standard was the fact that I never heard back from HS2. Finally, after 4 weeks I reached back out and they sent me a generic rejection email. I understand that they had a better candidate, but I do think after spending hours on something, they could have taken a few minutes to explain what they did and did not like about my response.

    Interview Questions

    • Detailed review of a project in my portfolio with an emphasis on my project.   Answer Question
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