Mission: We are building something substantial and sizeable. We try to think in a long-term way and do things properly, as that is the best way to build durable, defensible value into a business. We are a business that aims to execute and deliver top quality, relentlessly. It is how we ...
I worked at Smart Pension full-time (More than a year)
An exiting industry disruptor
Very relaxed atmosphere
Great management who are always open to listening
Cutting edge tech
Very rapid growth
Occasional politics...but never too bad
Advice to Management
Keep up the good work
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Smart Pension (London, England) in September 2018.
Came through agent who grilled me over 2 calls and then presented me to the company. 2nd call was with the internal recruitment head, which went very well and seemed like a really nice guy. All great so far.
Two interviewees, after the usual greetings I was asked normal generic crappy questions you get asked by people who have no skills in talent, "so tell me about yourself, just to let you know I don't know where you've come from and have just seen your CV" - what a pathetic start, already I was ready to leave. In the interest of diplomacy and respect to the agent, I unfortunately stayed.
The rest of the interview was based around experience, what I've done, basically reading my CV out loud to them. How do I manage stuff, what is my process to a solution - Answer could have been as crazy as "Blue", I don't know, I haven't seen your systems yet, so how can I tell you the solution?!
One thing that stood out was the reaction I received when I said "I love the idea of working within a Startup" - this was met with an almost angry response, "well we're not quite a startup, we are far past that" - really? 4 years old, have barely managed to take over the UK market and you're NOT a startup?! Airbnb still considers itself as one. This was a typical response I'd expect from people who have only worked in corporate life, the word startup is an offence to them.
The problem with this specific role and the company is, they don't quite know what they want. This was mirrored by the agent too. Do you want a technical person or a hybrid, you say you want Hybrid, then focus on technical.
The main reason why I would never work for this company is their attitude and arrogance. Most startups have the same attitude, so it's not surprisingly. A warning to the executive team, yes there are a lot of people looking for jobs, but great talent is scarce and they tend to not be just attracted towards startups with a nice office, computer consoles, beers and pool table. You can get that at Google.
Whats it like here at Smart? http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQQvj