I have been working at Zühlke full-time (Less than a year)
There are so many! But to name a few:
1. Everyone at the organisation are super friendly, engaging and offer their advice and support if you ever you need it.
2. The organisation puts their faith and trust in you right at the very beginning. This gives me the confidence and motivation to perform as well as I possibly can.
3. This is the first company I've worked for where you're allowed to make mistakes! This is crazy?! Providing that you learn from your mistakes and find ways to become more efficient over the long-term, it's a win-win for everybody.
4. When the recruitment agency tried to sell me this position, she almost fell of her chair! In her years in recruitment, this is the only company she discovered that gives you plenty of study days to prepare for your exams so you needn't worry about diving into your annual leave allowance.
To summarise, I've worked for Bloomberg, WestLB and British Airways and none of these companies comes close to offer you these service bundles to help you in your career.
If you're ambitious and the skies are the limit, this is the company for you. There is a real effort to make everyone feel special and at home.
Sure, not every day will work out the way you want it to but that's life! There are always going to be unexpected curve balls and other external influences, which you simply need to deal with and frankly, are outside the control of this company. If that's the type of 'hands-on' experience you’re after then you’ve come to the right place.
This is a company, which is growing year by year so don’t miss out on your opportunity especially if they singled you out from hundreds of CVs.
Best of luck.
Advice to Management
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a week. I interviewed at Zühlke (London, England).
This interview was split into two rounds. The first I had with the CEO and was a discussion of my CV, my job at the time, the architecture of the system I was working on, and to answer a few coding questions in a whiteboard style. The CEO was friendly and made me feel welcome at the company.
The second round, I was interviewed by two senior developers in several stages. First stage was a hand-written paper on Java. Second was a one-on-one with a senior developer where I had to write some code to work out whether it was feasible to create a triangle given the three lengths of the sides of the triangle. Finally, I had a more in-depth review of my past experience and my CV.
One major difference with the second round interviews though was how horrible the interviewers in the second round made me feel. It was fair enough that I found the day difficult and I wouldn't have hired myself based on my performance, but the two interviewees did their absolute best to grill me for longer than was necessary just to prove how much I didn't know. I would understand if they had stopped at the point where they decided they weren't going to hire me, but the grilling ended up lasting much longer than that, and left me more and more anxious as the day went on. At one point, one of the interviewers laughed when I was asked a question that I didn't know the answer to, which has honestly made me the smallest I've ever felt in my life. By the end I couldn't answer the questions they were giving me any more as it felt like I had been broken emotionally, and was essentially being bullied for not knowing my stuff.
The interview was highly unprofessional, left me with a bad image of the company as a whole, and I have no desire to ever apply for this company again.