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I have been working at Skillz full-time (Less than a year)
Skillz is a fast- paced and exciting place to work. The company and the technology is cutting edge. It is really rewarding to work for a company whose platform is growing quickly and already powers games that are played by 10's of millions of people across the world. The company is very data driven and employees set goals by which they are measured on a weekly/monthly/quarterly basis. The environment is collaborative and fun, supported by frequent group and team building events at the offices. While the high growth environment can be intense, there is a healthy level of work/life balance. Finally, the company provides a strong set of employee benefits (health care, 401k, vacation accruals, commuter, etc).
The workplace, like many high growth companies, can be intense, as there is a high degree of accountability. So, for some people the fast paced nature of the workplace may not be an ideal fit.
--They seem to care mostly about GPA and school name, even for experienced hires
--The process is incredibly time consuming and pretty impersonal, mildly inconsiderate
--They are weirdly transparent about trying to figure out how much they have to pay you from minute one of speaking with you
--Seems like people really like working there though, so you'll have to make the call on whether it feels worth it.
They ghosted me. Literally never even acknowledged that I had submitted a case study they asked me to block off four hours to complete. I understand that companies don't owe applicants formal decisions, especially before the final rounds, but they also never answered me when I sent a quick follow up just to see if they were still deliberating.
It just felt like overall a bit of a waste of time, especially because their recruitment process is pretty old school, ie scripted, really prioritizing school and GPA, focusing on questions and assessments that don't really have much provable link to success in the role. It seems like a cool place to work, but I feel like they took 8 hours of my time to learn things they could have gotten in half an hour.
They also came in HARD with salary negotiations within the first 15 minutes of my first phone screen. Asked a lot of strange questions about how I'd describe what my past experiences were. Like these were the first things they asked me. Later found out that it's because they use the Radford compensation surveys to assess pay. So know that from your first interaction with them, they will be listening to every word trying to check boxes on that form. They even tried to get me to describe the full compensation package I was looking for, without any idea what their benefits were, not to mention even knowing how well the FIT would be. Which seems a little more important at stage 1.
A bit impersonal. Once you submit your application, they send you a questionnaire asking basically just 1. Where you went to school. 2. What your GPA was. and 3. Whether you know SQL. It just gave off the vibe of this being one of those companies that cares a lot about hiring shiny graduates from top name schools, and sort of made me feel like that was the only reason they even wanted to speak with me, despite being out of school with a good career for 3 years.
Then a phone screen with a recruiter. They spend ~80% of the time explaining that the role you've applied for is actually like 4 different roles and that you will be evaluated for all of them (?) even if you already know your professional niche.
Then a timed quantitative exam. It's very high school algebra. Think: remembering theorems about triangles, if A mows the lawn in X hours and B mows the lawn in Y hours, how many lawns can they mow together in Z hours. Just felt like they put it together as a thing they felt like they should do, rather than having it linked to any real needs they have. There was only one question related to anything businessy? One of the questions was unsolvable but looked like they just forgot to complete it rather than throwing it in as a trick.
Then a case study. Analyze some data from a test they ran. Not too hard, but they ask you to do it in one sitting over the course of 4 hours. They sent it to me late, which was a bummer.
Other notes about the process:
It's a bit confusing, because they hire for 3-4 different teams under one job title. So they have to gather a lot of information about you that just doesn't seem relevant. I applied for a job that sounded like a channel marketing role only to find that I was also being evaluated for my SQL skills, math knowledge, and who knows what else. Overall, feels like recruiting there is very disconnected from any actual hiring need. It's pretty impersonal and not really fit oriented at all.