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Earnest Overview

San Francisco, CA (US)
51 to 200 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Unknown / Non-Applicable
SoFi, CommonBond, Organic
Earnest is a technology company using cutting-edge data science, smarter design, and software automation to rebuild financial services. The company was founded 2013, and is headquartered in San Francisco with an office in Salt Lake City. Earnest was backed by Maveron, Andreessen ... Read more

Mission: Financially responsible people are underserved and overpriced by the traditional banking and student loan system. Earnest is democratizing access to capital for millions of people at younger ages and cheaper prices by empowering people with the financial capital they need to ... Read more

Earnest Reviews

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Susan Ehrlich
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    Helpful (5)

    "Back on track"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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


    - New, and necessary, sense of focus since management change
    - The company feels like it is on the right track again
    - Backing of Navient opens opportunities
    - Comp in $ instead of "equity"


    - A lot of great people have left
    - Still organizational cleanup to do after a rough 2017
    - Some integration pains with Navient

    Advice to Management

    Focus on being transparent and rebuilding trust that was lost in 2017

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Earnest Photos

Earnest photo of: A new-fashioned bank for the future.
Earnest photo of: Earnest participating in Flag Football during the Summer SF Silicon Valley Sports League!
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Earnest photo of: Agile development... with a view
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Earnest Interviews



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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Earnest (San Francisco, CA (US)) in May-2016.


    While I ultimately didn't get the job, the entire Earnest team were extremely polite and cordial. The process started with a conversation with the recruiter, followed by a phone conversation with the hiring manager, then a one-hour phone screen (coding session) with two engineers, and ended with a half-day onsite interview with everyone from architects to engineers to people ops and ending with the CTO (awesome dude, very comfortable conversation). The onsite interview extended the phone screen coding exercise.

    Some key take-aways: I wished I'd studied more, be casual, enjoy the people, great company. As far as the studying, while I wouldn't say this was an extremely difficult interview I didn't prepare well. Study your algorithms, know your data structures, and definitely know your patterns and how to write clean code. This interview really helped point out where I needed to focus my studies more and I'm gaining ground quite quickly. I've actually developed a curriculum for engineers deep into their career that I've shared with some friends...they are getting great jobs now.

    The rejection call was a comfortable one and may lead to future employment as the company continues to evolve and as my skills become more relevant to them. Seriously, this might have been the nicest "No" I've ever received. To be clear though, I'm not writing a positive review because I have a future shot, they seriously were that nice!

    I don't get why there are negative reviews on the interview process on Glassdoor. I didn't present the right skills and didn't get the job...that doesn't make me bitter, it makes me mad at myself. Earnest did everything possible to make the process and eventual rejection a professional and courteous experience. I will say this, though: Earnest has options, so of course they will only accept the best!

    (review the company background: their founder is a former VC investor and has tight ties to the VC community and therefore has a great chance of succeeding in the tumultuous FinTech space)

    Interview Questions

    • Write a battleship application...   1 Answer
    • If you could write a book mentoring new engineers, what would your sections and chapters look like?   1 Answer
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Earnest Awards & Accolades

  • 2016 Fast Company Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company, 2016
  • The Next Wave, LinkedIn, 2015
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