Hiring

Finding a Fit: How to Evaluate Company Culture and the Opportunity

This past week we kicked off the first Femgineer Forum of the year hosted at ModCloth. The topic was on Finding a Fit: How to Evaluate a Company’s Culture and the Opportunity. My favorite part of every forum is to listen to the employees at the host company tell the story of their path, and why they choose to come and work at the host company. At this forum, I couldn’t have been more captivated than I was by Sarah Wohl, who is ... Read more

Common Complaints from College Students on Tech Companies’ Recruiting Practices

This past semester I taught at Duke University’s Pratt School of engineering, and over the past few of years I’ve been invited to speak to other engineering and computer science students at various other universities across the country such as UNC, NC State, Berkeley, and Stanford. During all my visits students are eager to find jobs post graduation, and ask me for advice on how to go about applying to companies. I’m always surprised that they turn to me for guidance ... Read more

Striving to Change the Ratio

When we think of female friendly tech companies there are the usual suspects: Facebook, Google, and Twitter. However, there is one more tech company that deserves praise, Walmart and in particular it’s innovation engine @WalmartLabs. @WalmartLabs is showing some serious commitment to changing the ratio for women in tech. @WalmartLabs has fostered a female friendly environment, through its in-house programs and mentorship circles. It has even gone farther than most by providing public speaking workshops, to give engineers more confidence in voicing ... Read more

Wealthfront’s Secret Sauce to Getting You Hired

A conversation with Wealthfront’s VP of Engineering, Avery Moon about what it takes to get hired as a software engineer at Wealthfront. In 140 characters can you describe Wealthfront? Wealthfront is the largest & fastest-growing software-based financial advisor. We provide low-fee, tax efficient diversified portfolios. What annoys you most when looking through hundreds of resumes from engineers? Resumes are most challenging when they exaggerate or have factual inaccuracies in previous technical experiences. Some cultures reward bravado, but at Wealthfront we focus on the best ideas and ... Read more

Successfully Showcasing a Startup

Gone are the days of free soda,  snacks, and meals!  It’s not that engineers have suddenly become more demanding.  In fact many still don’t know their own value, especially femgineers... Joining a startup as an engineer used to primarily be about believing in the startup’s vision, team dynamics, technology stack, equity, salary, and role along with employee number.  These are still important factors, but the dynamics of decision making have dramatically deepened due to the increasing number of startups that are competing ... Read more

Diversity Seems Dismal

By Justin Reyes Everyone agrees that diversity is important, and companies boast that they are actively working to hire people from diverse backgrounds in addition to promoting diversity programs.  However, when CNN Money recently requested companies to provide statistics regarding their employee composition, only three were willing to release information.  The lack of participation and the dismal results reported highlight that not only is diversity still an issue, but that there are many who are willing to pay lip-service to the cause, ... Read more

Femgineer Friendly Company: CoverHound

CoverHound is an up-and-coming startup in San Francisco, CA, founded by Basil Enan, who is currently the CEO.  Basil is focused on building his business, which helps consumers find the best insurance policies for their needs.  The inspiration for CoverHound arouse after Basil grew dissatisfied at the way customers were being treated by insurance providers.  He had been an executive at InsWeb, where he sold leads to CMO Rory Joyce, then at Kemper Insurance.  Finally, he left to start CoverHound, because ... Read more

Femgineer Forum: Because Knowing How to Code Isn’t Always Enough

By Sujata Menon If you have ever been in a bind to figure out how to ASK - for a raise, change in role, work life balance, or anything that affects your work life, Poornima Vijayashanker has some simple, well thought out strategies and solutions. Her forums are in the format of a workshop; it is not just all talk. You get to practice what you just heard and receive instant feedback from a group that gets it. This is what makes ... Read more

Fostering Female Friendly Companies

Word on the streets of Silicon Valley is that companies want more femgineers... And sure we can all invest in the future and motivate young boys and girls to become engineers, like Facebook, Microsoft, and many other companies are doing today, but what about right now?  And why is this even important?  Well I'll tell just say two things about the current approach most companies are taking: Bringing in a motivational speaker isn't going to work.  You can hire Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, ... Read more

Show Your Support with a Sponsorship

Two things happen to me nearly everyday, and if not daily then at least 2 times a week. I get messages from recruiters,  hiring managers, and startup founders looking to hire technical talent   I get messages from engineers, designers, and product managers looking for a new position.   The mission of Femgineer is encourage, educate, and empower women in STEM careers.  I want to work with companies and individuals to foster connections, but I also need to know that there is a good fit, and ... Read more
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