VueLife

Two Ways to Know You Are Working for A Great Company

At HireVue we like to talk about ourselves a lot. Yet, sometimes it may be difficult to sift through all the information and learn if we really are as awesome as we say we are. If you don't want to take our word for it, check out what other's have been saying. 

In the past week HireVue was recognized in two publications highlighting our growth and culture.

Check out what they had to say about us:

1. Deloitte's 2015 Technology Fast 500 Ranking

2. Deseret News Top 59 Local Companies to Work for in Utah

Deloitte: 

How companies were selected: 

  • Award winners were selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth during the period of 2011 to 2014
  • Eligibility:
    • Companies must own proprietary intellectual property or technology that is sold to customers in products that contribute to a majority of the company's operating revenues. 
    • Companies must be in business for a minimum of four years and be headquartered in North America
    • Companies must have a current-year (2014) operating revenue of at least $5 million USD

Highlights about HireVue: 

  • We were ranked number 63 with a growth percent of 1,347%
  • We are the first Utah based company on the list (with the next Utah company, Pluralsight, coming in ranked at number 95)
  • We ranked number 27 in the software industry category

Deseret News:

A local Utah news company published a list of 59 local companies to work for in Utah. This is how the rankings were selected: 

  • The list includes companies on Glassdoor.com that have at least 20 reviews and are headquartered in Utah
  • After using Glassdoor's "Overall Ranking," companies were ordered by using an average of employee ratings about company culture, work-life balance, benefits, opportunities, and management. 

Highlights about HireVue: 

  • We landed in the top ten - ranked as the 9th best local company to work for in Utah
  • Company rating on Glassdoor - 4.6 with 32 reviews
  • 90% of our team members recommend HireVue to a friend
  • Our CEO, Mark Newman, has a 100% approval rating

So What?

Obviously HireVue is doing some smart things, not only for the industry, but for it's team members. 

Are you ready to make the change and start working for a company that is growing and rated as a great place to work? 

Check out our open positions at www.vuenation.com/careers and reach out via social! We love to connect!

 

How To Embrace Your Company Growth & Have Some Fun

Last Thursday we opened our doors to the public to come check out our new 5th floor. It was a great event full of food, music, family, and friends. 

Missed out on our event?

Check out some snap shots of our newly expanded office space

Welcome to HireBrew

Brand New Breakroom

Collaborative Space

Great Views

Probably the two favorite things about the office expansion are:

1. The new internal staircase

2. Scooters

Now that we have two floors the scooters are a great way to get around the office quickly. It's awesome to see team members zoom by as they make their way to the breakroom or to make copies.

As you can tell by the pictures we like to joke around a lot and have some fun. John is testing out the safety of using the stairs with a scooter. (No humans were harmed in the taking of this picture)

Want to be part of our growth? Check out our open positions at www.vuenation.com/careers. 

A Very Happy Halloween From the HireVue Team

The HireVue team is filled with very creative people. Check out the variety of costumes worn around the office on Friday afternoon. 

 Joker from Batman

Joker from Batman

 Walter White - Breaking Bad

Walter White - Breaking Bad

 Ant-Man

Ant-Man

 Dr. Seuss Thing 1 & 2

Dr. Seuss Thing 1 & 2

 Eeyore

Eeyore

 Taking a HireVue Interview - no pants required

Taking a HireVue Interview - no pants required

 Bat

Bat

 Social Butterfly

Social Butterfly

 Bandit on a Horse

Bandit on a Horse

 Mad Max

Mad Max

 Rick

Rick

 Woopie Cushion

Woopie Cushion

 Miniature Roman Legionnaire

Miniature Roman Legionnaire

 Wayne & Garth

Wayne & Garth

 KISS

KISS

 JigSaw

JigSaw

 Clown

Clown

 Skeleton & Karate Kid

Skeleton & Karate Kid

 Turtle

Turtle

 Group Shot 

Group Shot 

Want to be part of the next HireVue Halloween party? Check out our open positions and apply www.vuenation.com/careers

How to Unleash Your Inner Wild While Working for a Tech Company

We all know what it's like to work at a desk job. We sit all day and take an occasional walk to visit the restroom or grab another cup of coffee. It's rough staying fit and healthy when the majority of your day is spent in front of a computer screen. 

That's why four of our team members decided to get outside, train up, and participate in a Spartan Race. 

Last weekend Ricky, TJ, Nicole, and Steve participated in a Spartan Race sprint at Lake Tahoe and totally crushed it!

So what's the big deal? What does a Spartan Race entail?

  • There are three different types of races which vary in difficulty - sprint, super, and beast
  • Each race entails running 3 - 12 miles and completing 20-30 obstacles
 Ricky

Ricky

 Steve

Steve

 Nicole

Nicole

 TJ

TJ

Read up on their experience written by Nicole:

The chilly wind hit us like a bag of bricks when we opened the car doors at Squaw Valley Resort, CA. We checked the weather beforehand, but we were totally unprepared for the crisp mountain air that awaited us.

I actually came without a jacket on purpose to try to “prepare myself” for the cold mud and water that we were going to have to trudge through later on. Luckily, Ricky’s wife provided me with a light jacket that probably saved my life (ok so that’s a little over-dramatic).

After walking around the the resort and checking out the Spartan Swag, we decided it was time to stretch and get physically ready for the race. We stretched it out, then strolled towards the starting line. To our surprise, there was a 7 foot wall that we had to climb over in order to get to the starting line.

I gathered up the boys and had them give me a boost. Up and over the wall I went, followed by the rest of the pack. One by one I saw them climb over the wall to join me on the other side. A couple more minutes of stretching, and it was time to begin!

The hype-guy spoke super fast - something about signing a waiver, you got yourself into this, etc. etc.

He then asked who we were, and we all yelled “I AM A SPARTAN!” A couple more yells, a pep talk, and the guns went off.

We jogged to the first obstacle - the mud pits!

There were three large mud pits that we climbed, jumped, and slid into. After getting our lower halves soaked with muddy water, we climbed back out. Jake had a spill at the last pit and scraped his knee pretty good. Ricky was also running on a previously injured foot.

What’s a Spartan Race without a few injuries though, right?

There were multiple walls along the way that we had to climb over, and one section that we had to go under a wall, over a wall, and then through a wall with large holes in it. The walls ranged from 7 to 12+ feet high, and I, being 5’3” needed a boost on almost every one of them.

Other obstacles we came across was a barbed wire crawl, and the name of it speaks for itself. Failing any obstacle that’s not mandatory is an automatic 30-burpee penalty. Those burpees KILL! I’m not sure which is worse: running a 5k up a mountain, or doing 60+ burpees.

We all had to do a few sets of burpees for not making the monkey bars. Steve and Clint made it through on the first set!

The worst obstacle was the bucket carry. The hill - or should I say mountain - was steep, and we had to fill our buckets full of rocks and dirt. The buckets range around 50-70 pounds, with the women getting the lighter buckets. We each stopped about 20 times along the hill to catch our breath, but we finally made it down.

I think I can speak for everyone that this was the most challenging thing I have ever done in my life. It really breaks you down mentally and physically! I kept telling myself to keep going, I’m almost done, only a little longer, and finally I made it back around to hand off my bucket to another unfortunate soul.

Making our way across the traverse walls (holding onto skewed wooden blocks on a wall with your fingertips and toes) and the final set of monkey bars, we got to the finish line! We were handed our trophies: medals and snacks, and we got our photos taken.

Obviously after completing a 4+ mile run, we were famished. We grabbed some pizza, chatted with other race finishers, then headed back to the hotel.

It was a fantastic experience and I am so proud of each of my teammates. 10/10 would race again.

WE ARE SPARTANS!

Congrats Ricky, Nicole, Steve, and TJ! HireVue is proud of you!

Want to be part of the next Spartan Race with HireVue? Check out our open positions at www.vuenation.com/careers

What's the One Day When Your Life Changed Forever?

Special thanks to Col Carter for this great post! 

As my VueDay (September 22nd) has passed, I can’t help but take time to reflect on my life’s journey and how I ended up at such an amazing company that has helped to change my world for the better.

Most people can recall a specific day or an event that’s had a significant impact on their future.

For me, one of those days was February 14, 2014. 

Prior to this date, I had already made some tough, yet important decisions in life. I made a huge career change after completing 6 successful years teaching high school social studies. I was married (don’t worry, I still am). I had 2 kids (still have them, as well). I had what seemed to be a great job and a nice home in a fantastic neighborhood. I would have considered myself… happy.

We found out earlier that year that my wife was pregnant. This was something that I was a little nervous about. Life with 2 kids is pretty smooth. It’s like playing man-on-man defense for any sports junkies out there.

If kid 'A' has a meltdown in a store? No problem, one parent can take the kid 'A' outside to the car. Kid 'B' has a messy diaper, or needs to go to the bathroom? Again, no problem. The other parent can deal with it. Life with 3 kids though, that scared me to death. Like switching from man to zone defense, but this time the parents are outnumbered. 

Feb 14, 2014 was just like any other day. I woke up, drove to work, and began my daily responsibilities for the company I was working with.

At about 9:30 AM EVERYTHING CHANGED. 

I received a text message from my wife. It stated, “I’m headed to the hospital… I might be losing the baby.” 

I was shocked. We had never experienced anything like this at all. I found an empty corner of my office building and broke down, unsure of what to do next. I don’t remember exactly what happened next, but somehow I made my way to the emergency room to be with my wife.

It was there that I learned the news that would change. my. life. FOREVER:

1. My wife was not losing the baby, and all vitals appeared to be fine. To say I was relieved would be a huge understatement. 

2. It wasn’t just one baby. It was two. My wife was pregnant with twins, due in September of 2014.

At that moment, everything that seemed perfect in my life (the kids, the job, the home) didn’t seem adequate enough.

Six months later, with the help of Shane Barker, I found myself completing a digital interview for a company called HireVue. A month after that, the twins, William and Georgia were born (bringing my total kid count up to four).

babies.PNG

A few months later we received an asking price offer on our home after it being listed for only 5 days. And in another month, we would move to a new, larger house across town. 

New job, new kids, and a new neighborhood. The transitions have gone quite smooth. We celebrated the twins’ birthday on August 30th, and my VueDay on September 22nd.

The past year at HireVue has been amazing. I’ve met so many great people: coworkers, customers, and prospects. I’ve traveled to some of the coolest corporate offices in the United States.

I like to think that I’ve been instrumental in helping other companies do what HireVue has done for me. They took a guy with an average resume and gave him a chance to tell his story and prove why he would be a good fit for the organization. 

I hope my work at HireVue is far from finished. I know that I have so much more to gain (and give) while I am here. As I celebrate my first year down, I also understand it’s time to live up to Attrivute  #8: Celebrate and move on. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I’ve got to create another amazing year that I can celebrate in 2016.  

Col Carter started his career in education. He soon discovered that he had a passion for taking on marketing and recruiting projects for his schools. As he excelled in these projects, Col Carter realized that he wanted to pursue a career outside of education. He has worked hard to refine his training skills within a sales organization and enjoys the opportunity to provide new technology overviews and trainings for multiple industries. Col Carter understands the importance of strong communication and clear direction throughout the sales and implementation phases of technology adoption.

Learn and Define Your Journey - The HireVue Way

This week we hosted our VueNation Academy event. This event spaned two days filled with content every new hire needs to know to succeed at HireVue. Our newest Vuers gathered in our collaboration area to learn more about the company, our values, and our product. 

 Mark sharing his story and answering questions

Mark sharing his story and answering questions

 Panel Q&A with our department reps

Panel Q&A with our department reps

 The whole crew 

The whole crew 

So what was covered?

  • Information Security 
  • VueNation culture and values
  • Q&A with our CEO - Mark Newman
  • Q&A with department reps
  • Overview of company finance 
  • Tools and resources at HireVue
  • Product training of all product offerings
  • Social media 101
  • "What I Wish I Knew When I Started"

We had some great content and discussion throughout the event. 

The first night we all gathered at a local bowling alley and spent a few hours bowling, eating pizza, dancing, and having a great time getting to know each other. Unfortunately we were having too much fun that we forgot to take pictures! 

 A little soccer to end the week

A little soccer to end the week

 New hires getting excited to learn!

New hires getting excited to learn!

Overall it was a great success and opportunity for our new hires to get to know each other and the company better. But don't take our word for it.....

Here's what new hires had to say: 

I liked the panel of recent HireVue team members and their ‘helpful hints’ about what they wished they’d known in their first weeks. It was extremely informative and is helping to guide my first few weeks at the company, especially the Product Knowledge recommendation.
— Alison
Hearing about the products, from the people who own the products was something else. Just when I thought I knew the products inside and out, I found something else out about them – just hearing about the product detail was so valuable.
— George
I hadn’t realized just how much bigger HireVue is than its engineering team, so seeing how all the different roles come together really helped me get a better understanding of how this whole thing works.
— Thomas

Want to be part of our next VueNation Academy event? Check out our open positions and apply! 

How To Deal with Changing Technology? Eat Cake!

About a year ago HireVue switched email providers. This change in technology was bumpy and a little rough. Yet Vuers held on, adjusted, and made do. Those who didn't approve of the change tried to follow our Attrivute #9 - Disagree but Commit. There was much rejoicing from some, and much sorrow from others. 

This mixed bag of emotions in the company spurred an unexpected cake war between Gmail supporters and Outlook supporters. Thus commenced a week of various team members bringing in cakes to celebrate or not celebrate the email change. 

A New Chapter

At the end of August we switched from using HipChat to Slack. Again, there were supporters and non-supporters. Evan, one of our developers, decided to stick with tradition and bring in a cake.

Here is his email: 

Preamble:
In keeping with the short term tradition of eating cake when we switch technologies I brought in a cake. In a break from tradition this email and the cake will be completely non-offensive.
SLC[1] Vuers!
To commemorate[2] the switch from HipChat to Slack I've brought in a plain white cake. The plain white cake symbolizes[3] a completely non-offensive nothingness. I invite you to join me at 4:00[4] this afternoon in the kitchen to eat some sweet[6] moist[7] cake[8]. Please come and commemorate[12] with me.
Sincerely,
Evan 
President[13] of cake at Hirevue[14]
Ambassador[15] of non-offensive emails.

Footnotes:

[1] Addressing only SLC is not meant as a token of exclusion, but simply limiting the scope of the email to those who are in the same location as the cake.

[2] Note that commemorate does not suggest a celebration nor a mourning, we're just marking the event. So all are welcome whether you support or oppose the change.

[3] The use of something plain and white to symbolizing non-offense is not intended to suggest that all things or people that are either plain or white are not offensive, but simply that in this case the plainness and whiteness signifies nothing and therefore should not cause offence.

[4] The fact that this activity might in fact continue past 4:20 is in no way to be interpreted as a support[5] for marijuana. In fact the cake has hardly any marijuana in it at all.

[5] This comment should not be interpreted as denigrating those who support the legalization of marijuana. The cake does not take any position on marijuana it is pot-neutral.

[6] The sweetness of the cake is not intended to exclude diabetics nor those that are on a low or no sugar diet. All are invited to participate. Please note that the cake feels really bad for those that are unable to fully participate due to its sugar content.

[7] I'm sorry for using the word "moist" here. I understand that some may find this word objectionable or gross. I could not think of a less gross word to use.

[8] The fact that this is a cake means that it likely contains gluten. The use of a gluten product is not intended to cause offence or exclude any who suffer with Celiac Disease, or who believe[9] that they are gluten intolerant.

[9] The use of the word "believe" is not intended to convey doubt as to whether someone is really gluten intolerant or not. I mean there's no way I could know if you're gluten intolerant or not and it's really none of my business. If you're not sure you can ask your doctor[10] or something[11].

[10] OK asking your doctor may not be the best advice if you think that your doctor is part of a conspiracy to keep you sick by hiding information on how gluten is a poison or something. The comment on asking your doctor was only an idea and not intended as a suggestion or intended to give offence to any who don't think that asking their doctor is a good idea.

[11] I probably could have worked this in a way that sounded less defensive. I apologize.

[12] See note 2.

[13] The use of the work "President" should not be read as a support or a detraction from America's[16] current or past presidents.

[14] This title is not an official Hirevue title. Hirevue does not endorse this email or this cake.

[15] My use of the title of Ambassador is not intended to insinuate that my role is as important as the Ambassadors of countries who put their life in danger like the Ambassador who was stationed at Benghazi[17]

[16] The use of "America" should be interpreted as "The United States of America" I fully recognize that all inhabitants of both the North and South American continents are Americans, and no disrespect is intended for them. The use of "America" is not an endorsement of Amerigo Vespucci. I have no idea what he did or if he did a bunch of bad stuff like Columbus did (or perhaps didn't do), but just in case no endorsement of Mr.[18] Vespucci is intended by the use of this word.

[17] OK I really shouldn't have mentioned Benghazi here. Benghazi is kind of controversial, so lets just replace that with something less controversial like say Iran.

[18] I believe that Amerigo identified as male, but I'm not sure. I'm certainly not implying that the accomplishments associated with said person are exclusive or even more likely accomplished by those that identify as male.

Congrats! You made it through the footnotes[19]

If you thought that was hilarious and want to be part of our next cake party, check out our open positions and join our team! 

[19] HireVue does not endorse anything Evan said. These are purely his opinions and we are sharing the email out of humor.

Giving Back When You Have Been Given Much

It’s not what you do, but why you do it.
— Simon Sinek

Guest post by Devra Andersen, Vuer #98

HireVue has been very fortunate. As a company, we currently work with over 500 clients, expect around $34 million in sales this year, and just received a funding round of $45 million. HireVue customers grow faster, are more profitable, and deliver awesome customer experiences by building and coaching the world’s best teams through our platform.

Even the word fortune doesn’t seem to be the right word to describe this company. This is my world every day and has been for the last 3 years and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it.

Until now.

Several months ago, our CEO Mark Newman made an announcement that instantly grew my love for this company even more than I could have imagined. Instead of having our annual summit where all HireVue team members gather in one place for a week, Mark asked that we do something different this year. 

 “Let’s all give back to our community.”

The instant ear-to-ear grin on my face at that moment was not only inspiration I have for this leader, but that my secret passion in life is community engagement. Of course as he asked for volunteers, my arm shot up straight in the air.

This was an incredible honor to help coordinate something so meaningful and impactful, and volunteer my time to help our company mobilize #hirevuecares. It seems only natural we could impact our communities as we do for our customers, in an equally positive and life-changing way.

The HireVue team rallied and joined various coordinate volunteer opportunities, setting up their own volunteer opportunity in their hometowns, even leading their region and other Vuers on their own volunteer mission.

Over the course of the last month and a half, Vuers spent precious time volunteering for the following organizations, just to name a few.

  • Ronald McDonald House /Primary Children’s Hospital
  • Utah Food Bank
  • Special Olympics of Utah
  • AIDS Foundation in Austin
  • Humane Society of Utah
  • Journeys The Road Home (Chicago)
  • Habitat for Humanity (NYC)
  • YWCA in Nashville
  • Urban Peak Drop (Denver)
  • LifeTown (Columbus)
  • Western Region Robotics Forum
  • Craft Lake City (a STEM event in Utah)

Each Vuer joined an organization that stands behind something very important to them. Just like Mark Newman, our CEO stood behind all of us in asking us to give time to our community.

We asked VueNation what this opportunity meant for them and they said it best with these quotes. 

We may have been the ones who painted the walls of Harlem’s premier senior center the color of the sun, but it was the seniors who truly brought the sunshine into our lives
Connecting with Vuers while also helping out in the community was impactful for all of us. We were able to experience a part of our town that needs help and provide assistance while also catching up.
What an amazing opportunity to gain a new perspective on life and continue to appreciate the little things that truly make our lives special. It was so fun to work with our team to bring meaning to and touch so many lives with a simple gesture.

This is just the beginning of our #hirevuecares campaign. Thank you to all who participated and stay tuned for more stories!

Want to work for a company that gives back? Check out our open positions at www.vuenation.com/careers

 

Devra Andersen, Professional Services Consultant with HireVue has 15+ years of project management and extensive experience in process design, building and demonstrating system optimization. As an integral part of the Professional Services team, - Devra Andersen implement's (implements) many of HireVue’s full range of customers, considering each customer’s unique implementation time frame, requirements and objectives while driving successful change and adoption. On a daily basis Devra Andersen engages with and influences organizations to support the delicate balance between customer program drivers and recognized successful practices, providing the optimal implementation experience. In addition, Devra obtained her Master’s in Community Leadership in 2012 from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Social responsibility and Community Engagement is a passion of hers.

Pardon the Space Dust, Our Future Under Construction

When we moved into our current office October 2012 we never thought we would eventually fill the entire 6th floor of our building. We had so much space and everyone was spread out. There were extra conference rooms, a relaxation space, large cubicles, and many open areas for collaborative furniture. 

Now three years later we have outgrown the 6th floor and have very limited space. After three office re-configurations to try and accommodate our numbers we decided it was time to expand. We were lucky enough to acquire the 5th floor so we didn't have to move into another building. 

So what's been happening on the 5th floor since construction started? 

  • Lots of demolition. We had to knock out many walls that were not needed. 
  • Building new rooms and office spaces
  • Re-doing the breakroom to accommodate our size and needs (larger fridges, counters, etc.)
  • Cutting a hole in the 6th floor to make space for the new internal staircase
  • Designing the new layout
  • Picking out new furniture
  • Field trips every Wednesday afternoon to check on the construction progress
 Taking down walls

Taking down walls

 Building new offices

Building new offices

 Cutting the hole in the floor for the stairs

Cutting the hole in the floor for the stairs

 Temporary reception desk 

Temporary reception desk 

 Demolition

Demolition

 More demolition

More demolition

 Temporary wall for safety while cutting hole

Temporary wall for safety while cutting hole

 Temporary waiting area 

Temporary waiting area 

It's exciting times here at the HireVue office. Many thanks to Sharline who has been in charge of the project and has planned some pretty exciting surprises for the 5th floor. You will just have to wait until October to see the final outcome! 

Want to be part of an amazing company that is growing? Check out our open positions at www.vuenation.com/careers