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Backbase Overview

Amsterdam (Netherlands)
501 to 1000 employees
2003
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
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Backbase creates the best digital banking solutions on the planet, enabling our clients to deliver superior online and mobile customer experiences. We are a global, young-spirited, diverse (45+ nationalities), fast-growing and leading fintech company. Agile is our middle name ... Read more

Mission: We empower financial institutions to accelerate their digital transformation and effectively compete in a digital-first world.

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    I have been working at Backbase full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love working for Backbase! It's a dynamic environment, with lots of cultures, where everyone is accepted and encouraged to be who they are!

    The company is rapidly growing, which means lots of changes as well as lots of opportunities. I find it the best place to develop myself, learn from great people and be part of the change that Backbase is!

    People are open-minded, always ready to answer your questions and help you grow!

    Cons

    You need to make your own way, no one's going to show you everything step by step.
    If you ask enough questions, you receive all the guidance you need.

    Processes need to be a bit more structured or aligned.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Stay open minded and encourage young talents!

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Backbase Interviews

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    Java Architect Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Backbase (Amsterdam (Netherlands)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Recently I tried to apply for the Java Solutions Architect position at Backbase :

    http://www.glassdoor.com/job-listing/java-solutions-architect-JV_IC3064478_KO0,24_IE117266.htm?jl=1360877232&paoIdKey=MA==

    The first interview was held by HR guy within 15-20 minutes with common psychological and characteristic screening questions. He did a good job and in a day advised that 2 further interviews will take place with their java team lead and senior architect guys separately one after one, 1 hour each. Alright.

    Those 2 guys were rather punctual as the technical interviews commenced without any delay. That's the only positive feedback for them. Each of them neither had a list of java technical questions nor architectural ones. The only technical question I could remember from the java team lead is presented below. As for the architect guy, that were the same common boiler-plate questions ( see below ). Neither code nor architecture design questions were raised.

    In a day I received the following Backbase resolution from those guys.

    1. HR guy passed the following from the technical guys :

    "quite outdated knowledge, narrow experience, mostly old school way of working, not so much into agile and craftsmanship practices.
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    2. The senior architect provided the following feedback to me :

    "
    first of all, appreciate your time talking with us. In addition, I can say, that I am most certain, that your are brilliant engineer, however, we are trying to fill in the positions that we currently have and we have certain expectation/requirement, one of them is also "fit into Backbase" culture. Unfortunately, we did not found you fitting our skills and culture requirements, which has nothing to do with you personally.
    "

    Now, here is my conclusion how technical java interviews are organized at Backbase :

    1. That's the total waste of time for any serious developer having several companies to choose from in his further career path.

    2. Technical interviewers have no knowledge how to achieve java background validation and system design skills assessment.

    3. That was the strangest interview I ever had for 14 years of my developer career because the frustration comes from absence of an idea what went wrong.

    Interview Questions

    • That was a question from Backbase Java team lead : How would you design persistent layer ?   1 Answer
    • That was questions from Backbase Banking architect : 1. How would you describe Scrum ?
      2. What source code management system do you use ? 3. What experience do you have with enterprise service bus ? 4. Do you have experience with Big Data ?   1 Answer
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Backbase Awards & Accolades

  • Best of Show, Finovate Europe, 2014
  • Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for User Experience Portals, Gartner Magic Quadrant, 2014
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