Skip to comments.Vanity: Anybody have an inside look at EPIC in Madison WI?
Posted on 05/06/2012 8:50:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
Hello fellow FReepers,
Like a lot of folks I'm looking for a job and battling this tough market. I can competently wear either or both of two major hats, either as system administrator or computer programmer.
I've had my resume out on Dice for several months, which has resulted in lots of nibbles, maybe about three a week, a mix of contract and permanent jobs that recruiters have asked me to submit my resume to. But virtually nothing has gotten to an interview... that is until this month. Now stuff has started to hop. The recruiters sound more interested and I've had three interviews this past week, and nothing about my experience has changed.
I got contacted by a firm called EPIC in Madison, Wisconsin. I'm not putting their website's URL in here because I don't want them to see a link back to this in their web logs. But it's what you'd think. They write software to support medical applications. Doctor's offices, hospitals, etc. and medical records.
They strike me as trying very hard to be cool in the save-the-earth, organic, birkenstock wearing kind of way. Being a knuckle dragging conservative (well maybe not quite but close) a yellow flag goes up for me. What's the culture like in there? Do they expect you to follow all the liberal fads or get ostracized? I just want a job writing software, I couldn't care less about the cool. Technically they look like they are no fools -- they'd keep me on my toes and vice versa. But if they'd want me to join in a gay kumbaya -- maybe I'd choose a contract position over being part of EPIC cool. IF I have the choice, I may not.
Maybe that's why they do the "superhero" schtick on their careers page, lol. Nobody but Superman (Epicman?) could do that. In a past technical life I really put some kick into the pants of some database-centered processes with the hi tech redneck's secret formula. (AKA a custom main memory database manager.) If those guys aren't doing something like this all over now, I'll have to ask why.
Thank you everybody for your input which has provided food for thought.
Big HEY! shout out to everyone who commented here.
The epic of EPIC is still in progress for me. I went through their rigmarole which culminated in an on site interview a few days ago. I spoke with managers from multiple departments, all of whom zeroed in rather accurately on different segments of my experience. (These folks actually bother to READ resumes.) They are now waiting for transcripts I have ordered from my schools, and then will cogitate upon whether to offer me a position. It looks very, very possible now.
They are not kidding about casual. If you see someone there wearing a tie talking to someone in a tee shirt and sandals, the tie wearer is a recruit. The buildings are very prettily and cutely decorated. I get the impression that the gal who founded this place must have had a dream when she was a little girl that she’d have a business that would do good to all the world and its offices would have all this pretty, cute, and neat stuff in it. And by heaven, she made that dream come true. I can’t fathom any other reason it would be this way.
Anyhow they do put a lot of emphasis on the brilliance of their people, with being able to collaborate with others productively also being important. If there was a heavy new-age or anti religious bent, I couldn’t see it. Maybe the goofiest thing I saw was a display in one of their underground halls that borrowed from Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was a small brass idol head that, if pushed or lifted, caused all sort of chaos to sound out behind a wall of random wooden slats. Someone said there was a rumor that Ms. Judith wanted it to shoot at you, but she got overruled on that idea. Several of the folks I met seemed to be serious Christians. After my interviews were over I took a couple of quizzes. Fueled on adrenaline and Pepsi, I believe I blew them away.
For those of you so inclined, prayers are coveted for my success if this is to be a blessing — I think it would be; it certainly seems to beat the pants off of having NO job even though I’d have to go from the Chicago area to Madison. I’m tired of being a bum.
Thank you to everyone who advised and gave input.
It didn’t work out. They “went on with other candidates who were a better fit.”
I do not know why and don’t expect to be told. Maybe I came on TOO strong due to my experience. Maybe I just don’t fit the age demographic (during my visit I was old enough to be the father of almost all the people I met and saw, including in the cafeteria, and most of the other candidates could have been my grandchildren). I didn’t get asked the usual interview question about what my plans or expectations for the future were, but if I had I would have told them I planned to keep my career going for at least 15 more years. (This ain’t grandpa’s social security padded, easy early retirement era.)
Thank you to everyone who gave input. I never say never, and maybe (as has happened with other situations where I submitted for a job many months ago) I could get called out of the blue for a second round of consideration, but I’m sure not counting on that.
Ole Dawg Red Neck.
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