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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.

Backbase Reviews

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  • "Great workspace. Not everything is perfect but that offers great opportunities!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mobile Developer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Senior Mobile Developer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
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    I have been working at Backbase full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are positive minded and , you can really build your career here. If you come with solutions or suggestions, people are willing to help you implement it an praise you for it.

    With the right mindset, you can grow horizontally and vertically.

    Cons

    People can be very protective of their work.

    A lot of expats seem to use this company to get a foothold in Amsterdam and then move on.

    Advice to Management

    - Validate the ideas before building them.
    - Break political protectiveness. Even if it means relocating people to other teams or letting them go.

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Backbase Interviews

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    Java Architect Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    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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