Last week I went to Dallasand Austin for a whirlwind outreach trip facilitated largely by your LINK submissions. Thank you for informing my/our outreach! Hopefully you’ll find the insight for the following companies to be helpful.
Cities Visited: Dallas & Austin
Companies Visited: Match.com, Neiman Marcus, Longhorn Capital, Whole Foods, HomeAway, RetailMeNot
Walking into the Match.com HQ felt like walking into a friend’s living room. There are funky couches, TVs, and flower arrangements decorating the entryway. Two super friendly recruiters who lead the university relations program at Match.com greeted me. They walked me through the office to their large breakout/lunch room complete with more funky couches, other lounge-y furniture and foosball tables.
Match.com has a large number of online dating properties, including Delightful, Tinder, and Ok Cupid to name a few. They have other offices including small locations in SF, LA, and of course their HQ in Dallas. In total, Match.com is about 520 employees, 400 of which are located in Dallas. They talked about their focus on global mobility and Match’s huge internationalpresence; including the leading sites in France, Belgium, Brazil, Japan, and China. They are becoming a global leader and employees are benefitting.
As far as internships go, Match.com focuses internship hiring on Finance interns at the MBA level for now, but there is future potential for Strategy/Analytics internships. Also, for full time if you’re interested in Product Management roles, you don’t necessarily have to have a technical background, but all PM roles are located in the Dallas office.
Match’s culture is entrepreneurial, fun, and fast paced. It’s non-corporate and Match employees get a long runway to figure out products, solutions, and take on new projects. There’s little hierarchy and lots of collaboration. They are looking for people with strong communication skills, who aren’t afraid to take risks, and even fail from time to time.
Going from new tech to traditional retail, I met with Neiman Marcus’ Director of Store Operations, Diana Swope, GSB’06. Diana arrived at our meeting directly after an offsite where she and her team were working to creatively improve customers’ experience in stores. At the offsite they had a full brainstorming session where they came up with ideas such as bringing customers their favorite coffee beverage when they walk into the store and have onsite child care available while they shop.
Neiman Marcus has 41 “Neiman” branded stores domestically and also has Bergdorf Goodman and Last Call in their portfolio. Their online presence is probably one of their biggest areas for development.
Good areas for MBAs include Corporate Strategy, Store Operations, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Customer Care. Diana talked about how it was a good idea for incoming employees to learn about and get exposed to a variety of areas and functions.
Full time hiring at Neiman Marcus is done on a more just in time basisand interested candidates must really be committed to living in Dallas, but if this sounds like you, Diana is happy to be a point of contact and answer questions. She also said the work/life balance is great and as a non-Dallas native herself, she’s has actually found that she really likes the city.
This hedge fund is tiny but savvy, and operates with a non-traditional short-only strategy. The analyst I met with got his job after pitching ideas to one of the Partners nearly every other week for several months. While there aren’t opportunities per se at the moment, but my conversation with my contact at Longhorn was incredibly informative in regards to learning to stay persistent if you’re truly committed to working for a hedge fund. His advice: you never know when your opportunity may arise.
As you’d expect when you walk into Whole Foods, there’s a poster talking about Whole Foods’ classes like yoga, meditation, and marshal arts – all are free to employees.
I met with a Whole Foods Global Recruiter who gave me a brief tour, showing their many training and conference rooms as well as their fun furniture and a giant “poster” of WillieNelson made entirely out of toast. Check out the pics!
We talked a little bit about the path to working at Whole Foods and the rigor of their interview process, but we spent the bulk of our time discussing culture, the Whole Foods lifestyle, and the importance of happy employees. The recruiter said that Whole Foods isn’t about work/life balance, it’s about life. He also said this type of environment isn’t for everyone but if you’re someone that wants to be a part of something that is bigger than you, with a very clear mission to help people – this could be the place for you. He encouraged interested candidates to check out Whole Foods’ values and ensure they resonate with you.
If you’re seriously interested about Whole Foods and Austin (and we haven’t discussed this already!) let me know.
HomeAway and RetailMeNot
After Whole Foods I joined the High Tech Club for the SXSW trek and was able to visit these two companies with them.
Trek attendees can definitely give you more insight, but if you’re interested in working for either let me know. Both are hiring for full time and RMN does have internships available, although the Manager of University Relations did say candidates must be extremely committed to working in Austin to apply. But Finance, Marketing, and Operations internships are available at this cool company. Check out pics here too!