SMS.ac / FanBox

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SMS.ac Inc. is a mobile data and Internet communications company based in San Diego, California. The company provides web and mobile distribution and billing to people buying and selling digital content (video, music, and applications) through (SMS) mobile billing. SMS.ac's website integrates its mobile billing technology with social networking services like photos, videos, music, and comments.[1] SMS.ac has over 50 million registered users in more than 180 countries, which makes it the largest community of registered mobile phone users in the world.

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Interesting interviews

Grades

C
Overall

Posted by Graphic Production Designer, in San Diego, CA, USA on September 15, 2009

I applied for this job at the end of July and heard back from a guy named Ahmed, he asked I take a standard graphics test to see if my skills are up to par. I was actually happy they did this to avoid getting any candidate who may not be up to par. Anyway, I send in the test and that was the last I heard. Emailed again two weeks later, and no response so I wrote off the job as "I am not good enough" and left it at that. Cut to ONE MONTH later and I get a response from another person named Vera. She tells me that they reviewed my test and liked what they see and would like to do a phone interview. I agree and we have our interview. The interview was a very standard HR type interview, "what is your best quality, what do you do when you are challenged etc." She said she will call me by the end of the week, the interview happened on Wednesday. Friday came and went and no response.

Monday arrives, and I get a call from Vera (no apology for not getting back to me), saying they would like to do an in person interview on Thursday. I agreed, and we lined up a time for me to interview. They inform me where to park (at my expense) and told me to show up 15 minutes in advance. I do this and show up at the correct time and meet up with Vera. Vera walks me into a room and then asks if i need anything and tells me she will be right back. Thinking that I would interview with more than just her and she would be getting maybe my new boss or co-worker she arrives back with my water and a clipboard, no other employee. Interview was pretty much the same interview I did with her on the phone and we talked about standard HR business questions. That interview ends and she informs me that there is a presentation about the history of the company that will happen in another room with another HR person.

The presentation was interesting, they went over the history of the previous company SMC.AC, the ups and downs of staring a company, .com bust etc. From there they go into the history of fanbox.com, how/why it started, what they do, what their plan is. The guy who was speaking seemed nice enough, very into what he was doing and drank a ton of rockstar. The presentation ends and we ask a couple questions, he then proceeds to talk about how the "joke of the day" texts are still going on (I guess a product that SMC.AC made a lot of money with back in the day) and opens up his phone and tells us a joke he got from a friend. The joke was not only not funny, but really inappropriate to tell. He got a good laugh out of it, and the candidates who were in the room with me chuckled awkwardly. Shortly after that, he let us know that there is yet another interview after this one.

I met with a girl who walked me to another room where I waited (for what I thought would be either my boss, or someone in P-Dev department) and I got neither. Turns out he is in tech, and he asked me a series of questions mostly pertaining to how I do in certain situations (which was asked previously by the first HR lady) and also mentioned that this company is a "startup" and there is a chance of not getting paid due to this reason. Also, asked about my general work ethic, how I felt about long hours and asked to see some of my other websites I have designed.

So after 2.5 hrs of interviewing, it was finally over and I could go home.

Overall, I felt the place had a very odd energy, very vacant building (from my understanding they went from 200 people to 50), and on top of that, I never saw anyone working, (I arrived at lunch time but left much later than lunch, and the building didn't feel our sound any more full). After the interview I did more research on the history of the company, the jobs etc, and I came to the conclusion to not take the position, mostly due to the reviews, the working hours (one HR guy said 55+ average work week), and the possibility that there is no pay because this company is a "startup". Which is odd, since they have been around for quite some time now.

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FanBox

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A+
Overall

Posted by FanBox, in San Diego, CA, USA on June 16, 2009

Dude --- I worked there for almost 3 years and am a stockholder and the reason you think its S***** is because you did not get an offer. How can one possibly know how good/bad it is if they have never worked there? I can speak to it because I did.

What a bad part of human nature to criticize something vs. looking inwards at yourself. There are positives and negatives there for sure. I have never worked somewhere were everything was PERFECT --- that is why they call it work. If you want an enclosed/protective environment, I suggest going back to school. If someone finds such a place, let me know. I can ensure you that serving slurpees is not the answer.

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on January 14, 2010

Above comment coming from a manager who is getting paid while the rest are not. (PS I know cause I am an ex-employee)

on July 30, 2010

wow the post sound just like something those crook would say. I am pretty sure your going to hell just like the rest of them.

The Most SHITTY Company I Ever Seen

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F
Overall

Posted by Software Engineer, in San Diego, CA, USA on October 06, 2008

I interview with them on May 2008. They hold something called Open House. When I get there, I am totally regret. The company looks like shit, the office looks broken, and the working environment is horrible. I don't get job there, because I really dislike the environment, and what they do (eg. SPAM). They only pay the airplane ticket for me to get there, but I must pay the ticket by myself when I fly home. It is different what they said before I came to there. I sent E-Mail to recruiter, and never got any response back. I strongly suggest people don't interview with this company, because they are doing things wrong. Also don't believe what recruiters say, because those are bullshit. Working in the 7-11 will be better than woring in this shitty company.

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Another bad apple in San Diego,CA

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F
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Posted by Software Engineer, in San Diego, CA, USA on September 24, 2008

Getting a interview invitation back to July 2008, I rejected it b/c they didn't want to pay my air/hotel up-front. After a phone call, I was convinced by the recruiter. Anyway, I didn't get the job b/c I didn't like the company and its interview process. However,****be aware***** SMS.ac didn't reimburse my expense (even at this moment Sept 2008) but send me a Promissory Note in a term of 1 year. What I can sure is......if you didn't get a job, you maybe not have your reimbursement back. Be selective, guys. Of course, I totally agreed the posts right here, it is just the truth about this "Bad Apple".

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shady!
on September 24, 2008

wow, that's really shady of them!

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THINK

Grades

F
Overall
F
Job Tasks
C
Social Environment
F
Management
F
Pay/Raises
A+
Location

Salary: minimum wage

Posted by Engineer, in San Diego, CA, USA on August 16, 2013

Look at the job grade. Look at the comments. Think.

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Wasted opportunity

Grades

D
Overall
C
Job Tasks
C
Social Environment
F
Management
F
Pay/Raises
A+
Location

Posted by software engineer, in San Diego, CA, USA on February 18, 2013

I am an ex-employee of company formerly known as SMS.ac. These guys treated their employees really poorly..I think at one point they had potential to be game changers in the technology industry but they squandered it with their poor management.

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The most unethical company I have worked for

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A+
Overall
NA
Job Tasks
NA
Social Environment
NA
Management
NA
Pay/Raises
NA
Location

Salary: 18,000

Posted by DBA, in Camp Pendleton South, CA, USA on September 22, 2012

If you want to work for free then this is the job for you.

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Grades

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F
Job Tasks
C
Social Environment
F
Management
F
Pay/Raises
A+
Location

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Posted by Software ExEngineer, in San Diego, CA, USA on March 31, 2012

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Grades

F
Overall
F
Job Tasks
C
Social Environment
F
Management
F
Pay/Raises
A+
Location

Salary: ---

Posted by Software Engineer, in San Diego, CA, USA on March 22, 2012

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