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Civis Analytics Overview

Chicago, IL (US)
51 to 200 employees
2013
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
$50 to $100 million (CAD) per year
Unknown
What we do:

Civis Analytics helps leading businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies use data to identify, attract, and engage customers, constituents, and citizens. With a blend of proprietary data, technology and advisory services, and an ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to democratize data science so organizations can stop guessing and make decisions based on numbers and scientific fact.

Civis Analytics Reviews

  • Helpful (7)

    "Best coworkers you'll ever have, but mediocre leadership"

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    Former Employee - Applied Data Scientist in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Applied Data Scientist in Chicago, IL (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Civis Analytics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, fun culture, some of the projects can be really interesting.

    I had some of the best coworkers of my career here. I was deeply sad to leave them.

    I learned an immense amount and it made me a much better data scientist.

    Cons

    The only members of leadership who've been present consistently don't have experience in the positions Civis has asked them to take. They are woefully underprepared for their jobs, up to and including Dan, the CEO.

    You'll be often asked to do things above your pay grade or skill. Anything from loading data from an unstructured format that could be done much quicker by someone with experience, to deciding the go to market strategy for consulting work.

    The company generally acts very immature. No process standardization, no norms enforcement. There are certain people who have jobs that involve a lot of management, process, etc but if they don't do this "softer" parts of their job there's absolutely no feedback.

    Doesn't live up to the values it set. It's not a very egalitarian workplace. There are a small number of really committed people, especially in middle management (though many of them were recently promoted) who work really hard, and it can be painful to watch them really kill it in spite of the actions of upper management.

    Work life balance really depends on the team.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people into c-suite level jobs who know what they're doing. Downscale Dan's role, he's way in over his head.

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Civis Analytics Interviews

Experience

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    Political Analyst Interview

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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Civis Analytics in March 2014.

    Interview

    Before I submitted my resume, I had a informational conversation with an employee. I don't know to what degree, if any, this impacted my application process.

    I submitted my resume a weekday morning. Within a few hours, I was contacted for a phone interview, which lasted about 60 minutes. The same day, I was also contacted about scheduling a timed, four-hour exam. I ended up taking it a few days later, and the exam was reasonably straightforward.

    After completing the initial interview and exam, I was contacted about taking another exam, which I was given a day and half to complete. The second exam was significantly more difficult (and arguably more interesting) than the first. At the same time that I was asked to take the second exam (that is, prior to my taking it), I also scheduled an interview to go over the exam results. Following that interview, I had two more in-person interviews, including one with the CEO. I received an offer the following week.

    In total, I took two tests and had four interviews, two by phone and two in-person.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked not to divulge exam questions. More pertinently, my impression was that the exam process is in flux, so the interview questions asked of me (or anyone else on this page) may no longer be used.   Answer Question
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Civis Analytics Awards & Accolades

  • Best New Startup, Moxie Awards, 2014
  • Most Valuable Technology, New Organizing Institute, 2014

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