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Chicago, IL (US)
501 to 1000 employees
2014
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
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Built around a foundation of data science and machine learning, Uptake helps industrial companies digitally transform with open, purpose-built software that delivers outcomes that matter.

Among our many awards and accolades, Uptake is a current World ... Read more

Mission: Uptake aims to create a world that always works: One where the machines and equipment we depend on daily don’t break, and industrial companies are once again the creators of economic growth and opportunity.

Uptake Reviews

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Brad Keywell
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    "Big opportunity wasted by leadership"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Uptake full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If nothing else Uptake has one of the best offices to work in that I've ever experienced. There's a lot of free snacks and drinks. A lot of teams have a 'bar desk' with alcohol and the second floor cafe is a great place to get away from everyone and work. Unlimited vacation is actually unlimited. Six weeks of PTO is not unheard of.

    There are teams at Uptake that are accomplishing a lot, and if you're on one of them then the hard work you do will be valued.

    Cons

    Leadership at the company in the last 1.5 years has wasted the potential that Uptake had. Through a series of poorly executed re-orgs leadership has driven away much of the amazing talent who believed in the Uptake vision. Employee confidence in leadership is almost nonexistent. Layoffs are done with little understanding of their impact on project teams. Hard work, specialized knowledge and experience do not equal any type of security.

    Advice to Management

    Most Uptakers have little respect or faith in the executive leadership team anymore. The CEO's weekly Sunday Thoughts portray him as being completely out of touch with what the rank and file are experiencing. The story most employees have is that the Brad and most of his executives care more about appearing on TV than working hard to understand what Uptake needs to be successful. Team all-hands are disorganized and often feature a leader rambling on trying to inspire the team but rarely making a point.

    For the past few months I have been trying to limit my team's exposure to leadership so they can focus on work instead of worry about their future.

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Uptake Interviews

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    Java Developer Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Uptake in May-2016.

    Interview

    I applied online and got a call from the recruiting team and was set up for initial telephone round with Manager where he went through the resume and asked my couple of behavioral questions. LIke where do you see your self in 5 years and so most of the questions were from my Resume.

    Interview Questions

    • where do you see your self in 5 years and so most of the questions were from my Resume.   Answer Question
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Uptake Awards & Accolades

  • Best New Startup, Moxie Awards, 2015
  • Best Startup Founder or Co-Founders(Brad Keywell), Moxie Awards by Built In Chicago, 2015
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