- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I have been working at Narrative Science full-time (More than 3 years)
I go to work every morning knowing I have the opportunity to make a real difference in the company and be part of doing cool things for customers. I work with talented and creative people that continuously find new ways to solve problems. The way their systems are designed to be highly available and automated is great to work on. They have very talented principals and leads. They do frequently promote from within.
We all face constant challenges to prioritize and focus on what matters. There is a lot of work to do. This seems to go with the opportunity to make a difference. Work-life balance isn't bad. We aren't asked to work crazy hours. Some of us enjoy what we do a lot and choose to put in the extra effort at times. More is expected of leads, managers and above.
They have the best medical plan I have ever had. Perks like various beverages and snacks are always available.
A huge building with lots of space that feels huge, yet there are quiet places to get away if I want. Adjustable/standing desks are a huge perk for me. There are many seats around with great views of the city in various directions. There are lots of restaurants very nearby (this is probably obvious from its location).
Executive management regularly seeks input from employees and develops an action plan. Not all solutions please everyone, but that seems to be the way it is everywhere. They stand behind their open-door policy. I have (politely) walked into the office of the CEO with a few questions. He took the time to listen carefully and answer me. The same seems to be true of other managers, although some are very busy.
It does seem a little noisy, sometimes which is caused by the open space we occupy. It's great when you're working with others, though. There is a good amount of white noise, which helps.
As stated above, we are solving complex problems and doing cool things. This means there is a lot of work to do. Management does support us all, but it can seem overwhelming at times. I have to make sure I check in with my manager regularly and properly prioritize what I'm working on.
Communication between teams is a challenge. They are working on this, but it remains a challenge. Individuals can correct this, but it does take effort.
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I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Narrative Science (Chicago, IL) in April 2016.
I received a call from a manager. She asked standard interview questions such as why us, tell me a time when you led a group, difficult time, etc.
Technical interview was an hour long. Chat about tech stuff and I they provide a problem for you to solve in a language of your own choosing. Solved the problem but not in the way they wanted (thanks to Ruby), and instead of providing a new problem, they wanted me to solve it in a verbose manner, which I think costed me the job.