I have been working at AArete full-time (More than a year)
AArete has a phenomenal culture, and that lies primarily in the people within the company. Senior leadership is composed of really good people who hold strong moral values and take these very seriously throughout the organization, both with client-facing work and internal communication.
As with all growing companies, AArete is facing their fare share of growing pains. There are projects and work AArete engages in that are still less fulfilling and provide limited growth potential, management of teams is often inconsistent, and training programs are still in their infancy. The difference, however, is the people within AArete (Senior Leadership/Operations/HR) are extremely self-aware. They are consistently looking for feedback and provide transparency. They absolutely know and understand their flaws and are working hard to improve them. Training processes improve every year, the quality of new hires is continually increasing, and they are beginning to look at more complex and industry-leading solutions for a breadth of clients, new and old.
Advice to Management
In short, AArete has a tremendous culture founded on the goodness and caring of their people. While they're facing commonplace growing pains and are still trying to find their true identity and niche within the industry, they have the right vision, direction, and (most importantly) culture to propel them upward.
Management could improve technical trainings, consistency between management of teams, and engagements that offer more than just an additional source of revenue (growth opportunities, innovative business solutions).
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 7+ weeks. I interviewed at AArete (Chicago, IL) in June 2017.
Reached out by recruiter on linkedin, followed by a phone conversation with the recruiter and a technical assessment for SQL and R (I answered in Python). Then talked to a data scientist over the phone, very pleasant conversation about my resume and past projects. Final round was talking to 3 people from different levels. They asked some technical questions (SQL, machine learning concepts) and behavioral questions (past experience, strength, weakness, team work etc). Received positive feedbacks afterwards, but had to turn it down because of another offer. Overall the experience was very good, Aarete seems like a good company to work for!
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