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I have been working at Automatic full-time
Some great people, the company actually cares about its staff, good perks (free food, snacks, drinks, yoga, etc), huge potential to be a massive success. Some of the managers and senior staff are very good.
Struggling with some legacy issues and growth pains. Some teams are better than others. Certain personalities are easier to work with than others.
Advice to Management
Pay attention to the small things - with a clear goal, tending to fine details will keep the company on track and both customers and staff happy.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Automatic (Boston, MA) in October 2015.
Show up at 8:30, leave at 0. They handed me a project to do. Told me to do it in Python, but I'm an R guy. Nonetheless, the person I talked to insisted on python. I thought maybe they wanted to see how I worked without my packages. So I spent a day learning about signals processing data from the CTOs grad school career and re-implementing everything you need to do machine learning. It was question of what was quicker, looking something up, or just doing it in python. As you could imagine, my model was very simple, and just bareful accruately running my time was up. By the time the interview came was I exhausted, and getting grilled over details found in libraries. The worse was when the CTO said, "Now, imagine you did this in R, what approach would you have taken? I'm looking for high level ideas"I had used every good idea at all leaves just to get that project done in less than 8 house.
There was a an effort to move this forward so I could accept the job over another one I had to answer by in a few days. Honestly,I felt the worker assigned to interview me worked against me. The CTO was nice, but i needed at answer too soon. Another issue that was no one faults was I did machine learning in genomics/biology, and he was from signals processing. This gave us a slightly different way to view things, and probably did help bring us together. Further, if he wasn't late when he said he would meet me, I wouldn't have had to used a language I didn't know.
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