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Factual Overview

Los Angeles, CA
51 to 200 employees
2008
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Today, Factual focuses on location data — data about where places are and how to better understand people based on their geographic behavior. We have APIs, mobile drivers, and on-premise implementations to make the data easy to use and integrate. The largest companies ... Read more

Mission: We at Factual believe that data should be accessible to every developer, entrepreneur, business, or organization – anyone who needs it to build a better app, provide a better search result, make smarter software – anyone who needs data to make a better ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Rough week at work? Factual CEO, Gil Elbaz, explains why one must tolerate failure to foster innovation. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ9aZ

    Failure is a Feature, Not a Bug - Gil Elbaz - Medium

    It's become a fundamental tenet of startups that in order to foster innovation, one must tolerate failure. I'd go a step further to say that the absence of failure may be indicative of some serious flaw.

  • Factual expands its location-based ad tools!

    Factual expands its location-based ad tools

    Factual announced this morning that it's expanding its Geopulse ad-targeting suite, with new products designed to help advertisers measure whether their campaigns drive in-store visits, and to give them more guidance on overall strategy. You may remember that Factual was founded a decade ago by Gil Elbaz, with the aim of creating an open repository for data.

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Factual – Why Work For Us?


We at Factual believe that data should be accessible to every developer, entrepreneur, business, or organization – anyone who needs it to build a better app, provide a better search result, make smarter software – anyone who needs data to make a better decision or help others make better decisions.

Our Cultural Values

We care deeply about our company culture. The five values below are guiding principles for everything we do. 

WE ARE OWNERS

Think, act, and plan with the mindset of a real owner.

WE ARE ANALYTICAL

Think critically: collect and follow the data.
 

WE ARE TRANSPARENT

We believe that making data accessible — both internally and externally — results in better outcomes.
 

WE ARE GRACIOUS

There is value in working with nice people.

WE ARE INCLUSIVE

If we wanted identical employees, we would employ robots.

WORK WITH DIVERSE TECHNOLOGY

At Factual, we pride ourselves on applying the right tools to the right tasks. Consequently, we use a wide variety of technologies ranging from those that are well established to some that are new and cutting edge.

Check out a small sample of the typical technologies and languages used by our different engineering groups below:

WEB STACK

  • Node.js
  • Redis
  • MySQL
  • React
  • AngularJS
  • Rails

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Mesos
  • Docker
  • Marathon
  • Chronos
  • AWS

DATA STACK

  • Languages
    • Java
    • Clojure →
  • Hadoop
  • Spark
  • HBase
  • Cascalog
  • Parquet
  • Parkour
  • Impala
  • Yarn
  • Solr
  • Lucene
  • PostgreSQL

DATA SCIENCE & MACHINE LEARNING

  • Languages
    • Ruby
    • Clojure →
    • JavaScript
    • Python
  • Drake
  • Ensemble Methods
  • Neural Networks
  • Random Forests


FLEXIBLE HOURS AND VACATION

Factual employees enjoy a flexible Personal Time Off policy as time away from work is important to achieving work-life balance and we believe in supporting a culture of trust and responsibility.

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

We’re headquartered in beautiful, sunny Los Angeles. We also have great offices in New York City, San Francisco, and Shanghai.

INSURANCE AND RETIREMENT

We offer our full-time employees a diverse platform of medical, dental, and vision options, along with a 401k plan, flexible spending and dependent care accounts, life insurance, and discount programs.

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS

Take a break and do some lunchtime yoga or afternoon pilates in the office. Factual brings in weekly instructors and offers discounted memberships to local gyms. We also provide organic fruit and healthy snacks in our kitchen.

OFFICE PERKS

Aside from wrangling with data, we enjoy pool and ping pong tournaments, piles of board games for board game night, a kitchen full of meals and snacks, catered lunch on Fridays, and 360° views of LA from the Hollywood sign to the Pacific ocean. Our New York, San Francisco, and Shanghai offices each have their own local flavor. We are active in the local community and frequently host technology meetups at our offices.

SHARE YOUR PASSION

Whether you’re new to the area or just want to share your favorite things, we have groups for everything from beer enthusiasts to board gamers, hikers, surfers, movie lovers, soccer players, basketball players, trivia aficionados, and more.

Factual Reviews

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Factual Founder & CEO Gil Elbaz
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Century City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Century City, CA
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    I have been working at Factual full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting challenging work, clear career path with guidance, great company culture and environment, great location and perks, above industry compensation, friendly and nice coworkers and management, unlimited PTO, strong team morale and company growth, brilliant and personable CEO. I couldn't have asked for more.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of right now.

    Advice to Management

    As the company grows, please be sure to preserve company culture.

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Factual Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Factual (Chicago, IL) in September 2016.

    Interview

    I applied on the company website, and received a phone interview after a week. The pone interview is based on behavior questions. Then, I got an online test. The test is based on regular expressions.

    Interview Questions

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