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Chicago, IL
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
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Better Recruiting. Better Future.

We host and manage the largest online community of college coaches and high school student-athletes, and we provide student-athletes and coaches with solutions to improve the
recruiting process. We help ... Read more

Mission: We help families realize their collegiate dreams by fulfilling the genuine need for today's student-athletes to become better college recruits.

We are a family's most relentless ally.

We work tirelessy ... Read more

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NCSA Next College Student Athlete – Why Work For Us?

What NCSA Is All About

Our mission at NCSA is empowering leaders through sports.

We use our cutting edge technology, a network of solid relationships, and a passionate team of experts to help athleaders reach their full potential.

We’ve helped more than 60,000 student-athletes reach the next level and receive nearly $4 billion in scholarships, aid and grants. NCSA is all about educating student- athletes about the recruiting process. We host more than 2,000 recruiting seminars at camps, combines and high schools every year. And 90 percent of our student- athletes have committed to play college athletics in 29 different sports.

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NCSA is a committed, athletic minded team whose mission is to empower leaders through sports by sharing the passion, energy and appreciation for what sports has done for them. NCSA offers an exciting and competitive environment similar to the playing field. Working here requires an all-in attitude, all out work ethic, commitment, flexibility and teamwork. If you are passionate about sports and making a difference in a student-athlete's life, NCSA is the place for you!

Founded by Chris Krause in 2000, NCSA has seen unparalleled growth and has become the leader in its industry. We have received such accolades as Brill Street + Company's Top 50 Gen Y Employers, Crain’s Fast Fifty, Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, National 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, and most recently, ranked in the Inc. 500/5000 List of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.

Become a part of NCSA’s All-Star Team

What does it take to become a part of this all-star team? We are looking for people who are athletic minded, team-orientated, driven, and passionate about giving back and helping others achieve their dreams. Plus we are looking for teammates who will embrace NCSA’s core values!

In order to be considered for a position, you must submit your resume online. Once you have submitted your resume you have begun the process! All resumes will be reviewed by a recruiter or hiring manager. Those who meet the basic qualification for the position will be contacted for a phone screen. After the phone screen, candidates who move on will be brought in for a face to face interview.

It’s important to remember that each position may have additional steps along the way. Those that do will be discussed during the interview process.

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Why Does NCSA Help Student Athletes?

The recruiting process can be complicated, frustrating and completely overwhelming. It takes hard work and dedication on and off the field or court to earn an athletic scholarship. So, why in the world does NCSA want to be involved?

The simple answer is that we don’t want to see high school athletes miss out on their dreams of playing sports in college. But there’s a lot more to it than that.

We believe strongly in Athleadership.

Athleadership -- from athlete and leadership -- is how leaders empower themselves and others through sports. Athleaders are student-athletes who maximize sports to get ahead and to give back to the community. They are individuals who use sports as a stepping stone to achieve lofty but attainable goals. We want to help develop athleaders.

Getting an athletic scholarship is an important first step in a college career.

College is a time for unbelievable personal growth, and the time spent in college greatly impacts the rest of our life. We want to help athletes find the right college, and make the experience as rewarding and positive as it can be.

A college degree is an amazing thing and everybody has a right to one.

We know the power of a college degree. We’re familiar with the success a degree can bring and the doors it can open. And we want to make sure that every college recruit that deserves an athletic scholarship gets one. We don’t want to see any student-athletes left behind simply because they didn’t know how the recruiting process worked.

We’ve All Been There Before

Most of the staff at NCSA participated in sports while in college. So we know exactly what college recruits are going through, because at one time most of us went through the process too. That gives us essential insight and the ability to empathize with each student-athlete we deal with. We are here to help.

NCSA founder Chris Krause started NCSA because of his own experience as a high school athlete. Krause was a standout linebacker in high school who received early interest from big name colleges. But by the time his senior year started he still didn’t have a scholarship. It was then that he realized that he was uninformed about how the recruiting process worked.

Through hard work and determination Krause eventually landed a football scholarship to Vanderbilt University. Krause started NCSA to use his experience to help guide others through the tough recruiting process.

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    I have been working at NCSA Next College Student Athlete full-time (More than 5 years)


    - Culture is upbeat and if you immerse yourself in it, it's very rewarding
    - If you want a job that challenges you and your output is judged by your input, it's for you
    - There is career path you just have to seek it out, make your mark, and be patient given most of that path starts from scratch at a young company

    1) NCSA DOES WORK for the families contrary to what you may have read. If the families utilize the tools as they are intended, they will be successful. Are we perfect? However, in the last 5 years our service team has curated more promoters of NCSA than many Fortune 500 companies. Simply put if the family's expectations of the process and NCSA's role in it are aligned, it's a marriage well worth it.

    2) The leads that are distributed to our core teams are done so EVENLY. There is someone that has no hands on any one team or individual in the department that does this through an automated system every day using the best data in the industry.

    3) NO ONE tells their people they can't attend a planned event or commitment on a weekend they've had on the calendar for months and have to work instead. Many of our top people get their work done Mon-Fri and don't have to work the weekends to make it up. When I first did the job, I was working 60+ hour weeks. Now Coordinators can make more money in less hours putting up less quantity in numbers monthly. The pay is night and day in the positive for our people.

    4) There is NOT a ton of turnover in the department. Folks come and go and in a sales role if targets aren't met consistently then like any job, there is a process to get back on track or find another opportunity. That's normal in any industry especially in an entry level role.


    - Given the world we are in the who we serve, there are times when people are asked or expected to work some tougher hours or days. There's no hiding behind that. It's not abnormal and our PTO plan is VERY competitive in the industry.
    - Most cons that you read are all things that are well-explained in the interview process, and no one is forcing them to accept the role or be in it for 3+ years.
    - There is opportunity to do more with our remote employees given that number is growing every month and it's something that's on the radar of management.

    I don't work in Marketing and if I wanted to just jump on and say NCSA is perfect, I could have put a 5 and a lot less time into this. My hope is those reading this understand the passion (and accuracy) to what is written.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the fire underneath you so that there is never complacency with how we help people and how we reward those that do the heavy lifting bringing our clients in.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at NCSA Next College Student Athlete.


    Apply on their website -> Phone Interview with HR -> Phone interview with one of their data scientist.
    Every interviewer is very nice and patient. They really try to make you understand what they are looking for and be happy to talk with you.

    However, this title is not matching who they want to hire. They actually expect a statistician than a data scientist. All the questions are about statistic but not data science, so I am not well prepared for them though questions are pretty easy.

    Interview Questions

    • What is central limit theorem?   Answer Question
    • What is logistic regression? In detail.   Answer Question
    • What is the best/worest thing you feel about being a data scientist? Like statistic proving or ...   Answer Question
    • How do you make non technical people understand your result? Use an example will be better.   Answer Question
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NCSA Next College Student Athlete Awards & Accolades

  • National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, Best and Brightest / National Association for Business Resources (NABR), 2016
  • Top 100 Digital Companies in Chicago, Built in Chicago, 2016
  • Best Places to Work in Illinois, Best Places to Work in Illinois, 2016
  • Chicago Tribune Top Workplaces, Chicago Tribune, 2016
  • 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Chicago, Chicago's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, 2016
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