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Sagence Overview

Chicago, IL
1 to 50 employees
2009
Company - Private
Consulting
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Sagence is a data focused consulting firm working with clients in information-intensive industries such as Healthcare, Financial Services, Insurance and Retail. We specialize in data management and analytics, assisting our clients with the acquisition, evaluation and ... Read more

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  • How is YOUR summer going? OUR summer has been "refreshing" so far as we've taken some time "refresh" our public website! Check out the recent updates to the "About Us" section.

  • Last week we celebrated our awesome Summer Interns with a boat cruise on the Chicago River. The group enjoyed fabulous weather, refreshing drinks, and lots of laughs while checking out the beautiful Chicago architecture. We will miss them as they head back to campus in just a few short weeks!

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Sagence – Why Work With Us?


WHO WE ARE

Sagence is a data focused consulting firm working with clients in information-intensive industries such as Healthcare, Financial Services, Insurance and Retail. We specialize in data management and analytics, assisting our clients with the acquisition, evaluation and development of data assets. 

OUR POSITION

We are a diverse team of...

Data Specialists,  Objective Advisors,  Thinkers and Doers

OUR VALUE

Improving Decision Making & Innovation
Helping clients create better business outcomes by using their data more effectively

Asking the Right Questions
Identifying the high impact analytics for a client’s combination of industry, marketplace and strategy

Applying Decision Science Practically
Generating hypotheses, collecting data, analyzing, testing, and informing new decisions

Developing Information Assets
Identifying, unleashing, delivering and maintaining the hidden value in data

Delivering Innovative Solutions
Helping  clients with pragmatic innovation that acknowledges business, technical, economic and cultural constraints

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OUR PEOPLE

  • Professionals with industry experience as well as consulting
  • Critical thinkers who make fact-based recommendations
  • Data experts with hands-on data management skills
  • Collaborators focused on delivering business value

HOW WE WORK

Small, multi-disciplinary teams
We have comprehensive experience across the financial services, healthcare, insurance and retail industries, giving us deep and relevant business, data, and technology knowledge to deliver breakthrough, creative solutions

Providing objective thinking
We are objective advisors – agnostic to specific tools and solutions but experienced across a broad range of them

Working collaboratively with clients
We are highly collaborative with a mission to transfer knowledge and help clients build sustainable internal capabilities

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A CULTURE OF CONNECTION

Passionate, Diverse, Creative, Genuine, Flexible, Hands-On, Connected

We are many things...
We are a high-energy group with a focus on producing high-quality results. We are committed to equality of opportunity, fairness, work and lifestyle balance, and mutual respect. We promote an entrepreneurial spirit by encouraging individual initiative and foster a collaborative culture and work environment that includes open communication and ongoing learning.  And finally, our founders and partners are deeply involved in our client work, which means you'll have the opportunity to work side by side with them on a daily basis.

Many people ask us, “How does a firm that has small project teams spread across multiple cities at multiple client sites build and maintain its culture and stay connected?” This is, and always will be, a priority for us. A few ways we maintain a connected culture are:

SAGECON

We host annual company-wide meetings and events called SAGECON. Here, employees are able to re-establish personal and professional connections, receive company messages and updates, hear guest speakers, broaden their networks, learn about recent projects at Sagence, participate in training classes, and perhaps most importantly, kick back and have some fun.

FIRM UPDATES

Every 4 to 6 weeks, we hold an all employee Firm Update meeting. These open format meetings provide the opportunity for employees to gather together and discuss short and longer term priorities and strategy, business development, including the pipeline of current and upcoming projects, report on quarterly and yearly revenue, and discuss a variety of other topics and activity happening within the firm. Employees are encouraged to attend in person, including a happy hour held after each meeting.

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

Training classes enable our consultants to not only develop skills, but they also bring people together which allows them to further establish personal and professional connections and broaden their networks.

SAGENEWS

We publish an internal monthly newsletter to keep everyone up to date on company meetings and events, training courses, business development opportunities, current engagement work, HR-related topics, recruiting, and lots of employee generated content about current events, hobbies, and interests. We also provide the opportunity for employees to confidentially ask questions to which the management team responds.

INSIGHT TEAMS

Sagence encourages and brings together small multi-disciplinary teams where each member has different interests and passions. Through team meetings and outings, employees develop connections on both a personal and professional level which creates and promotes a positive and healthy culture.

 

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WHO FITS IN?

We employ a diverse group of people who possess a unique set of skills, are constantly challenging the status quo, and never stop asking questions. This is who we are:

 

·         CRITICAL THINKERS. We are constantly asking WHY? HOW? WHAT? We provide seasoned insight on our clients’ most pressing issues and most promising opportunities.

·         RESULTS-DRIVEN. Our results-focused orientation, backed by data-driven insights, ensures that our clients extract value from their untapped data assets.

·         PROBLEM SOLVERS. We possess strong strategic and business analysis skills with the ability to solve complex, analytical problems. Excellent decision-making, project management, communication, and presentation skills are foundational to all Sagence professionals.

·         VALUE DRIVERS. The ability to understand and utilize broad technology perspectives combined with analytics expertise to drive value for our clients is key in every project we tackle.

·         COLLABORATIVE. Collaboration is a critical ingredient of value creation. We understand this and utilize our clients’ experience in combination with our unique blend of data, technology, and business expertise to deliver actionable insights and pragmatic results.

·         INDUSTRY EXPERTS. Deep industry expertise instantly gives us more credibility with our clients. With years of hands-on experience in our core areas like Financial Services, Healthcare, Insurance, and Retail, industry leaders count on us to solve their most pressing data challenges.

 

The Sagence Profile

Our people are well-rounded data specialists. Everyone from Analyst to Partner plays an important part on the Sagence team. Our firm's work calls for intensive client-facing interaction. This means all employees, even those at the most junior levels, will have the opportunity to interact with the client, oftentimes at the executive level, from day one. 

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A VOCATION NOT AN OCCUPATION

Better to build a career than look for a job.

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An individual’s career is multifaceted. Sagence provides a mix of experiences at an elevated level of intensity to move your career forward.

If you want an opportunity to expand your skills while working on a number of strategic and technical issues for multiple top-tier clients across varying industries, and you possess the core qualities below, we encourage you to explore a career with Sagence.

  • Deep Skills — data analysis, data management, enterprise data architecture, data strategy, analytics, project and program management, etc.
  • Intellectual Thirst — embrace of ambiguity, passion to solve problems, relentless curiosity
  • Strong Work Ethic — collaboration, innovation, motivation, creativity, objectivity, professional

"A Week in the Life"
To see what it's like to spend a week in our shoes, visit the careers section of our website where you can view a "week-in-the-life" of several of our Sagence consultants.

Our Interview Process
Take the first step toward your future with Sagence.

Our interview process allows us to get to know one another over the course of a number of phone and in-person discussions. Our Recruiters guide each candidate through various steps, providing open communication throughout the entire process.  

RESUME SCREEN: Recruiting reviews all resumes received and determines if they meet the firm’s criteria based on our current recruiting targets and needs.

RECRUITER SCREEN: Via telephone, the Recruiter shares an overview of the firm, discusses the nature of our work, assesses the candidate's background, experience, and communication style, and answers any initial questions he/she may have regarding Sagence.

CONTENT SCREEN: A phone conversation or in-person interview is scheduled between a practice professional and the candidate to further assess the breadth and depth of the candidate’s skills and to provide the candidate with some additional insight on our work, our clients, and our culture.

IN-PERSON INTERVIEWS Each candidate is interviewed by at least three Sagence employees at this stage, including one Partner.  The interviews include a mix of Behavioral/Content and Situational type interviews:

Behavioral/Content: The purpose of the behavioral/content interview is assessment of various skill-sets as they relate to the candidate's background and prior work experience as well as to the work Sagence performs. The behavioral portion focuses on better understanding of a candidate's past reactions and behaviors as it pertains to handling challenging situations, managing teams, interacting with clients, etc. The content portion explores the depth of the candidate's industry knowledge, their project management experience, and their fundamental consulting skills.

Technical : As part of this interview, a "real life" data problem is presented to the candidate to help us assess the their technical and analytical abilities and how they work through the type of problem that typically comes up as part of the firm’s usual project work. 

KEEP MOVING FORWARD

Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Ten? Fifteen? Regardless of whether you desire to become a life-long management consultant or transition into a leading industry role in the data space, Sagence will help you reach your career goals. We do this in several ways:

  1. HANDS ON, CLIENT-FACING WORK: All employees, even those at the most junior levels, will have the opportunity to interact with the client, oftentimes at the executive level, from day one.
  2. CLEAR COMPETENCIES: We have defined competencies that are a measurable and observable combination of knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors critical to successful job performance. These competencies were identified based on firm priorities and provide detailed performance guidelines regarding what it will take to advance and succeed in the firm.
  3. CONSISTENT, TIMELY FEEDBACK: Employees are encouraged to regularly track development against competency areas, skills and firm contribution activities. These notes are used during monthly coach discussions for performance and career development goals, as well as in project and annual reviews to reflect on overall performance and skill development.
  4. TRAINING*: We encourage, support and provide mentoring and training in essential consulting skills, technology our clients use and require, training on our most served industries, core courses where all Sagence professionals are expected to have at least a working knowledge, and specialized skills with a data focus.

*Our courses are both internally and externally sourced. When selecting our courses, we take the following factors into consideration:

  1. We listen to our people:
    • You are on the ground working with the client daily. You help shape our training courses and provide valuable feedback for areas that need more attention. Our courses are designed to be flexible, meaning you take the class when it's convenient to and relevant for you.
  2. External market demand:
    • Training for the sake of training is a waste of time. We only train you on the skills and tools that can be utilized with your clients and that will help you grow as a professional consultant.
  3. Firm philosophy, competencies, and career model:
    • What good is it to have clear competencies if we don't provide you with the resources to help you meet expectations? Training courses are prioritized to focus on our competency and career model, so you'll know exactly how to get from point A to point B.

Sagence Reviews

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    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Sagence full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Opportunities to work on projects that are challenging, strategic, and of significant value to the client. Client satisfaction seems to be high from what I’m aware of.
    - Client work ranges from small to big projects, short or long placements, and advisory and/or implementation work. The size of this company has no proportion to their footprint on a client nor the size of the client they take on.
    - Culture is amazing – leadership is instantly welcoming as well as other colleagues. People care for your personal wellbeing and career trajectory and put in the work to prove it (active reaching out from leadership, encouragement to explore areas of interest, coworkers making the time to help when needed).
    - Due to the company size, you're able to get involved in client and internal work that may be outside of your immediate expertise if it's of interest to you.

    Cons

    - Work can be demanding but the support and practical help of colleagues at all levels is readily available
    - Size of the company may not be a fit for all. Less structure than a larger consulting firm which can be an asset or a detriment depending on your perspective and approach.

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Sagence Interviews

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    There were 3 rounds, final round was interview with team/partners. Behavioral and technical part with different members of company. Phone screenings beforehand to assess fit and gauge interest from both sides

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