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Chicago, IL
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
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Built around a foundation of data science and machine learning, Uptake helps industrial companies digitally transform with open, purpose-built software that delivers outcomes that matter.

Among our many awards and accolades, Uptake is a current World ... Read more

Mission: Uptake aims to create a world that always works: One where the machines and equipment we depend on daily don’t break, and industrial companies are once again the creators of economic growth and opportunity.

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Chicago, IL
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    I worked at Uptake full-time (More than a year)


    I loved my two years and Uptake. I left only because there was no longer an opportunity to use my primary specialization there.

    The company has floundered to some degree in terms of overall strategy and product direction. However, when Ganesh Bell became president in mid-2018 he put in place a product vision that is clear and to my mind compelling. The platform offerings in particular are not yet where they need to be, but multiple customers told us that our machine learning capabilities were far ahead of the rest of the market.

    I was a member of the data science team, which is well-run and stacked with talent. The software engineers with whom I interacted were also generally excellent.

    Uptake provides a lot of the perks you associate with young tech companies, such as top-notch equipment, free snacks, and team outings.


    Uptake grew extraordinarily quickly before its product strategy was mature. As a result, it can be challenging as an Uptake employee to keep up with where the company is headed and how one's work fits in. The new leaders that were added in 2018 put in place what seemed to be a better long-term strategy at the time that I left.

    Some perks were cut in 2018, which while not a big deal in itself I think hurt employee morale more than Uptake's leaders realized. These changes together with strategic layoffs and strategy shifts contributed to an increasingly nervous atmosphere as the year went on.

    Advice to Management

    - Stay generous to your employees.
    - Keep the cool, fun tech company atmosphere.
    - Aim for stability in overall product strategy.
    - Keep wracking up wins and celebrating them.
    - In general, work to assuage employee nervousness.

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Uptake Photos

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Uptake photo of: Orientation Day with CEO Brad Keywell
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Uptake Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Uptake in May 2016.


    I applied online and got a call from the recruiting team and was set up for initial telephone round with Manager where he went through the resume and asked my couple of behavioral questions. LIke where do you see your self in 5 years and so most of the questions were from my Resume.

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Uptake Awards & Accolades

  • Best New Startup, Moxie Awards, 2015
  • Best Startup Founder or Co-Founders(Brad Keywell), Moxie Awards by Built In Chicago, 2015
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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