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eSpark Learning Overview

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Chicago, IL
51 to 200 employees
2010
Company - Private
K-12 Education
$1 to $5 million (USD) per year
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At eSpark Learning, we build next generation tools that help students succeed in school and in life. Using teacher insight and empirical data, we curate the best learning resources to create a personalized experience for each student. We continue to demonstrate meaningful ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to re-imagine student learning for all students so it’s student centered; enabling students to succeed in school and life. We founded eSpark Learning to bring differentiated learning to students in public schools. Every student and class has ... Read more

eSpark Learning Reviews

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eSpark Learning Founder & CEO David Vinca
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    "I miss working at eSpark - no place quite like it"

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    Pros

    I worked at eSpark for almost 7 years. Now that I've been gone from the company for 2 months, I miss it almost every day.

    The level of impact we have on students is incredible. In light of some pretty terrible things going on in the world right now, I feel proud to have worked at a company doing serious good in the world.

    The people on the team are amazing. And fun! I felt personally and professionally supported by the entire team. David and the management team are people of integrity - honest-to-goodness good people driven to close the achievement gap and have an impact on the lives of children across the US.

    I grew a ton in my tenure at eSpark. I would recommend eSpark to anyone, especially someone early in their career looking to have an impact and grow a ton.

    Cons

    Throughout the years, I found that people who were most successful at eSpark enjoyed navigating ambiguity and taking on lots of responsibility. The organizational structure is fairly flat. If you are looking for a more traditional corporate, structured, hierarchical environment, eSpark might not be the right place for you.

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eSpark Learning Photos

eSpark Learning photo of: Customer and partner team pumpkin carving contest
eSpark Learning photo of: Our annual all-team event in Chicago - somehow we fit 65 of us into the frame!
eSpark Learning photo of: Internal team pitch contest!
eSpark Learning photo of: Team photo in our new office
eSpark Learning photo of: Matching co-workers, plus dog visitor!
eSpark Learning photo of: Exploring Chicago with the team
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eSpark Learning Interviews

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at eSpark Learning (Chicago, IL) in May 2016.

    Interview

    * interview with one of the engineers
    * interview with the HR
    * take-home code challenge
    * in-office interview
    * meet the team on several occasions
    * going to school for observations
    * office invitation to meet the team
    * The HR, Shannon, was the most organized person ever. She was also very responsive and helpful during the interview process.

    Interview Questions

    • * First interview was mainly about technical skills and general interest in the company
      * Interview with HR was getting to know the applicant and expectations
      * Take home challenge was very interesting and directly related to the eSpark's business model
      * In-office interview was a round of: rate yourself questions, general technical skills, going over the take-home challenge and make changes, whiteboarding, and last but not the least culture and business overview discussions   1 Answer
    • rate yourself questions   1 Answer
    • SQL questions and data modeling   1 Answer
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eSpark Learning Awards & Accolades

  • Moxie Awards: Best Education or Recruitment Startup, Built In Chicago, 2013
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant, U.S. Department of Education, 2014
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