CB Insights - A Rare Blend of Code & Media Leverage | Glassdoor
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    "A Rare Blend of Code & Media Leverage"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CB Insights full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    In the great words of Naval Ravikant, your career can really be broken down into three parts and all of them need to work together in harmony: 1) What you work on, 2) Who you work with, and 3) How hard you work. WHAT YOU WORK ON: The CB Insights platform fills a very niche B2B use case for clients that work in corporate strategy, innovation, or venture capital. It's supported by different arms of the... business that have really helped build a "full-stack" defensible moat compared to the vast majority of tech startups that just light VC money on fire with nothing to show. Intelligence Unit: Publishes research reports on private companies and startups, very much like how a bulge bracket bank has equity research but for public markets. If you're not on the CBI newsletter, it's a great source of information to stay updated on the landscape of tech across the board in various industries. Marketing & Events: This team puts on conferences on Fintech, Health, and other themes that clients care about. Conferences have become a massive part of the CBI brand that attracts attendees from all over the world. Data: Helps manage the massive amounts of incoming information on funding, patents, earnings transcripts, news and more. CBI's platform is based on data, and this serves as the foundation where the engineering teams then build features on top. Engineering/Product: The core platform product is built to help clients with their workflows in corporate strategy, innovation, or venture capital. Prior to joining, I've only been at smaller startups (<30 people) and it's nice to be at a company that already has product-market fit. Customer Success / Business Development / Sales: CBI also has a strong client-facing team that helps the business side of things such as onboarding and customer success. Other Teams: Still don't know every department at the company yet, but apologies if you are reading this and I've left you out :D WHO YOU WORK WITH: No A-Hole Policy: Pretty straightforward and everyone at the company is genuinely nice and kind. Seamless Lunch: Every day, a group order goes out before 11:30AM where you can pick from a few different restaurants on Seamless to have your lunch delivered. The company offers a stipend of $8 (as of writing). What I enjoy most about this is not having to go out, walk around Midtown, figure out what I want, then wait in line - it actually takes up a lot of mental bandwidth and energy. Office Location: It's right next to Penn Station which makes it convenient for the commute no matter where you are coming in from - 123, ACE, NQRW, BDFM, LIRR, or NJ Transit. Snacks: Coffee and lots of different tea options. Chobani yogurt. KIND bars. Wheat Thins. Coconut Chips. String cheese. Lots of other stuff that I can't remember because there is always a new rotation. And every cereal brand that you could possible imagine. Basically, you can come in during the morning and have breakfast with enough snacks to keep you full throughout the day. Lunch & Learn: Every two weeks, there is an open forum where you can present and teach something to the company over pizza. Usually it's hosted by the engineering team, but everyone is welcome to submit as it helps provide insights into how other teams work at the company. 10,000 Feet Focus: In smaller companies, often times the product manager is also a project manager that has to manage sprints and live in JIRA. Luckily, this is not the case here as there are dedicated technical project managers on each engineering team. So as a product manager, you're really thinking and focusing on the work 1-2 quarters ahead which is awesome and really what it should be and not in tickets. Design: There is also a dedicated product design team that can help you think through the wire-framing stage of features and new product ideas. Pretty standard across the design stack to be using Sketch, InVision, and Zeplin. Product-Market Fit: As mentioned before, at smaller companies you're still trying to figure this out but at one that's already been there - deciding what to build is relatively more straightforward as you already know who the users are and what problems you're solving. The challenge is then prioritizing all the ideas you have and making sure you're tackling the ones that have the highest impact - given X effort and Y confidence. Hack Day: Three times a year (if I remember right), there is a 24-hour hack day where anyone can start any project and recruit anyone from any department to help them out. It's then presented and some of these ideas actually become company initiatives which is cool. Remote-Friendly: There's an initiative to build out remote teams, particularly in engineering. So if you're reading this as a front-end or back-end engineer not in California/New York please do take some time to look at the openings. HOW HARD YOU WORK: Solving Multi-variate Problems: The day-to-day is not stressful, but you must be comfortable juggling multiple things (and prioritizing) at once whether you're in product or project management. If you enjoy rubik's cubes, sudoku, or other games where you have to solve problems in multi-variate ways you would enjoy it here. Self-Starter: Everyone is willing to help, but you must be a self-starter as the price of entry (in my view). This means taking initiatives in finding solutions or processes, and being proactive versus reactive.

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    Cons

    Processes: The company is at a size where it's more mature (~300) and some processes need to be standardized (already being worked on) - it's sort of this weird adolescent phase of a startup where you're not a small company, but you aren't some huge multinational either.

    CB Insights2019-08-25

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Great Company That Cares About Its Employees"

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    Current Employee - Tech Recruiter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CB Insights full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Everyone here is very nice and also very motivated - great to come to work knowing I'm going to accomplish a lot with folks that want to do the same and have a great time while doing it - Great interdepartmental relationships. Working with people in different departments is always a pleasure as everyone prioritizes productivity and collaboration here. And everyone's ideas are listened to and respected in... meetings from the C-level employees to the interns and everyone in between. - Management is very communicative and transparent. From Day 1 you know what you need to do in a 1month, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years etc. to hit your career goals. There are internal docs shared within the company outlining the criteria for promotions and the outlining in detail the verticals you can grow into within your department. Also there are outlined objectives for moving into something different within the company as well. Every route you could possibly want to take here is attainable and it is well defined on how to do so. - Great company perks and benefits

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    Cons

    - We still are a startup so there are some changes to objectives from time-to-time. This isn't frequent by any means and productivity isn't hurt by this at all. Having said that, you need to be flexible and ready to adapt to things should you work here. Which is to be said about any startup - or even most companies in general.

    Advice to Management

    - more interdepartmental networking events where folks across all seniority levels can socialize.

    CB Insights2019-08-02
  2. "Great Culture & On-boarding Process"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CB Insights full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The on-boarding process was well defined and the team was very welcoming. The product is easy to learn, offers valuable insights to our clients, and is fun for those who are intellectually curious. The company provides new employees with all the tools needed to be successful and colleagues are more than willing to help as you get up to speed. It's a pleasure to work with clients who are advocates of our... research and platform. Overall, the best SaaS company I have worked for (and I've been at quite a few)

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    Cons

    Being split in two offices prevents different departments from getting to know one another and working closer together. (This is being addressed with the office move which is in the works)

    Advice to Management

    -Continue to encourage employees to go on "coffee walks" to get to know one another. It definitely helps produce a strong work culture and makes the office a friendly place.

    CB Insights2019-08-01

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