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Quantium Reviews

Updated April 17, 2019
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Pros
  • "Work life balance, shut down in December" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Great people - everyone is passionate, good at what they do but humble" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Only a few people within the company have the opportunity to do play with cutting edge analytics algorithms, and the rest forget about it ---" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Inexperienced senior management (exec and above) relative to the size of the company and its ambitions" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Senior management is not doing anything to retain talented people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are still some very smart and talented people in the company from whom you can learn a lot.
    If you get lucky and get assigned to a good project, you can pick up modeling skills.

    Cons

    Management seems to be focused more on getting extra business and maintaining their margins than retaining good employees.
    Work life balance is not even a thing.
    Team morale is very low as there has been a mass exodus from the company.
    Work can be very mundane and repetitive at times.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should not keep ignoring that more and more employees are leaving the company. You need to talk to the employees that are leaving, rather than trying to avoid them in the last few weeks before they leave.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Not serious about analytics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Access to some incredibly powerful data at scale
    A few good eggs at the company (including some good managers)
    Casual-dress policy

    Cons

    Uncooperative team culture - very competitive internally to climb the ranks, which leads to a clear lack of collaboration
    An alarming lack of analytical knowledge and understanding from people with 'expertise' - probably a result of hesitation to adopt new methods
    High-quality work is often seen as delivering 'too much value' - even though margins are embarrassingly high
    Proper training is not encouraged / offered, except in actuarial disciplines. "Professional development courses" are run by people with limited knowledge and more often than not a waste of time
    Awash with uninteresting, repetitive work

    Advice to Management

    Work on the company structure, ensure management are held accountable for things other than how much money their teams generated. The current environment is quite toxic, and not a place that many talented people will stay at long-term.

    Once the analytics scene becomes more competitive this company will be left behind due to a lack of capability differentiation. That can be salvaged, but it will require some serious thought and effort put towards R&D

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Dodgy Analytics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Some of the people are great to work with.
    - Decent pay, above big 4 accounting firms (but still below market rate for analytics/data science)
    - Quantium day (a kind of company wide holiday/party)

    Cons

    - Some of the statistical work is dodgy/unethical. Clients don't know any better and so can't question the work.
    - Poor training. The technical staff there just don't know what they are doing. Quantium is far behind the rest of the world when it comes to analytics/data science.
    - The majority of the people there can't program. This is kind of ridiculous given that their website says they are data scientists. What kind of data scientist can't program?
    - There are far too many managers who have no technical background. How can you possibly manage technical people when you have no idea what they do?
    - If you leave the company you are essentially un-employable by another firm as you leave with no useful skills.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire people who actually know what they are doing. Actuaries with a few years modelling experience and NO programming experience are NOT good hires.


  4. Helpful (14)

    "All about saving face"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Quantium full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The office is a new, clean space with some free snacks and drinks.
    Co-workers are a nice bunch of hardworking people.

    Cons

    Has serious issues with "boy's club" favoritism towards long-time employees - good luck getting help from management if you aren't "in".

    The epitome of "talk is cheap" - you can be praised all year for your efforts but mysterious flaws about you will be raised coincidentally just before your pay review.

    Management is in denial about the issues within their company - if you are in any department besides the direct moneymakers (Sales and Analytics) then expect your issues to be swept under the rug.

    Our department was understaffed and our recommendations to refocus our efforts on rebuilding core systems for stability (instead of focusing on growth projects all the time) were ignored. When the cows inevitably came home, management's solution was to hire someone to whip our staff harder... right.

    Advice to Management

    Your focus on growth and profits is tearing your staff and systems apart - stop for a moment, breathe, and give your staff a chance to stabilize the boat!

    Listen to your staff - did you hire experts to be yes-men, or experts?


  5. "Data analyst intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quantium full-time

    Pros

    Good culture
    Learnt a lot of data analytics and skills

    Cons

    Not many cons, very interesting work


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Love it love it love it"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Quantium full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with - I've learned so much
    Laid back culture with flexible working arrangements
    Challenging work with interesting technology
    Fast pace

    Cons

    Sometimes I question strategic direction and management choices
    Not everyone gets to work on new tech, some are left maintaining old platforms


  7. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Quantium full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Investment in career
    Good project opportunities
    Great culture

    Cons

    Lax work practices
    Lack of strategic direction
    Siloed offices
    Trade too heavily on datasets rather than innovation

  8. "BigData specialist"

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    Current Employee - Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Quantium full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good env, good people, good view

    Cons

    can't think of one. Seems like a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to people


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Actuary in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Actuary in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Quantium full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Trailblazers in data analytics. High quality work with top tier clients

    Cons

    Fast paced, competing priorities, need to spin the plates at times


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome company!"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Quantium full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Super smart colleagues
    Very nice working environment
    Lots of opportunities to work in different business verticals and to learn from the best
    Great leaders

    Cons

    Nothing really. It's a great company!