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Updated March 1, 2017
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Pros
  • If you want to work in sports, then STATS is a great place to start (in 5 reviews)

  • Extremely exciting working with sports stats (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management at the EVP level and above is misguided and dysfunctional (in 5 reviews)

  • Take the second round of layoffs as a hint to update your C (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Stats Data Collector Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Collection Specialist in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Data Collection Specialist in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at STATS part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun environment for sports lovers

    Cons

    Work was sometimes monotonous, day to day.


  2. "Awesome and exciting work environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Quality Processor in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Data Quality Processor in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to spend your entire shift watching and talking about sports while you get your work done. Need I say more?

    Cons

    Maybe if you don't like sports this would be a difficult job for you. There really aren't any cons to working here


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Was fun at one point"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at STATS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Apparently has a new downtown office which sounds pretty great and it's still sports. As others have said, the people in the trenches are generally amazing to work with

    Cons

    Upper Management is almost completely lost on most topics. The venture capitalists that took over should have done way more due diligence into what they were buying and once they bought STATS, they should have dug down much further than they did instead of trusting middle management to truly know what's going on.
    Pay was also pretty poor for the work, but it's also sports.

    Advice to Management

    It's probably too late now to make many changes really, but get multiple opinions on how things are done before considering that process as fact.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Industry leader quickly transitioning to industry failure"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at STATS full-time

    Pros

    1. New Maternity policy in 2016 that allows more paid time off (but due to the demographic makeup of STATS only really applies to a handful of people in the entire company)
    2. Free Snacks to look like a cool tech firm (coming at an approximate cost of $30K per month to an already cash strapped company)

    Cons

    I. STATS – past vs current
    In 2013, I read an article in Crain’s stating what a great place STATS is to work while also outlining their innovation and how they became a leader in the sports analytics space. I kept my eye on the company from that point on and later, I came across a position that was a great fit for my skillset and I was fortunate enough to land a job.
    Unfortunately, the version of the company in 2013, that of a successfully executed strategy to respected leadership, was being transitioned out by the new ownership in late 2014 (acquired by Vista Equity Partners). Note that Vista is a private equity firm that focuses on technology companies, not data. Upon their arrival, like pushing a square peg through a round hole, Vista forced their strategy (custom made for technology companies) onto STATS which didn’t fit that mold in the least. New management failed to understand the current business processes, the sales cycles, as well as the product development cycles resulting quickly in a less than desired financial outlook.

    Not only did new management lack direction in leadership and vision, but looked out for only one thing… their self-preservation which was apparent in their actions.
    They increased profits primarily in 2 ways (either one not respected if trying to find future outside investors or taking a company public):
    1. Numerous Acquisitions (inorganic growth with no implementation plan into current structure)
    2. Layoffs (2 significant rounds in a 6 month period with barely any backfill coverage)

    While performing this shallow hack-n-slash approach, management made sure they were comfortably compensated while the individual contributors were left with a lack of resources, an adoption of a low level benefit program, and a significant increase in the daily workload.

    I understand that layoffs are bound to happen when a company is acquired, however, there was no vision in place for the core group of people they kept on to grow in any way. The CTO hired in mid-2015 STILL has not laid out a product plan for the company. Meanwhile, since they bailed on their legacy strategy to place the company in the hands of someone who has not delivered on anything that even resembles a development plan, the company has been forced into a position to sell off profitable revenue streams.

    This lack of planning does not end at the product development end of the business. Under the direction of the new CFO (who has already been replaced), the company failed in its delivery of the annual financial audit.

    This company may serve as a starting point for someone’s career but since there’s no path for development, you will have a difficult road to grow in your career at today’s version of STATS.

    II. Leadership is not honest with employees (although decisions were made in advance, there was no communication to organization regarding the decreased bonuses that were paid out months later than scheduled; the merit increases that were pushed out and were below inflation in many cases; the profit sharing program that was completed eliminated)

    III. Non-competitive pay (for anyone still interested in pursuing a position at this company, make sure to negotiate for higher pay/vacation/merit review/contractual bonus before you accept a position because if you leave it management’s discretion to reward a job well done, you’ll be waiting a long time)

    IV. Cognitive & Behavioral Assessments during application/interview process (it’s illogical due that worthy candidates are lost due that the tests do not change depending on the role that is applied for – for example, a data collections specialist will have the same test as a sales executive)

    V. Vista Consultants (well compensated consultants placed in the company on a temporary full time basis that provide no benefit. In reality, these are people who are placed in STATS draining company resources, until Vista can find them placement at another portfolio company – similar to Education’s dance of the lemons)

    VI. Business Development (an interesting role layered into the organization at the outset of the acquisition that has developed no new business for STATS. In fact, since the creation of this group, the company has lost virtually all of the major sports contracts that it proudly owned for years – oh wait, I think Business Development won the Southeast Asian Division III Handball Federation… so there’s that. Don’t knock it, it’s going to be the future of sports)

    VII. Theft (that’s right, theft... there was a significant issue with items being stolen from the kitchen, packages taken from the mail drop off in the lobby, and even laptops/money at people’s desk at the HQ location with no response from management. I apologize, that’s not completely true, the company responded by sending a sternly worded email simply stating in so many words “don’t do that”.

    Advice to Management

    Read these reviews that are posted here. Look at the ratings trends from 3 years ago to today. Once you’re done with that, leave the company. I’m sure Vista has another portfolio company you can go hang out at.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Sad Slide"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at STATS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working in sports.

    Individual contributors and mid-level managers work well together. Teams work tirelessly to fix problems.

    Chicago office is open and modern with some amenities (pre-loaded card for food snacks, table games, couches, etc).

    Cons

    Most damning is that there seems to be a shift to using contractors for technology work for a "technology" company. That should be a alarm bell for any non-management employee.

    There has been a stated goal of hiring individual contributor developers but there has been little done on that front. Many more mid-level and senior level managers have been hired, which should be another warning sign.

    Echoing recent reviews, senior management has a major problem communicating down to employees. Previous to Vista ownership most people understood why they were working on what they were working on and how that helped the company's bottom line. Now, even with multitudes of "product" focused work it's more blurry about where individual contributions make the company money. That's even with the "new" product management workflow. Previous senior management made it a focus to engage with all employees at all levels, even if it was something as simple as chat about the weather while waiting for coffee.

    And this doesn't even touch on the benefit reductions (no profit sharing, change in health insurance, etc), low bonus payouts, delayed salary increases, and layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Articulate the vision and challenges for the future no matter how hard it is. Watering down the message to "everything is awesome", when employees know that isn't the case, is killing morale. Explain why succeeding in these challenges will be beneficial to everyone. There are great employees who will work tirelessly for STATS and it's goals but only if the benefits are shared.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at STATS full-time

    Pros

    Great team of people. Main job is keeping up with sports which helps time fly by

    Cons

    Not much control due to presence of private equity firm owner; disconnect within departments in different locations

    Advice to Management

    promote employees that do well rather than seeking outsiders. be more flexible and receptive


  8. "Data Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL

    Pros

    Fun work environment
    Get to work in/ watch sports
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Poor communication from management to employees


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Ugh..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Collection in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Data Collection in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at STATS part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have never worked in a better atmosphere! Obviously, working with sports data is fun and interesting but the people who I work with and beside are great people and we have so much fun almost every day.

    Cons

    The work is not challenging at all and can be extremely boring during the slow months of the year.
    Departments are very segregated and most folks don't know anyone outside of their department or their corner of the office. The culture does not encourage people to be open and welcoming to coworkers that they don't know. The entire HR department is a JOKE. Additionally getting paid on time/the correct amount is frequently a problem and communication when these issues arise is always late or nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the talent within the company! Or at the very least, show us that you know we exist. Management is so out of touch with the small folks who actually make the company work day to day.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Fading incumbent player in a cutthroat industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at STATS full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Generally speaking, more fun than pounding out code at a generic "Uber for X except Y" startup

    Hip new space downtown

    New cohort of mid-upper level managers are quite competent & decent people

    Cons

    Management is stuck in the following conundrum:

    End-users (pro teams, mass media) of STATS' core offerings are replacing them with in-house solutions while enjoying a "prestige discount" on their technical labor force.

    To maintain competitiveness, STATS is forced to cut its technical staff's cash/equity compensation to match - yet this results in its inability to attract the very talent it needs to deliver a significantly differentiated product.

    If STATS was listed on the NASDAQ, brutal competition from in-house solutions and well-backed startups (see: Spectrum, Second) in a "prestige space" would lead me to generously rate this as a "HOLD".

    Advice to Management

    Continue to cut soon-to-be-unprofitable divisions; focus all resources on developing tech/relationships that will result in an exit to a consumer tech company desperate for content


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Acceptable coming out of college. Not a career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work in the sports industry
    Some of the projects are interesting, but a lot of maintenance
    Casual dress
    Good people to work with for the most part

    Cons

    Non-competitive pay
    No career development
    Morale is abysmal
    Disconnect with "Leadership Team"
    Benefits, raises, bonuses have been cut/reduced, although company attempts to spin this as a positive (??)
    Layoffs

    There seems to be some ineptness from the top and patchwork hiring done across departments in hopes of a magic cure.

    Employees were once regularly given tickets to attend local sports events, but now these opportunities seem to have disappeared (although Leadership Team appear to attend more events).

    Advice to Management

    Make more of an effort to connect with employees, the occasional pep rallies full of buzzwords come across condescending

    I truly do hope things turn around, there are a lot of good people that still work at STATS



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