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Updated May 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Interesting work with flexible hours (in 8 reviews)

  • Good people to work with for the most part (in 6 reviews)

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

  • Days go by very quickly and there are a lot of changes that are happening/need to happen (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Bumpy ride, but progress being made"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Global company in an exciting industry
    - Lots of growth in soccer (biggest sport globally, so best path to more money...and it doesn't hurt when you're a fan)
    - People work hard and care.
    - Lots of smart people in all departments, from all backgrounds, both new and old employees

    Cons

    - Communications have been poor
    - Lack of focus on products and unclear vision for the company
    - Indecisiveness at the top (seems to be getting better)

    Advice to Management

    Overall, things seem to be heading the right direction with some positive changes and a few new, big league deals (even if they are mostly non-US). Keep moving forward and be sure to stay decisive.


  2. Helpful (15)

    "A joke of a company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location is convenient for commute.

    Cons

    Waste of time. STAY AWAY! Absolutely no career growth. All competitors beating them out, hands down. Enterprise rent-a-car would honestly have more sports perks than Stats. Clear path to minimize costs and doesn't care who they bring down with them. Spend your time looking elsewhere. This company is a joke to say the least.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Moving in the Right Direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at STATS full-time

    Pros

    Very smart people across the board creating some innovative products in sports/big data/deep learning. It's easy to be motivated because everybody is passionate about at least one of those things. New downtown Chicago office feels very tech-y with standing desks, open layout for collaboration, gym, snacks, happy hours, etc. Flexible environment that allows for good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There's a lot of ambiguity which can delay productivity. It's a good environment for self-starters who can muddle through, but not necessarily for people who need more direction.

    Advice to Management

    Over-communicate and create more opportunity for interdepartmental collaboration. It should be a priority for all employees to know company goals and where we're headed, both to continue positive cultural trends and to improve products and revenue.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Changing for the Better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are genuinely great that I get to work with. Some of the technology being developed here is extraordinary. Working in sports and in downtown Chicago is pretty amazing as well.

    Cons

    The company is still in transition mode a bit, so its a whirlwind most of the time. Days go by very quickly and there are a lot of changes that are happening/need to happen

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the big things that need to happen and avoid getting pulled into side projects that eat up a lot of time.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Data Collection Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at STATS part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility to take time off when needed. You get to watch sports for a living. Able to work additional, off-the-clocks assignments at home.

    Cons

    Maturity of the company is low. Professionalism lacks. Treated like just another number and not as a member of the company. Busy work for days that lacks any real meaning or fulfillment. Turnover happens weekly as people realize you don't get paid much to work difficult hours with tight deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Improve quality of your product by offering a better incentive to the grunt-work roles. Make qualified, intelligent people want to work here, not whoever you can pick off the street.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome and exciting work environment."

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    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stats Data Collector Review"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Was fun at one point"

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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.


  9. Helpful (17)

    "Industry leader quickly transitioning to industry failure"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Sad Slide"

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    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.


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