What Makes Data Science Consulting Companies Appealing to Work for?
Data science consulting companies are a hot choice if you’re looking for a job in the field.
They offer numerous development opportunities, access to the latest technologies, and provide data-based solutions for top-notch companies across the globe.
Furthermore, on top of generous salaries, they seem to have tons of cool perks - from unlimited vacation days and free meals to hair salons and masseuses on site.
This doesn’t make your choice any simpler, though. With so many industries and companies out there, it’s hard to keep track of who-offers-what-and-where.
That’s why, we decided to step in and help you figure out which data science consulting companies provide the best overall employee experience in 2019.
We based our research on KDNuggets’ list of data science consulting companies. Then we cross-referenced it with LinkedIn latest job offers and feedback from the companies’ existing workforce on Glassdoor. In addition, a focus group of friends and 365 students working at data science consulting companies helped us enrich our data with their experience.
So, here they are: 15 cream-of-the-crop data science consultancies around the world. (Bonus points: many of these rank high up on Glassdoor’s 100 Best Places to Work in 2019 list.)
How to navigate this article? For each company there is summarized information about:
- business expertise;
- office locations;
- benefits and perks;
- reviews from current employees.
On a sidenote, although the order of the data science consulting companies is loosely in line with Glassdoor’s list, this shouldn’t be the main point that will tip the scales of your decision. Make sure you go through all the companies and apply your own critical thinking in the process. After all, you are the one who knows best what to look for in a future employer.
Let’s get started.
1. Bain Advanced Analytics Group/Bain & Company - #1, according to Glassdoor’s annual list of the 100 Best Places to Work in 2019
What they do: Bain’s advanced analytics and data science experts combine cutting-edge techniques with the latest tools to ensure breakthrough results. They work across all industries. However, they focus on three disciplines—primary research, advanced analytics, and Big Data. Their ideal candidates must thrive in a fast-paced environment and be able to work independently. Maybe you are willing to collaborate with people at all levels. Or you like collaborating with multi-office teams at various company locations. Either way, Bain is a great choice for your career.
Where they’re hiring: The company’s headquarters are in Boston. In addition, Bain has offices in 57 global cities.
Benefits and coolest perks: Bain is said to offer amazing health insurance. It also provides relocation or housing allowance before starting at the company. Furthermore, there are yearly performance-based bonuses, a profit-sharing program, and incredible credit card perks. Not to mention the unlimited sick days. Hard to skip submitting your resume there, right?
Review from an insider: “Huge focus on people, sustainability and their development. On top of that, there's amazing work and super talented that teams make the job worth it.”
2. BCG Gamma - #5 according to Glassdoor’s annual list of the 100 Best Places to Work in 2019
What they do: The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm. It is one of the leaders in business strategy advice, both in the private and the public sector. BCG Gamma crafts and implements fully customized, end-to-end, advanced analytic and AI solutions for its clients. Technology jobs and engineering jobs at the company feature design of IT architectures, software engineering, cybersecurity consulting, and risk management. So, if you are interested in building innovative data products, you can put BCG on your list of potential employers.
Where they’re hiring: BCG has offices in more than 90 cities in 50 countries. So, chances are high that there’s one in your country, too.
Benefits and coolest perks: BCG covers medical, dental, and vision at 100% for you and your family members. There are generous parental leaves and flexible work options. That makes it a great place to work if you are starting a family. There’s also $300 fitness reimbursement per year. Plus, most offices have free drinks, free snacks, and Friday lunches.
Review from an insider: “I'm working with wonderful, smart people. Besides, work-life balance is great. And health benefits are second to none.”
3. QuantumBlack/McKinsey (#19 according to Glassdoor’s annual list of the 100 Best Places to Work in 2019)
What they do: QuantumBlack is subsidiary to one of the global leading management consultancies – McKinsey. As such, it works with the world’s most influential organizations. It strives to recruit the brightest data scientists, engineers, and designers to deliver results across Healthcare, Energy, and Finance. QuantumBlack provides unique international development opportunities. Furthermore, it offers first-class learning programs at all levels. So, if you are willing to experiment with new approaches to move forward quickly, this could be the right place to develop your career.
Where they’re hiring: London, Boston, Chicago, Guargon, Sydney, and Sao Paulo.
Benefits and coolest perks: QuantumBlack offers plenty of vacation time and paid paternity-leave…And a good training budget, too. Besides, there are many opportunities to travel and attend conferences and vendor trainings. What is more, employees are eligible for large bonuses and receive excellent compensation. Not to mention that, as part of McKinsey, you might be offered an MBA sponsorship. Talking about development opportunities! Oh, we almost forgot – there’s also free breakfast and lunch.
Review from an insider: “Outstanding people, interesting work, and fantastic learning opportunities.”
4. Accenture Analytics - #88 according to Glassdoor’s annual list of the 100 Best Places to Work in 2019
What they do: Accenture solves their clients' toughest challenges by providing high-quality services in a wide range of areas. For example, strategy, consulting, digital, technology, and operations. The enterprise partners with many of the Fortune Global 500 and has expertise across numerous industries. As a data scientist in the company, you’ll be expected to have hands-on experience with SAS, Python, or R. Also, pretty good command of other tools and programming languages such as SQL, C++, VBA, Murex, Calypso, Numerix, etc is required. You’ll have the opportunity to work in a high- energy team and develop creative and breakthrough solutions. So, if that sounds like your cup of tea, go ahead and add Accenture to your future-workplaces list.
Where they’re hiring: The company has more than 400,000 employees in more than 120 countries. That's why, it’s very likely there’s an office in your country, too.
Benefits and coolest perks: Accenture offers supplemental life insurance, mental health care, and health care on-site. Moreover, perks include company social events, military leave, and sabbatical. The latter is rarely offered, so, way to go!
Review from an insider: “Accenture offers great career opportunities. Also, there's a never-ending supply of interesting work, and competitive compensation.”
5. IBM - among LinkedIn’s 2019 Top Companies to work for in multiple countries
What they do: IBM Big Data and Data Platform Consulting Services help clients by making data simpler to access. In addition, they assist companies in understanding and improving data-driven business outcomes. IBM specializes in digital insights and business intelligence. It also offers cognitive solutions for data lakes and analytics-as-a-service. Data scientists in the company must have a durable passion to apply data analytics in solving diverse problems. You will also be exposed to new technologies and will gather large-scale projects experience.
Where they’re hiring: IBM’s headquarters are in Armonk, New York. The company’s operations range across 170 countries.
Benefits and coolest perks: US employees fighting cancer can tap into IBM’s artificial intelligence software Watson™ for insights into appropriate treatments and clinical trials options. There’s also a Health Incentive Program which provides strong support for employee well-being and preventive care. And, you can work from home one day a week. Not that bad, if you ask the author.
Review from an insider: “Well, you can travel anywhere around the world & work at any IBM operations.”
What they do: ScienceSoft specializes in CRM, Data Analysis, Collaboration & Knowledge Management, and Information Security. The company boasts rich experience in testing and quality assurance services. Plus, it provides 24/7 support for various IT infrastructures and applications. ScienceSoft has been providing custom and platform-based solutions in Healthcare, Banking, Retail, Telecom, and other industries for over 29 years. Guess we could say they’ve been in the game for a while!
Where they’re hiring: McKinney, TX, USA, Canada, Finland, Belarus.
Benefits and Coolest perks: According to their workforce, ScienceSoft offers pretty good salaries and medical insurance for the market. You’ll work on interesting projects, too. Besides, the company pays for certifications and IT events and is a recognized partner of IBM, Microsoft, Magento, ServiceNow, and Oracle. Last but not least, they’ve won numerous prestigious awards, including the national 2014 Fastest-growing company award by Ernst&Young (EY).
Review from an insider: “ScienceSoft is a good place for personal growth. Management encourages gaining new skills, although you would need to demonstrate your own initiative as well.”
What they do: Appsilon provides end-to-end data science consulting across Finance, Healthcare, Maritime, Retail, and Real Estate. What is more, it has proven the quality of its services by winning the Global Management Challenge with AI support in Rotterdam. If you’re looking to join a passionate and ambitious team of data experts, Appsilon is a great pick.
Where they’re hiring: Warsaw and Gdansk, Poland
Benefits and coolest perks: You can travel to conferences in various places – France, Great Britain, Los Angeles. The management provides shared breakfasts, table football tournaments, and retreats. Apart from that, if you work there, you also get flexible hours, private health care, sports card, and access to many events.
Review from an insider: “We treat Appsilon as something more than just a job – it’s also our passion. We have wonderful, ambitious people around us who are constantly looking to develop.”
What they do: Addepto develops ML and BI custom solutions for fast-growing companies to deliver end to end projects - from tapping into data sources through data warehousing to reporting architecture. Furthermore, you’ll be part of various international projects, including fin-tech, gaming, ad-tech, and more. Another plus is that the company will generously finance any courses you need to achieve your career goals.
Where they’re hiring: Addepto’s HQ is located in Warsaw. But they also have an office in New York.
Benefits and coolest perks: The company’s employees have flexible working hours and the ability to work remotely.
Review from an insider: “We’re a harmonious team of Data Science, Business Intelligence and Big Data enthusiasts. Joining our team means cooperating with seasoned experts and participating in projects for international companies.”
What they do: STATWORX is a consulting company for data science, machine learning, and AI based in Frankfurt, Germany. It specializes in sales forecasting with deep learning, predictions of online conversion rates, prediction of next-best product, and many more.
Where they’re hiring: Frankfurt, Zurich, and Vienna.
Benefits and coolest perks: Well, the company offers flexible scheduling, working hours, and work spaces. So, if you like the option of a home office and thrive well in flat hierarchies, you’ll most probably enjoy working there. Plus, there are regular internal and external continuing education courses.
Review from an insider: “A small, dynamic team. Plus exciting, versatile projects for corporate and private customers.”
What they do: Palantir’s platforms have been applied to diverse problems as disaster relief, healthcare delivery, drug discovery, human trafficking, counter terrorism, financial crime, regulatory compliance, and the protection of privacy and civil liberties. In addition, their software integrates and analyzes data in national security, healthcare, energy, finance, manufacturing, and more. The company is recruiting highly motivated self-starters with proven strong analytical and troubleshooting skills from around the world to help them with data integration, big data, enterprise software, data analytics, data protection, and data engineering.
Where they’re hiring: Palantir is headquartered in downtown Palo Alto, CA, with offices around the world, including New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo.
Benefits and coolest perks: There are lots of good things to mention here. For example, great health insurance and unlimited time off. And the meals are completely covered - breakfast, lunch, dinner are served every day. Palantir has free laundry and dry cleaning on-site, and even a free hair salon. Well, we admit it sounds awesome. There are lots of travel opportunities, both domestic and international if that’s your preference. Plus, insurance is paid 100%. And…wait for it … You can use free masseuse and chiro services on site! Dog lovers can take their pets to work, too.
Review from an insider: “You are surrounded by incredible, driven people who share your values. What is more, we are working towards improving the world. And benefits are amazing too.”
What they do: MuSigma is one of the Big Data Analytics and Decision Sciences companies. It works with more than 140 Fortune 500 companies to bring together people, processes, and platforms. The company specializes in: risk, retail, and marketing analytics, supply chain analytics, and more. Furthermore, it currently has 3,500 Decision Scientists worldwide.
Where they’re hiring: Northbrook, Arkansas, Bangalore, and Sydney.
Benefits and Coolest perks: MuSigma provides a good insurance plan and a balanced number of vacation days. What is more, travel expenses and team lunches can be reimbursed.
Review from an insider: “You will have the liberty to learn a wide variety of skills that will help you in any career.”
What they do: TIBCO provides industry solutions across various industries, such as banking, energy and insurance. Furthermore, it offers business activity monitoring, as well as hybrid cloud integration. Plus, the company deals with Amazon Web Services, Apache Spark, Blockchain technology, and more. If you are a data scientist with experience in SPSS, KNIME or other data mining tools, and you are ready to travel domestically, this could be your future workplace.
Where they’re hiring: The private company with more than 1,000 employees is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. However, you can apply in offices in Huston, and Greenwood village, if you're based in the US. There's also an office in Rotterdam, Holland, in case Europe is your preferred location.
Benefits and coolest perks: TIBCO provides shared performance incentive compensation, patent awards, sales achievement awards, and other recognition programs. Its Learning & Development team regularly creates relevant trainings and materials. Furthermore, employees' participation in conferences and classes is encouraged. The benefits packages are location specific. Perks include recognition of national holidays, serving Girl Scout cookies and milk on employee appreciation day, and more.
Review from an insider: "Excellent resume building, we us every new technology and buzzword. Great new apps that make for very cool demos."
What they do: Data Scope is a consulting company specializing in data visualization, large scale data analysis, social network analysis, and tailored data mining. Furthermore, it provides expertise in sports analytics, marketing analytics, dashboard design, data science, and data strategy. So, if you’re an eager-to-learn and naturally curious individual, consider applying there. Data Scope has worked with Oracle, P&G, Motorola and other high-profile companies and that would definitely be a plus in your portfolio.
Where they’re hiring: Chicago
Benefits and coolest perks: If you work in Data Scope Analytics, you’ll benefit from flexible time off, and paid paternity leave. You can also work remotely for long periods if you need to.
Review from an insider: “Well, if you are someone who is innately curious and likes to learn, this company is designed to be a great place for you to work.”
14. Tiger Analytics - Rated by Forrester as a 'Strong Performer' in Insights Services and Customer Analytics Services
What they do: Tiger Analytics is an advanced analytics and AI consulting company. What's more, it is the trusted data science and data engineering partner of several leading Fortune 500 companies across banking, insurance, logistics, retail, and media industries. Tiger Analytics brings expertise in marketing science, customer analytics, and operations & planning analytics. On top of that, the consultancy has developed a range of accelerators for quick project execution. From plug-and-play software to solution frameworks, they help accelerate time-to-value for their clients.
Where they’re hiring: Headquartered in the Silicon Valley, with a global delivery center in Chennai, India, the company also has offices in New Jersey, and Singapore.
Benefits and coolest perks: There are lots of good things like medical insurance and travel allowances. Also, perks include free snacks, regular cakes, and regular lunch outings. Besides, there are very flexible policies for working hours, time-offs for personal purposes, and work from home options. Not to mention, vacations and sports clubs are actively encouraged.
Review from an insider: “Amazing work-life balance. Lots of flexibility and vacation time.”
What they do: Cloudera was founded in 2008 by some of the brightest minds at Google, Yahoo!, Oracle, and Facebook. So, if you are on the lookout for work opportunities within the company, make sure you check out Cloudera’с Fast Forward Labs. It’s а machine learning research group within the company that develops new products through ML and AI technologies. In addition, it provides consulting and advisory services to clients in a wide set of industries.
Where they’re hiring: The company has offices in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Benefits and coolest perks: Cloudera offers good overall benefits, flexible time off, and an employee stock purchase program… And free daily lunches - as you may have noticed, always a plus, if you ask the author of this article.
Review from an insider: “Cloudera has a GREAT reputation in the Big Data world. And spending four years there has provided a great springboard to other positions at some of the valley's best companies.”
Well, this sums up our list of ‘15 Data Science Consulting Companies To Work For’.
So, when decision-making time is just around the corner, you can always refer to this article as a great resource to help you out with your choice. You may decide to apply for a job in large data science consultancies with numerous benefits and decades of experience in the field, such as Bain Advanced Analytics Group, Cloudera, and Palantir Technologies. Or you can opt for the excitement of joining up-and-coming game changers like Appsilon, Addepto, Statworx, and Data Scope Analytics.
Whatever your preferences are, be calm and confident in your abilities. And, most importantly, take the necessary time to prepare for the job you want. After all, systematic and solid preparation goes a long way, even if you start as a beginner and take things one step at a time.
Now, before you start fantasizing about all the amazing perks, make sure you go through our tips on how to make your resume truly one of a kind. It will definitely come in handy once you start applying for a job in your chosen companies. Also, keep in mind that a lot of your career opportunities can come through networking. So make sure to check out the top online communities for data science and other data professionals.
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