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My First Week at Civis

by Bryan B.

There can be a lot of uncertainty when starting a new job. Whether it’s your first job or your fifth, there will always be anxiety and questions on the first day. What projects or clients will I be working on? Will I work well with my manager and my team? What’s the office environment like? Will I like my coworkers?...

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CEC and 1871 Present Civis Analytics with Momentum Rising Star Award

CEC and 1871 Present Civis Analytics with Momentum Rising Star Award

by Dan Wagner

Last week, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and the City of Chicago awarded our company, Civis Analytics, the ‘Merrick Momentum Rising Star Award’. In receiving this award, we’re proud to join co-winner @properties and previous Chicago winners including kCura, SMS Assist, Cleversafe and more. For us, this award is near unbelievable. This time just three years ago, our small founding team...

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The people behind the people science: How our policies support work-life balance

The people behind the people science: How our policies support work-life balance

by Civis Analytics

With a culture of responsibility, transparency and acceptance, our attention to and appreciation of our employees is in the forefront of our minds. As a growing organization, we work hard but at the same time, we know people have lives outside of the office – from jetting off to explore a new place to major milestones like expanding their family....

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Lightning Talks at Civis Analytics

Lightning Talks at Civis Analytics

by Adrianna J.

One thing I love about working at Civis Analytics is that we have a fantastic learning culture. We share our technical knowledge within our teams on Hipchat, host brown bag presentations and even have a weekly Journal Club where we discuss academic papers. I wanted to expand that learning culture even more to teach and inspire others by showing what...

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On the (Technical) Google Hangout

On the (Technical) Google Hangout

by Jeff C.

A year ago, we blogged about Interview Tips, providing a high-level FAQ about interviewing at Civis Analytics. Today we’d like to talk about a specific stage in our interview process: the Hangout Interview. At Civis Analytics, our engineering interview process is divided into three stages: a preliminary phone interview, a technical assessment, and the on-site. This is not to say...

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Finding your fellow ‘weirdos’

Finding your fellow ‘weirdos’

by Civis Analytics

Recently, I was invited to give the alumni address to the graduating cohort of the Startup Institute Chicago (yes, that’s a large image of me on their site). Startup Institute is an immersive eight-week bootcamp I attended before joining Civis Analytics that helped me further develop some of the technical product design skills I had built in grad school and...

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Guiding our Summer Interns to Become More Effective Engineers

Guiding our Summer Interns to Become More Effective Engineers

by Jenny F.

A great internship or first job blends responsibility, real-world experience, and great mentorship. As we strived to create that balance this summer, our engineering team formed a book club for interns and recent graduates to talk about their experiences, read a different perspective, and learn from each other. In this blog post, you’ll hear from three of our interns on...

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Civis or the Academy?

Civis or the Academy?

by Stephen H.

People at Civis come from a variety of backgrounds, and several of us left academia to work here. Myself, I earned a PhD in physics from UCLA, then spent four years doing cutting-edge cosmology research at the University of Chicago before coming to work with Civis. I still love physics, but coming to work at Civis was definitely the right...

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