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A company's approach to data science
Asked on 2020-10-10 05:33 by melanie q.

Hi...How does everyone here learn about how companies are "doing" data science? I don't often hear companies talk about what this actually looks like and wonder how to learn about a company's approach to data science BEFORE applying for a job? I've applied for jobs only to learn that "data science" means something other than ML. It's not always clear on the company website or job description. 

Response #1
By H L. on 2020-10-10 22:33
that's a good question and I would be interested in the response too.  the term data science can mean many things.  for example, Facebook Data scientists are more analysts doing A/B testing, but another company's data scientists are like ML engineers.  I think when in doubt, just apply.   :D

Wojciech G. on 2020-10-11 01:27:
Agreed! You can certainly always ask people later. For what it's worth, I also try to understand which department the work is being done in -- for example, a marketing department hiring data scientists usually means A/B testing, to HL's point. If it's the product team, I usually assume it's more on the engineering side... But every company is unique.
melanie q. on 2020-10-11 14:23:
Yes! agree with you HL
Response #2
By Andrea Y. on 2020-10-11 04:34
Agree with Wojciech above that every company is unique and it's often hard to get a sense of how things work internally without actually knowing someone there. When I'm curious about what a company does and how they do it, I do a bit of background research on them. Often, company websites are generic so I will try to find out who works there and see if I can find any conference presentations, videos, or blogs from those folks. On LinkedIn, you can view what those people are liking/posting, and this often offers insight into the type of work they're doing. To take it a step further, I may actually attend certain talks/webinars/events where I know those folks are speaking and approach them with questions or ask for an informational interview to learn more. I've found a lot of success with informational interviews because they're just that...I'm not asking them for a job or trying to sell anything. I make sure I do my research before meeting with them, keep my questions concise, and keep interviews very brief (15-20min) to respect people's time. I have found that many people have kindly accepted.

Curious to hear other people's thoughts on this Q.

melanie q. on 2020-10-11 14:22:
thanks Andrea. This sounds like a lot of work. I guess that makes sense but I look at A LOT of companies/jobs :P Point taken though. What you're saying makes sense.