I got six offers for senior data scientist roles

New BrAF43
Jun 23 45 Comments

I'm going to do another post with tips from my interview. Every company asks variants of the same fifteen or twenty questions, especially for tech interviews in data science.

My offers-
WeWork- 210/230/0 (3 year vesting schedule)
Asana- 170/40K options/20
DoorDash- 160/170/20
Postmates- 190/35K options/0
LinkedIn- 190/290/60
Snap- 195/280/20

I ended up choosing LinkedIn. Strong comp and a really strong manager. Plus, I think promotion schedule is pretty fast and I want to work down in the south bay. Doordash is so much lower because I was coming in at a regular data science level, not senior.

YOE: 5. No masters, but I took a bunch of Stanford Lagunitas open data science courses and added them to my resume and linkedin. All applications came from referrals.

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TOP 45 Comments
  • VMware upchuck
    Jun 23 0
  • Google jjack24
    Sorry for dumb question... is the 290K over 4 years or 290K per year?
    Jun 23 5
    • Zillow Group int lmao()
      Per minute
      Jun 23
    • Snapchat bFCN68
      I guess per year, with that base at Snap the grant must be over 1M / 4 years
      Jun 23
    • Snapchat redsocks
      Yeah I’m also curious cause the snap one is kinda low for over 4 years
      Jun 23
    • Chegg snt124
      $300k rsus over 4 years is low for a Data scientist? Lol wtf is snap paying people
      Jun 23
    • Snapchat Subirel
      I guess it’s over 4 years, otherwise why would he say 3 years for WeWork. Either way the numbers don’t make sense to me for Snap
      Jun 23
  • MHK dsml1
    Congrats. As someone from the inside, do you see data science taking any drastic turns in the next few years? My guess is that the field just gets divided into more specific roles, and hopefully the job availability will still be there.
    Jun 23 3
    • Microsoft ?)6;./68,/
      Is it getting reduced?
      Jun 23
    • New BrAF43
      OP
      1) Right now, strong SQL is enough to get you onto an onsite (plus answers to pretty easy behaviorals). That's going to change, the most complicated queries really just aren't that hard and people will leetcode that shit.

      2) Machine learning will be automated. It'll be a long time until its fully automatic, but model selection and tuning is already being done algorithmically (see SageMaker). ML is going to be a lot more accessible, even without a PhD.

      3) There's going to be a flood of new grads. Graduate programs already have programs in data science and it's inevitable that it'll trickle down to undergrads. The role pays too much-- that makes right now a good time to get experience and beat the wave.

      Then again-- there was a peak in the early 2010s (see "Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century" https://hbr.org/2012/10/data-scientist-the-sexiest-job-of-the-21st-century) and there's still heavy demand.
      Jun 23
    • Microsoft ?)6;./68,/
      Thank you so much
      Jun 23
  • Uber bobaboi
    Congrats! Had no idea wework gave such offer
    Jun 23 1
    • New BrAF43
      OP
      Given what I've heard about them, maybe they're not planning for year 4.... /jk
      Jun 23
  • PayPal Main
    Can you share what are the typical 15/20 questions asked ? I have an older sibling who is pivoting to data science using MOOCs and this would help them prep for interviews. Appreciate your post !
    Jun 23 2
    • New BrAF43
      OP
      I'm going to do another post on it. Happy to practice with your sib, DM me.
      Jun 23
    • PayPal Main
      Thanks OP, will do :)
      Jun 23
  • Please share your experience as data scientist and how you get there. I have string programming background but I am interested in Data Science role as future goal. Thank you.
    Jun 23 1
    • New BrAF43
      OP
      Let me know if you have any specific questions. I'm going to put up another post with recommendations for the interview.
      Jun 23
  • Nvidia bitcoin20k
    Get a 7th for an actually solid company
    Jun 23 0
  • Microsoft ?)6;./68,/
    What questions do they usually ask for data scientist interviews?
    Jun 23 4
    • New BrAF43
      OP
      LinkedIn was the hardest interview, they asked good stats questions, a medium difficulty SQL question, a couple of behaviorals and some really good AB questions.
      Jun 23
    • Microsoft ?)6;./68,/
      Thanks. Any Leetcode style coding question?
      Jun 23
    • Chegg snt124
      No python or ML questions?
      Jun 23
    • New SGfK60
      Medium difficulty ML questions, like explain partial least squares vs principal components analysis and when you'd use either. Medium difficulty SQL, no python.
      Jun 23
  • New XTnK45
    Cool, congrats! Did you applied to other companies?
    Jun 23 3
    • New BrAF43
      OP
      I submitted applications to 60 companies, had phone calls with about 30, tech screens with around 20 and onsites at nine or ten.
      Jun 23
    • Huntington National Bank / Data bYk785
      That’s quite a number of applications. Were all of those 60 applications for data scientist roles based in Bay Area?
      Jun 23
    • New SGfK60
      I flew to Santa Monica for Snap and Seattle for Amazon. The rest were in the bay.
      Jun 23
  • How did you find time for all of those interviews and how long was the process spread apart!?
    Jun 23 1
    • New SGfK60
      The whole thing was two months. I did one interview at FB bc I was curious then decided to change jobs. I took a healthy amount of vacation time for all of it.
      Jun 23
  • Microsoft ?)6;./68,/
    How are the job opportunities for data scientists compared to software engineers?
    Jun 23 1
    • New BrAF43
      OP
      There's demand for all levels, including entry, and it hasn't yet been taken over by new grads. Can't say anything about swe roles.
      Jun 23
  • Microsoft ?)6;./68,/
    All your 5 YOE in data science?
    Jun 23 1
  • Amazon / Other Valon
    Can you post blind link here to the interview questions when it’s up? Thank you in advance
    Jun 23 0
  • LeanTaaS ♥️ data
    @OP - In your offer data,

    1. First number is base and last one is joining bonus?

    2. Middle number is RSU in $$$? If yes, that number is for 4 yrs or each year?
    Jun 23 0
  • New / Data
    ButterFang

    New Data

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    Mu Sigma Inc.
    ButterFangmore
    Did all the companies give you take home challenges ? How long were each ? What was your strategy?
    Jun 23 1
    • New / Data
      ButterFang

      New Data

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      Mu Sigma Inc.
      ButterFangmore
      Thanks in advance !
      Jun 23
  • Huntington National Bank / Data bYk785
    +1, OP: please let us know when you create the post with recommendations for the interview. Appreciate your help!
    6d 0
  • Wiser / Data TybA42
    Did you create the post? It would help a lot of folks here.
    6d 0
  • Zillow Group int lmao()
    I assume location is the same
    Jun 23 0
  • Honey rmse
    anyone here gone through process for WeWork data sci? I have an on-site next week and the recruiter was super vague about what to expect ... would love some insight
    6d 0
  • Microsoft googleBoy
    Hey OP. Mind if I DM you bout some of those interviews? I am interviewing for DS at some of those companies myself. awesome job btw. It takes a lot of work and commitment to do all those interviews ! :)
    Jul 13 0