WalmartLabs Data science

Monsanto VqUj16
Sep 21, 2017 24 Comments

Anyone from data science groups at walmart labs? I have few questions about interview process. Thanks.

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  • Intel 0Entropy
    Walmart for data science? Seriously?
    Sep 21, 2017 2
    • Uber ᵇᵃᵍ
      One of the world’s largest retailers... they need it more than most crappy startups do.
      Sep 21, 2017
    • WalmartLabs rand.randm
      Yes my friend , @labs has access to a treasure of data. It is a r&d arm of a fortune 1 company. That said there are definitely some challenges which need to be addressed . Mostly around huge variance in quality of talent, red tape, infrastructure disparity etc.
      Sep 24, 2017
  • WalmartLabs Greatness
    If you are experienced don't come, you will be frustrated as people will tell you how to be a data scientist when they themselves no nothing, if you are new grad then come and learn for a couple of years, just make sure you keep feeding false egos of everybody, if you are mid level experience I suggest stay away too much politics and low diversity
    Sep 21, 2017 2
    • Monsanto VqUj16
      OP
      Wow, that sounds rough. Thanks for the feedback.
      Sep 21, 2017
    • WalmartLabs rand.randm
      Spot in! However I would still argue it is very much dependent on team. There are still very smart folks in the labs , but I must admit they are rare and I am not sure how long they will be around . In last 6 /7 months we lost some real good folks.
      Sep 24, 2017
  • Microsoft LolZzz
    I agree totally with above comment. I interviewed with them. Really mediocre folks with inflated ego. Take it as ur last option if u don't find anything else.
    Sep 21, 2017 4
    • WalmartLabs rand.randm
      I am sorry for your experience. However, one bad experience is not reflective of the quality of entire company. I do agree there is a huge variance in quality of folks across teams. If you end up interviewing for one of the teams on left of the bell curve, I would not be surprised. Do you mind sharing which team you interviewed for ?
      Sep 24, 2017
    • Microsoft LolZzz
      I interviewed with one of the team in search org. Not want to go in specifics. I agree to your point but having consistent experience with 4-5 interviewees who claim to be data scientists but know just how to run tools. What kind of folks do you recruit for such an important component of website? It shows overall quality. I might be wrong in my comments but it left bad taste for me and it makes me think overall perception about labs is correct.
      Sep 24, 2017
    • WalmartLabs rand.randm
      Again this is not acceptable and I am deeply sorry for your experience. I can assure you that it is not reflective of the over all quality. I came from Microsoft and have worked for a few teams there. I am sure you would agree even in MSFT your experience may vary dependent given upon who you end up interviewing with .
      Sep 24, 2017
    • Microsoft LolZzz
      Yes you might be right. I have seen only bing folks and they are superb mostly. Other ML groups related to azure or other products I am not aware of. But still search is one of the most important component of any website and you expect higher standard. again I agree with you on some points.
      Sep 24, 2017
  • Twitter / Eng Tweeple
    They pay well though. A new grad (masters) recently got an offer of $150 base, 30k on target bonus and 80k RSU over four years. Without negotiation.
    Sep 23, 2017 11
    • Twitter / Eng Tweeple
      ^ good point. However there are people with different life circumstances, and I wanted to put this data point out there.
      Sep 24, 2017
    • WalmartLabs rand.randm
      I totally get that . I just meant to say if pay is the only motivation and not the kind of work we do at labs, then things are really broken from our end and we need to fix it. This is a legitimate point and thank you for bringing it up.
      Sep 24, 2017
    • Twitter / Eng Tweeple
      To be fair, higher compensation is a fairly common lever that is used to lure people from places with established brands and a great work culture when you want transformative growth. So I hope you guys can compete well with the Bezos machine!
      Sep 24, 2017
    • WalmartLabs Greatness
      You have incorrect information, no new grad gets 150k in labs, 130k yes have seen and the grad was from one of the top universities and joined after professors recommendation. But overall labs does pay good, but wanted to clarify to people getting excited that this is very rare and done mostly when the candidate is recommended highly by a professor in a partner University or the candidate is a friends or family candidate. Generally interview is held and some really bright people are interviewed but then friend or family candidate joins.
      Sep 25, 2017
    • WalmartLabs rand.randm
      @Greatness. We do have new grads getting this much , or closer, however, as you mentioned they have very specific skills and multiple offers. I am surprised we have family and friends route too :-).
      Sep 25, 2017
    • Twitter / Eng Tweeple
      Really surprised to hear the friends and family route too. My friend didn’t have multiple offers, and didn’t negotiate but I’m sure has specific skills. (Don’t think he got specifically recommended by a professor either). Another intern got a lower offer; so perhaps it all depends on internship performance.
      Sep 25, 2017
    • WalmartLabs Greatness
      @Tweeple I wonder if you are talking about data science jobs as there are not many in labs, at least advertised ones
      Sep 26, 2017
    • Twitter / Eng Tweeple
      I don’t want to get into specific details, but the internship seemed to be in the data space.
      Sep 26, 2017
    • Uber oQaa60
      Is the 80K RSU dollar value or units? How much per RSU?
      Apr 4, 2018
    • New OwjS77
      80k RSU units would be crazy my friend. It is 80k worth of RSUs.
      Jan 14
  • I recommend data science if it is part of the growth org - especially personalization. These engineers are highly revered and paid well !!
    Oct 5, 2018 0

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