A look at artificial intelligence platform Dataminr (plus advice for getting hired)

As one of the leading artificial intelligence platforms, Dataminr delivers alerts on breaking news events by analyzing the public information landscape in real time. The fast-moving company is filled with employees that can take initiative, and are passionate about pushing the power of AI to the limits to make the world a better place.

Take a look at the company behind the platform, including what success looks like at Dataminr and how you can get hired there.

Dataminr rundown

Size: 550 employees

Industry: Internet

Locations: The company’s headquarters is in New York City, with additional offices in Washington DC; Seattle, Washington; Bozeman, Montana; and internationally in London, Dublin, and Melbourne.

Founded: 2009

CEO: Ted Bailey

Mission:“Dataminr is made up of mission-driven people who are strongly committed to bringing ‘AI for Good’ to life,” said Whitney Benner, Dataminr’s Chief People Officer.

How much do Dataminr employees make?

The average salary for a Dataminr employee is $124,490 per year. Ladders estimates are based on our calculations.

Dataminr Jobs

The headquarters in New York is looking for a Senior Software Engineer on the Back End and a Senior Software Engineer on the Content team. View Ladders’ Dataminr Jobs page for a full list of open roles and information on how to apply.

Dataminr company culture

“Our employees are passionate about what they do, and you can feel that in a meaningful way throughout our offices,” Benner said. “Dataminr’s AI platform pioneered ways to turn streaming public data sets into relevant, actionable, real-time information that has the potential to protect people, businesses, and brands.”

According to Benner, employees all contribute to this objective in individual ways, making for a hardworking, yet personally rewarding, culture.

Interview advice from the Chief People Officer

“In order to describe what it takes to get hired at Dataminr, I think about one of Dataminr’s core values – Own It,” Benner said. “Taking initiative, ownership, and accountability is incredibly important for success at Dataminr because we are fast-moving and greatly rely on our teams to make well informed, strategic decisions and deliver tangible results.”

According to Benner, potential candidates should have the same mindset as the company seeks those qualities when interviewing. Other traits include an operational focus, ability to execute, work efficiently, and work collaboratively. In addition to those more general competencies, hiring managers look for deep subject matter expertise.

“Our interview process is designed to assess each candidate’s ability to thrive,” Benner said. “We evaluate everyone by using a combination of role-specific assessments and behavioral style questions.”

The assessments help to hiring managers gauge the level of expertise each candidate possesses in their field, while the behavioral portion helps determine whether a candidate has the competencies that will drive success.

Employee benefits

  • Health, dental, life, vision, and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Mental health care
  • Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
  • 401K plan
  • Performance bonus
  • Charitable gift matching
  • Stock options
  • Maternity & paternity leave
  • Dependent care
  • Military leave
  • Family medical leave
  • Vacation & paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Sick days
  • Volunteer time off
  • Bereavement leave

Employee perks

  • Employee discount
  • Employee assistance program
  • Commuter checks & assistance
  • Company social events
  • Free lunch or snacks
  • Gym membership
  • Diversity program
  • Professional development

Employee reviews 2019

Reviews on Glassdoor range from one-star reviews titled “okay for a first job” to five-star reviews stating that the company is a “fast-paced office for high energy people.”

“Daily catered lunch, work with like-minded people with senses of humor, the job itself is interesting because the company and product are unique,” one reviewer wrote. “Maybe you’ll get to visit one of our other offices, they’re all awesome – I just love my team and our rapport.”

Funding rounds

The company has raised a total of $577 million over 10 funding rounds, with the most recent being a Secondary Market round on Jan. 5, 2019.