Why Being a Data Scientist at Decibel is More Than Just a Job
Hélène Armaos – Associate Data Scientist
I came to Decibel’s London office just over a year and a half ago from a pharmaceutical start-up.
The year before, I had completed my master’s degree in Computer Engineering specialising in Data Science and a six-month internship in my home city of Paris.
How I Got Here
I came to Decibel as a Junior Data Scientist and spent a lot of my time learning from senior peers about different technologies and models. Today, as an Associate Data Scientist, I have a mid-level role that gives me more time to help guide junior colleagues.
I’m really happy about the evolution of my career in Decibel. I’m taking on more responsibility through activities like running a recurring meeting with the Customer Success team where I share data science updates and managing questions from the wider business via a dedicated Slack channel. I was also able to attend our London Customer Master Class where I met a lot of clients and had the chance to discuss how the product can address their needs. I’m now working towards a more senior position.
A (Work) Day in the Life of Hélène Armaos
A typical day at Decibel would start with me working through tickets – fixing what I need to fix, coding something new. I also spend some of my time doing research by building and testing algorithms on sessions to develop interesting data-driven features for the product.
I’ve been a key player in a few significant projects at Decibel – one of which was working on our bot detection feature. Since implementing this, sessions created by bots are flagged using a machine learning algorithm and can be filtered from our customers’ data. It was great seeing it brought to life.
At least once a week I’ll get involved with a social activity. Sometimes I organise them myself, so I’ll have to prepare for that. Once I hosted a cheese and wine tasting evening! Actively working on creating a fun and inclusive culture is really important to me.
What I Learned, and Who Helped Me Along the Way
When I first started, I learned a lot of technical skills from more senior data scientists including my direct supervisor, Paolo Turati, and later, Data Engineer Giuseppe Broccolo. Now that I have the technical skills I need to excel at my daily job, I’m developing more of my soft skills. For example, I’ve learnt to break down technical topics so that anyone can understand their value and importance.
“I want to be a powerful, respected and ambitious woman in my career, and working at Decibel has given me the opportunity to position myself that way.”
I’ve also learned a lot about navigating the working world in general – particularly in the case of a male-dominated field. I have a lot of supportive colleagues, but I know that I need to be assertive to make sure my voice is heard in groups. I want to be a powerful, respected and ambitious woman in my career, and working at Decibel has given me the opportunity to position myself that way.
The Best Thing About Working at Decibel
I would have to say that my favourite thing about Decibel is the people. From my first day here, I felt so welcome. It’s clear that there’s a focus on hiring genuinely kind, engaging and open-minded people. I have a lot of friends here now and we spend time together outside of work social activities. Decibel feels like a family for me.
What You Should Know Before Applying to Work in my Team
If you’d like to work in Data Science at Decibel, you should know that not only are you going to have a truly interesting job, you will have great colleagues.
I think there’s sometimes a stereotype that people in technical fields have less interest in social activities, but I know that isn’t necessarily true! I don’t think anyone really wants to spend their entire day behind their screens, coding in silence with no one to talk to. If you want to have the combination of exciting and challenging work with an active and social culture, Decibel is for you.
“If you want to have the combination of exciting and challenging work with an active and social culture, Decibel is for you.”
Not only will you spend your day interacting with smart, interesting people, you’ll also have plenty of time at lunches, social activities and Friday evening drinks to just hang out, have fun and get to know people.