Great work-life balance, terrible leadership
Data Scientist (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – June 26, 2017
The lions share of work for a typical day involves data preparation; the data are not well documented and at times complex. This isn't as much a bi-product of bad design as much as a symptom of rapid acquisition of business. In that sense, I would not recommend Anthem if having to spend considerable time making sense of data is not your cup of tea.
One positive aspect of working at Anthem is the real-world exposure to large data. It can be challenging and interesting to try to develop a model that needs to score medical history for 36+ million lives on a regular basis, for example.
Another positive part about Anthem analytics is that the work-life balance is quite progressive. Most managers seem to understand that the best employees produce more when they are given responsibility and told what is needed and not how and when.
Overall, I've also been very impressed with my co-workers. There are many very intelligent people working at Anthem. Many come from diverse backgrounds in medicine, physics, applied mathematics, etc.
On the negative side I've been very unimpressed with senior leadership, particularly among the analytic department. Frankly, this is the single area that is spectacularly broken at Anthem.
The leaders are terrible, seeming to prefer perceived momentum over direction and results.
Good work-life balance