As we will add more students and reach out to more companies, we will expand the list.
This list is irrespective of whether a student got an offer or not from that company. It just represents our opinion about them after the entire process.
Unfortunately, there were quite a few tech companies that didn't impress us or even disappointed us, but we are too nice to write it here (we will definitely share the information during the course).
Firstly and most importantly, there is a big choice that a future data scientist interested in tech has to make: joining a company with an already established team or joining a company where she would be the first data scientist. Both choices have pros and cons and should be evaluated based on long term career goals.
For big companies with established teams, there are 2 tech companies that clearly stand out in Europe (Spotify could be added too, but it seems that lately has been focusing on building a machine learning team in NY):
Working there would give opportunities of having a great data science mentor, learn from the best as well as get a brand name on your resume.
For small start-ups where a candidate would be the first DS and in charge of building a team, we really liked companies that had all of these characteristics: (1) going through hypergrowth (2) approachable CEO/executive team despite their success (3) clearly investing in DS as a core of their business (4) high level people:
Joining one of those 4 companies (listed in alphabetical order) is very likely to put your career on the fast track. If you choose to work for a start-up, make sure that it meets all the 4 points above. Otherwise, chances of success are slim.
As we gather more data, we will update this list as well as select the best consulting companies and large non-tech companies in Europe.
ps. Clicking on the company names will take you to their career page. In any case, don't get discouraged if in future you don't see any DS opening there. These are the best companies in Europe. If they think you are smart, they'll create a role for you, cause that's what great companies do.