It’s No Game to Find and Keep Your Data Scientists

Introduction

Companies face two common challenges in struggling to retain data scientists: They often feel underpaid and they frequently say their company’s analytics platform is behind the times. Those were typical comments at Electronic Arts (EA) in 2013 and 2014, which contributed to a 22% annual voluntary turnover rate among its data science job family.

But over the past five years, EA has steadily reduced its churn rate to 8%. These improvements occurred without major changes in compensation and without significantly upgrading the analytics platform.

The keys to EA’s retention success have been:

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