6 things we love about working for Empatica
With this post, we’d like to share with you what has made us fall in love with Empatica’s work environment and culture, hoping that it could positively inspire those of you out there who are looking for a new job or are currently considering one of our vacancies.
1. Improving people’s lives
The core product we design and produce here at Empatica is the Embrace2, a seizure monitoring device, cleared by the FDA, that is able to detect patterns associated with generalized tonic-clonic seizures and immediately alert caregivers.
Having someone there to assist during a seizure can help reduce the risk of SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). The caregiver coming to their aid, thanks to the alert, cannot only prevent their loved ones from further injury during the seizure but also monitor them to make sure they are breathing afterward. This results in more freedom and peace of mind for the families living with epilepsy.
We take pride in working passionately to enable more people to lead fuller and happier lives.
After all, why build AI then?
2. Contributing to research advancements
We’re committed to expanding our research in health sensor technology beyond epilepsy to also assist in other areas of need.
Earlier this year, we partnered with the U.S. government through DRIVe, a division of The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to develop a smart watch able to alert users when they’re developing a serious lung infection, even before any symptoms appear.
To do this, we will investigate the use of the same advanced machine learning technology housed in the Embrace2 to monitor physiological signals that suggest the person is getting ill and, subsequently, alert users and their caregivers.
Besides the Embrace2, we also design and manufacture the E4 wristband, a medical-grade research device that offers real-time physiological data acquisition, enabling researchers to conduct in-depth analysis and visualization. The E4 is sold to thousands of institutional partners, including the world’s top hospitals, research institutions, and pharmaceutical companies, and used in studies for stress, sleep, migraine, depression, and many other conditions.
3. A supportive team of bright minds
Over the years Empatica has refined a meticulous recruitment process designed to scout great human talent that allows the company to continue generating a meaningful impact on society.
The character traits we value most in a successful candidate are integrity, dependability, a growth-mindset, generosity, a passion for a bigger purpose, and profound care for the customer we strive to serve.
These are the values all members at Empatica proudly live by, forming a cohesive team of “A” players that inspire and support one another, from daily tasks to setting up personal goals.
It’s also well worth mentioning that 43% of our team is made up of women, while in the majority of tech companies only less than a third of employees are female. Here, at Empatica, we believe in creating opportunities where women not only enter the tech industry but also encourage and empower each other.
4. Learning something new every single day
Working within a growing startup like Empatica means that new challenges are always on the horizon, and the energy level is always high. We’re very collaborative, sharing ideas and challenging each other’s perspectives to find new solutions, and push innovation forward.
We have the opportunity to refine a more solid work ethic, business acumen and develop a larger set of skills. Our startup life might be more challenging, but it’s also more rewarding.
“What you’ve done today can be outdated tomorrow, so expanding your know-how and improving your abilities is essential to providing the best service to your customers and your colleagues. Sometimes this can be stressful, but mostly electrifying since you feel that you are becoming a more qualified professional and a better version of yourself.” - Francesco, Empatica’s Lead Data Scientist.
5. A culture that fosters a healthy work-life balance
Empatica believes that our well-being is as important as our work, and it invests in promoting good habits, social time, and a healthy work environment.
Every employee can benefit from flexible working hours, fresh food, a membership to the local gym, in-office massage sessions and much more.
Our Friday meeting always includes “Food for Thought”, a weekly talk delivered by our CEO, Matteo Lai, for all employees to be reminded of the important principles to consider at work, as much as in everyday life.
6. Great office locations
Empatica has offices in Milan, Italy, and Boston, USA. Both offices are conveniently located in the respective city center. And over the summer season, all employees spend a full week together on the beautiful island of Sardinia, Italy!
Changing scenery and routines during the summer retreat helps us to refresh our minds. Spending more time together outside of working hours also contributes to further deepening our bond.
The cover image of this post was taken in Sardinia last weekend, at the end of a fun team-building activity. :)
“Everyone on the team cares for each colleague and ultimately, for the company’s mission to save lives. Working for Empatica means being part of a family that cares for you and helps you grow, and you can’t help but care for all of them too.” - Petra, Empatica’s Operations Manager.
The Empatica Team