Kensho Company Overview
Founded out of Harvard and MIT in 2013, Kensho received backing from Google Ventures, leading financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase and S&P Global, and the venture capital arm of the CIA, In-Q-Tel.
Over five years the team at Kensho built analytical products used by some of the world’s biggest financial institutions and the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Kensho was acquired by S&P Global in 2018, and continues to operate independently, retaining its distinct brand and culture in its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.
Jobs at Kensho
Caroline Wizeman Gerenyi
Head of Marketing
Head of Visallo Engineering
Head of Machine Learning
Head of Knowledge
Head of AI Research
Head of Kensho Applications
Head of Infrastructure Technology
John van Moyland
Head of Financial Products
Head of Research
Why join Kensho?
At Kensho, you have the opportunity to benefit from the collaboration and innovation of a startup environment while also leveraging the resources of one of the world’s largest and most successful financial institutions, S&P Global.
Kensho acts as S&P’s innovation and transformation hub, enabling it and its clients to use information more intelligently and effectively. Here you will have the opportunity to create impactful, scalable contributions that have the potential to transform the way the world thinks about data.
You will get to work with a diverse and inclusive group of curious, highly accomplished engineers and business professionals who value collaboration, curiosity, and mentorship at all levels. Here at Kensho, swinging for the fences is considered a team sport, and every Kenshin’s unique perspective and experiences are valued. You will never be “just a number” at Kensho.
Kensho Diversity & Inclusion
Kenshins are open-minded, intellectual, and invite the diverse perspectives of our team’s global background. Our culture empowers everyone to bring their full, authentic selves to work where every Kenshin’s unique perspective and experiences are valued. We know that building a diverse team of people with different backgrounds and experience spurs innovation, and helps us make better decisions and build better products.
Kensho continues to recognize, promote, and add to our diverse talent in a number of ways. We value diversity at the senior engineering and management levels and celebrate our diverse talent across all organizational levels. Kenshins participate in industry events such as Grace Hopper, support other programs that highlight the development of diverse talent in tech, and we are committed to attracting candidates from many backgrounds.
"Kensho has been using GraphQL in a highly unusual way — by compiling each query directly into a single, optimized database query. Our GraphQL compiler is now available to the community as an open-source project."
"One of the great things about working at Kensho is how much ownership you have over your work. Engineers are encouraged to take charge, and you have a lot of say on the direction of your project."
"I'm a lot less cynical about finance than I was before. Having studied a lot of its more complicated products in depth, I undertand more of their purpose, what they're trying to do, how they're trying to function."
"Work-life balance at Kensho is perfect for me. You're given a lot of autonomy in work schedule and location. I have two small children and the rest of my family live in the UK. Working at Kensho, I'm solving really cool and interesting problems AND I get time to spend with all my family."
"What makes Kensho so amazing is its intellectual diversity. At any one point, there's probably a high-level discussion about abstract type systems going on right next to a rip-roaring chess game, all supervised by two or three adorable puppies."
"Kensh-ins know how to keep the work environment fun and lively. In the past we have had multiple social activities keeping in mind the diverse set of employees. We have hosted ping pong tournaments, TGITs, bowling, kayaking, board games, poker & trivia nights to name a few."
My advice to candidates is to be honest about what you know and don't know and don't hesitate to ask questions. Kenshins are intellectually curious, humble, and honest - if we don't know something, we are not afraid to admit it and look for an answer amongst our peers, who are brilliant and eager to help.
"As an engineer, I have always wanted my job to intellectually challenge me. However, I have also always wanted a supportive network of understanding and kind people. I believe most jobs can offer you exposure to the latest technologies and tools, but Kensho is unique for providing me both interesting problems and a genuinely authentic and caring culture."
Welcome to Kensho!
With floor-to-ceiling windows, Kensho's Harvard Square office provides beautiful views, open spaces, and natural light loved by all.
In true Kensho fashion, our conference rooms are named after sci-fi characters.
Employees (fondly referred to as Kenshins) are at their most productive in our floating chairs.
Many Kenshins have found their swolemates in our two in-office gyms.
Here, Will from our national security division works on his typing muscles.
If you need to unwind, our two meditation rooms offer some peace and quiet.
Employees can kick up their feet and enjoy some sunshine while diving in to their work.
One of our engineers, Adity, collaborates with product manager Tara while enjoying the view.
Kenshins are a multifaceted group, with hobbies from skiing to theatre to chess.
Playing ping pong is so popular, we have a Slack channel entirely devoted to scheduling games!
Our employees are proud of who they are, so we can't help but be proud too...
Because nothing beats those moments when Kensho comes together.