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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Everything that's a Pro may also be considered a Con. Easy to burn out, but some truly great work/people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA

    Pros

    Take home message: Work is work and, if anything, Acumen will make you feel ready to take on the world.

    -If you're competent and show initiative, you'll be placed in positions to lead/grow.
    -Can see various projects with true impacts.
    -Flexible hours (depending on the Dept. you can choose roughly what time to come in the mornings and leave at night)
    -Great coworkers
    -Great managers and senior management as long as everyone is on the same page.
    -Company subsidizes tuition for classes related to work (caveat being that you'll be hard pressed to find that kind of time).
    -Great food in downtown San Mateo/Burlingame.

    Cons

    -The company is too busy to restructure the working dynamics (this seems to be getting better in parts of the company).
    -Hard to see the overall picture (direction/goals of projects and the company)
    -Overtime is expected, particularly due to strict Government deadlines.
    -Stressful due to unrealistic expectations by management.
    -Difficult to manage work/life balance (unless you don't mind being at the bottom of the worker bees)
    -Due to above mentioned stress, people burn out quickly and/or become irritable and harder to work with.
    -Several weeks of paid vacation per year, but depending on your position/department, you can expect to work remotely on your vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Though no senior manager wants to drop the ball or release the reigns on their baby project, I wish they could all take a well deserved break (100% work free). If anything, the company needs more Sr. managers to reduce each other's work load and to actually be able to incorporate suggestions made to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Interesting work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst  in  Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Burlingame, CA

    Pros

    Policy relevant projects, lots of learning

    Cons

    no incentive bonuses, high turnover, below average building

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice people, meaningful work, mediocre pay/benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlingame, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA

    Pros

    Most people are very kind and hardworking. If you are fresh out of college, its a good place to learn "marketable" skills like SAS. If you like the work, and are good, you can be promoted very quickly.

    Cons

    The salary isn't very good compared to similar positions. While everyone is very bright, there aren't very many who are really experienced in Epidemiology/Econometrics.

    The location is a little awkward--almost everyone commutes.

    Turn-over is very high.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Challenging content-wise and also in figuring out what is expected of me to really excel.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Burlingame, CA

    Pros

    The workplace and the stimulating material.

    Cons

    Positive reinforcement is almost non-existent and the management is not extremely clear in setting expectations. Favoritism is also fairly prevalent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve benefits and employee appreciation initiatives.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It is a learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA

    Pros

    People are very down to earth.
    Motivated group of people to work with.
    Can learn quite a but if you work hard.

    Cons

    Compensation is not great as compared to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Management. But can try and lessen the pressure on the employess

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