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Thomas MaCurdy
30 Ratings
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    A casual environment with meaningful and challenging health policy work!

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    Current Employee - Data and Policy Analyst
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    I have been working at Acumen full-time (Less than a year)


    The work is very interesting and current. Projects deal with Medicare payment policies, hospital readmissions, Part D claims, Medicaid-Medicare dual eligible population etc. The work is meaningful, and the clients appreciate our recommendations. You will gain experience in SAS, STATA, project management, dealing with clients, problem solving, and collaboration. There are opportunities for upward mobility. Acumen has clearly defined career paths. The company is a meritocracy so if you work hard, you will be rewarded with promotions and raises. The environment is challenging and fast-paced. Some days can get very busy with calls, emails, meetings, and reports. This may be overwhelming for some people, but this aspect of the job excites me. The employees are incredibly smart people (Ivy League and top public school graduates) who work hard and ensure projects get done. I consider my co-workers my “friends,” and I have enjoyed learning about their interests outside of work. Very casual work environment with no dress code. Tattoos, sweat pants, and workout gear are acceptable. While it is laidback in the office, Acumen employees maintain incredibly high levels of professionalism with external clients. There are lots of office supplies (pens, paper, notebooks, highlighters, etc.) When supplies are low, administration quickly orders more. Acumen doesn’t have all the perks of a start-up, but the company is very social with office events (potlucks, birthday celebrations), company outings, lunches, bagel Friday's, and happy hours. There are complimentary snacks in the kitchen! There is also a flexible work schedule where you are required to work between 10am -2pm. However, you may adjust your hours for personal errands. Some projects may require long hours sometimes, but for the most part work-life balance is encouraged. Most people leave the office by 5pm or 6pm. My manager is amazing, but I can’t really speak for others.


    Salary is just okay. I think it is good for public policy, but not on par with other consulting firms. Projects are also very isolated. I would appreciate the opportunity to learn more about what my colleagues are doing on a routine basis. The technology could be better. We routinely have issues with phones, internet, access to sensitive files, etc. This is a little frustrating especially when there are client calls or time-sensitive deliverables. It would also be nice to have more office space; the cubicles are pretty close to each other.

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    Outside of the cons listed above, I am pretty happy with Acumen so far! It is a good place to work - increase the prestige and status of the company so people outside of health policy recognize the name.

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