Design Science Consulting, Inc.

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Updated Feb 10, 2014

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Stephen B. Wilcox

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    I help coordinate observational, ethnographic, usability, and human factors research.

    Research Director (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsEmployees get a chance to take on new challenges regularly and to learn new skills. The organizational structure is fairly flat so that employees have the opportunity to play a variety of roles. The job requires regular learning and the use of both sides of your brain.

    ConsBecause we are a smaller consulting firm, the work flow tends to be somewhat unpredictable. You may find yourself working on variety of different projects within the same time frame. For some people this is a positive, but if you like to work on a single project with a longer time frame, Design Science may no be right for you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    20+ year old company that functions like a start up

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-good opportunity for those interested in medical devices or human factors
    -interesting work, good clients
    -lots of responsibility off the bat for both internal and client projects
    -travel
    -flexible hours
    -learn a lot, quickly

    Cons-employees at are not given adequate resources to do their jobs well. If they have to work with the main Principal, they are often berated or flat out insulted if things aren't exactly how he likes it.
    -the company tries to save money as often as possible, regardless of the impact on quality of work, e.g. chronic understaffing across all departments, over-emphasis on hiring low-cost fresh graduates
    -very high turn over rate at all levels - people either quit early on or are fired - and the few employees who have stuck around a while definitely use this to their advantage and sometimes can be unethical
    -a majority of day to day organization/management is done by employees with little to no outside corporate/business experience

    Advice to Senior Management-hire a business development director to optimize the company structure
    -provide incentives for good employees to stay

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Proceed with caution

    Senior Associate (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    Pros*Travel to all parts of the country/world
    *Work on very high level medical projects
    *Travel budget is generous - nice hotels and nice restaurants make the very grueling travel schedule a little more bearable.
    *Hours can be flexible

    ConsComplete disorganization. One of the principles appears to be a good researcher, but completely lacks employee management skills. He can be quite impatient, doesn't listen well, and has a history of blaming employees when he forgets things, which unfortunately happened often.

    Projects are always chaotic, out of control affairs that are always barely finished, mainly due to poor planning and time management. Expect to spend weekends and nights finishing projects as deadlines loom.

    Travel on a tight schedule is a big part of the job. Be prepared to familiarize yourself with homemade video apparati built the night before you leave by the company's tech guru. You'll need to be able to transport, operate, and potentially repair up to 50-70 pounds of custom video gear for research projects through airports and hospitals. In some cases you'll have less than 30 minutes to set this very complicated equipment, and you'll have to begin as early as 6am in many cases, often after arriving late the night before. None of this was adequately explained to me when I was interviewing.

    Turnover rate is very, very high, most employees are there for less than three years. Very few people I met there were happy. You'd need to have very thick skin and quite a lot of patience to thrive there. It was a relief to leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove process and time management. Schedule projects ahead of time and stick to that schedule. Get numbers solid FIRST, then produce presentation materials in order to avoid changing presentation materials multiple times as the numbers change. Lastly, think about why your employees depart as often as they do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsResearch, team work, good people, creative, travel

    Conshours, poor management, high turn over, work load, no training

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start your career.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsLearn a lot from the principal. Good technical rigor. Casual work environment. Great clients if you are into medical. This is one of only 3-4 places in the country specializing in medical human factors.

    ConsThe chief principal can speak very disrespectfully to employees, especially when they are experiencing challenges, and always after they've left the company. The technical nature of the work can be very tedious; some days it's downright boring. The environment could do much more to promote big-picture thinking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe careful to make criticism constructive.
    Attend to the creative development of employees.
    Conduct big-picture brainstorms.
    Encourage collaboration & sharing of expertise and knowledge among employees.
    Conduct regular performance reviews, and tie them to growth in the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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