Design Science Consulting, Inc.

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Updated June 8, 2015
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  1. I help coordinate observational, ethnographic, usability, and human factors research.

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    Current Employee - Research Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Research Director in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Design Science Consulting, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees 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.

    Cons

    Because 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.


  2. The leaders

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I worked at Design Science Consulting, Inc. (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They are always on point. Don't expect that they become off topic.

    Cons

    The partners of the company are very strange. One of them has very complicated family issues. From what I gathered he is not a family man and his family members call him continuously, and he is away from his desk a lot. I think he heads a double life, he has children but he neglects them. Working with him as a business person was fine, but I found that his secret life got in the way. The other partner is never in the office.


  3. Helpful (1)

    20+ year old company that functions like a start up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Design Science Consulting, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Proceed with caution

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Design Science Consulting, Inc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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

    Cons

    Complete 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 Management

    Improve 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.


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Design Science Consulting, Inc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Research, team work, good people, creative, travel

    Cons

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


  7. Helpful (3)

    Good place to start your career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Design Science Consulting, Inc.

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Learn 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.

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Be 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.



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