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Nice people, meaningful work, mediocre pay/benefits

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlingame, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA

I worked at Acumen

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

Other Reviews for Acumen

  1.  

    Challenging content-wise and also in figuring out what is expected of me to really excel.

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Burlingame, CA

    I have been working at Acumen

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    what a waste

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA

    I have been working at Acumen

    Pros

    When company was smaller, there was a lot of opportunity to learn from senior programmers.
        You have an opportunity to work with very bright kids from top-notch schools across the country, including harvard, cal, stanford, hopkins, u mich, usc, swarthmore graduates
        Training program exists for new-hires to learn SAS programming
        Nearly everyone is very friendly and willing to help you learn within your department
        Nice health insurance plan, including dental, vision and medical
        Three weeks vacation accrued each year
        If you are lucky you can end up working in an excellent department with very knowlegeable managers that love to teach the tricks of their trade - very helpful and appreciate and reward quality work
        Opportunity to work as many hours as you want, allowing you to prove you can take on a lot of work, if that's your sort of thing, as it is mine.

    Cons

    Poor communication between departments leads to duplication of work.

    HR department is very new. Workers are very weary about the confidentiality of their reports to HR.

    In many cases, nepotism has lead to unqualified employees landing managerial positions, leading to incompetent managers in some of the company's departments. If your luck though, you may get an excellent manager, however. Just depends on the department you end up in.

    Primarily hires kids fresh out of college, or immigrants needing H1B status at low rates. Because of high-turn over rates, there is constant re-training going on. It would really improve the company if they hired people with more experience who planned to stay with the company long-term.

    Many cases of waving H1B carrot in front of those needing it, having them use up their OPT and then
    not providing H1B; similarly for promises of raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to the advice given to you, whether it be from sites like these or preferably from employees themselves. It can only make the company better :)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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