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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Burlingame, CA

ProsTake 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 Senior ManagementThough 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Okay for a short-term transition out of college

    Quantitative Research Analyst (Current Employee) Burlingame, CA

    I have been working at Acumen full-time for less than a year


    Pros: Provides good programming skills for aspiring health researchers. Some of the best… Cons: Less than market value salary, so-so benefits, unprofessional and overly-casual work environment, little room for professional growth… Advice to Senior Management: Take the time to provide more of an introductory background… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Interesting work

    Senior Research Analyst (Current Employee) Burlingame, CA

    I have been working at Acumen full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: Policy relevant projects, lots of learning Cons: no incentive bonuses, high turnover, below average building Advice to Senior Management: keep the good work Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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