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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.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlingame, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA

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

Pros

Take 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 ManagementAdvice

Though 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.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Okay for a short-term transition out of college

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quantitative Research Analyst  in  Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - Quantitative Research Analyst in 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 office coffee I've ever had. Work appears to have a very direct impact.

    Cons

    Less than market value salary, so-so benefits, unprofessional and overly-casual work environment, little room for professional growth aside from some very specific programming skills. Office building is drab and provides few lunch options nearby.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to provide more of an introductory background of projects before throwing your employees straight into crunching numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst  in  Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in 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 ManagementAdvice

    keep the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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