Exponent

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3 people found this helpful  

Technically rewarding if you can handle the powerplays

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Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

I worked at Exponent

Pros

The technical problems that an engineer would face on a day in day out bases is great. The jobs are challenging and very rewarding.

Cons

Employees are on a sink or swim path. Either find your own work to become successful in the company or start looking for somewhere else to work. Review time is brutal as every little thing that you have done for the year is reviewed. The main office tends to horde work, leaving satellite offices to fend for themselves during slow times. Managers will horde work even to the point of flying across the country for a job even if they have support staff in the city they are flying to that could handle the work.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Work on treating your employees as people and not products.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Employee beware

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Exponent

    Pros

    Exposure to more variety of technical problems than you could possibly imagine

    Cons

    You are essentially responsible for finding your own internal work. You will only be fed for so long. After that grace period you will be scrutinzed weekly and your UT evaluated. Typical targte is 80+% but given that vacation and sick count against you, by working 40h week at 100% the maximum UT you can achieve is 90%. What does this tell you about work life balance? Expect the tiniest infractions to be blown out of all proportion at review time. Do not expect to be told what is really required of you to advance - they will not be upfront about. Senior staf are expected to bring in $150+k of business, promotion to manager requires $500+k, senior manager $750k-1M and Principal $1M.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because you are "Manager" rank or above it does not mean you know everything, it does not mean yo know how to manage people. All it shows is that you have brought in over $500k of work for either as an intiator or developer (developer credit is given if you play an important role in a project - if you are lucky enough to have your contribution acknowledged)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Exponent

    Pros

    You will have exposure to a number of technical challenges and industries. You could easily find your next employer among their clientele. Consider your time at Exponent as getting paid to find a job!

    Cons

    Job offers are handed out feverishly from Exponent because the company is attempting to hide their shrinking scientific talent from stockholders. Once you report to work there will be nothing for you to do and you will be blamed on a daily basis for their lack of active clients. Senior management in the materials practice is incompetent. As a junior member of the practice you will spend your time explaining technical principles to management and writing their reports. There is little mentoring provided to employees and no opportunity for career development in consulting. Working for this company should be considered a blemish in your work history. Future employers will view your work as lacking technical competency, depth and rigor. High turnover is the direct result of short sighted management greed and the company’s inability to form long term business development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your reputation is beginning to precede you, as a horrible employer. Your incompetent senior staff positions you well for future lawsuits, if you are not acquired due to your enormous greedy cash reservoirs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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