Urban Science

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Great Pay Not So Challenging Work

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Former Employee - Intern in Long Beach, CA
Former Employee - Intern in Long Beach, CA

I worked at Urban Science

Pros

Employees are very friendly and talented.
Most employees here are CSULB graduates and most seem to be in their 20s or 30s.
The company is growing and constantly hiring new employees.
The company has offices all over the world with opportunities to transfer.
Good pay. Good location.

Cons

Employees working overtime with no overtime pay, instead paid days off were given.
Your work is very dependent on client data coming in, so some days are really slow.
Some tasks delegated to you are extremely simple and require no technical experience.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Assign menial tasks to non-tech related employees.

No opinion of CEO

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    Experience depends largely on the team you are on

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Urban Science

    Pros

    -There are some very capable and intelligent people on staff with great problem solving skills
    -Technology is fairly current from a hardware and software standpoint
    -Decent potential to move around in the company in some situations if you can demonstrate the proper skills
    -Above average benefits package

    Cons

    -Movement up or laterally can be hindered by politics; sometimes what you know is not enough
    -Some teams will be expected to work vastly over and above a normal schedule with no compensation for the effort beyond what other teams on a normal schedule receive
    -Processes can be tedious and get in the way of getting work done; processes may differ from team to team or even be at odds between process management groups and project teams
    -Project delivery dates may be set without any input from the team implementing the project and are seen as unmovable.
    -Frequent middle management changes in the last 5 years drove a splintering of processes and practices
    -HR is slow to respond to project staffing needs
    -Company culture is stale; it is not a particularly "fun" place to work compared to other software companies
    -Performance based rewards can vary greatly and sometimes seem completely arbitrary
    -Excellence is not always rewarded; improving efficiency may get you a bonus, or it may just get you more work to do; some promotions seem to be based on placing a person where they will do the least damage vs placing the person most qualified for the position. Some hires and promotions seem to be driven by the fact that the candidate knows the decision maker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Focus on what works vs implementing "flavor of the month" processes
    -Follow through on promises to include the technical personnel in project decision making
    -Start valuing your people over process; reward excellence with something more tangible than a medallion
    -Focus on understanding the company's external reputation with prospective employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Internaltional Growth Company full of opportunity for hard working talented people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at Urban Science

    Pros

    Fast paced and challenging recession proof company. Career paths towards sales and development. Extremely fast paced growth. Opportunities for Global assignments and relocation.

    Cons

    Resource limitations make it difficult to keep up with work loads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to manage growth more effectively.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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