Urban Science

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3 people found this helpful  

Decent place to work, but can become tedious an uncaring.

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Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Long Beach, CA
Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Long Beach, CA

I have been working at Urban Science full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Work is satisfying overall and the pay is not terrible. The people are very nice. The experience is good and most of the consultants can be more knowledgeable than counterparts that work directly for automotive OEMs.

Cons

Becoming a revenue generating machine that chases every dollar with little regard for their employees and clients. Growth and progress can be difficult after a while, both financially and professionally.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please, put a little more effort into developing your people and provide them with proper career paths that will help them grow instead of plugging them in a cogs in a revenue generating machine. Care more about your clients. And when its time to pay bonuses and raises, be fair. Growing is good, but don't make your current employees pay such a huge price for your growth.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth the commute

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For a developer like me, the best thing about working there was the people. Despite their general cluelessness regarding software development, Urban Science has managed to hire some very, very good people in development and QA.

    Cons

    This is, without a doubt, the only company I've ever worked for where it was allowed for departments to show open contempt for another department (basically, everyone for TechDev, which is now part of IT). The commute was horrendous. The company in general has flex time, but not IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people from somewhere other than General Motors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Technically and innovative peers, but lots of red tape and 1980s.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Urban Science full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Brand new office facility in Downtown Detroit, lots of coffee and tea choices. Smart people with innovative ideas. Clients willing to pay for mediocrity. Has a grasp on the niche, or vendor-lock.

    Cons

    For a technical or software minded individual, the company is moving back to 1980 by tying to adopt Team Software Process, at a company level with no outside help. Far from agile. Felt like the company was being blanketed for sale. Architects will tell you "this is not a democracy!" Ideas and cleverness is frowned upon. Software is "clunky". Closed door kingdom building. TrueCar and others seem to focus on the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek innovation and entrepreneurship. Take notes from software leaders today, for the future. Seek inspiration from Dan Gilbert and other technology leaders. Quit calling it a "small big company" and realize what your revenue streams are. Strive to be "best in class" to the world, not your false utopia.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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