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Urban Science Reviews in Long Beach, CA

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
54 Reviews
3.0
54 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good technology, smart people, certification program for practice areas is a good idea (in 5 reviews)

  • Lots of good people still working there (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management doesn't respect or understand software development (in 7 reviews)

  • Outdated development process (lacks industry standards) (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Open and Encouraging Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst  in  Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at Urban Science full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Teams are willing to listen and support innovative ideas. People here are multinational, creative and analytic individuals who are great to work with.

    Cons

    In general, consulting companies are very elastic and the team you are in now can change drastically depending on cash flow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Urban Science takes pride in having the best in class people, keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Company state is unknown

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    Current Employee - Associate Developer  in  Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Developer in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool people, decent upper management

    Cons

    Work is unsatisfying, no innovation, no room to express personal innovation. More worried about revenues than investment in employees and product potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience so far.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Long Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with.

    Cons

    The salary could be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Wouldn't think of working anywhere else!

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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 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Recession proof, Challenging, Great People & Growth Opportunities

    Cons

    There are none that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher levels of collaboration with all offices in the area of development and practice. Create a more formalized Bonus Program that tie closely to company targets and employee goals. Be protective of the company culture when making high level external hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time

    Pros

    -Leadership is committed to continuous improvement, specifically in the area of employee & client satisfaction.
    -Very supportive local leadership.
    -Great, caring and smart people!
    -Great experiences with employees I've had the opportunity to work with from our other, global offices.
    -Close to home.

    Cons

    -There is a lot of work to do, however, it is challenging and keeps me coming back for more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Continue to model our values.
    -Continue your committment to improving employee and client satisfaction. Balance this with our goals in the area of profitability and growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    neutral but might go up in the future

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Long Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    smart and nice people
    good benefits
    HR and upper management people are trying hard to address some of the issues

    Cons

    below market compensation (but they have been working on it.)
    they have been making so many IT policies that don't make sense.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place for a college grad to kick off their career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work with a team of intelligent and driven people
    Be a part of a rapidly growing company with opportunities for upward mobility
    Above average pay for entry level positions
    Competitive Benefits Package

    Cons

    Because a lot of employees have a technical background, they are introverts by nature, so you have to have strong communication skills to gather all the information you need.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    More cons than pros at the moment, but there are signs of change

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Long Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing travel opportunities, good opportunities to grow and develop with the company.

    Cons

    Lacking in competitive compensation. Company striving for huge growth in the coming years, but behind the best when it comes to company culture. Somewhat lacking in solid people management, and a feeling of disconnect between Senior Management and their employees. Again, it seems they are looking to address these.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See Cons!

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The company has lost focus of what they truly are, a consulting company

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Long Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    - Most of the employees are great ppl to work with.
    - The Benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    - Urban Science started as a consulting company that develops software products to aide with the consulting aspect, but now the executives has switched course and believe the company is a software company albiet with outdated processes.

    - A few of their software products are horrible but upper management believes everything is dandy.

    - Pay is below market standards and the annual merit increases are pathetic.

    -There isnt much room for growth after employees reach a certain position. A lot of favortism goes on in this office. The phrase 'Who you know and not what you know' really applies. Some positions get filled with an formal internal interview process, while others get filled without one.

    - The company would rather sacrifice employee satisfaction than record yearly revenue growth.

    - Company rewards great work by giving the employee the worthless 'challenge coin', which can be bought on ebay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont neglect your greatest asset, the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Have no value for employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Friendly environment
    - People are smart (Mostly)
    - Concept of applications are interesting

    Cons

    - Salary is 10 to 15% below market value
    - No mentorship and trainnig
    - Managers have no clue; most managers are simply managers because they have been with company for long time
    - No culture
    - No project ownership; everything is done in Detroit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire more senior people with experience
    - Provide more training to employees
    - Do not go after cheap things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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