Urban Science

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Urban Science Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
62 Reviews
3.0
62 Reviews
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Urban Science President Jim Anderson
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47 Ratings

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  • Outdated development process (lacks industry standards) (in 5 reviews)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

    I won't miss working at Urban Science

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Long Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers.
    Company location close to where I live.
    OK benefits.

    Cons

    No career growth opportunities in the ever shrinking PMO.
    Inadequate compensation.
    Insecure and incompetent lady bosses in Detroit office.
    Most of the people in the higher position have never worked in any other company - newer talents are seen as threats.
    Not very engaging or challenging projects.
    No value of employees. Only complacent /conformist / submissive personality types can last in this work place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Confidential" feedback surveys and HR processes are not the tools to identify genuinely dissatisfied employees and a means to proactively get rid of them.
    HR should not need to post fake five star reviews on the internet to boost the company image, so that they could hire for the back fill positions on a cheaper rate.

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

    Company state is unknown

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
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  5.  

    Great experience so far.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  6.  

    Wouldn't think of working anywhere else!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    neutral but might go up in the future

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    • 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 (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
  9.  

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

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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 (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. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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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 (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

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