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I have been working at Urban Science full-time
Most of the people in my office are absolutely wonderful - they are honest, hardworking, and are good about sharing knowledge.
Most people within the company are approachable if you need some help, which is great!
Middle management is good about giving positive praise after hard work is done. Hours can be flexible if needed.
The company as a whole seems to recognize that the people who work here are human beings and have lives outside of work.
Most people, especially the veteran employees, are pretty positive about the company and work they do.
The main sources of work are both challenging and interesting, and the clients are pretty easy to work with, though sometimes a bit demanding (not unusual).
The training department is completely useless - it's pretty much sink or swim here when you first start.
About 90% of IT is useless also - they assume (1) as a "user" you are basically an idiot and (2) that you function like a 90 year old on a laptop.
Upper management (directors and higher) seems a little out of touch with things like understanding reasonable timelines, ensuring availability of resources for projects with lofty goals, and prioritizing the types of knowledge to share with their teams. Examples:
- Holding lengthy meetings explaining office decoration color schemes
- Requesting data for meetings at the last minute
- Ignoring/enabling lazy employees by offloading work onto others
Teams do not seem to have clearly defined roles and responsibilities - there is much finger-pointing that occurs when things don't get done.
Raises are not awarded based on merit - it seems that all employees get a set percentage increase assuming they've met what managers deem the "minimum effort". Lazy employees seem to get the same increase as the hardest working employees on a team.
Advice to Management
You're doing a great job getting good projects and leads for your individual teams!
Make sure your teams (not just you - everyone on your team) understands what the other business units do in relation to your team.
There are some lazy-Lucy's serving as your underlings - you haven't noticed them, but if anyone in IT knows how to pull internet history/usage from the AppData folders on your employees' computers, you'd be shocked to see the number of hits your employees have on sites like Facebook, reddit, etc... on a day to day basis. Productivity could be so much better with some user-group specific blocking of certain domains.
I applied online. I interviewed at Urban Science.
Three different interviews with several different people. Never received any response after the final interview - just left hanging. HR person extremely friendly. The non-HR people on the team all seemed very stressed/over-worked. Did not seem like a good place to work. Overall poor interview experience because of the stressed-vibe and lack of follow up.