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3.6

76% would recommend to a friend

(290 total reviews)

Thomas MaCurdy

61% approve of CEO

Ratings by category

3.8

Diversity & Inclusion

3.8

Career Opportunities

3.8

Work/Life Balance

3.3

Culture & Values

3.2

Senior Management

3.2

Compensation and Benefits

Ratings distribution

5 stars

14%

4 stars

31%

3 stars

25%

2 stars

12%

1 star

17%

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Pros
  • "Nice people and generous on H1B applications(in 25 reviews)
  • "All administrative teams are friendly and helpful.(in 14 reviews)
  • "Talented and friendly coworkers(in 12 reviews)
  • "Worked on interesting projects and learned a lot.(in 6 reviews)
  • "Friendly work environment, a lot of opportunities for new grads(in 5 reviews)
Cons
  • "Your life quality hinges upon the quality of your supervisor; not everyone gets assigned good managers;(in 33 reviews)
  • "Salaries are low if you look at it from a tech company perspective but high if you look at it from a public policy perspective.(in 26 reviews)
  • "A lot of teams suffer from poor management.(in 22 reviews)
  • "Pay is low in general and insanely low for the area.(in 20 reviews)
  • "Hard for juniors to get a big picture of the projects they are doing; benefits are poor(in 14 reviews)

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Found 290 of over 318 reviews

Updated Dec 4, 2023

    1. 5.0
      FEATURED REVIEW
      Oct 13, 2023
      Data and Policy Analyst I
      Current Employee, less than 1 year
      Washington, DC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great work life balance. Decent salary for new graduate. Nice company culture.

      Cons

      Non-profit company providing non-profit H1B

      1. 5.0
        Oct 2, 2023
        Data and Policy Analyst II
        Former Employee
        Burlingame, CA
        Recommend
        CEO Approval
        Business Outlook

        Pros

        TECH SAVVY POSITION WITH GREAT POTENTIAL GROWTH

        Cons

        Low salary and poor benefit

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        1. 4.0
          Nov 18, 2023
          Research Operations Analyst
          Current Employee, more than 1 year
          Burlingame, CA
          Recommend
          CEO Approval
          Business Outlook

          Pros

          Great opportunity for international students, provides entry-level training, and encourages in-company growth.

          Cons

          No transparency around actual work hours, and sometimes communication discord between managers and their teams. Forcing people to work in office but also reducing in-office perks.

          1. 3.0
            Dec 4, 2023
            Administrative Assistant
            Former Employee, more than 1 year
            Burlingame, CA
            Recommend
            CEO Approval
            Business Outlook

            Pros

            Food Programs, Hours, flexible schedule

            Cons

            Pay is low for the amount of work, Management issues

            1. 3.0
              Sep 2, 2023
              Policy Lead
              Current Employee, more than 5 years
              San Jose, CA
              Recommend
              CEO Approval
              Business Outlook

              Pros

              Interesting and impactful work, most co-workers are smart, some clients can have interesting projects that you may get to work on. Starting pay is abysmal but pay is very competitive as you gain more seniority and tenure.

              Cons

              Very rare to see employees who have been around for more than 5 years unless they are “stuck” because of visa concerns/ have developed very specific and narrow skills that would make it hard for them to change jobs. No consistency across company with work life balance, promotions, pay, or opportunities to pursue cool opportunities. Some managers have terrible reputations and are known bullies, but continue getting promoted because they are willing to work insane hours and push their direct reports to their breaking point. Many employees are burnt out, but the company doesn’t seem to care about taking feedback seriously/ taking steps to improve the culture/ providing more wellness support. Newly introduced remote employee rules and pay cuts are discriminatory towards new parents/ employees with health concerns that may prevent them from working in-person.

              1. 3.0
                Sep 5, 2023
                Data and Policy Analyst
                Current Employee
                Burlingame, CA
                Recommend
                CEO Approval
                Business Outlook

                Pros

                Super kind and intelligent coworkers. People who want to make a big difference and really mean it. The work you do is so impactful and it really warms your heart to have this chance. Most teams are welcoming and the onboarding process is super helpful for future work down the line. Views of the ocean are also gorgeous.

                Cons

                Pay is low in general and insanely low for the area. The pay between each level of a DPA coming into the company is pretty similar and it's not great. Additionally, the premiums for good health insurance plans are high. Not an abundance of snacks other than the vending machine you have to pay for. I think the tradeoff is you get to do great work but it's hard to stay when you have bills to pay sadly.

                2
                1. 3.0
                  Sep 21, 2023
                  Associate
                  Former Employee, more than 1 year
                  New York, NY
                  Recommend
                  CEO Approval
                  Business Outlook

                  Pros

                  - Compassionate, intelligent people - Interesting and impactful work - Knowing you make a difference on a day to day - jacqueline is super inspiring!

                  Cons

                  - Really, really hard to get a promotion / advance in your career. Very much a culture of "if you don't like it, leave." I had coworkers who grinded for 2 years to not get a promotion - Management roles hoarded by few people - Can be slow moving - Low transparency

                  1. 5.0
                    Sep 5, 2023
                    Data and Policy Analyst
                    Current Employee, more than 5 years
                    Burlingame, CA
                    Recommend
                    CEO Approval
                    Business Outlook

                    Pros

                    Acumen provides plenty of opportunities to grow within the company. You learn from others and the environment is very friendly.

                    Cons

                    Depending on the team, your skills may be limited.

                    1. 4.0
                      Sep 18, 2023
                      Data and Policy Analyst III
                      Current Employee, more than 1 year
                      Burlingame, CA
                      Recommend
                      CEO Approval
                      Business Outlook

                      Pros

                      nice coworkers and good wlb

                      Cons

                      relatively low income in the bay area

                      1. 3.0
                        Oct 26, 2023
                        Anonymous Employee
                        Current Employee
                        Recommend
                        CEO Approval
                        Business Outlook

                        Pros

                        Interesting work in the health care space.

                        Cons

                        Poor retention driven by management's culture.

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                      Acumen has an overall rating of 3.6 out of 5, based on over 318 reviews left anonymously by employees. 76% of employees would recommend working at Acumen to a friend and 72% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 3% over the last 12 months.

                      According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Acumen employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Acumen. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

                      76% of Acumen employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Acumen 3.8 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.3 for culture and values and 3.8 for career opportunities.

                      According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Acumen to be benefits, career development, coworkers and the cons to be culture, management.

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