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Updated Jul 1, 2022

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3.4
58%
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  • "Your life quality hinges upon the quality of your supervisor; not everyone gets assigned good managers;(in 30 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)
  • "Low pay for bay area(in 19 reviews)
  • "Work/life balance can be difficult to maintain(in 12 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

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    Jun 29, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommend
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    Pros

    very good work enviroment and peers

    Cons

    there are no cons while working

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Challenging but valuable opportunities

    Jun 29, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good opportunities for developing your skills; peers and supervisors are not afraid to give feedback on your work and have a deep understanding of their specialties and how to keep contract clients happy.

    Cons

    Hard to maintain a work-life balance; responsibilities sometimes surpass role descriptions and pay. More tenured employees tend to set an example of overworking that rubs off on newer generations of employees.

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Expand the breadth and depth of your knowledge of healthcare in the US

    Jun 21, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Exposure to data and information that are the essential building blocks for a solid grasp of issues in US healthcare.

    Cons

    Be ready for significant challenges to your abilities to effectively think, analyze, synthesize, and be able to communicate orally and in written work products.

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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Management needs work

    Jul 1, 2022 - Data and Policy Analyst I in Burlingame, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Decent entry-level experience - HR was very receptive to concerns

    Cons

    - Management needs a lot of work - Communication was really lacking in my specific team - Felt like I was unable to ask questions - Publicly being called out for small mistakes during the 1st six months which is supposed to be a training period - WLB is terrible. I once got a call from my manager at 9:30PM to work on something.

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great place for entry career

    Jun 10, 2022 - Data and Policy Analyst I in Burlingame, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very diverse workplace. Sponsor work visas etc

    Cons

    Low pay compared to the medium salaries in the area.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Place for International Applicants

    Mar 28, 2022 - Data and Policy Analyst III in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Great visa sponsorship program (cap-exempt so no need to go through H1B lottery + great Green Card processing support) - Great mentorship - Flexible working hours - Easy PTO approvals - Frequent salary increases - Great professional development support - Non-toxic environment to work in (highly supportive managers)

    Cons

    - Lowballing initial salary offers (but do negotiate!) - Company culture inconsistent in different offices (DC and LA office all the way!) - Top management can be out of touch and insensitive to employee needs

    2 people found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Good fit for the right person

    Jan 11, 2022 - Data & Policy Analyst in Burlingame, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The people that I worked with were some of the most intelligent and driven people I've ever known. Most everyone was extremely knowledgeable and had great foundational research and creative problem solving skills. You'll get to work on issues that have real impacts, and really can set you up for a career in public policy (especially health policy). The connections in that line of work are fantastic.

    Cons

    There are times, especially if you are a programmer, where the work-life balance (especially with the pandemic) can be really rough. This, for me, was largely not a 9-5, more like 9-6 or 8-6 not infrequently. The other downside was the dreg of getting anything done at a federal level - you either love it or you don't.

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    Acumen Response

    Senior Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We value the feedback from former employees. We're happy to hear you were surrounded by great co-workers and managers. We just wish you had reached out to a manager or HR about your hours.

  8. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Data analyst to policy lead

    Apr 13, 2022 - Policy Lead in Burlingame, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Awesome opportunities to work on truly impactful research projects in the policy/healthcare space. The work you do feels meaningful, and not strictly profit driven as is the case in most companies. Get to work with some very smart and hardworking people.

    Cons

    Large influx of new projects, many of which feel understaffed. The company has tried to mitigate this problem by hiring new analysts, but this can sometimes exacerbate the problem instead since many new hires come straight out of university and need months of training. As a result, senior analysts/managers take on the brunt of the work and often put in long hours.

    1 person found this review helpful
  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great

    Apr 11, 2022 - Caregiver in Dallas, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great to help others .

    Cons

    Late nights but worth it

    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 3.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Good place to learn about federal and state healthcare

    Apr 18, 2022 - Data and Policy Analyst I in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Good benefits - Clear, structured growth path - Lot of opportunities to learn new data skills and improve your knowledge about Medicare and Medicaid

    Cons

    - Workload can be too much sometimes - Processes and tasks are sometimes redundant/inefficient - Work/life balance can be a challenge

    2 people found this review helpful
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Acumen Reviews FAQs

Acumen has an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, based on over 257 reviews left anonymously by employees. 58% of employees would recommend working at Acumen to a friend and 53% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 1% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Acumen employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.3 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Acumen. This rating has improved by 7% over the last 12 months.

58% of Acumen employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Acumen 3.4 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.0 for culture and values and 3.4 for career opportunities.

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

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