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"bad experience, bad salary but flexible work time"

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Former Employee - Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer in Burlingame, CA
Former Employee - Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer in Burlingame, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Acumen full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

nice people, flexible work time

Cons

bad salary, bad promotion, worst experience

Advice to Management

nice people, but should improve.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Needs Improvement"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst/Data Systems - Algorithm Programmer Lead in Burlingame, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst/Data Systems - Algorithm Programmer Lead in Burlingame, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Acumen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of few places that will take a chance on recent graduates with no experience.
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Nepotism, Bad and Unqualified Managers, Low Pay

    Advice to Management

    Data Center - Do not hire architects who do not know how to code. They do not know how feasable implementation of their designs are, cannot properly estimate time to code, and coders get very annoyed when such non-coders try to micro-manage code. Many coders, including myself, have left due to this issue.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not easiest place to work, but for some it can be a career job"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Burlingame, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Burlingame, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Acumen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent Benefits, the people are mostly nice.

    For kids fresh out of college, a lot of practical statistics can be learned - and similarly for programming if you like statistical programming.

    Beautiful views of ocean - really nice if you you get an office with window.

    Once you fully understand how the company works, most cons can be side-stepped, or based on the individual, they can be turned into pros.

    Cons

    The practical skills you learn will be very specific, as opposed to general training / skills - so you will not likely be able to take those skills with you to another job.

    The pay is way below market value and raises are based more on relations than on merit.

    Management tends to be unorganized, leading to crisis before deadlines. Implicitly, you will have to work longer hours. Over time, this proves too frustrating for most individuals and they leave.

    Long hours of work are worth more to the company than efficient short hours of work. I can understand this, because all work is government contracted and company must spend money for given year or else give back to government. For most individuals, this is not sufficient justification for spending so much time at work.

    As with most companies, they charge much more for your work than you get paid ( roughly 2 times as much for an hour's work ). Considering the pay is below market value already, and company makes millions yearly, the difference is not acceptable to most individuals.

    Advice to Management

    I think management works as expected / any issues are by design - the government contracted work just isn't for everyone. However, you should pay your employees what they are worth, reward based on merit rather relationship, and implement some sort of training program for managers to reduce unnecessary stress on employees.

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