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Exponent Reviews

Updated January 8, 2018
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Exponent President, CEO, and Director Paul R. Johnston
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Pros
  • Interesting projects: the variety of projects that the company takes on is impressive, and exposes you to many new things (in 15 reviews)

  • It is possible to have "work life balance" at Exponent if you don't care that much about advancement (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No respect for work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • The raises and bonuses for lower-level employees are below market for someone in a similar position with another company (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Exponent full-time

    Pros

    Great people; interesting projects; flexible schedule

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the company if you are not an engineer.


  2. "associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Exponent full-time

    Pros

    good place to work and learn

    Cons

    too much emphasis on billing; no balance

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Could be so much better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Exponent full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting and important work. Never a dull moment. Co-workers are excellent to work with for the most part, and they are truly experts in their fields. Plenty of opportunities to expand your knowledge and grow your career.

    Cons

    Very demanding work. Timelines are often tight and there is not enough people to do the work. Some managers do not push back on clients enough on having reasonable timelines which would help the work to be higher quality. There is little effort to cultivate a good company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Reducing overhead expenses helps the bottom line in the short term, but the company is becoming difficult to work at. Hire more recruiters, administrative support, purchasers, etc. so consultants don't have to spends hours 60-80 of their weeks working on recruiting, routine billing, accounting stuff etc.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Would never recommend working here until the company culture drastically changes"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a consultant you get to work on a variety of different project and gain a breadth of experience in a short span of time.
    You also get to work on very interesting and high profile cases that would not be possible outside of exponent
    Fairly high base pay for fresh PhD graduates. Gives first step for academic people to enter into industry jobs.

    Cons

    Burn and churn work environment; high turnover of very skilled and qualified employees due to burnout and bad company culture.
    Senior management is not trained in management skills and do not promote team work among employees , instead they push a very caustic, cut-throat dog eats dog work environment. They prefer employees to over work and clocking 60-80 hr work weeks are not uncommon.
    Management treats staff like they are pawns and not real people, no thought is given to personal development and career progression.
    They tend to hire fresh graduates/early career engineers/ scientists from big name universities and work them till they burnout and quit. This is evidenced by the extremely high turnover rate. Having a work-life balance is nearly impossible without getting threatened to be fired. If you are look for a stable career with good career progression avenues and are think of building a family soon this company is not for you, especially if you are a female employee.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are few of the most skilled and hard working scientists and engineers in the job market, you need to start treating them with respect and humanity.

    Exponent Response

    Nov 13, 2017 – VP Human Resources

    Exponent does provide a high intensity work environment. We are solving complex engineering, science, regulatory and business issues for a wide variety of clients which means we get to work at a... More


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Technician"

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    Current Employee - Technician
    Current Employee - Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Exponent full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Good starting salaries if negotiated aggressively when hired.
    An automatic and generous 7% is added to the 401K; not matched, just given.

    Cons

    Expect little or no annual increase even with a great performance rating.
    Some project managers expect far too many hours (60+/week) , especially from lower level exempt employees.
    New engineers burn out quickly, but it's a good place to start right out of school.

    Advice to Management

    Make the annual raise mean something; 1.0% or 1.5% is considered an insult when you have an exceptional year of performance.

    The company culture is deteriorating and is loosing the teamwork attitude. The leadership that would encourage and challenge has seemed to have lost their souls.


  6. "Good Place to Learn"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Exponent full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, variability, great resources

    Cons

    Very corporate, junior staff can get lost


  7. "Great work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Oakland, CA

    Pros

    People are smart, fun and young, work-life balance, reasonable compensation, potential for growth, flexibility on work location, great office location (Oakland office),

    Cons

    It can be hard to figure out how to move up; business development is not well passed along to lower level employees

    Advice to Management

    Provide more business development work sessions

  8. "Overall OK Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Exponent part-time

    Pros

    Variability of work required keeps employees mentally engaged

    Cons

    No respect for work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Respect work-life balance and employees will be much happier and productive.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Exponent full-time

    Pros

    A variety of interesting projects, impressive employees and resumes, exposure to a variety of duties and tasks, great opportunities to acquire new skills and take on new roles and responsibility for personal growth.

    Cons

    The majority of your yearly performance-based compensation is given in a one-time "cash" bonus (taxed at 40%) vs. being added to your yearly salary (taxed at normal tax rates; this keeps your salary lower, which is what your 401K contribution is calculated on--less salary, less employer salary-based contributions).

    Advice to Management

    Lump performance-based bonuses with yearly salary increases, to benefit the lower-salaried employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Tough, rewarding, and a huge variety of work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Exponent full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Variety, projects with significance, lots of room to grow and learn more skills

    Cons

    Employee retention is poor in some groups, poor work life balance if you can't say "no" to more work, disconnect between upper management and consultants

    Advice to Management

    Work on employee retention, work-life-balance, guidance for growth, and remove the one way mirror between consultants and upper management


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