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Updated Jul 20, 2021

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Physical Sciences President & CEO B. D. Green (no image)
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14 Ratings
  1. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great Benefits

    Jul 20, 2021 - Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Interesting technology options for scientists and engineers

    Cons

    Many innovative technologies are not given a chance to mature due to R&D funding.

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  2. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Amazing

    Jun 8, 2021 - Intern in Andover, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Really great company that cares a lot about their workers

    Cons

    Lots of projects going on so sometimes it can be a little difficult to get help

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  3. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Good for some but not for all

    Apr 1, 2021 - Principal Scientist in Andover, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    If you have the education, you get a respected title pretty quick If you have a good idea that matches a hot topic in the DoD space and aligns well with a current research group, fairly easy trajectory to move up in the company Average pay for the industry, good medical, has semi-flexible work schedules even pre-pandemic Company is what you make it Company is an SBIR farm. It produces a lot of interesting research and development Company easily handled pandemic due to funding structure

    Cons

    Old boys club vibe is strong. If you have friends and make them easy, you'll have a much easier time. If not, prepare to fight twice as hard for things that you need to get your job done. Reliance on FMLA tells you all you need to know about the gender disparity/equity People without PhD have a harder time at advancement If you get in the wrong group for your expertise, it's hard to make any progress. Company is more internally competitive than it is internally collaborative. Some people are nice, but the ones who do well don't often play well with others. Company is an SBIR farm. This is part of where the harder than average culture comes from.

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Fast-paced and multifaceted work

    Nov 27, 2020 - Scientist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very collaborative environment with many opportunities to work with experts in diverse fields

    Cons

    Easy to get overwhelmed by work across multiple programs

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great for careers and entry level

    Sep 17, 2020 - Engineering Staff in Andover, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Benefits, Environment, Colleagues are friendly

    Cons

    Working with fickle government contracts

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great place to start or retire from

    Oct 22, 2019 - Principal Research Scientist in Andover, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Interesting work, competent colleagues, competitive benefits

    Cons

    Long days, short weekends, arbitrary management

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  7. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Good place to start a career

    Apr 5, 2019 - Senior Scientist/Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Large variety of interesting, hands-on work to build up skills as an early career professional. A lot of freedom to own a project and see it through as long as you have the passion to go after it. If you are self-driven and want to work on interesting technologies, this is a great place to be. Many of the people you work with are passionate and dedicated to the work they are accomplishing. If you are looking to put in a standard 9-5 grind everyday, this is not necessarily the place for you.

    Cons

    It is challenging to be successful at PSI without a PhD. While it is not impossible to succeed with just a Bachelor's degree, emphasis is placed on the degrees that you have. There is not much structure in place to help you build your professional foundation at PSI. The philosophy of management is not to change the way you work, it is to have faith that you are already successful having gotten through the door and that you will continue to be successful while here. This can be listed as a pro or a con depending on your own ambitions, but for an entry level employee, this is more likely a con. Since this is a small company, you will inevitably get your hands dirty doing tasks that are not within your expected scope of work. Don't expect otherwise, regardless of qualifications.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Scientist/Engineer at PSI

    Oct 5, 2018 - Mechanical Engineer in Andover, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fun and fulfilling place to work, everyone tries there best to help you succeed and no one will try to hold you back. Fast pace work environment, with the opportunity to work on something new everyday. Great for self motivated workers. Hours are flexible and employees and supervisors are extremely kind. As a first job for an engineer or a PhD looking to do there own research PSI is an excellent choice.

    Cons

    Facilities are a little dated and there are a lack of amenities compared to other tech companies. Not much of a social atmosphere and a bit of an older crowd (not many people in there early twenties)

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  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Principal Research Scientist

    Aug 4, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good tech pubs and contract support for proposal submission

    Cons

    This is the most dysfunctional company I've ever worked at. The long-time managers who have been funded by the same agencies for years have totally lost sight of what it's like to be just starting out. Expectations are unreasonable and there is little mentoring.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Applied R&D Opportunities in a Dynamic Environment

    Mar 1, 2018 - PRS in Andover, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    PSI provides a flexible work environment , a talented diverse staff and the opportunity to pursue opportunities to conduct research in a broad range of areas that interest you. PSI offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits

    Cons

    Research programs at PSI typically have a duration of 6 months to 2 years. You'll work on multiple projects and will have to balance the demands of contracts at different stages. It is a demanding, but also rewarding and stimulating environment.

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