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Pros
  • Work/Life balance is better in core (atleast in my team), client facing departments has busy and free times (before start of a new client project) (in 7 reviews)

  • Great culture, some smart people (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management has no clue what is going on (in 8 reviews)

  • Promotion process is unclear and somewhat biased (rewards those who do little to no work) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great products, great starter company!"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Urban Science has a great culture. The Long Beach office has a very tech industry feel to it. No free food, but they have a sleek new upgraded office, and game rooms for relaxing between projects. What makes them great is the people. I have been there for 6 years, and by far everyone who works there is very smart and knowledgeable. This was a great company to start off with, and will be for years to come.

    Cons

    -No free food
    -Disconnect between the account management teams, and the IT teams
    -Hard to get them adapt to new technologies
    -Slow moving at times, and IT loves putting up red tape


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Products are built using ancient technology.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, some smart people

    Cons

    higher management is in they're own little world.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not a good company to begin your career"

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    Former Employee - California in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - California in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Urban Science full-time

    Pros

    - Maybe pizza in once in a while. If you are relaxed person who wants to work in a very very relaxed environment, it may be for you
    - Gives you a new perspective in your career by thinking you don't wanna be like them, the upper-managers.

    Cons

    - Low market rate salary.
    - Mediocre benefits package
    - Everyone is pretty lazy and has no sense of urgency
    - No real businessman in the upper management (they are all tech background), so they don't know how to run the the company, does not know how to win client engagements, etc. They lose in the most of the times.
    - Totally non-qualified Dev managers and upper managers.
    - No certain criteria in promotion. They promote you if you have a good relationships with the upper management.
    - Work is dry
    - Do not recommend for new college graduates, because you will eventually become really lazy and get used to it, which will give you a bad influence for your future.

    Advice to Management

    Get a real business man who can actually run the company and make revenue.


  5. "Urban Science pros_cons"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment
    Willingness to be great
    Willingness to apply values such as transparency all over the activites

    Cons

    despites willingness to be great, there are no resources to accomplish this in all regions
    poor salary level, out of market and not according to the responsibility upto account executive level, from that level and up is more

    Advice to Management

    Promote internal promotions, update salaries for mid management and lower positions.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great culture and people, work not so exciting"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great hours: flexible, and no one works more than 40 hours a week
    - Casual attire: no shorts, but any pants and a t-shirt work just fine. Who can program in a suit?
    - New office space: newly renovated modern office space with foosball table, game room, etc.
    - Young and diverse demographic
    - Executives and higher-ups are very approachable - down to earth culture
    - Much encouragement to explore other internal opportunities

    Cons

    - Very few "cutting-edge" projects - many failed projects are still being kicked further down the road
    - Hardly any philanthropic activities
    - More focused on financial gain than quality products and client satisfaction
    - Interest in work is lacking


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Improvments"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Has made an effort to improve employee satisfaction. Built a new office with video game room and very nice view.

    Cons

    Has completely missed the boat on compensation. Pay is well under industry standard. They do use outside consultants so there may be improvements soon

  8. Helpful (8)

    "I won't miss working at Urban Science"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers.
    Company location close to where I live.
    OK benefits.

    Cons

    No career growth opportunities in the ever shrinking PMO.
    Inadequate compensation.
    Insecure and incompetent lady bosses in Detroit office.
    Most of the people in the higher position have never worked in any other company - newer talents are seen as threats.
    Not very engaging or challenging projects.
    No value of employees. Only complacent /conformist / submissive personality types can last in this work place.

    Advice to Management

    "Confidential" feedback surveys and HR processes are not the tools to identify genuinely dissatisfied employees and a means to proactively get rid of them.
    HR should not need to post fake five star reviews on the internet to boost the company image, so that they could hire for the back fill positions on a cheaper rate.


  9. "Company state is unknown"

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    Current Employee - Associate Developer in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Developer in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool people, decent upper management

    Cons

    Work is unsatisfying, no innovation, no room to express personal innovation. More worried about revenues than investment in employees and product potential.


  10. "Open and Encouraging Environment"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Urban Science full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Teams are willing to listen and support innovative ideas. People here are multinational, creative and analytic individuals who are great to work with.

    Cons

    In general, consulting companies are very elastic and the team you are in now can change drastically depending on cash flow.

    Advice to Management

    Urban Science takes pride in having the best in class people, keep up the good work.


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