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Updated April 26, 2017
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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 6 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Very poor work life balance - long hours with little to no recognition (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "One of the worst, big hierarchy Do not apply"

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

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

    Pros

    There is nothing good about this job, too much gimmick, but inside is all dusty and rusty.

    Cons

    It takes forever to get training, they expect you to know a proprietary software without even knowing what to do with it, the management are really old people, and they dont promote creativity, so if you have ideas, keep them to your self. it is more of a data cleansing job then an analyst job, so if you want to cleanse data, then this is the company to apply for.

    Advice to Management

    Anyone over 60 years should retire or not be hired, they have had their fair share of life and those who know nothing about IT cannot be a manager that manages IT related applications.


  3. "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


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Some Work to Do"

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People
    Depending on Team, New Development
    Relaxed Work Environment

    Cons

    Upper Management has no clue what is going on.
    Lot of emphasis on more revenue every year, but no emphasis and research and development, so we are stuck with stale old products.
    Depending on what team you are on, you could be happy or miserable.

    Advice to Management

    The bonus' are super noncompetitive, and yet we receive no profit sharing this year. You are going to lose people if you don't take care of them.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Stay away"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people and the knowledge you learn in order to get out of there as soon as you can. Its hard to find to find anything else.

    Cons

    Everything else. The benefits keep getting worse, and the pay and bonuses are a joke. For a company that has has "year over year records for the last 28 years" and to pay their employees like they do are a joke. Yet HR lies and tells you they are competitive yet the turn over is huge

    Advice to Management

    Fire the C sweet and start over


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodhaven, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodhaven, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work! Privately owned company.

    Cons

    Difficult to implement change. Company is a de-centalized organization structure.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Dev - Core team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits for family,Latest technologies,Cool downtown office,Unlimited Sick Leave,Excellent 401k match (8%), Generous PTO days,Cool contests like Hackathon,US Day. If you are in entry level or mid level in your career, this is one of the best companies you can work for, if you are interested to work in Microsoft technologies that is. This is completely Microsoft shop. Coworkers are smart but sometimes, it will lead to multiple meetings to discuss same things. Company has bonus program + profit sharing. 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). This is one of the companies which has shown profit growth year after year for 30 years consecutively (a third person told me in the elevator when I told him i work here)

    Cons

    Going up the ladder is a big problem. It can happen very slowlly in core departments.Client facing departments seems to promote people fast than core.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you are doing regarding benefits wise. You are the best. Would like to see people getting promoted for their work in core team as well.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Urban Science full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees are given a lot of autonomy and responsibility. Great company for the entrepreneurial minded!

    Cons

    Company is going through typical growing pains for a company of its size, learning to scale its operations and solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more and more in your people, the greatest asset of the company.


  11. Helpful (15)

    "Trapped"

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    Current Employee - Associate Developer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Associate Developer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People. Downtown. In the RenCen.

    Cons

    Urban Science said they will sue me if I leave the company. I just received a better paying job offer, but had to decline because I am afraid I will be sued. They have also stated we must tell them where we will be working if we put in our two-weeks. Don't I have the right to not tell you anything? We also hire people that could be violating a PINC agreement.

    Advice to Management

    What is really going on?


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