Associate (Former Employee) – United States – June 17, 2016
If you have the technical skills to perform well at this company, you're better off elsewhere. Urban Science will pay you below industry standard given your skill set and your expected workload will be absurd. Your opportunities for advancement and bonuses won't be based off merit and most attempts to go above and beyond largely go unnoticed. Upper Management is terrible, and couldn't solve organizational issues to save their life. Don't be fooled by any impressions that this is a competitive company. They try to come off as an innovative software company, but the technical debt at this place is so high that they might as well be technically bankrupt. Look elsewhere, you won't regret it.
Fun people, but a struggle to work and get through the day
Analyst (Current Employee) – Detroit, MI – October 18, 2015
People are mostly friendly, but many secrets, and lack of communication really brings down this company. Lots of internal fighting between teams, and you are bound to get caught in the crossfire. Hard to approach upper management and executives, even though they say they are approachable. Workload is a constant struggle; company does not hire enough people for productivity purposes.
Associate Developer (Former Employee) – Detroit, MI – July 28, 2015
Nearly everyone I worked with was a pleasure to be around. However the work itself was not very satisfying. In my position we used a 10 year old, homebrew framework to run our website, and rarely were allowed to train with/incorporate newer technologies.
Senior Consultant (Current Employee) – Herndon, VA – May 29, 2015
This company has a sever lack of leadership and employee involvement. While the work is good and the experience is great for a junior employee, there is no focus on employee development or harnessing a positive work culture and environment. Burnout is common among lower level employees. While they constantly preach innovation and best-in-class technology, Urban Science does not empower its employees to be innovative or give them the tools to do so. Instead, they are loaded up with work and evaluated on non-development related goals.
Interesting work, access to corporate automotive offices
junior developer (Current Employee) – detroit, mi – March 15, 2012
From what I hear from the more experienced Urban Science employees, this used to be a decent place to work - there used to be work/life balance, company sponsored bar nights, team lunches, etc.. Nowadays, you get long hours instead, which could be OK if you got recognition for your time spent. However, the highest recognition you can receive for busting your tush is a "challenge coin". Give me money instead! On top of that, the salary really is only middle of the road, though when I was hired, I was told that they offer very competitive salaries to hire/keep "best in class" people. Needless to say, I do not plan on staying with Urban Science.
benefits are decent, people are generally nice to work with
no work/life balance, mediocre compensation, lack of clear career path, poor management
Great Company if You Work for the Right Department
N/A (Former Employee) – Detroit, MI – February 2, 2012
Urban Science has the potential to be an amazing company to work for. They have decent benefits and the company has record breaking profits every year, despite this economy. However, I fell into a department that was ripe with politics. I would steer clear of the Technology department if this is not the type of environment that you want to work in.