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Updated Jun 20, 2014

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3.3 23 reviews

40% Approve of the CEO

Market Strategies International CEO Rob Stone

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83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place to start your career.

    User Support (Former Employee) Livonia, MI

    ProsThis is a great place for anyone starting out, especially if you're interested in a career in research. There is much experience to be gained and many of the people are intelligent, hard working, and kind. I will admit that Market Strategies unlike many companies of it's size provides a sense of camaraderie amongst its employees.

    ConsCompensation and personal growth varies depending on position/department. While some departments offer guaranteed upward movement in as little as one or two years, it may be common for others to have employees with 6+ years of experience with zero career momentum. The largest complaint is the decrease in moral due to the steady increase in work load, in relation to the steady decrease in raises.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage communication and listen to what your employee's are telling you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Promising company; needs to pay attention to non-management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people in the Portland office but the Livonia office is highly corporate and very stuffy. Decent work life balance. Occasional training. Some managers are flexible with work at home and flex time.

    ConsNo good / clear career paths. Lower than average industry pay. Very cut-throat environment; not at all collaborative. Very top heavy (upper management/vps) which leads to a great workload on analysts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBeing top heavy hurts the organization. Need to recognize people for their work and make the company a much more collaborative environment which will promote greater teamwork and more innovation. Listen to your analysts, they are in the trenches everyday and have the 'spark' to take the company further.

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    Expanded Insights.

    Telephone Research Interviewer (Current Employee) North Little Rock, AR

    ProsThe work force at MSI actually represents a dynamic portion of a transitional society.

    ConsMarket Strategies can and does possess the capability of having a dynamic work force that can further accommodate eligible employees to home-based and/or virtual offices; therefore, I believe a cost versus benefit analysis should be seriously researched.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDuring down times, a well-organized face-to-face meeting to communicate employee and management concerns would be a valuable asset to achieving the company's short and long term goals.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is very monotonous and there is no motivation.

    Surveyor (Current Employee) North Little Rock, AR

    ProsFlexible hours
    No physical strain
    Can work extra hours

    ConsSitting for long periods of time
    Very monotonous
    Place is not appealing
    Advancement through favoritism
    At the end of the month there is not enough work for everyone. Many are sent home very early
    Unsteady pay when it comes to the end of the month

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more motivation to employees
    Pay more attention to those who really do work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Livonia, MI

    ProsThey tend to hire very knowledgeable people, some have extensive industry experience.

    ConsSmart people don't always make good managers. Overall, company lacks quality staff managers; no consistent systems to develop employee talent across the company; no clear career path for employees.

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    Good old boy network of who you know rather than what yo know

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsThey start with 3 weeks of vacation which is uncommon for full-time jobs.
    All employees are allowed to work from home once a week.

    ConsLow salaries for tech people. Promote only those that are friends with the bosses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the number of VPs and spend the money on low level positions that actually get the work done. Do we really need 30 VPs for the turnover we have?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good company for family person

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Taipei (Taiwan)

    Prosliberal, work and life balance, full of opportunity internally

    Consflexible, lack of centralized power to control oversea business

    Advice to Senior Managementbe stronger to manage global business

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to learn market research

    Senior Supervisor (Former Employee) South Bend, IN

    ProsYo get to cross-train, and learn different aspects of supervisory positions.

    ConsSometimes long, unpredictable work shcedule.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow more respect to hourly workers; many times, they have more experience and education that the managers do. If not for them, no one would have a job!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good post High-school survival job.

    Surveyor (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible shifts.

    Great for students with low living costs and going to school.

    somewhat familiar territory specially for those fresh out of high school.

    minimum wage, slightly higher wages for Spanish speakers.

    Variety of age groups, great for some new types of friendships.

    freedom to read, sow or do other things which calling. (except those requiring electronics)

    Friendly people for the most part.

    Consvery close to a dead end job. very few raise to higher levels of management and in y experience it took them more than 2 years each. i have worked there for over a year and a half.

    Hours are not very consistent though rarely lower than 20 per week.
    enough to survive on but not much if you aspire for more. the average for me has been about 24h/w when im scheduled for 28h/w.

    Innovation and creativity are not of value as a surveyor at MSI. this may have to do with it being a large franchise and there being significant layering of policies that make for a somewhat controlled and rigid environment.

    The high control environment can become frustrated for more mature individuals.

    Can get boring pretty quick.

    Performance incentives are not good. they add about 25 cents + to your hourly wage if you are a top performer after 3 month period reviews. which on a part time bases adds to about 2 extra bears a month, maybe 3. not that much. this for me and many others ive worked with, leads to aiming at a, "good enough" productivity to pass, but not good enough to excel since its just extra work without extra pay. basically, for lack of a better word, mediocracy is the standard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet up a more profitable bonus structure. try to lower overhead costs and add those to surveyors at a per survey basis, calculated per complete per hour. this i think should enhance productivity and worker happiness. which might help keep employers for longer and lower training and turn over costs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The Management, manager, supervisor and to everyone.

    Checker (Former Employee)

    ProsFair enough for the salary.

    Consso much pressure to all the workers...thats business anyway..

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont hold your empleyees, because you cannot achieve sales without them...dont put to much pressure on them, for the sake of achieving the sales...they are also human being who gets tired and have problems...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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