Market Strategies International

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Market Strategies International Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1.  

    I love it here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interviewer in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Interviewer in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Market Strategies International part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is super nice and the job is fun, it has very flexible hours and right now is offering full time hours! I think that everyone should give it a go! You won't regret it one bit. People are very considerate and it does offer room to grow... pay raise after 90 days = 75 cents.

    Cons

    Pay starts out at 8 bucks an hour wish it was better compensation. I dont see this as being bad as it weeds out the baddies:)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Descent pat-time job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    fast-paced, independent, and well organized

    Cons

    my main issue was that it is part-time

  3.  

    Nothing interesting about this company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Research in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Market Research in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at Market Strategies International full-time

    Pros

    Depending on the manager, you can work from home some days. That is pretty much it.

    Cons

    Highly political environment and promotions are based on friends promoting friends model so plenty of unqualified managers who don't know how to manage and can barely use basic MR tools such as SPSS. Managers are self serving and "add value" by escalating issues so it is a CYA type of culture. If you aren't in a sales role, you don't count even though you are expected to work 60 hours a week. There is no training for staff unless you are in Sales ("Client Manager"). Constant turnover and layoffs creating heavy workloads for those remaining. Company likes to hire people straight out of school but no real, meaningful training so lots of issues and stress. Would only recommend this firm to someone who is laid off. This isn't a place to join if you are looking for career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of placing pressure on the "doers" you really need to start looking at those who are in leadership IG roles not delivering what they have promised.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to learn about quantitative research

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    High standards for primary research. People with good experience who are willing to mentor

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. All other functions except business development is under valued. Flattery provides faster career advancement than job skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider investing in analysts and research managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former employee horrible atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    Free coffee in the break room

    Cons

    Full time admin staff seems to have the kick the cat syndrome. They leave their interviewers in the hands of incompetent lower managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal with issues within the call center instead of hiding in your office.

  7.  

    Expanded Insights.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Telephone Research Interviewer in North Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Telephone Research Interviewer in North Little Rock, AR

    I have been working at Market Strategies International part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Market 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 ManagementAdvice

    During 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It is very monotonous and there is no motivation.

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    Current Employee - Surveyor in North Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Surveyor in North Little Rock, AR

    I have been working at Market Strategies International part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    No physical strain
    Can work extra hours

    Cons

    Sitting 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give more motivation to employees
    Pay more attention to those who really do work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Market Strategies International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    good company for family person

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I have been working at Market Strategies International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    liberal, work and life balance, full of opportunity internally

    Cons

    flexible, lack of centralized power to control oversea business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be stronger to manage global business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good post High-school survival job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Surveyor
    Current Employee - Surveyor

    I have been working at Market Strategies International part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible 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.

    Cons

    very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Set 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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