Market Strategies International

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Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good place to learn about quantitative research

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    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
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    Expanded Insights.

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    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
  6.  

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

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Market Strategies International full-time for 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
  7.  

    good company for family person

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I have been working at Market Strategies International full-time for 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
  8.  

    Good post High-school survival job.

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    Current Employee - Surveyor
    Current Employee - Surveyor

    I have been working at Market Strategies International part-time for more than a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Potential to be a great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    Flexible
    People that work there are highly intelligent
    Amazing HR
    Work Hard/Play Hard environment
    Great at giving back to the community
    Transparent
    You can talk to any senior level person at the company, even the CEO if you have an idea

    Cons

    Low salary
    Promotions are out of reach and unclear
    Hard to make changes internally
    Silo'd positions (little opportunity to branch out)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't let great talent slip away because you pay them too little and/or don't want to offer then career opportunities that allow them to make working at Market Strategies a lifelong decision.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Would be an okay experience if more hours were offered and better pay.

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    Current Employee - Phone Interviewer  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Phone Interviewer in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    Part time hours. Reading verbatim off of screen. being able to assist companies by completing surveys to improve customer satisfaction

    Cons

    Low pay, no benefits, part time offered only very strict environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    autonomy enabling me andf others explore and grow in the direction we choose. management foster this behaviour and thus encourages employees grotwh

    Cons

    not large enough to make a different, in order to be able to make a name for ourselves we need to be larger

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sales have to be increased, service and solutions have to be defined and marketing to a strategic prospect list of companies

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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