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18 days ago

Data Analytics - Statistics, Math, Economics, Cs Grads

Compete Incorporated Boston, MA

WHO YOU ARE: an analytical geek at heart who owns the fact you have always been intrigued with solving, analyzing problems AND thinking on your feet…

9 days ago

Research Solutions Manager - Custom Insights

Compete Inc Boston, MA

Coach all other key stakeholders. Educate and consult internal stakeholders on fundamentals and benefits of digital solutions, methods… Ivy Exec

28 days ago

Senior Data Analyst - Data Intelligence

Compete, Inc Boston, MA

Our Senior Data Analyst Data Intelligence will focus on the data quality and integrity within our Data & Research team (where many cool challenges… Compete, Inc

28 days ago

DevOps Engineer

Compete, Inc Boston, MA

Join the DevOps team responsible for running terabytes of data through our pipeline, applying the models developed by Competes Data Science… Compete, Inc

28 days ago

Data Analyst - Data Science

Compete, Inc Boston, MA

The Data Science team builds methods for projecting and interpreting our consumer panel. This methodology is the lens through which data is viewed… Compete, Inc

30+ days ago

Sr Data Scientist - Challenges to Solve!

Compete, Inc Boston, MA

THE JOB: To be direct, youll spend time ramping up on our industry and business, along with our proprietary systems. This is never a simple task… Compete, Inc

30+ days ago

Senior Software Engineer - WebDev

Compete, Inc Boston, MA

Write Python, Django, and Javascript code Code review other dev's work Small amounts of front-end layout code (HTML5, CSS, LESS) Participate in… Compete, Inc

30+ days ago

Sr Engineer - Hadoop

Compete, Inc Boston, MA

WHO YOU ARE: an intellectually curious Engineer who isnt afraid to get your hands dirty. You want to build cool stuff for complex systems and that… Compete, Inc

30+ days ago

Account Executive

Compete, Inc Boston, MA

• 1.5-10 years of sales experience in software. (If you can't tell, we hire for character and train for skill) • Some common team characteristics… Compete, Inc

30+ days ago

Data Scientist

Compete, Inc Boston, MA

Compete is recruiting an outstanding and highly motivated individual to become a key influencer on its data and research team. Compete is an… Compete, Inc

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  • Not all has been lost but I'm worried about the direction we're headed

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    Current Employee - Client Services in Boston, MA
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    I have been working at Compete, Inc full-time (More than 3 years)


    Good benefit package and some perks, flexibility that help ease the demanding workload (work remote, summer flex hours). Fun social events each month. Good location and office space. Some great colleagues to learn from - everyone in the Boston office loves to learn and is open to sharing knowledge. Challenging projects and big name clients to gain experience working with. Unique data and methodology. Ability to work with other Millward Brown colleagues across a variety of offices and disciplines.


    Since our merger with Millward Brown, the company has continued to lose focus, coherent direction and more importantly, the drive and passion for innovation. I get the sense that some of the folks we merged with don't have the same sense of innovation or startup hunger that originally drew me to Compete. The company doesn't feel organized anymore. Morale has declined, day to day challenges have increased, and upper management has become disconnected. There are too many cooks in the kitchen and an unclear sense of leadership in the areas that truly matter. I don't feel like my voice is heard anymore - upper management will smile and nod then not provide the support or change that is needed. Case in point: we have taken numerous satisfaction surveys and seen negative results. A number of initiatives were put in place to improve those weak areas; However, I have yet to really see action and execution. It's as effective as having a meeting about a meeting. There are a lot of idea generators in upper management but minimal impactful follow through has yet to be demonstrated. I know they mean well, but I feel like nothing gets a 100% attention that is needed from start to finish before moving on to whatever's next on their agenda. We've been losing talented minds, more often than not because they are sick of dealing with it everyday... And quite frankly, there are plenty of other innovative companies with competitive packages to choose from in the city. I don't blame them for leaving, as I often wonder when it'll be my time to look for what's next. I am working really hard, pushing to innovate, pushing to make a difference, but it feels like a drop in the bucket more often than not. I haven't completely lost faith yet, but I am no longer turning away recruiters and will occasionally poke around to see what else is out there. All that said, we NEED talented minds and innovators so please do not be discouraged if you're considering employment here. These current issues can change with the right people in place. The Boston office is small enough (100-150) that some solid hires can make a big difference.

    Advice to Management

    We need passionate innovators coming in, and for those already here we need to be reminded of that core value. Not everyone from the other companies has that same drive - we need to push for it. The fact that not everyone on the other offices is eager to learn behavioral research solutions -- or better yet, sits through training presentations and still don't know how to speak to it -- is concerning. How will we survive if 2/3 of the MBD company doesn't have a solid understanding of what we do? Have more of a presence in the office. Listen to your people, make a game plan for change and actually follow through. A satisfaction survey without the follow up is worthless and a waste of my time to be honest. Give employees incentive to stay. Reward passion and innovation and the desire to keep pushing towards improvement. Right now it seems everyone is either trying to stay afloat or just punching in, punching out. That is not a breeding ground for innovation. It also shouldn't feel like going to battle when you push for a raise (even an inflation raise) or promotion. Again, give employees a reason to stay.

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