Cheskin Added Value Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. I was an employee back in the 90's when it was Cheskin Research and there were a number of Pro's and Con's.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Cheskin Added Value

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Small company so your voice is heard.
    - Great co-workers to work with who were very bright and had years of experience in market research.
    - Fortune 500 clients like Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Kraft, Microsoft, etc. were good to work for and had a number of interesting projects.

    Cons

    - Salary was well below competitors and this started a max-exodus around 1997 when almost 1/2 of the employees left during the next 12 to 18 months.
    - Management felt they were a little holier than though and a bit condescending, especially when it came to pay raises.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people what they're worth and they won't leave!

  2. Helpful (2)

    Smart people. Great projects. Overwork. Lack of vision. Exodus of senior staff.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Cheskin Added Value

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Soon to be integrated into Added Value (more opportunity, much better top-level leadership)
    Good reputation brings great projects
    Intellectual challenge
    Relatively easy politics at lower levels
    Some very cool people

    Cons

    Lack of transparency re: management decisions
    Lack of vision at the top
    Account team not accountable to project teams in any way--recipe for resentment
    Unrealistic expectations of individual contribution and myopic view of self (management breeds burnout while thinking of self as warm and fuzzy)
    Sacrifice often requested, seldom rewarded

    Advice to Management

    Integrate project and biz dev functions

  3. good place to work, but lacks formal structure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cheskin Added Value

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to learn what you want and family-like environment

    Cons

    Salary isn't balanced accross people with the same title and level of experience

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