Hanover Research

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4 people found this helpful  

Great, if you're in Development; if not, it's still not too bad

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Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

I worked at Hanover Research full-time (less than an year)

Pros

A lot of flexibility
Good experience
Ability to hone research skills, if you're willing to learn
Ability to work alone and be responsible for your own work

Cons

Upper management
No recognition from upper management
Quota system and churning project after project out makes it seem like an assembly-line job

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There's definitely a focus on Development, in every sense, even though the researchers are the ones doing the actual work once the members' are in the door. Keeping the sales relationship is essential, but without the work researchers do, best of luck, development. It's also common knowledge that salaries in development were higher. Hope it's not the case still, but wouldn't bet on any changes.

Upper management does not care about researchers. When I was there, we were just a pool of people who wrote reports all day - we don't have names, and even if we did, it probably wouldn't even matter. Updates from upper management focused almost only on Development.

My advice: Ever wonder why turnover is so high in research? Some recognition would be nice. Also, give promotions where and when due. That is part of the reason I left when I did.

To address one of the comments left earlier, the researchers look young - I was surprised to learn how old they really were and just how many advanced degrees were held among them all. So, they're not all 20 year olds, which is reassuring.

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good for someone who has never had a job or any office experience, otherwise a waste of time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Hanover Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you've never worked in an office, had an internship, or didn't get much of an education, you'd fit right in. It's a fun environment with young people, but that's also a major con.

    Cons

    Because of the lack of management, so much relies on people under 30 who have no management skills and don't know how to effectively execute work or communicate. The best learning environment for a young professional is to have a mix of staff, with older, more experienced staff leading the way.

    They're so desperate for new staff because of turnover that they shell out tons of $$$ on recruiting forms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your job - manage. Get a decent CEO and active Board of Directors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    False Promises, Poor Management, Monotonous, Unprofessional...

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    Former Employee - Development Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Development Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Hanover Research

    Pros

    -good bonus potential
    -fun coworkers, everyone under 30
    -happy hours/company get-togethers
    -very laid back work environment

    Cons

    -senior management is unprofessional, doesn't really care about employees
    -employee retention rate is very poor
    -no intellectual stimulation/challenge
    -not a "real" job
    -twists the truth during interviews about day to day responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -listen to employee feedback and describe job accurately to potential candidates

    Doesn't Recommend
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