FGI Research Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
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  1. Good environment, okay pay. Good folks.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at FGI Research

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    It's an easy job, the management seems to care about taking care of its employees.

    Cons

    It's hourly work and you don't get a lot of individual praise.

    Advice to Management

    More praise would be great.

  2. NONE

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at FGI Research full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    incompetence, management changes direction every other day.

  3. Helpful (1)

    My experience was mediocre; the essential resources needed to adequately perform my job were not available.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC

    I worked at FGI Research

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Laid-back dress code, generally young employees, interesting work, flexible work schedule, fun and friendly clients, the use of creativity to solve problems was encouraged.

    Cons

    Management has a very limited understanding of the scientific aspect of market research. There is no incentive to work hard, as promotions and raises are based on employees' likability and not performance. Performance reviews are few and far between and seem like an annoyance, rather than a necessity. The human resources manager is rarely available and most unhelpful; issues brought up to HR are simply swept under the rug, rather than professionally addressed. Zero opportunity for career growth and advancement. Extremely high turnover. Very little resources are available to adequately perform the necessary tasks. Company is extremely understaffed. Corners are cut way too often, and I truly question the integrity of the data collected.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees' needs and wants. Reward employees for accomplishments. Allow peer and management reviews. Pick a single business strategy and stick with it; changing direction on a weekly basis is confusing and frustrating to employees. Schedule time for continuing education so as to fully understand the science behind market research.

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  5. Heavy office politics, only happen in a NGO where no one is incentive to work

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at FGI Research full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly working environment among analysts and associate level. But quite on the opposite for the middle level to manangement team.

    Cons

    There is no career path in such organization for a financial analyst. The learning curve is not steep. Most of the time juniors have to learn how to spin between different interest groups within that tiny company.

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