Freedonia Group

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Freedonia Group Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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    Nice enviorment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freedonia Group full-time

    Pros

    great environment and management, nice coworkers. IF you like a quite environment and writing, then this is a place for you.

    Cons

    too quite, most people just sit in their cubicles and write their studies. Pay is kind of low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, interesting people, rewarding experience

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    Former Employee - Industry Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Industry Analyst in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Freedonia Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture, lots of opportunities to interact with smart, friendly coworkers. The work is very interesting and rewarding once you get into the projects. Writing skills improve on the job, and you also pick up tons of interesting trivia through the research. You become an expert in many fields - great for conversations. Company activities range from potlucks, to volunteering, to co-ed softball, to poker nights. Also so many great cooks at the company!

    Cons

    Work can be isolated at times, however there are opportunities for collaboration and interaction when talking with people working on related projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good People, Straightforward Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freedonia Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company has a great atmosphere. Everyone knows everyone else. It is casual dress and there are a lot of things to get involved in like hiking, friendly poker games, hockey tickets, potlucks, etc. The mentor program really helped me get a handle on the company and made my first few weeks here much easier. The work is fairly straightforward. It takes a while to get a handle on how to research and write the studies, but once you do they follow the same basic format.

    Cons

    The managers/supervisors try very hard to "teach" you how to write/research the studies when you first start, but it can still be a difficult process. Many of the analysts have their own way of doing things, which adds to the confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Standardize the training process - maybe have one individual that does all of the training (not for content, but for method). Also, a place to gather would be really beneficial. Right now there are only one or two places to eat lunch/take a break - either outside in the courtyard or in the conference room. There really isn't enough room for more than 6-7 people to eat together and the rest get stuck either going out for lunch or eating at their cubicles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Could be worse, I suppose

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freedonia Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    casual dress, generally intelligent + friendly colleagues, frequent office potlucks + excursions (poker nights, sporting events, hikes, etc.), decent work/life balance and some flexibility with work hours

    Cons

    Relatively low pay and meager benefits, stingy vacation time, outdated equipment and facilities, high turnover, uncomfortable lack of diversity (employees are 99% white), no lunch room or employee gathering space (most employees eat in their cubicles), little room for advancement, total social isolation during the workday, poor management (my supervisor was the worst I've had in my career).

    Pros and cons aside, you can't get around one basic fact: by its very nature, the work is uninteresting, unimportant, and unrewarding.

    Bottom line: it's not a bad job, all told, for recent college grads looking for a 1-2 year gig. I really can't imagine staying longer than that -- and most people don't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade facilities (a more open / social floor plan would be nice), improve benefits, send supervisors to get some management/leadership training, hire some minorities for a change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Casual, "academic" place to work with challenging work and smart, likeable coworkers.

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    Current Employee - Industry Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Industry Analyst in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Freedonia Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work is mentally challenging and the people you work with are very bright and good natured. A lot of diversity in political views from outright anarchists to right wingers, but somehow it works well. The atmosphere is casual, almost academic - blue jeans and t-shirts are the norm. The company offers a lot things to do outside of work, such as hikes, poker games, charitable events, pot lucks, etc.

    Cons

    You spend the better part of your day sitting in front of a computer monitor - researching, thinking, and writing. If you enjoyed researching and writing college term papers (I did), then this job could be for you. If not, think twice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Passionate employees with boring work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freedonia Group

    Pros

    casual dress, nice employees, free coffee, CEO is a great guy but not around enough.

    Cons

    work is boring, everyone is very antisocial, no lunchroom unless you are part of a group, there is no room to grow, their way or the highway approach, management is terrible. it really takes a special individual to work here. you have to be willing to not have any human contact 99% of the time, sit in silence, stare at a computer screen, and type away like a robot for hours on end. if research and is your thing, this is the job for you. if you don't like to analyze numbers and listen to tedious requirements and follow strict, boring writing styles, this is not the job for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    actuallly use the advice of those that work there instead of saying you will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Low Pay, Stingy Benefits, High Turnover

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    Current Employee - Industry Analyst in Mayfield, OH
    Current Employee - Industry Analyst in Mayfield, OH

    I have been working at Freedonia Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual dress code. Poker nights if you’re into that sort of thing. Free coffee and tea, but coffee pots never get washed!

    Cons

    Low pay. Stingy benefits. Snarky, unprofessional management. High turnover. No advancement opportunities. No training or support. Old facilities. No lunch room, employees eat in their cubicles. Work in total silence all day. Management misleads employees and candidates. For example, they say “no layoffs” but people get fired!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like people, not like disposable machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Re: Not a great company

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Analyst in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Freedonia Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    work independent and inside a cubicle

    Cons

    management not great, very micromanaged and

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company; Not So Great Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freedonia Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere transcends dress code. Everyone is approachable and generally quite friendly. Management working on opening communication, via mentoring program, open door policies, etc. Office activities give everyone the chance to get out of their cubes (poker, potlucks, picnics, hiking, softball), and we have a lending library. I would recommend this company, but mostly to younger people entering the workforce.

    Cons

    It's boring, especially if you don't like research. No one really can pretend to care about the work, it's just a paycheck (and not really one to brag about). The atmosphere is excellent, but the time spent in cubicles is lonely and dry. Data analysis isn't for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    casual company with growth opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freedonia Group

    Pros

    Culture: Jeans-casual is the typical attire. It's a "family" type environment where participation in various activities outside of business hours (e.g., volunteering, potluck lunches, hiking, poker games, a softball team, an annual baseball outing) is encouraged (but not required). A mentoring program connects new employees with more experienced staff.
    Work: Other employees & managers are supportive & cooperative. If you're the curious type who can process a lot of information and enjoys working independently, this is might be a job for you. Although overtime is sometimes required, most employees work a standard 8-hour day, leaving room for a life away from work.
    Advancement: Opportunities are available for those who express an interest in additional challenges. You get out of it what you put into it.
    Security: This company has never had a layoff.

    Cons

    The pay could be better, but that's the case at most companies these days.
    The quiet environment and solo work isn't everyone's cup of tea.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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