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Hanover Research Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
43 Reviews
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Interesting work, good environment, good pay, great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Content Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Content Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Hanover Research full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting research reports with typical 4-7 day turnaround.
    Supportive team atmosphere.
    Good work life balance.
    Young, but not too young, office environment.
    Free snacks and coffee/tea, breakfast meetings, occasional pizza day (that makes a difference).
    Occasional early Friday for research teams meeting goals.
    Health benefits, 401k matched 2% by Hanover, life insurance, good PTO.
    Flexibility for remote work.

    Great atmosphere, definitely recommend it.

    Cons

    Very quiet atmosphere.
    Looking at a computer all the time.
    It can be challenging to focus on only one project at a time for so many hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define what career paths there are for committed researchers other than content director.

    Recommends
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    Exceptional colleagues at a fast growth company in the heart of Washington, DC.

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    Current Employee - Sales in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Hanover Research full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A young, ambitious and exciting place to work with well educated and friendly colleagues. The renewed commitment of the company to put in world class training, recruit and develop the best talent in the DC labor market makes the potential of this business all the more exciting.

    Cons

    Like any growth company, you have to be on board for the wild ride of fast paced changes and aggressive goals. The opportunity and pay make it worth though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The changes are making a difference, keep pushing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Easy work, simple business model, great co-workers, and good advancement opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Hanover Research as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - easy work: research is general. just google searches and general, tedious 'grunt' work that companies would rather contract out.
    - great co-workers: nearly everyone are young, recent grads between undergrad and grad school. they hang out together and there are few, if any, workplace politics, etc...

    - for an internship, it's great. most interns simply support projects then they are close to deadline and need some extra hands. hours are flexible and everyone is appreciative of the extra help that you provide.

    Cons

    - not challenging
    - won't learn very much - except for random facts that you discover while doing google searches
    - be prepared for a younger, more unprofessional (or should I say inexperienced) managerial staff. they are nice, but inexperienced. However, it works for what it is: general google search type research and grunt work for businesses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - for the business model that you have, you've done an excellent job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hanover is the ideal landing spot for motivated people who want to start a career with a rapidly growing company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Development Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Hanover Research full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -The company recognizes individuals for hard work and rewards success both financially and with promotions
    -Since the company is growing rapidly, it is possible to move up the ranks quickly if one is willing to put in the necessary work
    -Ability to change career paths, Hanover allows for vertical movement into different divisions
    -A great place to gain exposure to various aspects of business, the job never becomes mundane
    -Senior management is open to input, employees' voices will always be heard

    Cons

    -Chain of command can be unclear at times
    -New employee training needs to become more standardized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a formal on-boarding process for new employees so that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunity for talented and driven individuals

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Hanover Research full-time

    Pros

    - Hard work and talent do not go unnoticed. With the fast growth of the company and a meritocratic culture, there is no need to 'wait your turn' before promotion.
    - A company culture that strikes the right balance between ambition and hard work, and socialization and community service. Happy hours, potlucks, trivia nights, and charity events are encouraged and well-attended.

    Cons

    - As mentioned many times in these reviews, professional development and training programs are sorely needed. Currently, the employees who have been successful are those who haven't needed much help in terms of training. Instituting a new employee training program would help build confidence and satisfaction for many others who might find much of the work (for both Content and Business Development) to be challenging.
    - As a researcher on the Content side, and it be easy at times to feel like a cog in the machine. More could be done to encourage every employee to understand the 'big picture'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growth is great, and there is no lack of applicants for the growing number of positions, but more could be done to ensure current employee satisfaction and retention.

    This needn't require pay increases/more vacation time (although those would be nice!), as great gains could be made through more simple increases to training, communication and openness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    In my two years at Hanover

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    Current Employee - Development Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Development Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Hanover Research full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hanover is an exciting place for young, driven professionals to learn about themselves and excel in a workplace setting. In my two years at Hanover, the company has always rewarded me excellently for my hard work. My experience at Hanover epitomizes the opportunities the company has to offer - I have experienced tremendous growth both professionally and personally in a short amount of time. There are several formal structures and processes in place that help guide Development Associates to Senior Development Associates to Development Directors to Managing Directors very quickly. The mentorship between each Development Associate and Development Director at Hanover is invaluable. The fast-paced nature of the job and continuous opportunities for upward mobility are powerful engagers and motivators. From my first day all expectations of me have been clearly articulated and I’ve always known exactly what I’ve needed to accomplish in order to get myself to the next level.

    Cons

    The pressure to produce at Hanover can be quite intense at times, and sometimes can lead to insecurity among employees. If you prefer a very safe, mild, predictable work environment you will not be happy at Hanover. If you are open to pushing yourself, working as a team, and thinking outside the box you will be a great fit here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key. With information comes knowledge, with knowledge comes empowerment and with empowerment comes confident employees and confident employees generate new business. Continue to remain open to all ideas, comments, questions and concerns on both the research and development side.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 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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  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Hanover embodies a fast-paced meritocracy which is perfect for ambitious young professionals.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Hanover Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    + Attractive bonus and compensation potential
    + Staff is smart, energetic, and hard-working
    + Fast growth of the firm consistently produces new opportunities and a dynamic atmosphere
    + 401(k) with 2% employer match
    + Great health benefits
    + Perks such as the occasional catered breakfast/lunch, and comped dinners after 7 pm
    + High level of staff involvement for community service events and happy hours/fundraisers

    Cons

    As Hanover has grown quite quickly in the past few years a need for professional development for mid-upper level management has evolved which to date has not been met

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to have easy access to professional sales and management training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly successful business model and unique opportunity to gain complex/consultative sales experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Hanover Research full-time

    Pros

    As a small firm striving to grow quickly, the staff and diverse mix of business professionals are critical to achieving revenue goals and revolutionizing the company’s content offering. Impressive collection resumes both on the sales, as well as the research side of the business. Selective hiring process seeks intelligent, highly-motivated, driven professionals, which creates an ambitious and financially rewarding working experience. A great place to hone and develop complex sales skills while getting a front seat view into the marketing and research functions of some of the world’s largest companies and the challenges they face in our current economic climate. Management is receptive to new ideas and always willing to consider new ways to improve internal efficiencies. Fast-paced sales environment with attainable, but still ambitious revenue goals. Very much a self-starter atmosphere, which bodes well for “go-getters” looking to make great money while still taking on mid-level management responsibilities. Overall, a rewarding work environment, both professionally and financially.

    Cons

    The world can change in an instant, which is often the case at Hanover. Just when a new sales approach or tactic seems to be working, the company strategy could shift in a new direction, requiring a swift adjustment in focus. If you like a steady and consistent work pattern, this is probably not the job for you. Sometimes new ideas aren’t always successful, leading to instances of “time lost” in trying something new that doesn’t always pan out. Lean staff requires employees to often wear multiple hats, which is inherently difficult for individuals who are married to structure and do not react well to sudden change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More visibility to employees when it comes to 5-year strategic plan and 10-year company outlook. Need to build out a more effective sales/training function that focuses on the onboarding process of new employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 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
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