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Harris Interactive Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
46 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    They work hard and not sure it's productive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Harris Interactive as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    People generally nice. Casual atmosphere.

    Cons

    Old systems cobbled together require a lot of workarounds to produce results. Lots of hostilities simmering under the surface makes for a strange atmosphere. Some management folks are all show and no output, kept their jobs due to longevity rather than talent. Their people work hard to make them look good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    This job trained me to be professional at all times .

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    Former Employee - Executive Interviewer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Interviewer in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Harris Interactive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It has been awhile since I worked for Harris Interactive. I started at The Gordon S Black Corporation in 1989 and that company acquired Lou Harris Polling. In those days the focus was on pure , true data and process .

    Cons

    Like many small companies that become larger , quality suffered perhaps due to lack of adherence to a well defined mission statement and a true Quality process .

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good first job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Harris Interactive full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salary, mostly nice people to work with, rapid tech changes. Small teams were mostly cohesive and helpful, but there were politics and occasional competition.

    Cons

    Little input to upper management. Smallish company, with distanced big company feel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to line staff, they are the ones doing the daily work.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Harris Interactive is too internally focused, and as such, has lost its focus and its value proposition to clients

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at Harris Interactive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Clients, close working teams, qualified experienced researchers. I think Harris has had tremendous equity in its human resources.

    Cons

    Too much focus on selling products versus solving client problems; bottom line is all that counts, and unfortunately the company has lost sight of its long -term vision. Imagine, pulling out of one of the only growth markets (e.g. Asia) because the current ops were not profitable? Penny-wise and pound- foolish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Syndicated products may help gross margin and sales in the short run but will not position the company for sustainable performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris Interactive full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are still some good people there. With the right manager, your day to day can be ok. And if you want to take on something new, you probably can.

    Cons

    The company is going under and will eventually be sold. Even if you avoid being laid off in the interim, you will eventually be cut when someone buys them. And they are so broke, you won't have any good resources, you'll never get a raise, and your beneifts will be poor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Don't Even Bother

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris Interactive full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good people...unless you're in management.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities and CEO is "re-structuring" to sell company.
    Company is desperate and most are seeking other employment.
    Harris makes the Sutherland Group look like Nirvana.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, because you won't listen anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Like All the Bad Things You Would Expect from a Large Company

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    Current Employee - Research Director in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Research Director in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Harris Interactive full-time

    Pros

    My immediate colleagues are great to work with, and I like my clients.

    Flexible schedule is tolerated as long as you are able to manage all your commitments to client and project teams.

    Cons

    The organization is process- and form-based to an almost satirical extent, and employees are largely treated as interchangeable line-item resources.

    Internal support is uneven and largely depends on what team you happen to get assigned to.

    Promotions and salary increases have been static for a long time as the company works to get itself in a better financial position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Researchers drive the business of research, it would be nice to not be so enslaved to accounting.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Back on track

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Harris Interactive

    Pros

    Some changes in senior management -- most notably Al Angrasini as CEO -- have helped HI turn around and focus more on profitability as opposed to revenue.

    Cons

    I think communication between groups -- across markets and between internal vendors/clients -- can be improved. Much work is starting to be outsourced, which is helping profitability, but may start crowding out junior staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd like to see the 401k back -- I imagine if the turnaround continues to be successful, we'll see this in the next year or so?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    They are abusive.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Researcher in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Project Researcher in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Harris Interactive

    Pros

    They provide decent pay and benefits. Loose dress code. Coffee and Culligan water were provided for free. I enjoyed many of my co-workers.

    Cons

    There were extremely unreasonable expectations put on staff. Extremely high stress level when not necessary. Management does not respond to complaints. Employees are not treated equally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Harris Interactive

    Pros

    Looks OK on a resume.

    Cons

    Benefits are pretty awful, pay is below average, constant downsizing and restructuring making it difficult to get anything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees or lose them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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