Leo J Shapiro & Associates

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    Fascinating place to get inside the heads of customers and consumers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Strategist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Strategist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo J Shapiro & Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Broad experience both in consumer and B2B research with immediate exposure to client work.

    Cons

    Self motivation is needed as the company does not coddle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could be a bit more sensitive to employee needs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Move on, there's no hope here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Leo J Shapiro & Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A few nice people, free soda, you can leave at 4pm, Christmas parties that seem to cost as much as my annual salary

    Cons

    Misogynistic, an insult to my intelligence, empty promises, stunningly out-of-touch management, "promotions" without any sort of perks, hostile work environment, cannot offer a living wage, does not maintain promises from initial job offer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a work structure that is sustainable. As a manager in certain areas I would be STUNNED at how those in executive levels would be hearing critical pieces of information on current projects from me for the first time (after days or weeks having gone by where this had changed the course of the whole project). I was constantly feeling harassed my male executives and HR is dismissive of all complaints. I might as well have been speaking to a brick wall. Just avoid this company at all costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Troubling management structure, job responsibility clarification, growth opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Leo J Shapiro & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Boutique firm culture of independent working, socializing with coworkers and mentors, upward growth

    Cons

    Unclear pay grade-job responsibilities-title structure. Insufficient man power to run a business efficiently and with adequate & professional communication between senior and junior level researchers, and especially upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee retention and satisfaction could be drastically increased with better attention to hiring company culture-appropriate management personnel, clearly outlining career paths and how various levels of research professionals and management are complimentary / supplementary or entirely separate. Also, promotion and salary increases should reflect each employee's personal quantifiable impact (i.e. business won, $$ brought in, etc.) and long-term qualifiable impact. You will never grow without employees who are happy with management (i.e. no petty management tiffs or manipulation), feel valued, and see career growth reciprocal to their contribution to the growth of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learn what you can, but quickly move on

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Leo J Shapiro & Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn a little bit of everything that's required to do custom market research. If you can, try and work with the pharma team - they operate much more efficiently and fairly.

    Cons

    Below market salary. Extremely limited career opportunities. Nothing reinvested into the company - lagging behind competitors. No vision or brand. Not using the latest tools or methods.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wish they cared about employees more

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo J Shapiro & Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small company gives you face time with upper management

    Cons

    Below average pay and raises, no bonuses, strict office hours, not much appreciation for dedicated and hard workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Showing appreciation for when employees go above and beyond would make a huge difference. Employees work really hard, travel long hours, and work nights and weekends to get studies and reports done to very little acknowledgement. It's hard to keep motivated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Behind the Times

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Leo J Shapiro & Associates full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has been in existence for many years and they have a reputation that can open up doors for more research opportunities when you leave.

    Cons

    Limited support and opportunities for real advancement. Leadership has tunnel vision with the inability to recognize talent within their own company. They consistently hire from outside the organization for services that can be performed by existing employees. The company is very wasteful with their resources. Management is arrogant without the real talent to support it. Everything is smoke and mirrors there. Morality is low throughout the entire organization with few believing that their contribution makes a true difference. This is not a good place to work for if you want a notable career that you will be proud of. Most employees are underpaid, underdeveloped, and simply uninspired to produce work they can be proud of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize your research own methodologies to better understand all your employees and how to best use their talent to help your organization grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Employer to Make a Career in Market Research

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo J Shapiro & Associates full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Ability to advance skills
    - Can work across a range of subjects areas and method
    - Early opportunities to work with clients and their issues
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Multitasking can sometimes be stressful
    - Sometimes need to stretch to fill project needs
    - Communication could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - keep focus on employee skill development and training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Fascinating work, family environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo J Shapiro & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Diverse client base and wide range of client issues keeps work interesting
    Lots of long term clients
    Long term tenure of staff
    Friendly and relaxed environment. Most people are willing to help.
    Cool building

    Cons

    No formal training programs so development depends on the quality of your mentor/supervisor
    Family environment has its drawbacks, sometimes dysfunctional
    Lack of formal structure/chain of command
    Senior partners disconnected from day to day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more support, resources and time for development of all employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs a lot of work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo J Shapiro & Associates

    Pros

    Small company - lots of responsibility right away
    Lots of opportunity for a variety of projects, including interesting travel opportunities
    Great downtown location
    Good benefits for a small company

    Cons

    Most people are difficult to work with. The ones that are great to work with are not in management roles.

    Long hours with no appreciation or recognition for your efforts.

    Below market pay, miniscule raises, no annual bonus, no 401k for your first year

    No flexibility in your schedule - strict business hours and it's not an option to work remotely even for extenuating or occasional circumstances.

    No training or professional development opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your employees so that they're motivated to work hard and stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working with smart people is a joy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leo J Shapiro & Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment if you are a self motivated worker. If you need to be coddled and expect the company to bend to your needs then go work somewhere else but if you like a challenge and want to take it on there are a lot of bright people here to team with
    Get to work with clients immediately

    Cons

    Sometimes feel afloat but I find it envigorating. Reminds me of my best music teachers...tough and high pressure but worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more communication and one on one development with senior directors would be helpful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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