Market Strategies International
3.3 of 5 23 reviews
www.marketstrategies.com Livonia, MI 500 to 999 Employees

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Market Strategies International CEO Rob Stone

Rob Stone

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83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good post High-school survival job.

    Surveyor (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible shifts.

    Great for students with low living costs and going to school.

    somewhat familiar territory specially for those fresh out of high school.

    minimum wage, slightly higher wages for Spanish speakers.

    Variety of age groups, great for some new types of friendships.

    freedom to read, sow or do other things which calling. (except those requiring electronics)

    Friendly people for the most part.

    Consvery close to a dead end job. very few raise to higher levels of management and in y experience it took them more than 2 years each. i have worked there for over a year and a half.

    Hours are not very consistent though rarely lower than 20 per week.
    enough to survive on but not much if you aspire for more. the average for me has been about 24h/w when im scheduled for 28h/w.

    Innovation and creativity are not of value as a surveyor at MSI. this may have to do with it being a large franchise and there being significant layering of policies that make for a somewhat controlled and rigid environment.

    The high control environment can become frustrated for more mature individuals.

    Can get boring pretty quick.

    Performance incentives are not good. they add about 25 cents + to your hourly wage if you are a top performer after 3 month period reviews. which on a part time bases adds to about 2 extra bears a month, maybe 3. not that much. this for me and many others ive worked with, leads to aiming at a, "good enough" productivity to pass, but not good enough to excel since its just extra work without extra pay. basically, for lack of a better word, mediocracy is the standard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet up a more profitable bonus structure. try to lower overhead costs and add those to surveyors at a per survey basis, calculated per complete per hour. this i think should enhance productivity and worker happiness. which might help keep employers for longer and lower training and turn over costs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The Management, manager, supervisor and to everyone.

    Checker (Former Employee)

    ProsFair enough for the salary.

    Consso much pressure to all the workers...thats business anyway..

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont hold your empleyees, because you cannot achieve sales without them...dont put to much pressure on them, for the sake of achieving the sales...they are also human being who gets tired and have problems...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Talent goes unnoticed

    Senior Programmer (Former Employee)
    Little Rock, AR

    ProsLaid back work environment
    Ability to work from home

    ConsMoving IT from hourly to salary really put a whip to the back, more work and less pay.
    No room for advancement
    Limited technology available

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire the best candidate based on there skills and not just on education

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Potential to be a great company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible
    People that work there are highly intelligent
    Amazing HR
    Work Hard/Play Hard environment
    Great at giving back to the community
    Transparent
    You can talk to any senior level person at the company, even the CEO if you have an idea

    ConsLow salary
    Promotions are out of reach and unclear
    Hard to make changes internally
    Silo'd positions (little opportunity to branch out)

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease don't let great talent slip away because you pay them too little and/or don't want to offer then career opportunities that allow them to make working at Market Strategies a lifelong decision.

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    Strong management in tough times

    Research Director (Former Employee)

    ProsDuring the difficult year of 2009, upper management did everything they could to retain talented employees, including giving themselves pay cuts and instituting furlough days rather than pay cuts in the lower ranks.

    ConsPretty hierarchical, low entry level salaries, difficult to advance. Needs more family-oriented female leadership.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good job, tough to advance

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosaccomadate you very well with time off
    make your own schedule and own times
    a lot of good people working there

    Conshard to get promoted, sometimes the communication within the company isn't very good, took away bonuses to cut back on pay

    Advice to Senior Managementcommunicate better

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Would be an okay experience if more hours were offered and better pay.

    Phone Interviewer (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsPart time hours. Reading verbatim off of screen. being able to assist companies by completing surveys to improve customer satisfaction

    ConsLow pay, no benefits, part time offered only very strict environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo comment

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    Great learning

    Director (Current Employee)
    Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Prosautonomy enabling me andf others explore and grow in the direction we choose. management foster this behaviour and thus encourages employees grotwh

    Consnot large enough to make a different, in order to be able to make a name for ourselves we need to be larger

    Advice to Senior Managementsales have to be increased, service and solutions have to be defined and marketing to a strategic prospect list of companies

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Study Director (Former Employee)
    Livonia, MI

    ProsA good solid company to work for. Some departments are better than others to work in depending on the people. This company has been acquiring other companies so the number of employees has increased significantly.

    ConsJob security is a problem with the growing pains they are experiencing with the move to a new corportate office, acquisitions and hiring practices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep in mind the need for support staff to facilitate the work that is done for clients. It is difficult to deliver excellent results sometimes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not sure if this is the "right" MSI

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsNice office downtown, I hear....I was never invited to visit it though. They have some pretty good business relationships there.

    ConsCompany wasn't clear about direction they wanted to go. They were adding people and selling offices in what seemed to be a willy-nilly fashion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to update the technology. Need to have a more defined plan. Need to have a more defined career path

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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