Market Strategies International

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Market Strategies International Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Former employee horrible atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    Free coffee in the break room

    Cons

    Full time admin staff seems to have the kick the cat syndrome. They leave their interviewers in the hands of incompetent lower managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal with issues within the call center instead of hiding in your office.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talent goes unnoticed

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer  in  Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Laid back work environment
    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Moving 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire the best candidate based on there skills and not just on education

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Phone Interviewer  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Phone Interviewer in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not sure if this is the "right" MSI

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Market Strategies International

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to learn about quantitative research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    High standards for primary research. People with good experience who are willing to mentor

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. All other functions except business development is under valued. Flattery provides faster career advancement than job skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider investing in analysts and research managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Maxed out on growth, battered by churn

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    Former Employee - Lead Analyst  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Lead Analyst in Portland, OR

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Smart people and opportunities to work with major clients. Casual dress code and reasonable work from home policies.

    Cons

    Just fired their third C-level (counting MSQ among these) person in a year hoping to re-org their way out of stagnated growth. Major shifts in HR since 2012 created big disruptions but I'm sure this recent re-org will fix everything,

    Oh and benefits are pitiful. No retirement match, no annual bonuses paid in the last 4 years.
    On the spot bonuses of $50 to $500 take 4 month to process.
    Vacation time is accrued even though time off summary treats it as a lump allocation which can cause confusion.
    C-level staff gets more than double the vacation time of the average cubicle dweller.
    If you don't sell, you don't matter.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start your career.

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    Former Employee - User Support  in  Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - User Support in Livonia, MI

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a great place for anyone starting out, especially if you're interested in a career in research. There is much experience to be gained and many of the people are intelligent, hard working, and kind. I will admit that Market Strategies unlike many companies of it's size provides a sense of camaraderie amongst its employees.

    Cons

    Compensation and personal growth varies depending on position/department. While some departments offer guaranteed upward movement in as little as one or two years, it may be common for others to have employees with 6+ years of experience with zero career momentum. The largest complaint is the decrease in moral due to the steady increase in work load, in relation to the steady decrease in raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage communication and listen to what your employee's are telling you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Promising company; needs to pay attention to non-management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people in the Portland office but the Livonia office is highly corporate and very stuffy. Decent work life balance. Occasional training. Some managers are flexible with work at home and flex time.

    Cons

    No good / clear career paths. Lower than average industry pay. Very cut-throat environment; not at all collaborative. Very top heavy (upper management/vps) which leads to a great workload on analysts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being top heavy hurts the organization. Need to recognize people for their work and make the company a much more collaborative environment which will promote greater teamwork and more innovation. Listen to your analysts, they are in the trenches everyday and have the 'spark' to take the company further.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Expanded Insights.

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    Current Employee - Telephone Research Interviewer  in  North Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Telephone Research Interviewer in North Little Rock, AR

    I have been working at Market Strategies International part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work force at MSI actually represents a dynamic portion of a transitional society.

    Cons

    Market Strategies can and does possess the capability of having a dynamic work force that can further accommodate eligible employees to home-based and/or virtual offices; therefore, I believe a cost versus benefit analysis should be seriously researched.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    During down times, a well-organized face-to-face meeting to communicate employee and management concerns would be a valuable asset to achieving the company's short and long term goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It is very monotonous and there is no motivation.

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    Current Employee - Surveyor  in  North Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Surveyor in North Little Rock, AR

    I have been working at Market Strategies International part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    No physical strain
    Can work extra hours

    Cons

    Sitting for long periods of time
    Very monotonous
    Place is not appealing
    Advancement through favoritism
    At the end of the month there is not enough work for everyone. Many are sent home very early
    Unsteady pay when it comes to the end of the month

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more motivation to employees
    Pay more attention to those who really do work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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