Market Strategies International Reviews

Updated May 13, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    No clear vision or leadership

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    Former Employee - Lead Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Lead Analyst in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Worked with a good group of people in the Portland office

    Cons

    Poor leadership and vision for the company. Lack of 401k matching. Tone deaf to organizational culture woes.

    Advice to Management

    Devise a strategy, stick to it, and lead the company into profitable years.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Oh you want a career path?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the client managers are great to work with and truly care about your career path.

    Cons

    Very political environment, the Tech analyst managers are always looking to praise themselves, instead of doing what is best for the greater good. You will work long hours, get underpaid, and no recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Do not discourage employees to have big dreams and take interest in your direct reports personal career goals and help provide guidance on how to make it to the next step in your career path. Treat the analyst the same way as a client because as of lately you can't keep a happy employee, without happy employees you will not have the staff to get the client work completed.


  3. Just meh....

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    Former Intern - Analytis in Livonia, MI
    Former Intern - Analytis in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Market Strategies International as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The managers are very nice, they're usually okay with working remotely, and everyone is pretty flexible. The people there are normally friendly.

    Cons

    No career paths really exist here. It seemed like I would always be doing the same thing no matter what I did. Market Strategies doesn't really strive to develop talent or their employees and the turnover rate seemed to be very high. A great deal of the work is farmed out to other companies, and they would farm out even more if they could.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on the "One Company" mantra and start developing real career paths and find ways to build your employees skills. As it stands now, the workshops you have don't really serve any purpose. Of all the workshops I went to in my time at Market Strategies only 1 had any real value.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Do you like working unpaid overtime because we'd like you to work unpaid overtime

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Average pay and a remote chance you could learn a variety of skills (but be advised you have to act as your own advocate to make this happen) could make this an ideal first job or transition gig.

    Cons

    At some point on a sinking ship you will start to be overtaken by a sense of helplessness and dread. Wouldn't be so bad if the RX coverage was better.

    Advice to Management

    There's no speaking truth to power because why would power bother to listen to anyone outside the powerful?


  6. Solid experience but little potential to grow within company.

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, ability to take on new tasks and responsibility to gain a variety of experiences, ability to work from home, good location and nice work spaces.

    Cons

    Inability to grow within company unless there is a position open to apply for (difficult for certain career paths), top heavy, little direction from upper management, underpaid workers.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the good employees and reward them while they are still around. Many have already left so it's probably too late now.


  7. Ok first job

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    Former Employee - Interviewer in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Interviewer in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Market Strategies International part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good part time hours for people who just need a second job. Good money and hours for maybe a high school student someone who doesn't have any bills.

    Cons

    Pretty strict environment. If you are use to have a free flowing dialect with customers this is not the position for you. You can be written up for not reading verbatim and answering customers questions


  8. Helpful (3)

    Nothing interesting about this company

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    Current Employee - Market Research in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Market Research in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Market Strategies International full-time

    Pros

    Depending on the manager, you can work from home some days. That is pretty much it.

    Cons

    Highly political environment and promotions are based on friends promoting friends model so plenty of unqualified managers who don't know how to manage and can barely use basic MR tools such as SPSS. Managers are self serving and "add value" by escalating issues so it is a CYA type of culture. If you aren't in a sales role, you don't count even though you are expected to work 60 hours a week. There is no training for staff unless you are in Sales ("Client Manager"). Constant turnover and layoffs creating heavy workloads for those remaining. Company likes to hire people straight out of school but no real, meaningful training so lots of issues and stress. Would only recommend this firm to someone who is laid off. This isn't a place to join if you are looking for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of placing pressure on the "doers" you really need to start looking at those who are in leadership IG roles not delivering what they have promised.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Talent goes unnoticed

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Little Rock, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time (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 Management

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


  10. 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
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    No comment


  11. Helpful (2)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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