Market Strategies International

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Market Strategies International Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A culture of smart, ethically-centered people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    There are a lot of really smart, committed, forward-thinking people in this organization--and, given the relatively entrepreneurial culture, it is possible to change the company by getting out in front of an initiative and pushing hard. The quality of the work being done here is truly a cut--and often several cuts--above what's going on in other parts of the industry. Finally (and this may sound weird, in these times), this is a company that really has an ethical center. There is a kind of old-world probity to the way that the company is managed and the way people treat their work.

    Cons

    The company is certainly in more of a growth mode than it has been historically--and growth inevitably means change. So far, those changes have been good changes, but that's something that requires constant care and feeding. The concern is that senior management continue to stay focused on the right kinds of strategic growth for the company--and communicate the growth plan (if and as it changes) to everyone throughout the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work hard at listening to employees throughout the organization--not just listening to senior managers. Continue the ongoing focus on quality and ethical standards. Keep focused on long-term strategic vision, not quarterly financials (which, so far, has not been an issue...but is always a bit of a worry when you're majority-owned by a private equity company).

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Standard marketing research firm, but stable and growing opportunity in otherwise economically depressed area

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Scientist in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Scientist in Portland, OR

    I worked at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    MSI is a stable and growing company, which seems to be unusual in Detroit. They have a strong and growing position in tracking research.

    Cons

    As with many marketing research companies their employees tend to lack business acumen. Lower level employees seem to feel there are few growth opportunities, with many employees stagnating in place for extended periods. For employees, lacks the breadth of experience found at other companies for which I have worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Word on the street is that lower level employees are frustrated with an inability to grow professionally. I've heard this from several people.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    Headed up by some very smart people.

    Cons

    Got acquired by a larger market research firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the Doxus about you!

    Recommends
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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
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Study Director in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Study Director in Livonia, MI

    I worked at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    Job 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Great learning

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    Current Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

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

    Cons

    not large enough to make a different, in order to be able to make a name for ourselves we need to be larger

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    good job, tough to advance

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    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Market Strategies International

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate better

    Recommends
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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong management in tough times

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    Former Employee - Research Director
    Former Employee - Research Director

    I worked at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    During 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Potential to be a great company

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    Flexible
    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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please 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.

    Disapproves of CEO

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