Market Strategies International

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Market Strategies International Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
25 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Comprehensive exposure to market research; lacks defined career trajectory for most roles .

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    All functional roles work closely together at all levels, promoting a solid team-oriented culture.

    Flat organization with a few exceptions.

    Supportive HR and training initiatives.

    Process, process, process, a must-have for an organization with multiple functional roles working together.

    Data management better than other firms, but definitely has plenty of room for improvement.

    Cons

    Promotions rare outside of client management roles.

    Large salary disparities within individual functional roles.

    Outsourcing data management and other roles diminishes deliverable quality and follow through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote staff more frequently, especially star performers. Verbal merits only go so far. Provide staff with more constructive feedback to promote effective skill building and creative solutions to career paths.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  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. 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
    No opinion of CEO
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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
  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
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9.  

    good company for family person

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    liberal, work and life balance, full of opportunity internally

    Cons

    flexible, lack of centralized power to control oversea business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be stronger to manage global business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good post High-school survival job.

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    Current Employee - Surveyor
    Current Employee - Surveyor

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

    Pros

    Flexible 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.

    Cons

    very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Set 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The Management, manager, supervisor and to everyone.

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    Former Employee - Checker
    Former Employee - Checker

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

    Pros

    Fair enough for the salary.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont 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...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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