Market Strategies International

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Market Strategies International Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
33 Reviews
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  1. 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
  2.  

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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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. 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
  7.  

    good company for family person

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I have been working at Market Strategies International full-time (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
  8.  

    Good post High-school survival job.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Surveyor
    Current Employee - Surveyor

    I have been working at Market Strategies International part-time (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
  9.  

    The Management, manager, supervisor and to everyone.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Checker
    Former Employee - Checker

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Potential to be a great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong management in tough times

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
    Approves of CEO

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