Market Strategies International

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Updated March 4, 2015
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  1. 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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    liberal, work and life balance, full of opportunity internally

    Cons

    flexible, lack of centralized power to control oversea business

    Advice to Management

    be stronger to manage global business

  2. Helpful (1)

    Good company to learn market research

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    Former Employee - Senior Supervisor in South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Supervisor in South Bend, IN

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Yo get to cross-train, and learn different aspects of supervisory positions.

    Cons

    Sometimes long, unpredictable work shcedule.

    Advice to Management

    Show more respect to hourly workers; many times, they have more experience and education that the managers do. If not for them, no one would have a job!

  3. 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. 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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fair enough for the salary.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    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...

  6. Helpful (1)

    Potential to be a great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Strong management in tough times

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    Former Employee - Research Director
    Former Employee - Research Director

    I worked at Market Strategies International

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Oh you want a career path?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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.

  10. Just meh....

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    Former Intern - Analytis in Livonia, MI
    Former Intern - Analytis in Livonia, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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?

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