Market Strategies International Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Strong management in tough times

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Director
    Former Employee - Research Director
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Potential to be a great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  3. The Management, manager, supervisor and to everyone.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Checker
    Former Employee - Checker
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 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...


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  5. Good post High-school survival job.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Surveyor
    Current Employee - Surveyor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 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.


  6. good company for family person

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    be stronger to manage global business


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Study Director in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Study Director in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    good job, tough to advance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    communicate better


  9. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time (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 Management

    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.


  10. This is not the same MSI

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I liked working with MSI. My team was dedicated and really enjoyed the work. We made some long lasting relationships and did very well while we were together.

    Cons

    Sometimes it was stressful. Keeping clients happy was sometimes tough, but we managed to be able to keep most people happy.

    Advice to Management

    Do it again!!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Descent pat-time job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    fast-paced, independent, and well organized

    Cons

    my main issue was that it is part-time



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