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MarketBridge Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
20 Reviews
3.6
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  1.  

    Great place to start your career

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

    I have been working at MarketBridge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -You learn a TON right away. You'll gain hard, transferrable expertise in many different areas. I would disagree with a few other reviews that dinged personal development training...MB wants you to learn and grow.
    -As others have said, it is very sink or swim. You are given a lot of responsibility right away, which are great for some while others struggle.
    -People are incredibly smart and hard working.
    -Office culture is just like a start up. Lax dress code, Ping pong in the office, happy hours, putt putt tournaments, holiday parties, etc
    -Not a lot of travel, especially compared to other consulting companies

    Cons

    -Company is very reliant on a few brand name clients for revenue. New projects are few and far between and tend to come from existing accounts rather than new ones.
    -As others have said, MarketBridge still has no idea on how to position itself in the marketplace (which is ironic). There is somewhat of false positivity around where we are going, but results (new projects) are slow. Messaging and strategy change every 6 months.
    -Workers lower on the totem poll end up doing all of the work with very little direction from the VP level, and very little recognition.
    -Salary is not as competitive as it used to be, especially for the hours that are required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to identify yourself

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great consulting experience while maintaining good work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analytics in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Analytics in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at MarketBridge full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Meritocracy-based environment: If you work hard and perform, you can move up very quickly within the company
    - Full of smart people: I'm constantly impressed by the intelligence level of my peers. I am challenged intellectually on a daily basis
    - Work-Life Balance: It's not a traditional consulting firm that puts you on the road 4 days a week. Most people leave the office by 6 pm and can actually maintain a life outside of work.
    - Compensation: I've found it to be very competitive with the industry.
    - Great culture/social environment: The company is always doing fun things to keep employees engaged. It's truly an entrepreneurial and social culture.

    Cons

    - You have to figure a lot of things out: I actually think this is a pro, but if you need structure, this is not the place for you. This ties into the entrepreneurial atmosphere, but you are responsible for driving your own career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing company with growing career prospects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at MarketBridge full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility early on in your career.
    Good support from upper management.
    Entrepreneurial spirit.

    Cons

    Sink or swim. You need to work hard to progress. Not the right place if you just want to do the same thing every day. This firm will challenge you. That's good for some and not so good for others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing and get out of your own way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Over promises and under delivers for their clients.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager

    I have been working at MarketBridge full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you're just starting your career fresh out of college with zero work experience you're in good shape here. Great place to begin and grow your portfolio with exposure to f/500 clients. This firm did some great work back in 2005-2007 but just stopped doing anything worth talking about following.

    Cons

    All the training is on the job with little to no formal professional development. The firm lacks digital expertise which is simply unexceptionable in 2014. The executive team runs the firm as if there are three separate businesses under one roof which is fine if it aligns to the messaging being sent to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your team how you would want to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Like a ship, it takes time for the turnaround to complete, but it's beginning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at MarketBridge

    Pros

    Got rid of untalented CEO who drive talent out the door.
    Got rid of expensive CEO that did little to advance the firm's strategy
    Healthier work environment with a core group of people who care about employees
    A-list of clients
    Good work and learning opportunities
    Ex-CEO and founder now back and engaged

    Cons

    Projects out of scope and demanding clients
    IT frustrations- they don't really know what they are doing
    Vision- what does the firm strive to become?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused
    Remember your only asset is your people

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Such Potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at MarketBridge

    Pros

    Good niche positioning in the market. Unique intellectual capital, great people and a focus on delivering value to customers.

    Cons

    CEO struggles with what he wants the company to be when it grows up. Previous CEO drove out much of the talent that build the business and develop the firm IP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on one thing, do it well and reward those who add value.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Better than Govt Contracting, But Not Much

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at MarketBridge

    Pros

    Smart colleagues and managers, less travel than other consulting companies, prestigious clients

    Cons

    too tech sector dependent and efforts to diversify into other industries and down the value chain have failed miserably, hours are on the long side (50-55+ per week), and pay is significantly lower than competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify into consumer tech instead of focusing so heavily on B2B.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ups and downs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at MarketBridge

    Pros

    - People
    - Casual work environment (check out video some employees made: http://vimeo.com/15628853)
    - Top clients
    - Learned a lot

    Cons

    - Reviews, progression, raises, bonuses are more subjective than they'd like to think they were
    - Attempts at training are not enough. Employees need better and more opportunities to improve skills
    - Most clients were tech

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Take care of your employees and you'll get the loyalty the company should have

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A declining organization that offers little opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at MarketBridge

    Pros

    Colleagues are great smart people for the most part.

    Cons

    The lack of consistency and credibility of the senior leadership is appalling. The firm changes directions every quarter and believes that the staff is too ignorant to notice the blatant discrepancies between their actions and their words. Every 6 months or so they do a bunch of layoffs, followed by frenzied recruiting, and then more layoffs. No consistency in forecasting. Client contacts are diminishing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out and get some fresh insight and real leadership into the firm. The CEO and Chairman appear to be oblivious as to how manage a business, and people and change. Your time has passed. Move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still Acts Like a Startup, Battles Between CEO and Chairman, Petty Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at MarketBridge

    Pros

    - Startup perks like free beer on Fridays, happy hours when people join the company, etc.
    - Some senior management is fun to talk to and work with
    - Relaxed dress code
    - Understanding of work/life balance depending on who your supervisor is/job function
    - You can learn a lot, depending on who your supervisor is

    Cons

    - It is unclear who runs the company, CEO or the Chairman. They often disagree on which direction to head on something and often the company sides with the Chairman. As the founder, this would make sense but the CEO was brought on, as I understand it, to provide a more consistent direction for the company. It seems to have only put a filter on the Chairman's decisions, but they still come through.
    - Benefits package is what you would expect from a smaller company, so don't expect stellar medical benefits.
    - Senior leaders earn shares of company, making them part owners, which seems to give them a sense of entitlement to blatantly and aggressively disagree with CEO and Chairman in public.
    - Culture is dominated by petty actions. New people might feel like the ugly duckling as the cliques in the company figure out if they like you. If they decide they don't, don't expect to feel welcome.
    - Increase in visibility into how the company is doing lead to CEO reassuring everyone that the company was doing well despite not hitting goals. Everyone felt comfortable and secure until the company laid off a number of friends and co-workers despite the CEO saying just a few months ago, "You have no need to worry!"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it more clear who is running the company and develop a more consistent corporate direction. CEO and Chairman really need to figure out who is making the decisions and perhaps figure out more behind closed doors. Weed out petty differences between senior leaders that shine through in meetings and detract from the real reason we come to work everyday: to make money and see this company succeed. Try to be more honest about how the company is performing. Smart people in the company can see the truth in the numbers, but some may not get it. If we need to do better to save our jobs, tell us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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