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  1. Great leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MarketSphere full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good group, experiences, good culture, teamwork

    Cons

    small, ability to grow, need to expand offerings

  2. Very kind and family-oriented company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MarketSphere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Caring management, strong leadership, opportunities to learn new skills

    Cons

    I did not see any cons about working there

  3. A great place to work if the partners like you, if not watch yourself.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at MarketSphere full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    work with high level consultants, ability to learn if desired, usually good clients, Their work is very good.

    Cons

    If one partner does not like you, you are gone. I would estimate 9 out of 10 people who leave, leave with a very bitter taste in their mouth about the company. They (the senior partners) truly think they are better than everyone else. Only place of employment in my past that I do not talk to anyone there now, accept of course the people that leave. Most seem to have similar feelings.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your pedestal and learn how to treat people fairly. They taught me some really good life lessons. I thought so highly of them, but in reality they are ruthless and do not care about their employees. It says a lot when a founding member, quits to go work for someone else because of they the company treats their people.

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  5. Excellent place to develop practice leadership skills and work with great clients

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    Former Employee - Consulting Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Consulting Director in Dallas, TX

    I worked at MarketSphere full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Congenial atmosphere
    Solid team members with skills
    Competitive salary with bonus
    Interesting clients (e.g. Walmart, Target, Sony)
    Partner development program

    Cons

    On the road every week (typical of consulting)
    Partners would not invest adequately in marketing the firm or practice
    No vision for growth

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of balancing short-term profit-taking with long-term growth opportunities.

  6. Awesome Company

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at MarketSphere part-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, friendly atmosphere, everyone helps each other

    Cons

    I didn't qualify for benefits because I was part-time but their benefits are good.

  7. I would recommend to a friend without hesitation

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    Current Employee - Operations in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Operations in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at MarketSphere full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I can only comment on 1 of the 3 practices, with that being said, the group I work for (BI) made some necessary changes to upper level management, as well as operationally, that have had a tremendously positive impact on my day to day production.

    Management always has an open door and appears that they truly care about your thoughts/concerns.

    Fair compensation and bonus structure

    If you can identify the best leaders to follow, learn from, and be mentored by, you will prosper.

    Cons

    Depending on what group you work in, management can be a bit indecisive.
    Benefits are pretty rough (cost and coverage)

    Advice to Management

    I would say you are on the right path. Continue with your annual reviews and investment in your people and success will CONTINUE to follow.

  8. Great company. Glad to be here.

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    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at MarketSphere

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a people place. They care about employees, and about community. Great opportunities to do many different things

    Cons

    Dealing with benefits is more difficult than at other employers. It's not very diverse.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify. Make benefits easier to administer.

  9. Great, if you draw the right manager. Good is a possibility, but they have some decisions to make.

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    Current Employee - Director in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Director in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at MarketSphere

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Office politics are minimal; they allow you to do the work you want to do. They are committed to their community.

    Cons

    Compensation typically lower; expect employees to bear the brunt of management indecision. When the times are tight, management doesn't really want to do what they're asking the employees to do.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more proactively. Reward your performers. Understand being profitable on an annual basis is only satisfying a relatively arbitrary time block. By cutting off investment in your people to maintain profitability, the likely result is the departure of those people who've a) gotten the company where it is (was), and b) the people who are currently the mentors of those who will remain.

  10. Growing Pains, But Nice Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MarketSphere

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great knowledge sharing; small enough firm to get involved with all aspects of project, from business development, to delivery, to billing, to managing client relationship/satisfation.

    Cons

    Weak on methodologies; some solutions are still evolving, and methdologies and tools are built to the specs of the project, not to the point of view of the Firm; Constantly changing strategies from senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the employee point of view at the forefront. Ask the question everyday, "Why Would Anyone Want to Be Led by Me"? Adopt an ongoing learning mindset, and seek new ways of thinking and performing.

  11. Neutral

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at MarketSphere

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - People
    - Team members
    - Strong Career Opportunities
    - Middle Management Team
    - Local office structure
    - Community focus

    Cons

    - Travel requirements
    - Compensation relative to competitors
    - Benefits
    - Communication from senior leadership
    - Competitiveness amongst different solutions/teams

    Advice to Management

    - Provide more communication from leadership
    - Keep the culture of community, fun, and growth
    - Support the market based model

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