ORC International

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Updated Jul 1, 2014

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2.8 47 reviews

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to learn skills, too slow paced

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople are friendly and there is opportunity to learn
    Weekly updates and webinars are useful to learn what others are working on

    ConsToo slow paced and too much time spent not working
    With management often out of the office, it is difficult to separate employees who work hard and those who don't

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people and good place to work

    Telephone Interviewer (Current Employee) Reno, NV

    ProsGreat first job for anyone starting out. Nice people and environment. You do many different surveys each day and very busy work, interesting. They allow 6 call offs or lates every 2 months.

    ConsVery low wage and not constant work. A ten cent raise if your lucky once a year and no benefits. You have to be thick skinned because respondents to surveys often cuss you out. Any chance for advancement pays very little too. Some surveys run on a 30 year old cobalt system, hard for younger employees to adapt.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to really edit surveys better. Better grammer, spelling and cut time down. Most cell phone batteries loose power before a 30 minute survey is over. Would have more success with shorter survey's and paying your top interviewers a living wage. Provide disinfectant wipes for employees sharring headsets.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Been a Great Experience So Far

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Friendly work environment.
    -Flexible work schedule.
    -Opportunities for advancement.

    Cons-Trying to remain on a diet with all of the free food they offer almost daily. (haha)
    -Amount of work comes in ebbs and flows.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a bit more transparent. Perhaps quarterly or bi-yearly updates on how the company is doing. Otherwise rumors float around the office since no information is being given.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No where to go but down

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome EE policies are hold overs from years ago when the company genuinely cared about its people, so...
    There is plenty of PTO
    Tere is technically a bonus program (though not at all transparent and boils down to whatever your boss wants to give you)

    ConsThey don't actually care about you anymore, internal EE Surveys show this and they only pay lip service to correcting it. ex. Too cheap to let spouses to a 2hr cocktail only holiday party, but upper management all flies into LA and blows 6 digits. There are no real advancement opportunities since the company is going no where these days
     They get rid of people to save money, then spend the next year hiring even more senior management(Chiefs v Indians).

    No one is actually growing the business when they keep laying off sales people, they are just dressing up the Balance Sheet for the next sale. They'll acquire another company or something to pretend the numbers went up, but then they'll let all the key people go, and lose tons of the business anyway.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe constant turn-over and ever increasing work-loads make it impossible for an employee to feel like they have a future here. Stop hiring Chiefs to start new and useless pretend Dept, and instead hire indians to actually sell and do the work.
    IF you must have a new Dept grow it organically, when one gets too big, spin a new dept out of it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Run, don't walk, away!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe benefits aren't that bad, the amount of PTO is pretty good, and there are some great people, though most of them have jumped ship.

    ConsCommunication between everyone here is abysmal. Management hides any information about the company as well as information that would help you work more effectively/efficiently. It's virtually impossible to learn new skills or to move up in the company when everyone else is so overworked they can't even think straight, much less train others. Morale is only degraded further when the people being promoted consistently talk down to others, neglect to communicate what is needed effectively/correctly, and shouldn't be directly managing people. Projects get intentionally underbid frequently - just to get the client on-board - which leads to overworking the staff and disappointing clients. There is a distinct lack of feedback for work done whether negative or positive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with employees about the company's future and expectations relating to their job. Ensure management is competent in dealing with and understanding their employees. Ultimately, I don't believe anything will keep this rotting ship from sinking.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great introduction to market research

    Research Analyst (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Pros- Professional but comfortable work environment
    - Colleagues are very intelligent and driven
    - Introduced to many different parts of the research process
    - Great opportunity to work with a variety of different industries

    ConsYou have to be comfortable working very independently. This is great for some people, but there are some people who feel the need to have constant supervision and collaboration.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be helpful if the upper management could be a little bit more transparent. There are sometimes big company decisions that the lower-level employees do not know about.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    In it's twilight years

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsCompensation, flexibility about when and where you can work (this is changing), some dedicated and hard working employees.

    ConsThe company has been floundering for at least a decade. There has been a series of owners and CEOs over the past six years, many of whom don't understand what ORC does. Layoffs are announced and within a month people are being hired to replace those who were discarded. Unless you know someone well, it takes multiple e-mails or phone calls to get a response from even lower level employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe next change will be the acquisition of ORC by another research company as the current owners realize that they won't get the profits they want. Then ORC will be gone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A ship without a rudder

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat coworkers in the office. Very good working environment with coworkers.

    ConsManagement can't decide what to do with the future, makes some real screwball decisions that effect the office and staff. No real chance for advancement but you might get a title change. Have been owned by venture capitalists and sold three times in the last 9-10 years. Good people get laid off to accommodate the sales.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    its extremely boring

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosits a low paying job

    Consits a low paying job

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    Thought it would be a great opportunity...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    Pros- work with large companies
    - the atmosphere is more or less collegial
    - great location downtown
    - learned a few things
    - well respected company

    Cons- never had enough work to do, which you might think made the job easy but it just made it boring
    - projects were very cookie cutter and unstimulating
    - took a month+ just to finalize a survey, the pace of projects was too slow
    - project directors weren't inclusive

    Advice to Senior ManagementFoster growth within the company, don't stifle your employees and replace them with recent grads to try and save money. Also, don't let go a group of the staff and then start up a college recruitment program when you don't have the projects to keep them busy or make it worth their while. There is not enough work or people willing to invest in/teach you to justify a two year rotational program.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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