ORC International Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Simon Kooyman
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Pros
  • You do many different surveys each day and very busy work, interesting (in 4 reviews)

  • Professional but comfortable work environment (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Middle management and managing directors simply follow executive orders with little input or creativity of their own (in 3 reviews)

  • You have to be thick skinned because respondents to surveys often cuss you out (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Smart employees, a couple of bullies, terrible workflow processes.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, hard working coworkers. Good location. Free food. Pretty generous overall compensation, vacation policy, etc.

    Cons

    Strong focus on sales incentivizes questionable, unethical behaviors. If you are a strong seller you will be regarded as a star, even though you may bully your employees, be borderline verbally abusive and completely disregard their work-life balance. This may be more true of certain offices - some of the leadership in Boston fall under this category. Those responsible for workflow often have no clue about the nature of the actual work or the capabilities of those they manage. Unfortunately, they are left managing a herd of fresh out of college millenials who don't know what they are doing (not their fault). Experience should be valued a little bit more. Leadership in the US Employee research group is dismal: worst case of not practicing what they preach. Again, bullying behaviors there that should be investigated by HR.

    Advice to Management

    Align yourself with the marketplace. "Strategy" means nothing to clients. Work on your name recognition: founded in 1938 and no one knows who you are. Stop rewarding bullying behavior. Bring in experienced workers: three people with no experience (as cheap as they may be) cannot replace or do the work of an experienced researcher.


  2. Helpful (1)

    CFO has a huge ego /racist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great co workers , fair pay

    Cons

    Bad management , CFO is the worst I have worked with.Promotes people who fear her versus smart, efficient people. Brings Racist / Asian culture. General culture of fear and assuming the worst of employees,. No appreciation for intellect and hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to recognize employee potential and reward accordingly.


  3. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ORC International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pleasant work environment, nice people

    Cons

    not much room for advancement, little organizational strategy


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Forgettable

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ORC International full-time

    Pros

    Decent amount of paid time off. That's about it.

    Cons

    This company embodies the worst proclivities of corporate pretensions. They throw ambiguous business jargon at you with no real discernible strategy. Avoid this place like the plague.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the business. You don't know what you're doing.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager - Research
    Former Employee - Project Manager - Research
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ORC International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some good clients Great co-workers Nice office environment -as far as good rapport among office staff Challenging work Thought provoking work Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Poor management Lack of communication from management to employees Lots of egos especially among upper management Run down office space and no one seems to care High expectations and little direction

    Advice to Management

    You need some serious help!


  7. Helpful (1)

    terrible company

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ORC International (More than a year)

    Pros

    great people, but change all the time.

    Cons

    no career path, no progress; no money. people make as little as 40k. That's a joke for NYC/ Boson/ Chicago. Terribly long hiring process. Terrible benefits. no communication and leadership.

    Advice to Management

    communicate!!!!


  8. Wonderfull

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    Current Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ORC International part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to see others opinions , and a different outlook on people you wouldn't see in person ,

    Cons

    I only dislike when they call you off . Some of us need the money for several reasons but can't because of how much they call you off

    Advice to Management

    Get more jobs and don't call lots of people off and upgrade the seating ! Haha


  9. One of the best kept secrets in the marketing research industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ORC International full-time

    Pros

    Broad range of capabilities and many very smart people. One of the best kept secrets in the marketing research industry.

    Cons

    Little awareness of ORC in the marketplace. Clients love working with the company, but the challenge is getting enough opportunities.


  10. Going through changes, hopefully on the right track finally

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ORC International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, flexible schedule, good co-workers

    Cons

    Owned by private equity overlords, no great upward mobility


  11. Helpful (3)

    Fantastic Company Going Through Major Growth - Tons of Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ORC International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Team members are fantastic. Smart and ambitious people are recognized and promoted more than ever with the new leadership. The CEO and leadership team have gone to great lengths to start new employee programs, provide training, and even purchase new space globally to attract the best talent.

    Cons

    Honestly, little comes to mind. Years ago there was a different culture but so much has been done to improve any concerns about hours etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and investments! It's great to see ORC growing at a faster pace than the competition.



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