Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates Reviews

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Pros
  • Great experience in market research - you can learn a lot really quickly (in 7 reviews)

  • Great opportunity to learn about current events and research practices (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, no work/life balance, short deadlines (in 12 reviews)

  • Pay is low compared to industry (in 5 reviews)

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  1. This internship is overall positive, but could make improvements.

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    PSB offers flexible hours, autonomy and authorship with assignments, and a laid back, results-driven work environment.

    Cons

    It is not uncommon to go hours at a time without interacting with anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps offering more cooperative assignments and/or a more structured and professionally developmental internship program. The lack of said program is understandable, as the internship is paid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Fun Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great place, smart people, quick pace

    Cons

    Quick pace can be frustrating at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. I worked with wonderful people and a great manager. The schedule was flexible as well.

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Bilingual Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    We had interesting assingments and a very flexible shedule.

    Cons

    When I worked in the office it was far from home, however I was able to work from home within 3 months.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Mediocre intern experience

    Former Intern - Market Research Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Market Research Intern in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    - PSB interacts with big name clients, so the work you do can oftentimes feel important
    - Young office
    - People are willing to teach you, but you have to be willing to ask questions and learn

    Cons

    - Passive aggressive office environment
    - Repetitive tasks
    - Compensation is on the lower end of what this kind of internship should pay (it's right above WA state minimum wage)
    - No raises in what you get paid, though they advertise the opposite
    - Minimal feedback on performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees to give more feedback to one another

  6. I worked at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most teams will give analysts good opportunities early on to participate in client meetings, lead portions of projects, and after 6 months to 1 year you can really be driving projects on your own, a great sense of accomplishment and valuable project management experience

    Cons

    Slow to promote and uneven consistency in pay, bonuses, and workload (some teams stay in the office around the clock, others work closer to 40-45 hours/week)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher compensation at the analyst level and more transparency around promotions could probably help retain lower-level talent

  7. The people are great but the management needs work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates full-time

    Pros

    They hire a lot of young people straight out of college, so it's a great place to begin your career and get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    Pay is really low, very little training, and management doesn't stick up for their own people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a huge turnover rate here. listen to your people and make some changes if you want them to stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. You learn a lot - but hours are tough and pay is weak

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates full-time

    Pros

    Bang out of college, you get immediate exposure to some high-profile clients, interesting projects and business challenges, and as much responsibility as you're willing to take. The people you're working with are smart, ambitious, and talented.

    Cons

    You're severely underpaid and under-appreciated for the sheer volume of work you put in. Office culture (at least in the NY office) fosters a "sacrifice your life" approach to work, despite mgmt's intentions to the contrary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your analysts like people, not a cog in a wheel, not a means to an end. Change the projects you take on and the prices you charge (factor man-hours into pricing, not just a random multiplier). You've got a bunch of brilliant, hard-working folks - treat them better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Great place for a first internship.

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    Current Intern - Market Research Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Market Research Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, paid internship, want to hire interns full time after graduation, lots of training in excel and company database, friendly staff, always willing to help you or to make your duties more interesting/ difficult

    Cons

    Internship duties can be tedious at times, not always a lot for interns to do (can be a pro if you are a busy student)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Been working here 17 years

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    Current Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Director in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Learned so much and have always felt very valued for the work i do. Denver office has much less turnover than any other office. I am a Director whose employees are with me for 16 years and 10 years so we must be doing something right

    Cons

    For myself and my department, no cons - honestly, no cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice, just thanks for putting up with me all these years. Im sure you know by now who this is
    :-)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. I am currently an Intern and have worked 3 weeks so far. Allot of number input and checking, monotonous but easy

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Simple and fairly low stress work, looks good on a resume

    Cons

    Monotonous, somewhat boring work, desk job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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