Mission: Coleman is ... First with Knowledge.
I have been working at Coleman Research full-time (More than a year)
• Coleman is a very good place to start your career or to make a major career change. The base pay is reasonable to very good (depending on your performance) and there is a lot of potential for promotion and professional growth. The company is growing and new positions are being added often. If you have some experience and take one of the entry-level positions, you will get promoted much faster than someone right out of college would.
• Consistently reliable hard workers are rewarded one way or another. The exceptionally negative posts on here were most likely written by underachieving millennials at their first real job who expect a raise and promotion just for showing up. If you are smart and you stand out as a hard worker, you will be recognized via pay bonuses, commission, promotions, raises, etc. Your success in this job is 100% in your control.
• Even if you don’t want to stay here long-term, you can develop a lot of transferrable skills and learn tons about new industries to bring to your next job.
• The company actually does care about employee retention and ensuring that people are fulfilled and happy here, proven by the fact that they constantly solicit feedback. I hope the people writing negative reviews are also taking advantage of the many forums for providing feedback, escalating their complaints to HR or simply making plans to leave.
• The culture is generally positive and especially great for young people who are new to the area. It’s very easy to meet people and make friends.
• Very good benefits.
• Once you move into client-facing roles, work-life balance becomes nearly impossible. In reality you can do as much or as little after-hours work as you want, but the more available you are to clients at all times, the better you’ll do and the more money you'll make. It’s a tough lifestyle to maintain long-term.
• Occasionally people are tapped on the shoulder for major promotions instead of it being an open application/interview process.
• Company events tend to be geared toward the younger employees because families/significant others are only included in one event per year. Those with husbands/wives/kids often don’t attend the other events for this reason.
• Coleman is always trying to improve which means frequent changes in structure. This can get tiresome for employees, but the intention behind the changes is always good and the company solicits feedback every step of the way.
Advice to Management
• No one in upper management is particularly inspiring or engaging to lower-level employees. I think it would make a big difference in morale among the younger folks if someone from exec management would make the time to take the high achievers out for coffee or lunch sometimes or even write them a personalized note to thank and recognize them.
• Make more competitive salary offers to attract top notch employees.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Coleman Research (New York, NY) in December 2016.
Curious interview process. First the standard screening with HR (via Skype), things went well and I was asked for a Skype interview with the hiring manager and another person from the team where this position sits. Lastly was the in office interview and this is where things got weird. I met wit the same people that held the Skype interview and they didn't seem prepared with follow up interview questions they said that everything had pretty much been covered in our Skype session (which I agreed), I did most of the talking and all and all it took me longer to commute to the office than that actual interview took. Ultimately I wasn't offered the position (which is probably for the best) but I was a bit peeved that they asked my to come into the office only to have almost no questions to ask. Though they did ask me how to improve a specific campaign and I have the nagging suspicion that my ideas might be used.