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Hanover Research Overview

Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 201 to 500 Employees
Founded 2003
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Hanover Research is a global information services firm providing knowledge support to both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Through our unique, fixed-fee model we deliver customized, timely, and authoritative research and advice enabling our clients to make informed ... More

Mission: Mission: We build lasting partnerships with organizations to provide expertise and transformative insights that drive growth, efficiency, and improved outcomes. Vision: To be a best-in-class global information services firm respected by for-profit and non-profit ... More

Company Updates

  • Hanover Research is listed as one of the DC Metro areas 50 fastest growing companies for a second year in a row! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vI1ci

    Hanover Research a Washington Business Journal 50 Fastest Growing Company for Second Consecutive Year

    Our highly-skilled staff continue to work tirelessly to provide clients with sophisticated and impactful services, so it is no surprise that Hanover remains among D.C.'s fastest growing companies. The Washington Business Journal (WBJ) recognized global information services firm Hanover Research (Hanover) as one of the top 50 Fastest Growing Companies for the second year in a row.

  • Our Account Management team donated their time to a worthwhile cause: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vI8CC

    Hanover Gives Back: Partnering with Ronald McDonald House

    Most people have heard of Ronald McDonald House, but not everyone knows the intricacies of the great work that they do. Ronald McDonald Houses provide a safe place to stay for families of hospitalized children as the children receive treatment.

Hanover Research – Why Work For Us?

Who are we?

Hanover Research is a global information services firm. We partner with both for-profit and non-profit organizations to better inform decision makers, seize more opportunities, improve efficiency, expand influence and multiply impact.

What makes us so unique? Our commitment to partnership. Working closely with clients across an annual partnership allows us to deliver richer, more actionable insights and to gaina deep understanding of each client's needs and strategic goals. These partnership-building objectives permeate through everything that we do. For our employees, they underpin our commitment to attract, retain, develop and promote top talent. 

Our Corporate Values:

  • Accountability - We are deeply committed to our clients' success and demand of ourselves an unwavering allegiance to quality, accuracy and objectivity in our work and in our service to clients.
  • Innovation - We are dedicated to finding new, creative ways of solving each of the unique challenges faced by our clients, generating insights and solutions that drive clients success and unlock unparralleled value.
  • Opportunity - By enthusiastically fostering an environment of respect, encouragement, and support, we empower our clients and employees to seize opportunities for growth, impact and advancement.

Hanover values innovation and creative thinking and is dedicated to finding new ways to solve unique client challenges. Through providing our employees with the tools they need to succeed, we offer constrant opportunity for growth, empowering our employees to find their strengths and direct their personal and professional development.

Core Career Paths:


The Research team is responsible for creating the customized reports, tools, and resources that our clients rely on to make business decisions. Researchers at Hanover are independent, meticulous, intellectually curious, an dhighly skilled in both qualitative and quantitative analysis, Most researchers work on a variety of project types in order to find their area of interest. When they discover their passion, they develop into subject matter specialists, honing their acquired research skills into an expertise.

Sales and Development

The Sales and Development team builds upon our impressive client base of over 850 organizations spaning over fice major industries. The team is comprised of ambitious individuals who can recognize needs within an organization and articulate how our solutions can address those challenges successfully. Through focusing on a specific market, our team members develop the knowledge to act as expert market research consultants as they guide discussions about Hanover's services.

Account Management

The Account Management team works alongside our Research staff to manage a client's day-to-day needs as well as their long-term strategic objectives. Members of the Account Management team are goal-oriented individuals who have the ability to serve as the face of the Hanover partnership. They demonstrate a desire to develop a diverse skill set and build an extensive knowledge of Hanover's methodologies, competencies, and services as well as an understanding of client needs.


The Grants team's proposal development efforts further our clients' funding initiatives across organizations of all sizes. By providing pre-award analysis, proposal production, and post-award compliance support, Hanover's grants experts help organizations build internal capacity, diversify funding streams, tackle programmatic initiatives, and increase prospective funder pools. Our grants consultants and researchers are well versed in the education, healthcare, and non-profit funding landscapes and possess extensive experience guiding grant seeking strategies.


The Operations team is Hanover's backbone, touching all aspects of our daily business functions. The team provides analytics to senior staff, manages internal databases, and offers day-to-day office management, all of which provides crucial support that sustains Hanover's growth. Roles within the Operations department include: Human Resources, Finance, IT, Business Intelligence, and Administrative Support.

Strategy & New Product Development

The Strategy and New Product Development team is responsible for driving Hanover's short- and long-term growth by developing new products and services, enhancing existing services in Hanover's portfolio, and partnering with functions across the firm to identify and implement additional non-product opportunities for growth and optimisation. Strategy and New Product Development team members are extremely well-rounded: they possess exceptional communication and analytical skills, which they use to analyze current and burgeoning opportunities for Hanover's products and services.


  • Starting with 18 days of PTO (rolls over year over year)
  • Employer subsidized health and dental coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • 100% Employer paid Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Matching 401(k) program
  • Pre-tax transportation and parking benefits
  • On-site bike racks
  • On-site yoga, stress management and mediation classes
  • On-site fitness facilities
  • Corporate rates for local fitness clubs
  • Telecommuting options
  • Vision coverage

Health & Wellness Benefits:

Hanover Research offers medical, dental, vision care, life insurance, long term disability, short-term disability and Flexible Spending benefits for employees and their eligible dependents on the first day of the month following their start date. Coverage is available to employees in all locations and to their same-sex domestic partners as well. Hanover Research pays a large portion of the benefit premiums for the medical, dental, life insurance and long-term disability coverage. and subsidizes a large portion of dependent coverage for the same benefits. We offer discounted gym memberships for gyms near our main Arlington VA location.

Retirement Investments

401(k) Plan: Hanover Research offers a variety of 401(k) investment options, managed through our payroll partner, Paychex, for retirement investment. Automatic payroll deduction allows employees to contribute up to the annual IRS dollar limit of their eligible salary to a 401(k) plan. Hanover Research offers a company match of 2%. All employees are eligible to participate in the 401(k) plan.

Time Off

18 days of PTO and 10 company holidays per year to start, 1 additional day of PTO for each year of uninterupted employment. All unused PTO rolls over year over year.

Family and Parenting

Paid Parental Leave: Hanover Research offers all eligible full-time, U.S. employees up to 6 weeks of Paid Parental Leave for the birth of their child. While an employee is on Paid Parental Leave, Hanover Research will continue his/her health benefits and 401(k) as if the employee had continued to work full-time.

Research Internship Program:

Hanover Research is a great place to start your career. We are always looking for intellectually curious and dynamic new undergraduates, graduates and PhD students for full-time positions and internships. Our research teams are comprised of individuals from a variety of backgrounds including social sciences, liberal arts as well as the hard sciences. If you are interested in applying the research skills you’ve honed during your academic studies, the summer internship position might be the perfect opportunity for you.

Our Research Internship program runs through the summer of each year for 60-90 days and includes a hands-on experience working on client projects and learning about other aspects of the role and company. We start accepting applications in December. Check our Jobs section on our company website to apply.

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    Hanover Research is a wonderful company to work for, regardless of whether you're a recent grad or an experienced professional. Unlike other quickly-growing firms, Hanover's management takes the time to get to know their employees' strengths and interests. In fact, one of Hanover's greatest strengths in finding the best fit for someone within the company - starting out in one department or practice area does not determine your future. If you take the time to build relationships within the company and communicate your needs, HR will provide you with the guidance and support you need to achieve your specific goals. Professional development and training opportunities are plentiful -- the Learning and Development team hosts everything from Lunch & Learns to skill workshops, which are open to anyone who is interested. In addition, people at all levels of the company are open and willing to take the time to meet in person to discuss their experiences, offer career advice, or answer any questions about their role or the company in general. As a result, Hanover is extremely open to employee input and feedback. The working environment at Hanover is friendly and supportive, making it conducive to collaboration as well as independent work. Support comes from all levels within the company, depending on the employee's individual needs.


    While Hanover consciously builds a structure of support for its employees through assigning research coaches, personal managers, and keeping lines of communication open between HR and other employees, individuals must take the initiative to ask for help when they need it. This may be difficult for people who may not be accustomed to or comfortable with approaching upper-management. Transparency between different departments in the company can feel limited at times. However, management is actively addressing this through a variety of internal shadowing and training opportunities.

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Hanover Research.


    Submitted my resume, cover letter, and writing sample online (no referral). After a few weeks, got notice to do the IQ test, and then received a phone interview request. Phone interview went very well - recruiter is great. Next step was research paper. I worked very hard on this and just a few hours after submitting it, received a final-round interview request. For the final-round, I was told that I would have two one-on-one interviews, and that I would meet the recruiter on-site as well. However, my first interview was a panel instead. Lots of weird "gotcha" questions during both interviews. The second interviewer described the role in such a terrible way that I decided that there was no way I would accept an offer (working 7 days a week, churning out 25 pg reports in 5 days, no real manager/oversight for junior employees, no collaboration, no sense of impact, salary significantly lower than what I make). My impression was that there is very high turnover in this role so they want people to be prepared. At the end of the interview, the interviewer just pointed me towards the door on the way back to his office, and I left. Felt very haphazard.

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Hanover Research Awards & Accolades

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  • AMA Gold Global Top 50, American Marketing Association, 2015
  • 50 Fastest Growing Companies, Washington Business Journal (WBJ), 2015
  • Fastest Growing Companies, Washington Business Journal, 2014
  • Gold Top 50 Report, American Marketing Association, 2014
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