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Hanover Research Overview

Arlington, VA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Recently ranked for the second year on the Washington Business Journal’s list of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in DC and 36th on the 2015 AMA Gold Top 50 Report, Hanover Research is a global information services firm providing knowledge support to both for-profit ... Read more

Mission: Business Building - We build our business quickly and intelligently and we help our clients do the same.

Thought Leadership and Innovation - We strive constantly to deliver better information in a better way.

Service - To our clients and ... Read more

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Hanover Research – Why Work For Us?

About Hanover

Hanover was named a Top 50 Market Research Firm by the American Marketing Association in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and has also been twice named a Washington Business Journal Fastest Growing Company.
Hanover Research is a global research and analytics firm that provides high quality, custom research through an annual, fixed-fee model for clients in the corporate, education, and healthcare sectors.  Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Hanover employs high-caliber market researchers, analysts, and account professionals to deliver a robust service infrastructure that is revolutionary in its combination of flexibility and affordability. The core capabilities that drive Hanover’s research engine include primary research, secondary research, data analysis, and grant development. By enthusiastically fostering an environment of respect, encouragement, and support, we empower our clients and employees to seize opportunities for growth, impact, and advancement.

Statement of Purpose:

Hanover exists to empower our clients with knowledge that helps them to succeed and their organizations to thrive. Hanover wants to be the go-to source of that knowledge.

Hanover Values:

  • Business Building - We build our business quickly and intelligently and we help our clients do the same.
  • Thought Leadership and Innovation - We strive constantly to deliver better information in a better way.
  • Service - To our clients and our community, service is our guiding principle.
  • Leadership and Mentorship - Our talent is our greatest asset, and we hope to help our people be their best.
  • Firm Citizenship - We are optimists who believe there are endless possibilities for our company and ourselves.

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 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 January. Check our Jobs section on our company website to apply.

Interested in a career in sales but not sure if it is the right fit for you? Hanover offers new Business Development Associates a comprehensive 12 month training program to develop their sales skills starting with prospecting and cold calling and building on those skills so that our Business Development Associates are ready to interview for a Business Director role on our sales team in their second year at Hanover. In addition to exposure to sales, the Business Development Associate role allows an employee to gain exposure to the account management, research, marketing and operations teams. Internal opportunities to apply to vacancies on these teams are made available regularly and preference is always given to internal applications.

Interested in a career in sales? Join us!

What are previous Associates saying?
"I got into sales after realizing, from being a college adviser, that I love encouraging people to do what will benefit them. I came in with solid communications skills and some persuasive tactics, but I’ve advanced so many more skills from being an associate at Hanover – persistence, resilience, confidence, content knowledge, goal-setting, and organization, to name a few.
These attributes will be invaluable as I start my position as a K12 Development Director. I’m happy to continue working for Hanover due to its youthful and open culture, in which new ideas are encouraged and respected."  

- Imani Ifedi

Hanover Research Reviews

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    "Great Company, Great People and a Great Service"

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    Though I've been here for less than a year, I can safely say that coming to Hanover has been one of the best decisions of my professional career. Having worked for a handful of companies, this is easily the best on-boarding experience I've ever had and I am confident that I have received and still receive the training and the guidance needed to excel in my position. My manager and the entire leadership team are incredibly accessible, honest and straightforward. Expectations are high but we have the resources and incentives needed to deliver. There are clearly opportunities for growth and just about the entire leadership team has grown from within the company, which is very rare. Finally, we offer a service that can have an immediate and long-term impact on our customer's success. I truly enjoy coming to work, collaborating with others internally and consider it a privilege to represent the company.


    We work at a very fast pace and sometimes it can be hard to keep your head above water. It's definitely not for everyone and there will be turnover but so far, it's been a great fit me

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

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Hanover Research Photos

Hanover Research photo of: Our "Hanover Organization of Women" (HOW) meets regularly to network, share and encourage each other. Hanover boasts a 50% female workforce including our executive team.
Hanover Research photo of: Hanover Pride is dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive environment for all staff.
Hanover Research photo of: Day 1 of the new puzzle!
Hanover Research photo of: Our puzzle for the month on the 3rd floor was World Beers! Fun, educational and inspiring! We have puzzles and games on all floors to give everyone a good excuse to take a break from their desks.
Hanover Research photo of: Big Buns is always a good snack spot!
Hanover Research photo of: We take cornhole so seriously that we have custom boards!
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Hanover Research Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Hanover Research in June 2016.


    I applied online & received an email to schedule a phone interview.
    Phone interview lasted about 30 mins. She shared a lot of information about the company, the team & expectation for the role - which was nice.
    3 days after the interview, they let me know that I was not selected. Not sure why....

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Hanover Research Awards & Accolades

  • Gold Top 50 Report, American Marketing Association, 2014
  • AMA Gold Global Top 50, American Marketing Association, 2015
  • AMA Gold Top 50, American Marketing Association, 2016
  • AMA Gold Top 50, American Marketing Association, 2018
  • AMA Gold Global Top 50, American Marketing Association, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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