I worked at Mintel full-time (More than a year)
* Everyone at Mintel is respectful - you don't have the interdepartmental or hierarchical challenges here that other companies face. All levels and all departments are happy to be on the same team. (The CEO sat on the floor to give up his seat for someone else in a meeting that was overly-packed, and he was happy to do it!).
* Teams are professional relationships first, but through projects and company atmosphere, many people forge great personal relationships as well. You get to interact openly without cliques or groups to worry about.
* Genuinely a place that tries to help you success - from team bonding and skill building, to medical initiatives and financial advice.
* There is an incredible work-life balance - you can absolutely have it all here!
* Frequent in-office employee appreciation benefits (I.e. parties, lunches, activities..)
* On-boarding can be tricky, as there is a bit of a steep learning curve. It can be overwhelming at first, but once you're over the hump it's incredibly fulfilling - smooth projects and challenges alike.
* Depending on the department, it's a place that absolutely develops your skill, but you may eventually out-grow the space. You may not have a way to move up, but it is a company that definitely trains you for those positions in your future!
* Compensation is slightly lower, based on a search of similar jobs in the area. However, what you may lack in compensation is made up for immensely by the vacation policy and other benefits like unlimited access to financial advisers.
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Mintel (Chicago, IL).
3 + Interviews take you through the writer meeting person after person. Feels like too much and a lack of ability to make a decision. Once hired I was told they wanted to hire me after the first interview but had to go through steps to bring in multiple other individuals for "approval". Provided access to their database and sample topics to write reports.