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Added Value Reviews

Updated April 27, 2018
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Maggie Taylor
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Pros
  • Somewhat Flexible with work/life balance, people are nice and mostly pleasant to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • Nice environment, great team work, you can study during the day,unlimited access to devices and great possibilities to grow your know (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Can be long hours and pretty hectic (in 7 reviews)

  • Low pay to junior people, not competitive in the industry, hard to live with that little money, let alone feeling motivated (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Kantar Added Value NY"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Added Value full-time

    Pros

    Fast-paced, innovative and inspiring work and culture

    Cons

    As with any agency, workload can be high at busy times


  2. "AVOID THIS COMPANY"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Added Value full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros about this company.

    Cons

    Their recruiter reached out to me multiple times before starting here. She followed up several times saying that I would be a great fit for the company and how badly they wanted me here. Never even thought about going to this company or applied here in the first place. After some time, I found out that they don't care about their employees. They do not provide any training for employees and do not provide resources towards employee development. They expect you to hit the ground running without any guidance. They are extremely disorganized - it is not clear what teams you need to reach out to in order to get projects done. There is no set procedures on how to get certain tasks done. There is a lot of re-work on projects because there is no set clear expectations on what needs to be done. Their HR, IT and their accounting department are automated - good luck getting help with any of these aspects. I had troubles for weeks getting IT issues sorted out, which actually obstructed my ability to do my job well. HR was not very helpful in terms of comprehensive services offered. They are not open to ideas on how to improve overall processes in order to become more efficient. They are clearly stuck in their ways - I've seen too many employees staying an insane amount of overtime due to inefficiencies.

    Hearing about how employees typically leave after 1-2 years tells me that there is an extremely high turnover rate at this company and that employees are unhappy. It also looks like they have a plan to outsource even more functions overseas, thus dragging things out even more and making it that much more painful for onshore staff.

    Just like most MR companies - they treat people like robots. Avoid this company!

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to send a recruiter to harass someone to take the job at Kantar and beg them practically to take the job, how about you set up an actual training program and set them up for success? Take the time to invest in someone that you committed to. I should have known something was fishy when a recruiter was begging me to go for the position - clearly if the position was open over for 9 months. It's obvious they couldn't find someone willing to put up with their SOP.

  3. "Mediocre"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Added Value full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Good culture that promotes conviviality, they try to hang outside of work

    Cons

    -The work is a bit frivolous
    -The work process here is very protracted, what takes a week at a normal place takes two to three here


  4. "great work environment, good work-life balance, lots of opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Added Value full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Atmosphere
    Wonderful Office
    Nice and brilliant co-workers
    steady income
    enables you to work at a manageable pace

    Cons

    underpaid employees
    no incentives for growth if not working directly with clients


  5. "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Added Value full-time

    Pros

    Fun environment with positive energy

    Cons

    Structure was based off of offsite management. Pay was ok increase was minimal


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Resistant to change despite major upheaval"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Added Value full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very relaxed office environment. Open floor plan that people often decorate for birthdays (but stays up for years). The people are really encouraging and want to help each other succeed. Good work/life balance.

    Part of the larger Kantar network, bringing a level of cache.

    Cons

    Part of the larger Kantar network, leading to corporate politics/growing pains.

     Very resistant to change, even at projects' expense. Many processes are done offshore, causing delays, headaches, and rework. Despite best efforts, most processes require redundant work, slowing down teams and minimizing time spent on actual analysis.

    Difficult to move up beyond entry level positions in a timely manner. Takes 10 years to reach middle management (Strategic Director) and 15+ to reach VP.

    No exposure of methodologies outside one's specialty. Difficult (but doable) to switch teams.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more cross discipline exposure outside of one's speciality. This should be more than just presentations from teams. Individuals need the opportunity to work on more than one methodology. This is especially important if you expect to keep entry level staff longer than 2-3 years. Encourage, rather than discourage, individuals' curiosity.

    Clarify roles and stepping stones for success.

    Bring processes back onshore! The system we have is penny wise, dollar foolish.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Innovations mired by egos, politics and decision paralysis..."

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    Current Employee - Client Service Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Client Service Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Added Value full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart folks; great ides at the mid to lower levels...

    Cons

    Leadership is Lord and Vassal syndrome; Simony and Nepotism are rampant; Favoritism and 'Yes-people' excel; OpBrands and Parent...and holding company...constantly at odds

    Advice to Management

    Lead the initiatives even if they are not yours; give credit to your staff and put away the egos and replace with profit-mindedness; promote within even if they are not your 'buddies'...and lastly enter the digital age now

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people and great culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Added Value full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are smart, nice, and great to work with. Managers seem to care about your learning and career development.

    Cons

    Though senior management do seem to push and advocate for their employees, there is a lot of red tape from the parent company in how to run the business, such as promotions and possible raises happen only once a year. Promotions aren't necessarily dependent upon the long hours and effort on projects but are more dependent on your manager and how aggressively they push for your promotion/raise.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to advocate for your employees and recognize those who work hard based on merit.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Leadership needs vision and better management skills"

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    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Added Value full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Open office space, smart and nice people to work with, management people can be reached easily, high profile clients, some perks like Friday breakfasts, Tuesday fruit, beverage cart. Casual working environment. You can make friends here, people are down to earth, not a lot of politics.

    Cons

    Low pay to junior people, not competitive in the industry, hard to live with that little money, let alone feeling motivated. No bonus or merit raise this year company wide due to poor decision from Kantar UK leadership. AV has not been performing well in recent years and was dragged even more by some other bigger Kantar brands.

    Unclear career path, analysts are waiting about two years to get promoted with no raise in between, and even with promotion the raise is minimal. HR do not even have job description for next level role. Turnover rate is high.

    Work lacks innovation, not well adapted to the digital world, decks look dated as well.

    Kantar is changing the ways of work, lots of things are outsourced or centralized, resulting in less support and harder to get the job done.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on net sales, think about innovation and real growth. Look outside Kantar and learn from firms that are doing well. PAY YOUR PEOPLE WELL, OR THEY WILL LEAVE


  10. "added value"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    open and creative environment, encourage to do new things and try new stuff

    Cons

    bonus compensation is weak, very little transparency on salaries and promotions


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