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Added Value Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Somewhat Flexible with work/life balance, people are nice and mostly pleasant to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • Lots of awesome challenging projects, great people to work with (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, and seem to have little power in changing that (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours here and there depending on the client and/or project(s) (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Kantar Added Value NY"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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


  6. "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


  7. "Great people, great culture, challenging work"

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

    Pros

    First and foremost, most of the people they hire are nice, hard working people, wanting to do a great job. Most of the upper management are accessible, friendly, and ready to mentor you. In fact, no one has a closed door office, except for HR and Finance. There are private meeting rooms for private conversations. Otherwise, even the CEO office doesn't have a door. Speaking of the CEO, Maggie Taylor is amazing. She has her flaws, but overall, charismatic, pragmatic, and nurturing.

    Cons

    Your salary will be slightly lower than the average in your position.
    Because it is owned by a much larger publicly owned company, which place high value on stocks and earnings, policies mandated from above might hurt Added Value, who needs to stay nimble to be competitive. For example: a mandate to use a particular pooled resource for operation, will slow down your project because there's more paperwork/guidelines to follow, that makes sense for a much larger and bureaucratic sister companies.

  8. "Great company, amazing people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, working locations, understanding and encouraging bosses.

    Cons

    Little training, resulting in sink or swim moments.


  9. "Great people who are overworked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are amazing. Everyone is so nice and incredibly smart and talented, Get to work across a variety of industries with different teams. They bring in food/snacks once or twice a week. Benefits are pretty standard. During the summer you can sometimes leave early on Fridays.

    Cons

    The training program needs some work. Since there are multiple teams, and they each have their own way of doing things training constantly changes. There needs to be a standard that is adopted company wide, and for all client projects. Some teams are better than others (but thats everywhere). People are overworked, and aren't given significant raises.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Experience, Bad Pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Added Value full-time

    Pros

    Somewhat Flexible with work/life balance, people are nice and mostly pleasant to work with. Don't have 20 words worth to say.

    Cons

    Low pay, and seem to have little power in changing that. Whole company is top heavy.


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