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Benenson Strategy Group Reviews

Updated Oct 8, 2018

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2 Ratings
  1. "Great, meaningful, and challenging work with brilliant, fun colleagues."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Benenson Strategy Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people: I've made lifelong friends working here. It's wonderful to come to work everyday and be excited to be working with smart, passionate, and quick-witted colleagues. The work: it's great getting to work with such important clients on the big issues of the day. I love the mix of political and private sector clients, which means I'm constantly being challenged to think in new ways and learn about different issues, groups, and parts of the world. It's amazing how much I have learned from working here, not just about strategy and research, but also about the movements shaping our world today. The benefits: during our busiest times, like election season, some days are hectic and long - but to me, that's the trade-off for getting to work on major campaigns and it's worth it (it's also nice to get to work on campaigns every election but not have to look for a new job every November). Great health, dental, and vision insurance with 100% premium coverage is very nice as well.

    Cons

    It's definitely improving, but it would be great if there were more inter-office communication (interaction).

    Benenson Strategy Group2018-10-08
  2. "Senior Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Benenson Strategy Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The experience you get at BSG you can’t get anywhere else. From the work to the types of clients. At junior levels you are an integral part of a team that is providing very high level consultation to clients. The company is leading with its values in all the work they do. The management is aware of the challenges for employees and is constantly making changes to improve.

    Cons

    It’s hard work, but if you want to get this type of experience, that’s what it takes. Been at other firms and it is less hours, but not learning nearly as much.

    Benenson Strategy Group2018-08-31
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Benenson Strategy Group full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with a really smart group of people and work on projects that have a lot of impact on clients. The firm is known for its political work, but does a lot of great corporate work as well. They have a great environment, but work hard. You can learn A LOT at this company at any level.

    Cons

    The work requires a lot of hard work including nights and some weekends. Deadlines are client driven and many times not realistic. Issues are not much different than other client centric service firms.

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    Benenson Strategy Group2017-08-31
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Research Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Benenson Strategy Group part-time

    Pros

    Love the Fridays, Love the location,

    Cons

    Need some diversity in this place

    Benenson Strategy Group2017-07-18
  5. "Solid company with same drawbacks as most polling/marketing firms"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Benenson Strategy Group full-time

    Pros

    Work with smart, dedicated people on a variety of projects for big-ticket clients.

    Cons

    As with most polling and market research firms, the pay doesn't match what is expected of employees and the work-life balance is pretty terrible. The company struggles with a high turnover rate. The company culture can also be somewhat cold and abbrassive, depending on which office you're in.

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    Benenson Strategy Group2017-05-09
  6. Helpful (4)

    "A Nice Boutique Environment with Some Hierarchical Structures"

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    Market Research Intern in New Haven, CT
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Benenson Strategy Group for less than a year

    Pros

    A small, intimate boutique market research firm that engages in some pretty interesting, predominately qualitative research on marketing messaging

    Cons

    It's rather difficult for entry-level analysts to take on much responsibility given rigidity of job descriptions

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    Benenson Strategy Group2017-01-07
  7. Helpful (9)

    "Walking the Talk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Benenson Strategy Group full-time

    Pros

    Impressive political, corporate and institutional clients. The company strives to represent integrity and purposeful, meaningful deliverables for their clients. Joel Benenson sets the standards and is a high profile individual. Employees are given annual bonuses and fully paid benefits.

    Cons

    Executive level appears to be disengaged with staff and there is a prevalent fear among employees to openly discuss concerns. You can hear a lot of rhetoric about company values and support yet the work environment doesn’t support mutual trust, respect or open forums to resolve employee or management concerns. They don’t necessarily walk their talk. The company attracts academically high achievers who become discouraged by workload and lack of acknowledgement. The company doesn’t have a mentor program or standardized training.

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    Benenson Strategy Group2016-12-29
  8. Helpful (9)

    "Bad management, exhausting, thankless job"

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

    I worked at Benenson Strategy Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    • Nice office, casual dress, and everyone eats lunch together; there are lots of smart people at the company • Analysts and associates become friends quickly mainly bonding over their complaints about management; some go out to happy hours together but company rarely covers these • The clients are fairly interesting and there are some interesting projects as well • You will be thrown into the mix and given a lot of tasks to do, so there is the chance to learn a lot • Joel is kind, smart, respected and seems to be the only exec who seems to care about his employees, but he is rarely involved in projects that you’re on • Nice holiday party event

    Cons

    • Long, stressful hours with little to no respect for your personal life; always expected to be in the office and face time is very important. Terrible work-life balance • Turnover is extremely high, leaving teams understaffed and inexperienced • Don’t expect to leave the office before 6 or 6:30pm even on light days, many unexpected late nights, forced to work on weekends • You don’t feel like you’re contributing but rather whatever the boss says you must follow • Constant micro-managing, projects are exhausting and BSG often self-imposes tight timelines and over-promises when there’s little reason to do so • Despite being a “progressive company” compensation is terrible and raises are small; year-end “bonuses” are insultingly small • Partners and managers are very difficult to deal with and can be rude, degrading, and borderline inappropriate at times • Very rarely, if ever, thanked for your hard work; small mistakes aren’t treated as learning opportunities • Not a supportive environment where you feel comfortable bringing up frustrations • Doesn’t do a good job at promoting employees quickly enough • Hire and fire people randomly putting employees on edge • Cons are recognized but never addressed

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    Benenson Strategy Group2016-11-30
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Challenging, dynamic and exciting place to work"

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     in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Benenson Strategy Group

    Pros

    I’ve been with the firm for more than a year, and one thing is for sure, at BSG you will be encouraged to think strategically, do high-quality work, and perform at your full potential. If you are considering a career in consultancy, communications and/or market research, BSG is the best school you can have. Not everyone makes it here, that’s true, but if you are up for the challenge, you can be promoted within a few years and have a successful career here. I’ve seen people who started as analysts and they are now associates and VPs. You can expect to work with high-profile clients on some really cool projects, and you will be involved from beginning to end. Analysts and Associates are involved in every step of the process, and participate in almost every call with clients which gives you great exposure to the real world, and the opportunity to learn first-hand about the issues clients face. Also, there is an open-door policy among upper management; more often than not, you can reach out to them with any questions you may have. Something I really like is that senior management knows your name, they know who you are, you are not a number here. Finally, they hire really smart people so you get to learn from them as well.

    Cons

    While other reviews are correct in that there is a problem with employee turnover, I can attest that they are making genuine efforts to change that; I’ve seen some changes already. The work isn’t easy, the standards are high, that’s true, but the result is very rewarding. If you are looking for a 9-5 job, then this certainly is not your place. You can expect to work long hours but that doesn’t happen every single day, it is mostly when you are close to your deadline. Last 2-3 days before submitting a project can be hectic for sure.

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    Benenson Strategy Group2016-02-05
  10. Helpful (10)

    "Absolutely Ridiculous Turnover Rate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Benenson Strategy Group full-time

    Pros

    BSG attracts a lot of talent, contributing to an interesting office culture. Very high profile clients.

    Cons

    Most of the office bonding takes place over discussions of how unfairly every member of the staff is being treated (this goes for Associates too). While most of your employees genuinely care about your firm, they grow to resent every aspect of working here. Management, specifically Partners, continuously put their staff down. Their opinions are the only ones that matter and they make sure to let you know that you are easily replaceable.

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    Benenson Strategy Group2016-01-27
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