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Updated February 23, 2017
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  1. "Great company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Supported by a great group of analysts, put a lot of thought behind each project/client.

    Cons

    Do not have any cons


  2. "For when you've still got the training wheels on."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at C&R Research full-time

    Pros

    -A good place to begin your ease into the corporate world (i.e. fresh out of college? This is a great opportunity for you).
    -Super tight family atmosphere.
    -Great list of regular clients to work with.
    -Good exposure to networking opportunities.
    -Flexibility in work hours and location.
    -A nice attempt to consistently foster the family atmosphere with social events inside and outside of the office.

    Cons

    -Like all families, there's no shortage of toxic relationships and illogical favoritism.
    -Teams function only within, not among one another, causing constant competition and communication issues between different departments, which hinders efficiency and overall quality. It's really pathetic and immature.
    -It's their way (the partners) or the highway. Total lack of regard for new perspective or changing/improving the way things are done.
    -Manipulation ALL OVER THE PLACE! Know your worth, be comfortable being firm and standing your ground in the face of snarky, sneaky, overly emotional colleagues, including managers, who are often solely looking out for themselves and playing the game at your expense.
    -WORK LOADS ARE UNBALANCED! And instead of appreciating those who take on extra heavy loads to make up for all the slackers, those people just continually get handed more and more until they burn out, sell their souls, or get used to crying all the time at work.

    Advice to Management

    -You're missing out on incredible talent sitting right under your nose, but you'd never see it from the angle of yours being so high in the air.

    -Stop using junior employees as pawns for your own benefit.


  3. "Poor excuse for a company"

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

    Pros

    Poor excuse for a company. Employees stealing payouts to people in studies and claiming they didn't met requirements after study completed.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and company morale.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Are you in with the in crowd?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at C&R Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company had a casual workplace and lots of fun events. Lunch in the office, baby showers and bridal showers for new family members, and they tried to build a strong family atmosphere. I for one worked with a great department so I was shielded from a lot of the larger issues.

    Plus, if you go on maternity leave, you always get a promotion. (Seriously.)

    Cons

    The company is based on a partnership system, and it is not a meritocracy. It is more like a "people who were here when we were handing out partnerships"ocracy. And from there the highly partial management trickles down. I was lucky in that my group was one of the more "functional" areas so I wasn't necessarily under the auspices of one partner or another. But for people who are it can either be great, or a living hell.

    The worst part of the environment is that it's highly cliquey and felt an awful lot like I was back in high school. It was hard to make friends out of my department, and I was glad to move on.

    Advice to Management

    Try building a better management structure for employees, so they don't get stuck working for tyrants or people who don't know what they are doing. Get rid of the elephants in the room, we all know they are terrible at their jobs.

    And it might be time to try encouraging more critical thinking, and less mindless endless proof reading from your younger employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A dedicated, intense market research firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at C&R Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of smart people work at C+R. Many are young, just out of school and are looking to get some market research experience. The company has a wide range of clients, and they work with a lot of industries. So junior employees can learn and gain skills. Senior leaders try to keep things fun with company outings, lunches, and birthday celebrations.

    Cons

    The workload can get intense because clients can be demanding. Also, the pace of work is increasing so employees have to think and produce quickly. Things can get uncomfortable when "everything" is a priority.

    Advice to Management

    I think compensation could/should be higher, especially at the lower levels. Pay rates just don't seem competitive, especially given the heavy workload


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Accurate Slogan: Never Our Fault"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at C&R Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It could be fun and rewarding if you're not a target of abuse, but it certainly isn't enough to excuse their weaknesses.

    You need to identify quickly whether or not you'll wind up being a target but, to be honest, even if you wind up okay you're still condoning the abuse and letting the abusers get away with psychotic behavior by not speaking up.

    Really, don't even accept a job here unless you're already sick like the rest of them. You'll become a bad person if you aren't already. I've seen decent people here change into complete crooks and cowards in order to feel accepted.

    Cons

    Like all abusers, C+R is infamous for their particularly insidious justifications why they're allowed to dominate their victims and avoid having to take responsibility for their own actions and tempers. It's simple, they choose something small the victim does (if they don't invent something entirely) to use as an excuse to lash out, and then blame their victim for their own abusive behavior.

    All victim-blaming has C+R's type of justification at its roots. An abuser characterizes themselves as "reacting" to a behavior displayed by their victim, shifting the blame for a perceived initial transgression onto them. In C+R, a victim "has only themselves to blame" for putting themselves in a horrible situation, or for "provoking" an abuser by not going out of their way to placate or mollify them.

    Just like the classic example of an abuser who hits their victim and then asks "why did you make me do that?", these sociopaths will deliberately attack something they know the victim is sensitive about and, when the victim gets upset, protests that "it's just a joke; why don't you have a sense of humor?" Claiming "it's not funny" or otherwise calling them out is likely to be written off as either further proof of the victim's humorlessness or evidence that they're a "drama queen" who needs conflict to make themselves feel special. Said without a hint of irony or self-reflection, of course.

    Especially disgusting is how thin-skinned they are themselves. They can never take criticism, thinking they're above comments coming from the "impure" and that such "failures" have no right to free speech. They honestly believe that they're the only true humans and go as far as to nonperson anyone who resists them. They will do everything in their power to silence or dismiss anyone who raises any kind of objection. They always hide within their echo chambers to tell themselves, repeating "It can't be us" enough times until they squash all doubt pointing to the contrary.

    Advice to Management

    Management is completely responsible. If readers could only see some of the deleted "counter-reviews" C+R management had written on this site protesting the truthful negative reviews here.

    The very fact that management tries to bury the negative reviews here is a clear sign of their mindset. They act exactly like cult leaders.

    Advice? Answer this: If you think you're so strong, why do you only attack people who can't fight back? Instead of sweeping your problems under a rug, why don't you try resolving your problems without the scapegoating? Take look in the mirror to see the real problem. "I can't be us," C+R? Please. It's entirely you.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not the best, but better than some of the rest"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at C&R Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    free lunches on mondays, a lot of happy hours, beer cart on fridays, office culture is relaxed, good health and medical benefits for the employees.

    Cons

    absolutely awful training, you learn as you go, very sink or swim. Personal growth completely depends on who you have as a manager and if they really care and want to see you grow and do better.

    Advice to Management

    better training


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Established Yet Innovative and Fun"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at C&R Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly Team Atmosphere (get involved as much or as little as you want!)
    Opportunities to Lead/Assist on Cool Fortune 50 & 100 Projects
    Training Opportunities
    Ideal Michigan Ave. Location, with some Work-at-Home Opportunities
    Balance of Promoting from Within and Hiring-In
    In-House IT/Programming/Production Departments
    Annual Reviews (if Constructive)
    Free Monday Lunches
    Summer Hours on Fridays
    Fun Summer Party, Fancy Holiday Party
    Free Tickets to Major Sporting Events

    Cons

    Names & Departments Can Be Elusive in Year 1
    Training Opportunities Not Immediately Known
    Annual Reviews (if Unconstructive)
    Climate Control Varies Through Seasons (Layer Up!)

    Advice to Management

    Promote how long the company has been around (since 1959). We are private and big, but not too big. Our custom designs and diligent efforts to innovate & educate are an asset.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Abusive, toxic, highly dangerous to your health"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at C&R Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    + There are a few nice people here, sure, other reviewers have said more or less the same. I believe what we're really saying is that they are the rare exceptions.
    + The location is great. It's close to plenty of public transportation stops, so it'd be easy to get far away as fast as possible.
    + The salary is good so long as your value your soul at a discount.
    + Free lunch once a week, so... that saves you about $40 a month. The food won't fill the hole of shame knowing you work here, though.

    Cons

    The best description of what goes on here is right here: http://www.leymann.se/English/00005E.HTM

    To summarize, C+R is a chilling textbook case of disturbing violence called mobbing. It is torture at the hands of sick people who enjoy creating psychological damage, nothing less, nothing more.

    Advice to Management

    I'll try, but what's the point of giving advice if management doesn't want to believe that anything's wrong?

    Okay, here's some. Partners, you're delusional to think your office is any more fun, lenient, or even any better than any other office. There's plenty of casual work environments out there, you're not special, so drop the pride. You are not progressive. You are by no means saints. You're not even really that much fun. There is no valid trade-off, or price some just have to pay, to make C+R so "great" for the rest of you.

    You're just justifying all the abuse away with Olympian-trained mental gymnastics. You're vaulting, dodging, and hurdling past this truth: If your office is as abusive and terrorizing as it is for even one employee, let alone the countless employees evident in your high turnover, you have FAILED.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "All good things come to an end"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Has a successful foundation, lots of interesting clients

    Cons

    the club atmosphere was not for me

    Advice to Management

    embrace diversity



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