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Coleman Research Reviews

Updated June 5, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great culture and good work/life balance" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Can't beat the work environment" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Middle Management isn't well trained in people management and have to learn on the fly, which is tough for Associates under them" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance depends on the team you are on" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Client Manager"

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    Current Employee - Client Manager
    Current Employee - Client Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coleman Research full-time

    Pros

    - Opportunity to learn so many industries, companies, and how consultants/investors/corporates approach a value chain, product development, vertical/lateral integration, etc
    - Working with colleagues internationally
    - Experience i) Selling to senior executives, ii) project management, iii) building a book of business
    - Working directly with institutional investors making capital allocation decisions
    - Fast-paced, competitive environment

    Cons

    The business model relies upon developing and motivating college grads......

    Advice to Management

    The fresh injection of capital that's been put to use on your product (your people) via management training, as well your technology (eliminating the data entry aspect of the Analyst and Associate role to allow for more selling and execution) will continue to pay dividends, so keep it up.


  2. "Positive trend"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coleman Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Company employs lots of young, driven recent grads. If you're looking for a casual, fun work environment, you'll find that at Coleman.
    - Good onboarding./training that provides useful introduction to the business environment overall and financial services specifically. .
    - Work/life balance is ok. Sometimes you have to work after hours, but its better than at other places where I have worked.

    Cons

    The expert network business is really competitive so it can be grueling to achieve objectives.

    Advice to Management

    The success or failure of this business is based 100% on your people. Do more to show you value them.

  3. "Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic"

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

    I worked at Coleman Research full-time

    Pros

    A career at Coleman would provide excellent contrast between unsuccessful management styles, and wherever you chose to go next.

    Cons

    Repetitive restructuring and overhaling of organizational roles neglects legitimate issues of culture, strategy, competitive positioning, skill bases and processes. Overly complicated schemes of commission and metric structures fail to foster accountability or motivation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop overestimating the company's ability to absorb change. Realignments are not the answer and do not demonstrate to employees a strong positioning. This is where the lack of confidence derives from. Below market value pay also denotes to low level employees a lack of success by the business units.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Flywheel is the perfect mantra; O is the perfect logo. Going in circles forever."

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

    I worked at Coleman Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great DT location, good and cheap health insurance, decent other benefits (PTO is ok but unlimited sick days are a separate bucket), morale picker uppers like happy hours, etc. if you are young and motivated and want to make a buck as a CA, have at it. avoid consulting as it's a GRIND. But any of the IM teams in Raleigh or Boston are fine. Avoid SF and NY- ineffective, incompetent and slow moving team leads are quick to fire a CA but take years to get rid of a terrible CM. a major pro is that you can spin the CA job (and what Coleman does) in a lot of ways.

    Cons

    Where to begin- after the CA/SCA level, this place is a total crapshoot. might get lucky and be ready to take on more responsibility right when someone leaves. if so, score. if not..well then just marinate forever. The biggest problem is executive management. It's a mish mosh of competing agendas, a spineless, indecisive CEO who has a blind spot for what actually brings in business (hint: it's not Sell Sell Sell, or licensing out your mickey mouse software, it's actually doing well on projects) and outsiders that rose to the very top quickly and have absolutely too much power. The upper 6 make the trump administration look thoughtful and mature. Just look at the "Meet us" page- no CFO, no HR (they left..) and even many other key mid level people left in 2017 . No one who has been there for more than a few years can take it anymore, as they keep trying to fix the few depts that are functioning well, while turning a blind eye to the revolving door of CM teams.

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't even know where to begin, but that's ok anyway because even though they read glassdoor, they don't reflect or listen, nor do they in person either.


  5. "This place just is what it is"

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    Former Employee - Client Analyst
    Former Employee - Client Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Coleman Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I liked the people I worked with on my team, manager was good about letting us do our work and not micromanage anyone. Those two things can go a long way when you're at a job you don't particularly love.

    Pretty decent healthcare benefits, along with 401k, life insurance, etc.

    Not a bad job for someone to start with right out of school. You'll learn basic job skills and how to actually speak with people for business reasons. But if you've been working in another career field for a few years and are making a change, this may feel like a step backwards since basically everyone has to start at the bottom as an analyst.

    Cons

    It's a pretty typical corporate office job and environment. Sea of cubicles and the office as a whole lacks any real character or sense of community, which is odd considering nearly everyone there is in their mid to late 20s, and I had very little interaction with people outside of my team. It doesn't help that there's over 100 people in that office and everyone is so spread out.

    Leadership efforts from the higher-ups during monthly office-wide meetings and conference calls seemed contrived and lacked any real sincerity. Never seemed to be any real concern shown by them when any job related issues were brought up by anyone who wasn't higher than a Client Manager.

    As for the job itself, I can't think of a great way to describe it. If you were in a rough stretch of not being able to get new industry experts recruited or consultations set up, things got very repetitive and dull very quickly. It could get very frustrating at times as well depending on which client(s) your team worked with, as it constantly felt like you were trying to hit a moving target that would change at a moment's notice. You could have a perfect industry expert that you went through the trouble to recruiting to join the network (which wasn't always a seamless process) and send their information over to the client to set up the consultation, and they could respond by saying that their focuses have shifted and they won't need to talk to that person now.

    Once you're bumped up a couple levels to a senior client associate, then you're pretty much having to wait around for a client manager position to open up and then competing with all other senior associates for the manager job. You're told during your interview that you can become a manager within 2 years, key word being "can." In reality though there's a whole layer of competition for very few spots that open. I won't speak on whether or not politics play a role in who becomes a manager as others on here have mentioned since I wasn't there long enough to find out. Again, this isn't a terrible job, but it's not really exciting work and there's a definite glass ceiling effect of being promoted beyond a couple positions.

    Advice to Management

    As a whole, my short experience there was just average. Nothing bad but nothing really that great either. That's about the best way I can describe it.

    I don't really know what to suggest, this job just is what it is. I'd probably have to suggest coming up with ways to make lower level employees want to stay there, especially ones like me who were on the fence about being there in the first place. I was never really given a reason to want to be there long term other than the "career advancement" they push.

    Also, listen to your lower level employees when they raise an issue. They're the ones doing all the leg work for what the company actually does.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lack transparency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Coleman Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively easy work and there is potential for making extra if you are lucky and work hard.

    Cons

    Work gets repetitive fast. Not a true meritocracy, and luck/who you know plays a big role. There is a big discrepancy in competency among managers. Career advancement becomes unclear beyond Senior.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on transparency and rewarding your best employees. The company attracts quite a number of talented young professionals despite the low pay, but most leave either due to bad management or lack of recognition.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Coleman Research (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Do It"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Coleman Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's potential for international travel.

    Cons

    You will be undervalued, and management is inexperienced.


  9. "Great Company with Growing Pains"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coleman Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunities to grow with the company and very simple team structure
    - Easy to see your metrics against other people; expectations are clear
    - Learn about a lot of industries/technologies you would normally be exposed to
    - Have the opportunity to interact directly with top experts in the world
    - Good benefits, previously people have noted the parking issue, which they've taken care of by paying for 50% of the monthly parking payment
    - Health benefits are good and matching 401k is vested after 2 years
    - Translatable skills developed including recruiting, sales, and account management

    Cons

    - Executive Management thinks in the short term instead of long. Would like for them to plan for 6 months to a year from now instead of right now. Some of the teams are doing really well but seem to be understaffed to their potential
    - Middle Management isn't well trained in people management and have to learn on the fly, which is tough for Associates under them
    - Teams are managed differently, some teams PIP while others let people go immediately
    - Your experience can really depend on who your direct Manager is
    - Work/life balance depends on the team you are on

    Advice to Management

    Give your high performing teams more responsibility as they are clearly doing something right. Cut out the mediocrity and keep hiring the right people to improve the culture.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A Growing, Driven Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coleman Research full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Growth Opportunity, Senior Leadership, Transparency

    Cons

    Typical Business Nuances, Lack of Commitment to initiatives


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