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  1. "Demanding workload, but a market research firm that runs on common sense."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Having worked in many different places, Current Analysis is a company where the top management is surprisingly *not* dysfunctional. The president is a former military man who forced fiscal sanity on the company. Sales is reined in so they don't end up taking customer money for projects that can't be delivered, that can be a real problem at many market research firms. Current Analysis is ok with employees working at home, provided the work gets done. Individual program directors manage their areas of coverage and are responsible for workgroups. Most of those lieutenants know their line of business well enough, and are ready to help out analysts who work for them. Depending on the lieutenant, YMMV.

    Cons

    A lot of new analysts barely stay afloat with the rapid pace and high workload. The system is set up to sink or swim: If a new hire can't hit the performance numbers, they're probably out within six months. If the line of business doesn't make its revenue numbers, someone's probably out the door in six months. Current Analysis is a smaller company and there isn't much room for advancement. When employees get promoted, often they go right back to the job they've been doing all along. The company seems to tinker regularly with sales commissions and employee bonus incentives, giving people different hoops to jump through.

    Advice to Management

    The current management treats its employees like grownups. The business model is working. I'm worried about the company being acquired by some big player, like a Gartner or Forrester. But the company has been around for more than 10 years and it hasn't happened yet.


  2. "Great company and colleagues.Lately unstable"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Current Analysis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance.Great Colleagues. Flexibility

    Cons

    No growth prospects, no pay raise,top management clueless

  3. "Not Stable"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility. Some great people to work with. Understanding of good family/work balance. Upper management communicates company's status and goals effectively. Great IT team.

    Cons

    No bonus plans. No reviews. No career advancement. Awful 401k plan. Lack of culture. No passion for truly growing the business within the upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Offer bonus plans. Do reviews. Offer career advancement. Fix 401k plan. Fix culture.Get passionate for growing the business. Be innovative and open minded.


  4. "Well-respected market research firm in a post-acquisition transition phase."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Current Analysis full-time

    Pros

    Great access to top-tier clients.
    Room to take on new challenges.
    Competitive pay.
    Great team of analysts that command respect.

    Cons

    Limited (rigorous) training leads to work product inconsistencies.
    Sales regularly leans on analysts, creating tension.
    Role confusion in the early days of post-acquisition integration.


  5. "Vice-President, Product Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Current Analysis full-time

    Pros

    Good concept for a business.

    Cons

    Poor execution. A beat-down feel.

    Advice to Management

    Creativity to help spark growth.


  6. "Highly regarded, but lacking direction"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Current Analysis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent reputation, F500 client base, 96% client retention, top clients rave about the company and analysis produced, low employee turnover, fair compensation, opportunity to work with extremely smart team of analysts with deep industry expertise. Most timely analysis and intelligence in the IT/Telco space. Company was a acquired in July 2014 by large, publically traded firm in the UK with two other very complementary companies in the IT/Telco space.

    Cons

    Parent company has not integrated or created a story around the synergies of the three like firms, missing market opportunities and key differentiation from larger firms. Parent company executives too pre-occupied with other corporate assets, leaving Current Analysis staff to fend for themselves with no real strategic direction. "Strategy" reviews are quarterly for one day which really turn into sales pipeline reviews. Profitability strategy is to maximize operational efficiencies, but shared resources virtually non-existent. Key support areas non-existent. Delivery platform is technically outdated and business model, if unchanged, will be short-lived. Growth strategy is based on selling more to existing client, poor new client acquisition track record. Analysis can sometimes be flat and a little obvious.

    Advice to Management

    Dedicate focused executives from parent company to develop and execute a solid integration and growth strategy to attract new clients to the business vs. relying on a high retention rate with current customers which will quickly erode if they are not properly supported. Invest in a contemporary, usable delivery platform and the support services that will retain clients. Develop new analytical model and integrated services that appeal to a broader audience.


  7. "Market Analyst"

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

    I worked at Current Analysis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent group of analysts to work with.

    Cons

    Top heavy org structure made promotion difficult

    Advice to Management

    More training for Senior level and below analysts.