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Envirosell, Inc. Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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  1. "Great learning opportunity but management is frozen in time and there is limited growth potential"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Envirosell, Inc. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Go-getters will enjoy a lot of responsibility. It is very rewarding to own your projects and client relationships
    - Opportunities for domestic and international travel (though you usually stay outside of main cities and traveling many weekends in a row can get exhausting)
    - In certain circles the name holds a lot of cache & there is great client exposure

    Cons

    - Management is extremely risk adverse. The world of shopping (path to purchase, retail environments, consumerism/ownership) has drastically change but the methodology has not evolved with it. Even worse, there is no appetite to evolve
    - Hours can be long but most find the work rewarding
    - Pay is shockingly low relative to the level of responsibility you have. While this (for me) was an okay trade-off for experience and exposure it did hurt my ability to demand market rate salaries down the line (when interviewing I even had hiring managers and recruiters discredit my degree of experience once they realized what my salary was)

    Advice to Management

    Something wonderful needs saving. Bring in someone GREAT from the outside and pay up. This can get turned around but current management needs outside guidance to do so


  2. "Business Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Conflict of egos in the company
    Management don't know how to manage teams

    Cons

    Interesting field and some good people

    Advice to Management

    Respect


  3. "Good but not for long term."

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

    I worked at Envirosell, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Envirosell is a great place to work if you are just starting out or need some quick money doing part time (in the Data Dept or on the field traveling) but you will quickly out grow your position. Some of the staff is really cool to hang out w but there are quite a few who will be fake nice to you or only when they need something from you. The office is in a decent location (Union Square) so there are a variety of lunch options and after work spots in close proximity. There is also great travel opportunity (domestic and international). If you are part of the Project staff there is great networking potential with clients who work for big name companies.

    Cons

    The management can be passive aggressive. Big time personality clashes. If you are on the receiving end of someone's sh*t list who is in a position of power, they will make your life miserable. There is not much room for growth. Once you know what is expected of you, the role is very repetitive and mind numbing.

    Advice to Management

    Update. They are not interested in being innovative and modern. They're stuck on something that's worked for them 20 years and still think it'll work for them now.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Worst Working Environment I Have Ever Encountered"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Envirosell, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are 1 of the 8 person research staff, you get to travel occasionally for jobs, and this is the only thing that makes the job worth it.

    They're always hiring because turnover is so high.

    Cons

    Hostile and unnecessarily stressful working environment. There is no work-life balance at this company; you either show your commitment through tacitly working around the clock (after working hours and on weekends) or you are perceived as non-committed. Zero transparency and interdepartmental communication. Favoritism and nepotism run rampant. Managers are not subject to the review process, so poor management and business practices go unchallenged. Research practices, methodologies and data analysis are frighteningly outdated and would not hold up under any scrutiny (and also mean that there is a sharp learning curve when you move onto other companies). The company barely stays afloat and only survives due to the fading notoriety of a book the founder published 30 years ago. Verbal abuse and threatening managerial tactics were common when I worked there.

    Advice to Management

    Complete change in ownership and management is the only thing that could turn this company around.


  6. "Great place to work during a transition period"

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    Former Employee - Field Researcher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Field Researcher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Envirosell, Inc. part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    An opportunity to travel across the U.S. and potentially the world. Field managers and co-workers are great I had a blast working with most of them. Can get free goodies from some of the clients while on site. Earned a ton of hotel points and frequent flyer miles.

    Cons

    The work is definitley inconsistent. You can work on a project(s) for a few months straight and just as easily be out of work for the same amount of time. Employees who work full time in the office seem to be a bit aloof when it comes to the actual field work. I would recommend this position only if you're in between jobs or just a general transition period.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Some nice"

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

    I worked at Envirosell, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    When I was there....

    - Great travel opportunities, domestic and international, chance to get out of the city
    - Not paid for OT worked when traveling (mostly on weekends), but given per diem which could translate into extra income in your pocket (vs. just being reimbursed for expenses)
    - Interesting coworkers
    - Cool clients, interesting work
    - Nice schedule, start time between 8-11 and end time between 4-7, was nice to be able to choose
    - Weekend OT was converted to comp time which resulted in about a month off total per year (though it was a problem if you want to take two consecutive weeks off)
    - Pretty decent work life balance
    - Great way to rack up miles and points
    - If you can get senior leadership to give you a store tour, it's actually quite interesting
    - Name does have some cachet when you find someone who's familiar with the company

    Cons

    When I was there....

    - Research methodology is frighteningly basic, not really statistically valid and wouldn't fly at most other research companies, resulting in a lot to learn about research when you move on
    - Reports were rarely proofed and data was never checked - leaving a lot of room for error
    - Fickle hiring cycle, too quick to hire FT employees to do work that could be done by the PT employees, which then results in a need to downsize rapidly when work gets a little dry
    - Questionable loyalty - company has let go of a few long-term, senior employees in recent years
    - Leadership isn't really business savvy. They're smart in an intellectual sense, but they don't really seem cutout to be running a business. They seem uncomfortable with basic business practices such as hosting clients for lunch.
    - HR is less than professional. Company materials are riddled with typos and errors and Facebook seemed to be a part of the HR job description.
    - Salary increases weren't distributed fairly - employees were hired at one rate, then newer employees were hired at a higher rate. Management felt no need to correct the situation, which resulted in more experienced employees consistently working for far less than newbys
    - The books are the main reason most people have heard about Esell, but don't hold your breath for a lot of direct tuteldge from the experts
    - Personalities and subjective opinions are given more weight than actual, objective reviews of performance
    - Senior management is a little detached. They often seemed unclear as to who did what, confusing actions and individuals. Don't be surprised to be blamed for something that someone else did
    - There are a few people within the organization who believe passionately in the company's methodology and what they do, but there are also quite a few that think it's total bunk. Can be discouraging when you think you're doing something good for businesses and consumers and some of your colleagues will tell you they think it's crap

    Advice to Management

    I don't have a lot of confidence that anything will change unless there's a change in ownership, and thus leadership, but at the very least, the company should reconsider its research methodologies. They really need a greater deal of rigor and greater depth of detail. They can't just report on store demographics for a given day and call it quantitative research.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Senior management avoids issues"

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

    Pros

    Travel around the U.S. and the world
    Work with amazing companies
    Fun to work with other employees on your project

    Cons

    The office coordinator has peoples' salaries in his hands, plays favorites all the time, and lies about it.
    No supervision from senior management about anything of importance to employees.
    Minimal information given to employees about how their work was used by clients.

    Advice to Management

    1 Fire your HR director who wants to do the least work possible.
    2 Restructure the office coordinator job so that the job is public:
       - everyone in the company anonymously reviews performance,
       - the office coodinator's Excel sheets are publicly viewable by everyone within the company,
       - who is hired for each project is publicly viewable by everyone within the company.
    3 Make reviews of everyone in the company viewable in real-time.


  9. "Fun job but limited growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Envirosell, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to an interesting world of consumer behavior. Opportunity for a lot of travel, flexible work hours, and interesting work. You own all your projects. Management treats employees very well.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for growth because it is such a small company. Pay is fairly low, too.


  10. "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain"

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

    I worked at Envirosell, Inc. part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Office staff and field staff are some of the most interesting and talented people I have worked with.
    The flexibility inside a range of hourly, part-time, and field research positions have attracted an inspiring pool of skill and diversity that could be celebrated as the foundation of the company's core product.
    These employees have provided me with lasting friendships both at work and play.
    I have had the pleasure of getting to travel, domestically and abroad, with many fellow employees, and they are certainly what keeps a person wanting to stick around.
    It's a satisfactory place to be if you can stick to either part-time or field staff positions and do some traveling,
    or if you can wear blinders and are looking for some flexibility while you're building something else.

    Cons

    Verbal abuse and stressful environment has been increasing over the years, modeled largely by the founder and CEO and accepted by the COO.

    Founder and CEO has been the subject of formal complaints and motions toward litigation with regard to sexual harassment, inappropriate workplace language and name-calling.

    Multiple complaints against the Founder and CEO by women as well as by at least one man.

    Often a hostile work environment having to deal directly with the CEO.

    - An historic lack of vision for the company
    - An inability to innovate and adjust to new technology
    - Outdated methodologies and lack of willingness to innovate
    - An historic absence of any business plan, either in the short term or long term
    - Lack of leadership and integrity from the CEO and COO
    - Rampant lack of trust and respect for CEO and COO
    - No departmental budgets, no plans for spending, no plans for where to invest time and resources,
    - Lack of understanding of what makes them competitive...

    ...have all contributed to the company's increasing financial hardships and rapid employee turnover.

    The CEO and COO have cut the HR department entirely, and have left the employees without the support of someone with any HR training nor HR experience.
    Employees are left at risk, and the company is left in a vulnerable position as well, with an open door to all sorts of legal and ethical implications.

    Pay is fairly low. Little interest in investing to keep the best people onboard.
    No consistent policy in place for employee performances reviews. Performance reviews have historically been avoided in concert with avoiding discussions over requested pay increases.

    No known history of having paid any employee severance upon being laid-off, no matter how many years they were an employee.

    Due to the lack of leadership, it can be a stressful and inefficient workplace if you're rooted in the office, in a position that requires you to bear the burden of mitigating inappropriate and abusive behavior, far outside of the contributions that you're there to make.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a different team to lead the company. People deserve leadership with integrity. Someone to build with, someone who is interested in organizing and developing actual growth and making a plan to do so. This company deserves a leadership team who can understand what role everyone plays and value each of them. They deserve to be treated with basic respect and dignity. They deserve a management team that has the leadership skills to lift people up and produce a positive and productive work environment. Doesn't everyone deserve that?


  11. "teak worker"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    time flexiable, people nice, location is good

    Cons

    nothing very bad, just need a bigger office

    Advice to Management

    No, everything is good so far


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