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Food Marketing Institute Reviews

Updated August 28, 2017
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  1. "Communications Specialist"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Food Marketing Institute as a contractor

    Pros

    Positive work environment, great catering, friendly teams

    Cons

    a struggle to get new tech and social media integration into projects because clients are usually less tech savvy

    Advice to Management

    keep up the positive work environment and keep moving forward with new tech integration


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Growth?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Food Marketing Institute full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed office, work is easy to manage

    Cons

    No room for growth. Heavy with top management, everyone else is expendable

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Food Marketing Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company, excellent pay, fun work environment

    Cons

    Too many hours, long commute

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great working environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    FMI staff members are very dynamic, friendly, and impressive. There is a high powered but relaxed work environment that is conducive to teamwork and professional development.

    Cons

    I did not experience any major negative aspects of working at FMI.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "9 to 5 what a sad way to make a living"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Food Marketing Institute full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is commensurate.

    Cons

    Management provides very little support
    Inflexible working environment

    Advice to Management

    Lose the 9 to 5 mold and independently tailor each employee's working environment to optimize output.


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Food Marketing Institute full-time

    Pros

    Most employees work a typical 9-5 work week. Great benefits, vacation plan and flexibility.

    Cons

    Not many promotions from within.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "top heavy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Food Marketing Institute full-time

    Pros

    - some strong supervisors and talented employees
    - most employees keep very reasonable hours
    - crystal city has outdoor zumba during the summer, so that's always good for entertainment.

    Cons

    many people and policies are in place simply because that is the way it has always been done. the organizational structure is rigid and employees must continually petition to see any sort of deserved salary increase. advancement or recognition of knowledgable talented staff is extremely rare, yet more and more executive level positions are created. there is a lack of human resource to support these positions. those with strong ideas to innovate and advance the company are eventually crushed by the organizations rigidity and either leave or resign themselves to mediocrity.

    Advice to Management

    trade associations and business as a whole has changed, it is time to update the organization. empower your staff, encourage new ideas and engage talented younger workers.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "This place was wonderful"

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    Former Intern - Graphic Design Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Intern - Graphic Design Intern in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
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    I worked at Food Marketing Institute as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people were extremely welcoming and friendly. It was fun to intern here and I learned a lot about the food industry.

    Cons

    As an intern, sometimes there wasn't a lot of work for me to do, so I would spend time just twiddling my thumbs.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to be for about a year and then find something else."

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    Current Employee - Administrator, Marketing in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Administrator, Marketing in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Holiday schedule and staying within the 40 hours per week.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up. Lopsided staff (2 VP per 1 Admin).

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so rigid on decision making.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "FMI... a pretty good place (but you should look into your other options)"

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrator, Research in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator, Research in Arlington, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    FMI is full of nice people. Many staffers get along and fraternize outside of work hours. Some people have been there for years and seem to really like it. There's an Employee Committee (I think it's called) that works together to boost the morale of the force. They do stuff like ice cream socials in the summer (as well as a picnic) and help plan all the holiday parties (though most of them are in the boardroom-- nothing too fancy.)There's a position for practically all talents. Management was always very respectful and listened to ideas from every level of the staff. No snootiness going on.

    Cons

    Well, promotions only came once a year. Actually I should say that salary reviews only came once a year, though promotions were few and far between as well. There weren't any bonuses, just a base salary to work with the whole year. The medical benefits were pretty good (and they also offered education tuition reimbursement), but they don't have any 401(k) matching plan (something I was very jealous of other people in other companies who had it) and they also didn't reimburse for transportation, either public or private. Also Job security is definitely not good these days... I will just leave it at that, but do you get the picture?

    Advice to Management

    Nothing-- I was satisfied overall with the way they handled things.