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Updated June 12, 2017
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Pros
  • flexible work schedule and competitve pay (in 31 reviews)

  • work life balance, respect from leaders of organization (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Zero work life balance (so much for their book: 'Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements') (in 15 reviews)

  • Employee engagement is just a string of consonants and vowels (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Gallup - a great place to work if you are a confident, self starter"

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    Former Employee - Research Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Director in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Incredible flexibility and an opportunity to work on ground breaking work. Also a good place if you are looking to gain international exposure. Freedom to move to different offices if you are so inclined. Also, if you are really talented, the Gallup brand can launch your career.

    Cons

    If you need your hand held, it is not the place for you. A mertitocracy where people right out of school can make an impact if they have the courage and will. The focus on more standardized approaches may turn off people who are looking to work on custom solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on innovation to follow up successful products like Q12 and Strengthsfinder.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "A great company with strong science and huge potential"

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Career opportunity, work hour flexibility, global reputation, strong science, people

    Cons

    decentralized, family business, matrix system

    Advice to Management

    systematic onboarding training, clearer career path, clear business focus, wise selection on regional leadership team


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Gallup is an amazing organization with a sense of higher purpose that is second to none."

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Houston, TX
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    Pros

    I have the opportunity to apply my natural talents at work. It is an amazing feeling to be encouraged to do more of something at which I excel.

    Cons

    Because of the independence, it is important not to get off track.

    Advice to Management

    You have created an amazing culture. Continue to build on that by asking great questions as you have always done.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Gallup Overview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
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    Pros

    Gallup is most widely known for the survey resarch or the Gallup Poll, but in the last 20 years has grown into a widely known Performance Management Consulting firm. Those that speak only about the survey part are most likely individuals that worked primarily in the interviewing centers. The Consulting business works with companies to help them focus on the engagement of both their employees and customers. As we all know, a great customer experience usually happens due to happy and engaged employees. Gallup works to help companies select and hire, and then develop and track employee engagement and customer loyalty. Gallup has over 30 years of quantative and qualitative research in studing excellence in roles. Additionally, Gallup is the leading research company when it comes to emotional economics and well being. I'd encourage you to learn more for yourself at www.gallup.com. Gallup is making the world a better place each and every day by focusing on what matters most -- people.

    Cons

    It is true that Gallup is a tough company to get in to. It's not about asking the question of "could I do that job?" it is asking the question, "will I be set up for excellence within the role?" The traditional corporate model of moving "up the corporate ladder" does not necessiarly hold true at Gallup. Gallup hires talented people into a role with the premise that they will stick with that role for quite awhile. HOWEVER that does not mean that there are not systems built in for both personal and professional growth - because there are. Why would you take an excellent manager out of his or her role and make them a sales person when their talent is all about managing people? There IS opportunity for personal and professional growth - it's just not the "change to a new role to move up the ladder" model.

    Advice to Management

    Sell more Consulting services. Many companies need it. :)


  5. "Best Place for Rainmakers"

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    Current Employee - Partner in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Partner in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    gallup is a place where you can build your great teams and work on the most interesting projects in the world including the most famous companies and assignments from Iraq to Shanghai

    Cons

    if you need close supervision this is a terrible place to work. you are expected to manage yourself and build your own career strategies and have the determination to make it through difficult assignments....this is for partners...this is a tough track to be on at gallup

    Advice to Management

    the associates are primarily driven by missions to help clients and global governments and you should hire more advanced researchers to dig deeper into the already infinite set of data on hand


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
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    Pros

    Autonomy, High Pay, Great training, Engaged Culture, Big Advancement Oppoortuinities, Great Offices, Fun people, Variety of international opportunities, Great Daycare

    Cons

    This is a great place for people who are able to self manage and self direct. It is not for those who need constant supervision

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on your core areas and continue to develop training programs, Make sure you continue to focus on developing consultants


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Game Changing Company"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Omaha, NE
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    Pros

    Research based consultancy gives Gallup a leg up over the competition. Groundbreaking discoveries and incredible thought leadership in workplace science. Autonomous work environment is great if you can manage and motivate yourself to achieve results. Colleagues who care about you and are committed to Gallup's mission of changing the world. Gallup is well positioned for the future and is on the verge of becoming one of the world's best consultancies. Hires based on talent.

    Cons

    Lack of communication makes you question your importance. Extreme weakness is a lack of knowledge sharing. This blindpsot leads to a sever loss of productivity re-creating what already exists somewhere in the company. Expectations are not alwaysclearly communicated. Lack of mobility in role is a disengager for some.

    Advice to Management

    Work on communication. Develop systems that allow for greater sharing of knoweldge. Work on technology to truly differentiate yourself from the competition.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "All in all, not a bad place to be"

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    Current Employee - Consulting Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consulting Specialist in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Flexibility in scheduling, engaged and supportive coworkers, management respects and encourages honest feedback, fascinating and challenging work with many opportunities to collaborate.

    Cons

    Not many. Sometimes a little too much leeway in defining one's role, pay is decent, but doesn't really match the premium rates the company charges to clients.

    Advice to Management

    Execute on your decisions. Transitions are like band-aids, they should be pulled of quickly and definitively. More honesty around financial projections would also be beneficial.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Moving To The Future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
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    Pros

    Gallup is in the middle of the biggest organizational change in its history. It has an unbelievable amount of research depth on human nature, and is poised to change the world if it can get its consulting model right. It is exciting to be a part of the 3 or 4 newest projects, that are big, meaningful, and enormously impactful. The company is playing in a space it wasn't playing in 5 years ago.

    Cons

    The changes strike right at the heart of the company. Gallup cares a lot about its people, and must balance and position long time associates in spaces they can succeed, which may not be at the level where the company is going. A new pedigree of consultants are being recruited to fulfill the future vision of the company, and there is conflict.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job communicating each and every change and help long time associates get to the future.


  10. "Not only a great place to work, but great clients to work with"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Knowing that at the end of the day our work has taken hold and changed how our clients do business is extremely empowering. However, I would say how we get to that point is what makes it a great place to work on a daily basis. Our consulting practice relies on the expertise and background of our team members, understanding of the clients business and industry knowledge as well as research methodologies that are unparallelled. Pulling all this together to solve a clients issue is pretty great way to spend a workday.

    Cons

    Gallup's feedback loop could be a little more "in the moment". You need to know where you need to improve so that you can work on it.


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