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Gallup Washington DC Reviews

Updated July 7, 2017
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Pros
  • flexible work schedule and competitve pay (in 31 reviews)

  • work life balance, respect from leaders of organization (in 13 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. "best place I've ever worked!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance, benefits, great colleagues and the company truly practices what it preaches in terms of metrics and science.

    Cons

    no growth for administrative assistants


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great company!"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance, respect from leaders of organization

    Cons

    Gallup is a flat organization, and administrative assistants have no growth course

  3. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gallup full-time

    Pros

    Talent is recognized. Great brand.

    Cons

    Find your own path.


  4. Helpful (13)

    "If you have self-respect, move on!"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gallup's brand is its number one differentiator. Many Consultants are intelligent people who believe in the brand and will do whatever it takes to close deals. Lots of autonomy in your role attracts a certain type of personality.

    Cons

    Burnout, burnout, and more burnout. Lack of diversity in the consulting side. Go-Tos have too much power over the trajectory of your career. Consulting position has ZERO work-life balance. You overwork yourself to make the Clifton family richer - they're billionaires! Go-Tos steal your ideas and pass them on to their favorite employees without giving you any credit. So many people left the company, it's embarrassing. They only care about selling their dogma in books and standard tools that have zero innovation. Company is based in Omaha, need I say more about having a small-town company culture that does not appreciate diversity. Way too Jim Jones-like for me.

    Advice to Management

    Really take a look at who you're choosing as Go-Tos. Practice what you preach in terms of employees leaving a manager and not a company. Really think about the WHY behind why so many employees are leaving.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Associate partner"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant/Associate Partner in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant/Associate Partner in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product and investment on research. Used to have lots of insightful scientist dedicated into solve difficult business problem.

    Cons

    too "people" managing, management effectiveness varies along different managers. lots of bad managers especially in China

    Advice to Management

    while trusting and empowering people, monitor the true competency of them especially the ones holds manager position. evaluate their competency via actual delivery of work, the insight the have, and make sure they don't just steal insights from their subordinates


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Create your own role"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gallup (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible schedule
    great office environment
    variety in work
    ability to create your own role/position in the company
    work hard, play hard environment

    Cons

    favoritism, make sure to make friends with the right people in the company
    have to push for your own development and advancement


  7. Helpful (5)

    "A very interesting place for a certain type of person."

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you have the right attitude and like this type of work style you will be very happy.
    If you like self-motivating and finding your niche.

    Cons

    Not for everyone, if you need someone to always tell you what you should do steer clear.
    The relationship between being a business and working in research is a delicate balance and it isn't always perfect.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of awards and "gimmicks". It can feel patronizing.

  8. Helpful (17)

    "Wasteland"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Massive data machine
    International reputation
    Many bright and capable colleagues

    Cons

    Crushing nepotism
    Constant state of uncertainty with organizational strategy
    Profuse turnover (to clients that is a bad thing that erodes culture and bottom lines - at Gallup it is "changing our DNA"

    Advice to Management

    There is nothing new I could add to the countless number of other pieces of advice/thoughtful criticisms people have posted on this site. Unfortunately all of those negatives are true. It is a waste because Gallup has single handedly chased off some of the best consultants and clients due to the hubris of the "Family". The culture of fear is so real it can literally be felt when you walk into an office. Clients and consultants will continue to be duped because of the brand name of the organization. The real shame is none of this has to be this way. Gallup works very had to retain its "Jim Jones" approach to running the organization. The vast majority of Gallup consultants are: 1) new, young, bright eyed and too uninformed they are being sold a bill of goods (that WILL change) 2) those trying desperately to leave 3) those being constructively evicted.


  9. Helpful (17)

    "Run Away Before The Ship Sinks"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great teams of consultants to work with and learn from. Everyone works hard to serve clients and deliver great services. Makes a great place for new consultants to get their feet wet and get involved in visible client facing projects very early (while those clients are still around), just don't stay too long. Vast data sets provide opportunity for innovative research. Looks good on your resume for now, and there's a vast network of Gallup Alumni who have already escaped and often work together at a later date.

    Cons

    Leadership is rife with shameless nepotism and "yes men". Employees are not rewarded for a job well-done. Most likely a job well-done will instead result in a restructured plan to pay you less and bolster profits. Science is dated and hasn't been advanced in decades. Technology is just as dated and leads to long lead times and embarrassing offerings to clients.

    Advice to Management

    Advice is only useful if the recipient is open to hearing it and willing to make change. The most useful initiative that management could do, is hire some of their own or ex-consultants who aren't part of the "yes men" to do a complete review of the organization (your engagement data is not real, employees lie because they don't trust an internally deployed survey, which is the message given to clients).

    My hypothesis of what an independent review would say is 1. Rebuild the Board of Directors to consist of unbiased people who are not in the pocket of The Family, 2. Replace C-Suite with external industry leaders selected by and approved by the new board, 3. Practice what you preach and do everything you can to take care of your employees so that they, in turn, provide superior service to your clients, 4. Bring revolutionary research and consulting services to market instead of trying to wring every last drop out of old offerings

    However, these things won't happen. The way internal stocks work, with a manipulated valuation, make it a house of cards that The Family can't step away from. A completely unbiased board and leadership team would likely recognize and correct the financials, which would ruin the wealth of the owners and decimate the retirement accounts of hundreds, if not thousands, of employees who have been told to put all their money in Gallup "stock". Quite sad really.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Not For You"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gallup full-time

    Pros

    There are still some interesting projects that exist, though those are becoming fewer and farther between.

    Cons

    Culture/Work Life Balance: Everything you've read is true; If your last name doesn't match the CEOs, you're in for a tough time. I'd say about 1/3rd the company is related in some fashion. If you're non-family, it's insanely long hours for not a lot of thanks and even less pay. The work is not interesting enough as a whole to make it worth the sub-market pay & benefits, lack of upwards mobility, and general cult-like atmosphere. You're either in, or you're out. Don't worry, in the DC office, it seemed like half of the people left within 18 months of joining.

    Pay & Benefits: Laughably below market as benefits are atrocious.

    Company Strategy: I feel like it changed 6 times while I was there. A ship without a course.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, there isn't much management in general in the DC office to give advice to. It's just people handing out tasks without really understanding what they're handing out. I would say to actually pay attention to the books that Gallup itself has put out on management, but at this point it's too late.


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