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GfK Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Paying attention to work-life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Very good working environment, supportive and nice co-workers, opportunity for self development (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Very poor work life balance, lacking proper division of work (in 30 reviews)

  • Senior management keep referring to some strategy no one has ever seen (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Department in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Department in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, global footprint with many fortune 500 clients, and also great reputation in many markets, pay was competitive

    Cons

    None I can think of, I would recommend GfK as an employer


  2. "Lousy boss, lousy experience - supportive boss, better experience"

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

    I worked at GfK full-time

    Pros

    ability to work from home
    some of the best people to work with

    Cons

    senior executives , senior executives, senior executives


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Systematic under valued"

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    Current Employee - Research Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at GfK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Frequent and quick promotions, you are able to move up in your career quickly

    Cons

    Under paid even in comparison to similar big research houses.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good to have until you find something better"

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    Former Employee - Interviewer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Interviewer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's basically flexible for students and retired people.

    Cons

    Multiple layers offs, terrible management displays alot of favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees equally


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Research"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quality research, great client service.

    Cons

    There is minimal support from management.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in the career development of entry and mid-level employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Large company offering opportunity but also some headaches."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GfK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Large business offers growth potential & interesting assignments.
    Stable business. Interim CEO focused on simplifying processes to improve performance and satisfaction.

    Cons

    Large, complex organization. A lot of red tape. Little autonomy. High administrative burden. Rigid. Average compensation (in good years). Impersonal.

    Advice to Management

    Focus. Fewer priorities will lead to higher performance. Invest for growth.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "VP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, very smart people, fast-paced environment. Great opportunities to grow or move vertically to other departments. The environment is very fast-paced, but you never get bored. It's fun, especially if you establish a great relationship with your clients. Flexible on working remotely.

    Cons

    Little work life balance, though there is an increased focus on it. Some internal processes are a little slow but some progress is made to streamline.

    Advice to Management

    Speed up internal processes and internal systems.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Layoffs can happen on a dime"

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    Former Employee - Information Designer in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Information Designer in East Hanover, NJ

    I worked at GfK (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with very intelligent peers; Good PTO; 401K company match

    Cons

    Seemed like restructuring was never ending.


  10. "Senior client services manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at GfK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Progressive
    learning, mature, opportunity, good company

    Cons

    Not any, Not any, low salary


  11. "It's ok"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They can be flexible with your schedule

    Cons

    Hard to get raises and promotions


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