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Updated August 30, 2017
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Pros
  • People, culture, work-life balance is great (in 26 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 31 reviews)

  • No work-life balance at all because of clients (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "GfK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at GfK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people who actually do the work
    Office itself is decent
    Location
    Willing to invest in people

    Cons

    Always pushed to work overtime without extra pay and rarely time in lieu
    Inflexible working hours. They say flexible working but management frown upon it quite heavily
    No sense of direction or commitment from the business, so teams are unable to commit
    Company is generally on the down. Every quarterly meeting is showing revenues in the -10-20%
    Rubbish coffee
    General feeling management can do whatever they like, and everyone else must do as they say

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and they will look after the business
    Be more flexible with employees, and they will be to the business
    Stop committing to so much work that cannot be achieved


  2. "Ex Employee"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staff I worked with while there.

    Cons

    Aquired and asset stripped the company i initailly joined. Moving positions to other countrys to cut costs

    Advice to Management

    You have experiance in the companys you aquire. dont just strip and get rid of those people. They have the expert knowledge to make you money.

  3. Helpful (16)

    "Falling apart trying to keep up"

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    Former Employee - Innovation Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Innovation Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and working from home policy are a major, possibly only, advantage.

    Everyone is really nice and laid back. If you just want simple work with nice people and a lot of flexibility this is the place for you.

    Some investment in training.

    UX department is forward thinking.

    Good chances of progression because talent leaves. Grads are respected and treated with care.

    Cons

    Lack of enthusiasm amongst staff. Probably driven by the stale uninspired environment in the Canary Wharf office. You can smell the place rotting from the inside. There isn't any creativity, ambition or innovation in most of the teams. They don't even know what it is.

    Management is completely incompetent. They can't even give a basic presentation. It's highly unlikely they will come up with ideas of how to save a crumbling company. They spend their time pretending to be something they aren't with little resource, talent or strategy. They have no clue about the developments in the rest of the sector. No wonder they have just realised they were disrupted years ago. There is little technological initiative or business strategy to get out of the mess. Senior management keep referring to some strategy no one has ever seen. Might be generic statements they keep mentioning. In which case, the strategy is pointless.

    Global company with few global initiatives.

    Inability to form meaningful relationships with clients or between staff. No culture.

    No perks. They won't even provide decent coffee.

    It's a career dead end. No one takes them seriously inside or outside the industry. Whatever little they do well, is not marketed.

    Management seems to spend most of their time dealing with bureaucracy and impossible targets.

    Advice to Management

    The stale environment is especially aggravating because there are constant calls for creativity, innovation and consultancy, often by the people in senior management that exhibit it the least. The best people leave quickly or can be seen being suffocated.

    Do what you do best- basic data by nice people. That's ok- not every company needs to be the rock star. Don't expect nice people who have been doing the same work for 15 years to turn around and do something completely different and out of their element. Be honest. Let people play to their strengths. Everyone seems stretched currently trying to make up for lack of basic infrastructure and skills at the company.

    Stop going on about passion and innovation. Stop trying to compete in an arena where you weren't even invited to play. All you end up with is a high turnover because people see the lies and leave. You're not fooling your clients either.

    Also you have some nerve telling people not to post here.

    GfK Response

    Jul 31, 2017 – Recruitment Lead UK

    Hi

    Thanks for your comment.

    Thanks for the 'Pros' mentioned, all valid if somewhat 'backhanded'.
    Take onboard your comments re: environment, location and creativity... To counter that I... More


  4. "Life on the inside"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company for people who want to succeed. Bad for those who want to hide.

    Cons

    Working upon clarity of offering both internally and externally

    Advice to Management

    Do as you say and keep going in the right direction

    GfK Response

    Jul 31, 2017 – Recruitment Lead UK

    Hi and thanks for your comments.

    Glad you feel the buzz within the business of colleagues wanting to succeed.

    Appreciate your comments on clarity of offerings, we do our best to promote our... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible working"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working - no clock watching
    Leadership integrity
    Honest line manager

    Cons

    Lack of benefits
    Limited international mobility

    Advice to Management

    Offer a more extensive suite of benefits for all employees.
    Some decisions take far too long and momentum can be lost

    GfK Response

    Jul 31, 2017 – Recruitment Lead UK

    Hi

    Thanks for your 'Pro' thoughts.

    On 'Cons', whilst we do offer a number of benefits; bonus, pension contribution, disability benefit, travel loan, discounted gym membership, DiS, cycle to... More


  6. "Average employer"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    International company and one of the big 4

    Cons

    Too much change to structures and limited growth


  7. "Working at GfK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, able to work from home 1 or 2 a week, good environment, open office

    Cons

    It's a big com[any so sometimes all the paperwork take longer than you wish.

  8. "Temp Intern"

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    Former Intern - Data Analyst in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Data Analyst in Guildford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GfK as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Open flat structure of office. Nice people

    Cons

    Not much room for progression. repetitive work


  9. Helpful (4)

    "struggling"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people, hard working guys on the shop floor

    Cons

    distant management, ridiculous targets, trying to turn the place into a sales centre

    Advice to Management

    break cycles, practice what you preach, encourage and reward the talent that hasn't jumped yet


  10. Helpful (2)

    "GfK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I think the company can offer staff a fair amount of flexibility in working hours which is a good thing

    Cons

    The company is undergoing lots of change at the moment which has let to too much work in certain cases


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