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Kline & Company Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kline & Company full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere up to a point

    Cons

    Uninspiring work that nobody believes in


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Awful experience"

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    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst- Chem and Materials in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst- Chem and Materials in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The office location is very accessible, some of people in the office are smart and friendly, and a day of home office is granted after the six month trial period.

    Cons

    - The company is run by unqualified "industry managers/project managers/leaders" with no leadership in a very "pyramidal" way and who seem to be more worried about praising themselves (especially the consumer and energy projects) rather than encouraging to the lower ranks (analysts and researchers),
    -Their projects are really just a copy-paste from information found in other websites (and from other market research companies)
    -Promotions are done based on how you get along with the manager (and likewise the projects are evaluated),
    - The research methods are outdated and full of flaws, including the project management methodologies,
    -There is no personal privacy and there is too much gossip,
    - You end up working a lot of unpaid extra time, especially if you are an analyst or researcher,
    -They have insolvency problems very often.
    - All the professional and smart people leave very often.

    Advice to Management

    For a company which has been operating for 50+ years, it is very shameful to be having so many flaws and the way you treat your greatest asset which is your employees. Pay them decently and compensate their time and effort. You may have 90% of the company as "managers"but does not mean these people are qualified to be leaders.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not a good employer. Avoid this place"

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    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst- Energy in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst- Energy in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kline & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Chance to interview clients who truly value your career path and a home office day after 6 months of trial period (at least in the Prague office).

    Cons

    Very political and "old guard"environment, the consumer team managers are always looking to praise themselves and dump all the work load on the analysts/researchers, instead of getting more involved for what is best for the greater good. You will work long hours, get underpaid, and have no recognition, the projects are done always from scratch, the market research methods outdated, and very slow and disorganised project feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Do not discourage employees who want to have big dreams and take interest in your direct reports personal career goals and help provide guidance on how to make it to the next step in your career path. Treat the analyst the same way as a client because as of lately you can't keep a happy employee, without happy employees you will not have the staff to get the client work completed.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Kline & Company Gurgaon/ Hyderabad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small firm, no rigid hierarchy, flexible work hours, good salary.

    Cons

    Managers micromanage, late night shift for US projects, slow professional growth. No recognition or rewards for good performance, no employee benefits, formal and stiff work culture.

    Advice to Management

    Make work place more lively and less formal.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "I enjoyed working for Kline"

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    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kline & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging job, very supportive and intelligent colleagues, good atmosphere at work.

    Cons

    overtime is not paid at Kline


  6. "Good working atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Second Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Second Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very homely with good salary

    Cons

    Work life balance is not that good

    Advice to Management

    Please change timings of the work.


  7. "I have been working with the company for the past few years and the going has been smooth and steady"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kline & Company full-time

    Pros

    It has been good working with Kline over the past few years - at times it's been challenging, at times relaxing

    Cons

    At times, you feel you are in the midst of nothing

    Advice to Management

    No

  8. "2 years experience with Kline"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    challenging work everyday, good for future career

    Cons

    too much dependent on cold calls to collect info, too much pressure on consultant

    Advice to Management

    No


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Kline’s website leads everyone down the garden path!"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kline & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home option for US based employees.

    Cons

    INDUSTRIES:
    Industrial Goods and Services: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Medical Equipment & Devices: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Building & Construction Materials: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Chemicals: High attrition rate at senior level here in the US. Few loyal clients. No capability to grow business in emerging economies.
    Automotive: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Pharmaceuticals: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Consumer Products: Capability limited to hair care and skin care products.
    Private Equity: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Energy: Capability limited to industrial lubricants. No expertise on fuels/energy, energy storage, and emerging technologies.
    Metals & Minerals: Does only few projects on minerals now. Has potential to grow.
    Retail: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Food & Nutrition: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Healthcare: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.

    BUSINESS ISSUES:
    Business Growth: Capability limited to desk research and calling/generating some numbers on market and growth rate.
    China Diagnostic: Limited capability! Kline couldn't retain the best talent in the industry.
    M&A Advisory: Capability limited to preliminary screening of target companies.
    Manufacturing Competitiveness: Unethical work! Capability limited to calling employees of manufacturing companies and tricking them into revealing confidential information.
    Market Entry: Limited Capability! Needs outside resources to complete big studies.
    Innovation: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Pricing & Margin Management: Limited capability! Kline doesn't track prices/has no database.

    Advice to Management

    None!


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Salary at par with industry, work environment not conducive."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kline & Company full-time

    Pros

    The salary is at par with the industry standards

    Cons

    Although, the salary is at par with the industry standards, the work culture is not conducive , specifically for, joining at consultant/senior consultant level. No formally defined reporting structure, and hierarchy makes it extremely difficult for employees working at junior levels to get their issues sorted out.
    There is an evident communication gap between Kline India employees and Kline employees across other locations. Specifically, the US and European divisions of Kline have a preconceived notion about Kline India employees, which is not very positive. While working with Kline India, one might even feel discrimination based on nationality/ethnicity.
    The mid-management level employees of Kline India have no team handling/management experience. Most of the mid-level managers are graduates from Tier 4 B-schools, and lack managerial and technical aspects.
    Kline India is a one man show, essentially run by the managing director, India. Each and every decision, action, and reaction revolve around the managing director. The relationship between the MD and most of the employees can be compared to a traditional feudal set-up, wherein the communication is one-sided and is only in the form of orders.
    The learning opportunities are limited as syndicated report structures are rigid and traditional. New ideas are not encouraged by the managers who are redundant resources of Kline India.
    For custom projects limited to no support is provided by mid level managers who are the interface between the client and consultants. Attributing to the mid level managements limited knowledge and experience, they often fail to understand and convey the actual requirements of the clients to the consultants who are responsible for end to end research related to the assignment.
    For custom projects the appreciation if received by the client belongs to the managers and all shortcomings/issues are channeled directly towards the consultant.
    Join at project manager or above levels if compensation is your only concern. Also be ready to please the Managing Director with frequent ego massages and transcend similar feudal mentality driven management to people down the hierarchy.

    Advice to Management

    Reality check on the calibre of Mid-management is required.


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