LRW Reviews

Updated Sep 10, 2020

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3.7
68%
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LRW CEO Dave Sackman
Dave Sackman
109 Ratings
Pros
  • "You're surrounded by really smart people that are super nice and friendly(in 22 reviews)

  • "Great People ( A lot of cool, intelligent people here)(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Hours are the biggest complaint (management expects you to work long hours while keeping margins high)(in 45 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance was not the best(in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Sensitive COVID response, great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Century City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LRW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    LRW cares for their employees. People are smart and given opportunities to grow from the start. When COVID hit, management made the tough decision to implement across the board pay cuts to prevent job losses. They have listened over the following months, and done a huge amount to relieve the stress and financial pressure of WFH. They have channeled money back into their employees that would've been spent on in-person events, and are doing everything they can to adapt to our needs. Mental health is a priority right now, and the talent team are actively listening and providing resources. We're on track to recover financially and reinstate salaries in the coming months, with executives prioritizing those on the lowest salaries who have had the largest financial impact. This shows how mindful the exec team are of the human impact of their decisions. Re: the negative reviews on here - your experience will vary hugely based on your business unit. Look for a team that you click with, and ASK for the opportunities you want. You can succeed and grow quickly in your job here, or get stuck doing boring tasks over and over - it's not just about your manager, it's about the way you approach and show up. Same re: work/life balance - I don't think this company is any worse than others. There are tough days and easy days, busy weeks and light weeks. Once you start leading projects you take the responsibility to get the job done for your clients. If it gets too much, it's also your responsibility to raise that with management and find additional resources to lighten your load.

    Cons

    Not a con, but we miss going into the office due to COVID! Otherwise, small day-to-day issues are quickly resolved if you raise them with management. Starting pay is low, and you need to prove yourself to get promotions/raises. This is a good thing, but is frustrating at first. The biggest salary jump happens at Senior Research Manager (2-3 years after you start as a Research Associate). Keep on top of your goals and keep communication with your manager open and you'll get there faster.

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  2. "Solid company culture with good benefits offsetting mediocre starting pay"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at LRW full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Solid growth opportunity. Interesting work that makes an impact for large and influential clients.

    Cons

    Learning curve can be steep. Work can get rote and tedious at times. Long hour on occasion.


  3. "DO NOT WORK HERE - you deserve better please!!"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LRW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    > You can get overtime hours (but a con to THIS pro is you get shamed by your teammates/boss... and have your hours questioned repeatedly) -- LRW bills like lawyers do, so you put in your hours in a system (Polaris) for a week's worth of work. > Los Angeles is pretty, and they got that going for their headquarters.

    Cons

    > The company DOES NOT CARE for (ALL) their employees (EQUALLY) during the pandemic: they laid off so many people, cut EVERYBODY'S salaries... and then THREE MONTHS into the pandemic they start HIRING NEW people!! How inconsiderate ! They didn't choose to furlough, they straight up sacked people! IN this pandemic/RECESSION. The cruelty is evident in the work the do too! > You will be overworked & underpaid > NEPOTISM is a daily thing. > Feels like a terrible high school (with bullies sometimes) > Nobody will truly care about you or your personal/health issues, so if you get sick you'll eventually learnt to keep to yourself and suck it up. > They are not "humans understanding humans".. as the slogan goes... at least, not to their own employees. > They are very focused on people that look a certain way... take a look at their LinkedIn and click "People", then figure out the common denominator > So many black/poc have quit or been laid off...

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Management"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LRW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You may meet some good people.

    Cons

    There is nothing innovative about this organization. Management is pushing their same square peg in the round hole proclaiming they know what they're doing. Diversity is a joke. Women in leadership is a joke (just because they make you a vice president doesn't mean you are respected). Make sure you leave your ethics at home each day too. They ignore blatant conflict of interest situations regularly and skew data to say whatever the client wants.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    "They. Don't. Care. About. You."

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in Century City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at LRW full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You learn a lot You get paid OT and make a little extra money

    Cons

    SO many place to start. During these last few months of multiple global issues...you can tell just how out of touch this company is with current times. The emails are dull and bland and seeem like they are doing it to save face. As a company with LITTLE POC representation, they are so far behind the times one might think it's intentional. When things are normal... let me set this straight - don't listen to the reviews that say it's all butterflies and rainbows - IT IS NOT. You will be worked into the ground time and time again, with little credit given. This company has a HUGE TURNOVER problem - because people get in and get out just as fast - for so many different reasons. The company knows this, but won't change because they just keep taking advantage of freshly graduated college students that don't know any better. There are so many underlying problems about this company, they will never acknowledge because it would call out all the wrongdoings. This company reminds me of teenagers in high school, with the cliques and groups. If you are a vocal person and call out wrong stuff, you will be labeled and it will ruin your rep at the company internally. I could keep going, but my advice to people thinking about working here would be... Take it, if you need a job. But know you will be overworked and always prioritize your mental health about saving a few bucks on a margin. Always be looking at other places to work, take the experience you get, and GET OUT.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "This is a project management position, not a research position"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LRW full-time

    Pros

    Interesting coworkers Interesting clients Nice company culture LRW offers a fast paced work environment that teaches you to adapt to change.

    Cons

    Poor on-boarding structure Your experience will vary depending on business unit Lack of work-life balance Little research involvement This position is mainly herding people from different teams through the research process. Do not expect to do any meaningful work with data or analysis.

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  7. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Century City, CA

    I have been working at LRW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers and great work community

    Cons

    Work-life balance was not the best

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "A Great Place to Start"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LRW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Best-in-class training for junior employees Growing business The good business units are quite good

    Cons

    Bureaucratic Poor middle management Highly variable experiences from business unit to business unit Limited visibility into business units before you apply / hire on Long hours Limited ability to specialize Poor utilization of internal resources

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  9. "Great Team, fun work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Analyst in Century City, CA

    I have been working at LRW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team and fun work

    Cons

    Long hours are required, and can be stressful

  10. "Amazing Work Culture"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Survey Engineer in Century City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LRW full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The culture is amazing. They treat you like family here. The work is fun.

    Cons

    It can be stressful because it is a high-paced environment.

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