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  1. "You Gain a Family Here"

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    Former Employee - Monitor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Monitor in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Full benefits; great coworkers and managers, interesting projects that keep you busy.

    Cons

    Having to say goodbye to the St. Louis office!

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting teamwork and and keeping employees updated on client expectations and how projects are going.


  2. "Nepotism -- still a bad idea"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Worked with some good & talented people.

    Cons

    Also worked with some people who's only skills were their ability to suck up to management.
    Poor raises. No recognition for hard workers.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company already.

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    "Look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Market Probe full-time

    Pros

    Worked with some good people

    Cons

    This company is very shortsighted and unrealistic about the competitiveness of it's technology and processes.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so myopic


  4. Helpful (3)

    "SVP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Market Probe full-time

    Pros

    Some good people but they leave or soon become corrupted by a desire to gain favor from the highly nepotistic management. Unfortunately, there are few alternatives for a MR professional seeking a supplier side position in the state.

    Cons

    Psychotic owner with delusions of grandeur. Horrifically underpaid junior staff who are made to work uncanny hours and then given year-end bonuses of $500 to $700 if anything. Bizarro culture circles around family ownership and tightly held management. Every former MP employee I know celebrated the day they left that hellhole. When I started, even senior execs were given 1 week of vacation a year for the first five years of employment.

    Advice to Management

    Sell it, buy a Rolls, drive off a cliff.


  5. "I loved this company"

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    Former Employee - Market Research Interviewer in Kenosha, WI
    Former Employee - Market Research Interviewer in Kenosha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Market Probe (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best company to work for

    Cons

    company was very good.. no strict rules as long as you camw and did what you were suppose to


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    "Zero organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great vacation time, very casual dress

    Cons

    There is absolutely no organization in this company. The CEO constantly announces plans to sell, not sell, buyout, not buyout the company. He plans on retiring soon and therefore could care less about his employees. There is no room for growth or advancement in the company. Raises can be considered a joke. Very misleading when initially hired due to the impression the company was a market research firm--with a variety of clients. Once inside, you will learn they are completely agriculture-oriented. Software is WAY outdated and of no help when trying to put on your resume. It's almost as if they can trap you there by realizing it'd be hard to find work afterwards with no relevant experience.

    Advice to Management

    Realize everyone else has their OWN goals and aspirations. Not everyone's 5 year plan includes the exact same desk with a 2% raise resulting in a few hundred bucks.


  7. "not bad not great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Market Probe (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the employees are really great. There are opportunities to learn a lot of research and data collection/analysis methods and tools.

    Cons

    Some of the staff are difficult to work for and upper management does not always recognize who their strong employees are and who their weak employees are. High turnover. Flat organizational structure.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible, less rigid. Shake up the organizational structure so there is more room for growth. Promote the right people - not the people who are deficient and blame others for their own mistakes.

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    "Company in Disarray"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of capable employees, pay was good at one time. Opportunities to learn new methods and techniques and work on global projects.

    Cons

    Owner cut back on pay, benefits and bonuses to artificially increase ROI for a potential sale. Positions have remained unfulfilled.


  9. "Good start-out, that's about it"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Research Assistant in Creve Coeur, MO
    Former Employee - Marketing Research Assistant in Creve Coeur, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great introduction to learning how to run individually assigned research projects with direct supervision. Excellent hands-on problem solving and you get really good at PPT.

    Cons

    Management in shambles. Zero company direction. 30-40% turnover, annually. Excessive gap from entry-level/associate position to any sort of management position. Practically minimum wage for a college graduate is grossly underpaying their employees.


  10. "I still celebrate leaving this company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    No redeeming qualities. Still bitter.

    Cons

    Abusive management, poor leadership, low morale.


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