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Updated August 25, 2018
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  • "Very VERY slow career progression" (in 12 reviews)

  • "You are usually left feeling stuck in your current position because there isn't much room for advancement" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mintel full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    compensation could be better for some teams


  2. "Yep"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of young professionals, great work environment, awesome management, and very laid back office setting. Mintel knows how to have fun and will often host events outside of work for employees. Can't beat the business casual dress code either. It's a lot more on the casual side which is refreshing.

    Cons

    Pay, like everyone else said. It's low. Even those at mid-entry are effected by it apparently. Promotions are hard to come by. Seems like most people that do advance here have been working at Mintel for a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Pay bump would be nice. Chicago is an expensive city to live in and it's rather discouraging to see other companies paying their employees more to do the same job we're doing. This would greatly help the company keep talent and convince those that truly want to work at Mintel to stay. Otherwise fantastic company in all other regards.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great culture and people but under-compensated"

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    Current Employee - Client Services Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture
    Wonderful people
    Innovative company
    Exciting industry
    Flexibility in terms of working remotely
    Good vacation time
    Open and welcoming environment

    Cons

    Compensation is often below market. While the culture and people are amazing, the expectations and responsibilities of several roles are not compensated accordingly

    Advice to Management

    Retaining talent is as important as retaining clients


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Do not work here unless you want to be micromanaged."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mintel full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch once a month, cool office, cool breakaway spaces, great location downtown.

    Cons

    A lot of the departments are underpaid at the entry and junior levels. Inflexible start and end times. Some of the senior management are unprofessional and unbecoming of somebody in a leadership role. Companywide policies are not applied consistently from department to department. Very little autonomy and empowerment.

    Advice to Management

    No use putting lipstick on a pig.


  5. "Director of Business Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mintel full-time

    Pros

    Decent Product. Good Work Life balance. Ok office. WFH ok sometimes.

    Cons

    Poor product development performance in recent years. Consulting just rehashes subscription content. For this job specifically, you have to deal with cannibalization from other departments that are going after the same consumer company's with marketing budgets. MGMT answers to London and freaks out if they are lacking in any department, regardless of if you cover it or sell it. This is a primarily sales and software development company, so view your opportunity through that lens.

    Advice to Management

    Bail on failed products. Focus on your bread and butter products that people actually use. Expand consulting capabilities so it isn't just rehash of subscription content. Reign in inside sales so that they aren't cold calling every marketing person in the US and hurt subscription business.


  6. "Amazing work, low pay"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved working for Mintel. Challenging, interesting work across all different channels. Top notch people.

    Cons

    Tightfisted corporate travel budget. Low pay for the level of work

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work in giving great opportunities for people. Don't be so tightfisted with pay - had to take a pay cut to come here - ouch! Loved the experience though


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Don't ask questions keep your head down"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mintel (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers in software dev roles. These guys were what made work worth it. They are very forward thinking and good at what they do. My direct manager was great, empowered me to improve processes. Very knowledgeable people in every department.

    Cons

    Upper management does not value merit rather they want to keep people around who do as they're told and not question anything. Technology is there but no one gets trained on it. Lack of communication and training for processes and procedures. People have been doing things inefficiently because they've been used to it for some time. Favoritism ran rampant. Toxic team members belittling others. Environment fostered silence. Rarely will employees feel empowered to speak up about mistakes or openly discuss fixing them. No coverage for your work if you take time off. Certain departments have blackout dates for pto. In certain departments you are stuck in one role until someone quits. No o one has any idea what anyone else does or how their jobs translates to each other.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what systems you have in place and know how they can be used to streamline your processes. Don't have pto blackout dates for your reports especially when employees can see management taking those same days off. Standards should be the same across the board for all employees not giving favourites more leniency on certain things. Engage with your employees more. Empower your employees to ask questions.

  8. "Senior Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mintel full-time

    Pros

    Great career development path. Management is truly on your side and looking out for your best interest.

    Cons

    Pay is inconsistent, but you are well rewarded for great sales performance.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Research Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great hours, healthcare, friendly employees. Nice location in downtown Chicago. Free company lunches every once in a while.

    Cons

    No upward growth, high turnover, upper-management were unfriendly. Unprofessional company parties. No one believes in the products.

    Advice to Management

    Work to create more accurate and truthful products. Bring the research up to speed with modern-day technology.


  10. "Micromanaging..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    good stepping stone and work/life balance

    Cons

    extremely micromanaged by management and low compensation


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