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Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • There is an incredible work-life balance - you can absolutely have it all here (in 17 reviews)

  • Great people to work with for the most part (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Career progression is very difficult, recruitment attitude can be very negative (in 8 reviews)

  • Think more about the salary for entry level (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Perfect Balance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Everyone at Mintel is respectful - you don't have the interdepartmental or hierarchical challenges here that other companies face. All levels and all departments are happy to be on the same team. (The CEO sat on the floor to give up his seat for someone else in a meeting that was overly-packed, and he was happy to do it!).
    * Teams are professional relationships first, but through projects and company atmosphere, many people forge great personal relationships as well. You get to interact openly without cliques or groups to worry about.
    * Genuinely a place that tries to help you success - from team bonding and skill building, to medical initiatives and financial advice.
    * There is an incredible work-life balance - you can absolutely have it all here!
    * Frequent in-office employee appreciation benefits (I.e. parties, lunches, activities..)

    Cons

    * On-boarding can be tricky, as there is a bit of a steep learning curve. It can be overwhelming at first, but once you're over the hump it's incredibly fulfilling - smooth projects and challenges alike.
    * Depending on the department, it's a place that absolutely develops your skill, but you may eventually out-grow the space. You may not have a way to move up, but it is a company that definitely trains you for those positions in your future!
    * Compensation is slightly lower, based on a search of similar jobs in the area. However, what you may lack in compensation is made up for immensely by the vacation policy and other benefits like unlimited access to financial advisers.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Domineering and Disrespectful Women in Management, Lots of Favoritism"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of travel meant lots of time away from office environment which was a pressure cooker. Coworkers were great - many friends were made during my tenure.

    Cons

    Domineering females in management. Lots of bait & switch. Not client driven. Lots of favoritism. Lots of arbitrary decisions made for what suits management best despite "rules" to the contrary.

    Advice to Management

    The same tired domineering women have been there for years. When new more positive and encouraging managers are brought in, they don't last. Make decisions based on what's best for the clients, not what the folks in London think the clients want. Listen to the clients and employees. Treat your tenured employees with respect. You're not McKinsey, understand your position in the marketplace and price accordingly.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, plenty of perks for active employees; low pay, little advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I had a lot of fun working here. It feels like a blend of a late-stage startup and early-stage corporate culture. There were a lot of nice perks for the company despite being tightfisted, and there were a fair amount of office parties and opportunities to join intramural sports teams sponsored by the company. The people were great and accessible; it was very easy to make friends there even if you aren't incredibly social. The benefits are standard, but there was no HSA for insurance (there was FSA). Your 401k vests after 2 years of employment.

    Cons

    Then open office is a good idea in theory, but the office is very crowded and there isn't much personal space, if any. At least there is a locker room to house your belongings during the day. In quite a few departments there is very little opportunity for advancement. The pay is below average (I would assume it's below industry standards) and they don't offer cost of living raises annually and most departments are very tightfisted, meaning that raises can be few and far between if you don't happen to be in a position where you can advance. There are employees who have received title promotions without receiving any pay raise.

    The onboarding is not good, however they addressed it and have an HR team dedicated to making training an actual thing in the future for the company.

    The company doesn't seem to see much value in paying to keep their employees and hopes that the perks it offers - while nice - are enough. There is very low retention, but the company is incredibly profitable so I don't foresee any change to its employment strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving training. There is plenty to boost morale of employees from a cool office to fun company gatherings. The lack of advancement and relatively low pay is why employees don't seem to stay and the company has such a young workforce. On a positive note, many managers and HR alike encourage employees to move laterally in the company if they think they are a good fit for another opening.


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  5. "5 Stars for a wonderful company"

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

    Pros

    The recruiting process was extremely well organized and efficient. I was able to meet with many different managers via phone and on site interviews over the course of 1-2 weeks. The recruiting team and all managers represented the role and the company truthfully. The atmosphere is professional yet fun and I attribute that to the great mix of people who are selected to work at Mintel. There are some great benefits, perks of the job and social opportunities.
    Most importantly for me, Mintel have professionally supported me through difficult times and I see them time and time again do it for other employees. Good people are truly valued. It is without a doubt the best company that I have ever worked in and I feel lucky to be a part of such a great organization.

    Cons

    There are no cons for me thus far.


  6. "Learning curve"

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

    I have been working at Mintel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of room to find and define your role. Great, genuine people, no BS or politicking. Performers get recognized. Great office culture - positive, fun, great perks. Work from home. Flexible work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not for everyone. Based on personality type, that flexibility to determine what and how much you contribute opens a ton of room for failure and frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Management is open to hearing criticism, responsive, and should stay that way. New employee onboarding processes could use some structure.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Not as cool as it sounds"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    start at 20 PTO days, ability to work from home (pending approval from your manager), company publishes interesting content, some people in the office are okay, zen room is nice, catered lunch on the last day of the month, treats each month to celebrate birthdays, some Fridays people break into the beer fridge

    Cons

    the people aren't really that great, they look for people that aren't extremely ambitious and just hire to do the job they're hired for, little career development, very low pay, high turnover, a majority of the office travels so hard to get to know people, no assigned desks so you have to keep things in a locker room, no assigned desks so you get sick easily

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking for what's wrong in your employees and reward them for doing a good job, it's spread a negative, on edge culture in the office that acts like it's laid back


  8. "World's Largest Market Intelligence Agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Re-invest in their research and are constantly innovating their offerings. Treat employees well and are open to hearing new ideas.

    Cons

    Outgrowing the space, will need more desks soon!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly People, Low Pay"

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

    I worked at Mintel full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful office, great location.

    Cons

    You are expected to live for work.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to their team members, respect their limits and choices when it comes to work-life balance.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a good place to start if you are out of college or are just looking for a "cool" office to work at. Work-life balance is good such as work from home days, for example. Great downtown location.

    Cons

    Very biased work environment with no room for advancement.To get promoted and grow you have to become part of special group of people or get hired as a friend of someone from the management. No matter how great is the work you do, it is rarely appreciated. Middle management is very weak and hardly knows how to manage people and most importantly, how to lead them.

    Advice to Management

    Cool office cannot replace hidden management problems the company is facing. You have to solve the problems from the inside, not to mask them with fancy chairs and ping pong table. Hire more experienced managers.


  11. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CSM in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - CSM in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with for the most part. Nice office. Expectations are clear.

    Cons

    Can't think of any at the moment , but I am still fairly new.


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