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Mission Measurement Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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  1. "Blessed To Be A Part of Mission Measurement"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture and Coworkers-Fun, frinedly, welcoming, diverse, smart, very hard working, passionate about social change.
    Office Space-open layout surrounded by art; comfortable and inviting, yet very hip and modern; convenient with healthy snacks and drinks available to all.
    CEO-Brilliant;intense but always warm and welcoming; can move faster than some are comfortable with; visionary; inspiring.
    Growth-There are many opportunities for everyone to stretch out of their roles and learn more/attain new skills/become more valuable. However, this potential for growth relies on self-initiation and personal determination.
    Day to Day-Usually very fast paced and can sometimes get hectic; often working with leading global clients with great potential for impact; emphasis on fun and culture is consistently present among staff and leadership so everyone works hard and plays hard.
    Outlook-Although many changes took place during the last couple years, the future of Mission Measurement is bright and exciting, and the changes appear to have just been growing pains.

    Cons

    Salaries-Could be more competitive

    Advice to Management

    Intentional and proactive training and mentoring of all staff would be empowering, so that we can all grow together.


  2. "Beware of this firm – they are awful"

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

    I worked at Mission Measurement full-time

    Pros

    The firm hires recent graduates from top undergraduate and graduate schools – all highly intelligent individuals committed to social justice. Most junior staff are very nice and passionate about social justice causes.

    Cons

    Where to begin?

    1) Terrible compensation. You are grossly underpaid at Mission Measurement (comparable to industry standards). Remember, this is a for-profit firm, not a non-profit, although they “advice” non-profits.
    2) Long hours. Meanwhile you are grossly overworked and expected to “deal” with it.
    3) Awful CEO. Yes he has fancy degrees, an impressive rolodex, and a pretty office. Be he created a toxic work environment where many staff members quit or were forced out; where subordinates walk on pins and needles to please him; and he consistently badmouths employees behind their back. I experienced this, as did many colleagues.
    4) Poor employee retention and absence of professional development. Commitments to employees are made and rarely upheld. Leadership promises promotions, pay increases, better work/ life balance, yet rarely delivers. This happened repeatedly during my time at the firm.
    5) While the firm has many good ideas, there are few resources internally to effectively execute and produce quality products. For a firm that brands itself as the “leader in social sector data and insight”, it poorly invests in internal R&D.

    Advice to Management

    Glowing reviews are most likely written by management. Most current or former employees are very unhappy with their experience at the firm.

  3. "Nice Experience"

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

    Pros

    Kind colleague, useful skills learned, remote work allowed.

    Cons

    Developing company, work assigned not so clearly

    Advice to Management

    More specified and standardized management and more direct training


  4. "Interesting work environment with many opportunities to learn"

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

    I have been working at Mission Measurement full-time

    Pros

    MM feels exciting and entrepreneurial, and you truly feel like you're creating new systems of thinking/organization for clients

    There is a lot of opportunity to get to know/ work with people in different segments of the office / different seniority levels, which is a great plus

    Plenty of opportunity for individuals to take on additional responsibilities than is usually accorded to someone at their employment level and develop more advanced skills

    Cons

    Compensation & benefits are on the lower side for comparable work in more business-focused companies

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to employee feedback/ requests to keep evolving Mission Measurement


  5. "Great entrepreneurial company with a social bend"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting, fulfilling work that clients appreciate with cross-functional team engagement
    Entrepreneurial office environment where you’re truly innovating at the intersection of business and social change
    Fantastic, smart colleagues who are driven and eager to apply their brains to create new, better solutions to the social sector
    Opportunity to work closely with a dynamic and smart CEO who is eager to train folks and bring them under his wing
    Open office space that lends to a more flat structure with plenty of opportunity to interact with others and get to know people/ work across different teams

    Cons

    Smaller company-mentality so training is all done on the job (through peers/ managers), as opposed to extensive formal training sessions (if that’s what you want)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to employee feedback/ requests to keep evolving Mission Measurement


  6. "Great learning experience and fast-paced environment"

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

    I have been working at Mission Measurement part-time

    Pros

    Very little bureaucracy, so you can truly say what you believe to be correct (not true of all consulting firms). Work for big clients on their social issues. Growing rapidly and provides opportunity to step up if you look for it.

    Cons

    It's not clear that leadership always knows what they're doing, although that's to be expected of a young, growing firm. Day-to-day can be a bit more helter-skelter than you would like.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on migrating to strategy based on social value propositions and double down on that. Otherwise, it'll be hard to stay relevant against the big fish in consulting.


  7. "Fast-paced but fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really smart people, good work-life balance, interesting projects.

    Cons

    Undergoing a lot of change and some conflict because of it.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "I have been working at Mission Measurement full-time for less than a year"

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

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

    Pros

    Pros – The most focus on really evaluating outcomes and the "big picture" of any evaluation firm / department I have worked for. Interesting and innovative projects being developed. High caliber staff. Can learn a lot from the new Principals that come from very different backgrounds.

    Cons

    Cons – Organization experiencing some transition issues as it grows and a lack of certainty around the future is felt at mid level posts, which can be difficult. This seems like normal "growing pains" to me though. I wouldn't advise working here if you like clear, documented procedures, but it can be a great place to innovate.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with mid level staff


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of promise, not quite there"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mission Measurement (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is full of young, enthusiastic and very bright employees. Projects are managed in small teams, and there is plenty of opportunity to contribute to the development and direction of an engagement. An innovative idea, tool, or solution has a good chance of making a big impact on a client's operations if it is well developed. The new principles also seem to be making a lot of progress with internal management. The firm is positioned to make very real contributions to clients, and the fields of social impact strategy and performance assessment - as well as very real gains in the market.

    Cons

    The company sabotaged itself in the past year, repeatedly. Management would too often ignore intelligent input from lower employees, or go over their heads in managing a client engagement, often with a cost to client relationships and internal morale. The firm also saw enormous staff turnover at all levels, but the new teams seem be more stable. It is difficult to anticipate who has the authority to make or approve decisions. MM has struggled with all of the hurdles of transitioning to a mid-size firm.

    Advice to Management

    - Trust your mid-level employees to take the reigns more often, and enable them. They are the usually the most familiar with the client;
    - Give the new principles space to manage their teams, and the support to do it well;
    - Make processes for strategic decisions more transparent and take feedback from your technical staff seriously;
    - Decide on a set of common services and products and focus on doing them really, really well. The firm seems to get ahead of itself with exciting, ever-more-innovative models, but its just as important to have a foundation of reliable services with which to attract business.


  10. "Will change the world"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Innovative, forwarding-looking company with great vision for the future. High caliber staff. Recently recruited executives bring wealth of experience, expertise and insights. Addressing issues of the past and building positive momentum. Clients coming to the organization.

    Cons

    Organization experiencing some transition issues as it grows, but leadership is focused on making it smooth and bringing people along.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eye on the prize and continue to move forward. The organization is providing benefit.


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