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Murphy Research Reviews

Updated May 21, 2019

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Chuck Murphy
14 Ratings
  1. Helpful (6)

    "Great so far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Most people here seem happy with their jobs - Casual dress code - The work is interesting and we get to collaborate with a range of different sized companies - I enjoy having flexibility to learn and grow in my profession (I get reimbursed for online courses) - I like the people on my team

    Cons

    Sometimes I need to work late, but that's part of the profession I guess. Living near here is very expensive.

    Murphy Research2018-08-31
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Would not recommend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Murphy Research full-time

    Pros

    Good location and very walkable

    Cons

    Professionalism and transparency do not exist in the organization. The high turnover is a result of favoritism, undervaluing most employees and not investing in them. Upper management's refusal to acknowledge and own up to any dissatisfaction speaks to protecting just a few employees. And by framing all organizational changes as an opportunity without rewarding employees who put in the extra work, effort, and responsibility...

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    Advice to Management

    The "culture" needs to change and that's done by taking the time to listen to your employees, being receptive to their thoughts and suggestions, and actually addressing the frustration and dissatisfaction.

    Murphy Research2019-05-21
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome place to work and grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Murphy Research is a very cool company and I've been very happy here. Folks are smart, the work is good, the clients are amazing and it's located in the heart of downtown Santa Monica. There are not too many meetings, no drama, and the people are generally kind and easy going. Finally, I've been here a year and seen many folks promoted.

    Cons

    Because the work is project based, work load can go up and down which means it can be super hectic and then quiet down. That takes a little adjustment, but there's a lot to learn and it's a great environment to do it in. I also think there are some more junior folks who sometimes may not realize what a gem the company is - after working for a number of large and small firms, I can say it's a pretty amazing place.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to offer here but what's working: Continue to structure trainings and feedback and encouraging communication lines to be open. Remember to keep giving people praise when appropriate and continue to promote those who succeed!

    Murphy Research2018-04-06

    Murphy Research Response

    April 12, 2018Talent Development Manager

    Thanks so much for the feedback. We're glad you especially like the trainings - we put a lot of effort into helping grow the amazing team we're lucky enough to work with. We're so glad that you're happy here!

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Murphy Research full-time

    Pros

    Great training, supportive managers, high quality work, interesting projects and clients, fun and very smart colleagues, awesome work space, exciting business growth, willing to promote those who perform.

    Cons

    No cons. But you do need to be flexible, detail oriented, a good communicator, and passionate about market research.

    Murphy Research2018-01-12
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Small but mighty"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - I was a little wary by some of the negative reviews on Glassdoor, something I asked specifically about in my interviews with upper management. Everyone - including the president - was very open and candid about it and it became clear that there wasn't anything for me to be worried about. So take the all the negative reviews from early 2017 with a grain of salt. IMHO - Really great clients, your work is impactful and...

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    Cons

    I have not worked here very long, but so far there aren't any major issues or cons to point out. They are a small company so if you need IT support there are a few extra steps to take to solve your issue (they have an outside support company). If you need your hand held every little step of the way, then maybe work at a bigger company instead.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

    Murphy Research2017-10-28
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Murphy Research full-time

    Pros

    The people are great and the environment is collaborative. There's a big emphasis on training and growth. I never get bored because we work on a wide variety of projects from clients across all kinds of industries.

    Cons

    None for me! I love my job.

    Murphy Research2017-09-22
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Fantastic place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Murphy Research full-time

    Pros

    Partnering with world-class brands and working with bright, friendly and creative colleagues. I like that we make it a habit to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions for study design, execution, analysis and reporting. We have really smart in-house programmers and our design team is extremely talented. There’s a real emphasis placed on training and mentoring at Murphy that does not exist at many...

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    Cons

    I can't really think of anything beyond the normal growing pains any small company would have to deal with from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on the things that matter.

    Murphy Research2017-06-21
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Murphy Research

    Pros

    There is a big emphasis on training and career development here. We have weekly training and you can tell that management truly cares about helping you grow your career. The work is fun and interesting. We work with a wide variety of clients and get experience with a ton of different project types, which keeps things interesting and challenging. Though there are busy periods, I've never had an issue with the work/life...

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    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Murphy Research2017-06-24
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Needs improvement"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Murphy Research full-time

      Pros

      - Diversity of clients and projects. You could get good experience working on different types of projects depending on what you get assigned to. - Free lunches on Fridays. - In-house designer who can make your report decks look better. This saves some time on your end if you'd rather focus on the analysis and creating the story. - Fast-paced and will force you to learn how to work more efficiently.

      Cons

      - Doesn't have a collaborative team culture if that's what your preference is, but this might depend on whose team you get put on. - Quality of work is sometimes sacrificed because of pressure to work fast, making mistakes more likely to happen. It's painful to review someone else's work and have to spend time fixing their mistakes when there's a lot of them. - Agree with other reviewers about the lack of transparency...

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      Advice to Management

      Increase communication. Be receptive to employees' concerns and actually take steps to address them. Hire leaders who can help grow more junior members. Give employees the tools they need to succeed.

      Murphy Research2017-06-14
    • Helpful (9)

      "All that Glitters isn't Gold"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      -Nice coworkers: Most people are very easy to work with -Fun location: The office is located in Santa Monica, within walking distance of the beach -Variety of clients/projects: There is a wide variety of clients and some interesting projects, although individuals are often stuck with the same ones year after year -Some managers are good

      Cons

      -Management is delusional: Management turns a blind-eye to issues within the company and seems to think that they can do no wrong even when annual turnover (estimated 40-50%) says otherwise. They attribute the crazy numbers of people quitting to factors out of their control rather than making changes or even introspecting. -President is overly focused on image: President is more focused on attracting new clients...

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      Advice to Management

      Truly listen to your employees if you want to keep them.

      Murphy Research2017-05-19
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