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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The best place I've ever worked"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing, fun, intelligent people.
    Awesome culture. One day we turned the conference room into a ping-pong table and held a tournament. Every holiday and birthday was celebrated with decorations and treats and usually some form of liquor.
    Fun, interesting work.

    Cons

    OTX was bought by Ipsos and a lot of things changed... The culture is now very different...

    Advice to Management

    Most of the senior guys have left since the merger, so there's no sense in leaving advice... I just wish them the best of luck in their upcoming ventures...


  2. "Good but I had an unusual position"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Manager in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Manager in Culver City, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Smart people, strong client relationships, good benefits, Flavia machine, Bagel fridays

    Cons

    Long hours and management is not the best at recognizing individual contributions

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of keeping client-facing staff motivated and happy

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Do it for the money."

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    Former Employee - Research Manager in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Research Manager in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Somewhat fun and young place to work. Zalis and company went out of their way to do what they could in a data mill to make it fun.

    Cons

    Long hours and very limited potential for advancement. It was a data mill and done rapidly and cheaply with little regard for work/life balance. This is the market research industry, though not OTX alone.

    Advice to Management

    There is very little to say because the nature of the market research industry is to grind out data. This is not a field for anyone. Helps if you have OCD.


  4. "Fun, fast-paced environment , but bad management"

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    Former Employee - Research Manager in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Research Manager in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Yoga class, free food on Friday, lots of parking, fun and interesting clients' projects

    Cons

    Executives do not communicate clearly about what's going on to the employees. It's hard to know what's the truth and what's not. Coworkers are not the friendliest people. People are too insecure because they lack of directions and act hostile/unnecessarily competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and promote the ones who work, not those who only talk.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Extreme Market Research Make-over: OTX turns the unsexy into ultra-sexy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Market Research: not the most glamorous of professions. On the sexy-o-meter of professions, market research comes in just above road construction or grocery check out clerk. Why did I pick this field? I'm a numbers geek who loves to know what people are thinking and why they think the way they do. But OTX has made market research sexy! I'm not sure about all the offices but the London, LA and even Chelsea offices are amazing spaces to work - even rivaling spaces of cool, hip, sexy digital media and dot.com companies. Huge enormous companies with huge enormous budgets can't rival the gym, the zen room, the yoga instructor, the half basketball court and all the fun Corporate management puts forth.

    Cons

    There seems to be a disconnect at times between the vision and culture of the company and the day to day reality within various departments. Some department managers don't take morale as seriously as the Company visionary (CEO) does. If the cool, hip spirit infiltrated its way to the day to day of how the departments are run, work might not get done but OTX would definitely be the most fun place on the planet to work! Managers sometimes commisurate instead of doing what they can to keep their own team member's energy levels high and keep them focused on the bigger picture. Some departments are overworked while others say they are busy but are never in the office a full 8 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Management training for mid-level and department managers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "If looking for a research job, you can do better. If looking for a quasi-entertainment job, you could do worse."

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Manager in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Manager in Culver City, CA

    Pros

    They are often hiring so it beats unemployment. And you might make some friends. And if you're lucky, network your way to a job somewhere else.

    Cons

    They can do cool stuff, but chances are you won't get to. They do the same project 800 times a year. And a different same project 660 times a year. And a different different same project 1,340 times a year. Being a researcher at OTX is like being a Chef at the Olive Garden--here's the limited menu, go to work.

    Advice to Management

    When every review on here tells you that you don't respect your employees' work life balances, perhaps you can infer something from that.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Chaos Ensues"

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    Former Employee - Research Manager in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Research Manager in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Met some great people who are still friends.

    Cons

    An overall lack of cohesion, overworked employees, lack of organization and failure to communicate procedures, changes, almost any type of information to employees in a clear manner.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a structure and stick with it - better a less than perfect but consistent structure than constant changes resulting in employees who are unsure of their roles and other employees' roles due to an undefined system. Also, caring about your employees work-life balance by addressing months of working too many hours might keep people from leaving. Lastly, it's okay to declare an insane idea as insane; you don't have to actually do it.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Let Them Eat Bagels"

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    Current Employee - Research Manager in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Compensation is the only reason I can think of to work at OTX, unless you consider bagel fridays a real pro.

    Cons

    Xxtremely long hours, management treats employees with very little or no respect, employees expected to forgo any life outside of work, and compensation benefits end when you lose overtime pay.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff. Stop expecting your employees to work so much overtime. Hire someone to take on some of that work. A good salesman does not necessarily make a good manager. At OTX, none of the SVPs that I'm aware of know how to manage their staff.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not recommended"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The company is innovative in its approach

    Cons

    People work very long hours. Men are promoted far more frequently than women. They change directions and move people amongst departments far too often. Management likes people who act fake over people that are real. They have a high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    When dealing with internal complaints be sure to get both sides of the story. There are some very self-centered people working there who will say and do anything to harm another person that they feel competitive with. If you don't obtain both sides of the story you will never know whom to believe, and you let go of the good people while retaining those who are not.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A growing company with growing problems"

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    Former Employee - Research Manager in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Research Manager in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    From what I have heard and know, they seem to pay well in general so you have a good chance of increasing your salary from your last job. Also, with such a high turnover you have more opportunity to move up the ladder very quickly.

    Cons

    Most of the employees at OTX are working very long hours, which includes eating dinner at your desk many times a week or at least every few weeks. There is a high rate of turnover, which has resulted in a high number of young/inexperienced Directors (and up).

    Advice to Management

    reduce employees hours/workload for more employee satisfaction, slow-down the turn-over, and train management a lot more.


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