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THREE Group Reviews

Updated May 2, 2018
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  1. "Great People, Challenging & Interesting Work"

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

    I worked at THREE Group full-time

    Pros

    The People - Felt like a group of friends, not a dull environment.
    Challenging - You WILL learn & grown at THREE.

    Cons

    No off switch. If you're not up for challenges & increasing responsibility, this isn't the right place for you.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intellectual challenging projects, collaborative workflow. Working with really smart people.

    Fun social culture. Recognizable clients who trust you to do good work to answer their questions.

    Cons

    Management that is set in their ways. Occasionally hostile to innovative analysis. Upper Management team, lead by the CEO waxes poetic about their dedication to transparency, consistent expectations, and welcoming approach to feedback. None of this is remotely reflected in their actions and decision making. This is mostly on the CEO in Saratoga. The Raleigh team lacks this toxicity, but is subordinate.

    The CEO is, as is described in other posts - usually a very fun person to interact with. Opinionated, personable, and generally kind of goofy. Clearly wants to be perceived as cool. What comes out in the workplace when the rubber meets the road is a personality that operates from a fixed mindset, that perceives feedback as threat, and is given to flying off the handle and resorting to hurling insults when the pressure is on. Often steps in and micromanaged individual projects - as the CEO! Clearly cares about the company, but let's himself stretch too thin trying to get strategy right while micromanaging employees.

    There is a reason that turnover at THREE is as high as it is, and of all the people that left during my tenure, te CEO's comportement was cited as a reason by every one. The Talent Development Lead's unofficial job was often simply to reign in the CEO's behavior.

    Finally, there is no real opportunity for upward movement. There's no set career path.

    Benefits are nothing to write home about.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to your claimed culture. Hire good people (check) and trust them to do good work (not check). Take feedback from the rank and file through the lens of a desire to improve the company rather than as something to be defensive against.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great colleagues, terrible environment, poor strategy"

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

    I worked at THREE Group full-time

    Pros

    I loved the location, my colleagues, and the desire of the company to do something different in market research. THREE has invested in a creative team that helps provide deliverables that clients love. Management pushes employees to do better and take risks.

    Cons

    Management promotes autonomy but often barges in to make sweeping changes, often for the worse and followed by blame when changes don't pan out.
    The only strategy/goal the company has is "to be the best research company in the world", which sounds fun but is backed by no solid plan for success. The lack of strategy is proven in hemorrhaging business and incredibly high employee turnover. Management is nothing short of maniacal, shifting at a whim from encouraging and hands-off to overbearing and dictatorial, often making personal attacks and threats. In discussions around motivation, the CEO has stated that the only motivation employees need is the desire to not be fired. The office environment can be incredibly tense and/or awkward due to management's unprofessional behavior and relationships. There is a clear divide between the two offices (NY and NC), although that is likely the root of higher satisfaction in the NC office.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a solid strategy, follow-through on support (tools, knowledge, etc), reduce turnover, and consider investing in executive leadership development.


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    "Three isn’t how it seems.... it’s much worse"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at THREE Group full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, great co-workers, very interesting work.

    Cons

    think of the company as the United States but run by trump. Any negative feedback, feelings, or comments and you are on thin ice. Even if you are told you can leave when your work is done, you will be looked down upon if you leave (even on half day fridays). The health insurance offered is without contribution so it is very expensive. The Saratoga office is very much filled with an us vs. them attitude ( them being the RDU office). You truly never know who to trust. No one tells the truth and everyone is usually just looking out for themselves - because how can you not when the CEO threatens to fire people in meetings.

    Advice to Management

    No one is being fooled by what is going on. Also, people only react favorably to ideas because they are afraid to lose their jobs.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Do NOT work here!"

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

    I worked at THREE Group full-time

    Pros

    The work-life balance; you can work from home if you need a break from the office setting.

    Cons

    Poor management, office politics, bad healthcare and poor COMMUNICATION!
    The Managers are useless and they make decisions as they please, without any consideration for the employees! Those who suck up to the managers stay pleased and get more opportunities. Your talent is not valued in this firm, and it will take you no more than a week to figure that out. There is no definite path for the company; even the managers don't know what to do and they have hired some arrogant people who thinks they are the best of all leaving no room to improve!

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so egoistical and hire someone who can add some ACTUAL value!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome team, great culture, interesting clients"

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

    I have been working at THREE Group full-time

    Pros

    + Small company (cool perks like twice a month team lunches, half-day Friday, corporate retreats)
    + Flexible arrangements, work remotely if needed
    + GREAT team, smart, engaged, passionate about their work
    + Innovative culture, push to constantly think differently and do what makes sense vs. doing something because "its always been done that way"
    + Warm and welcoming work spaces in great communities
    + Fun, interesting client base, always something different to work on

    Cons

    - Small company (have to be open to wearing many hats and being a team player, be nimble to quick change and redirection, figuring out appropriate benefit structure health/vacation/retirement)


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible, great people, good work / life balance

    Cons

    Potential long hours, ok benefits

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    "Lack of structure and processes is holding this company back from being a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at THREE Group full-time

    Pros

    - Fun company culture (lots of drinking, team outings, chilled-out vibe in terms of dress)
    - "Start up" vibe, but lots of big name clients
    - Very loose sick day/work from home policy
    - Company-issued iPhone & Macbook, option to have them pay for your cell service if you make your work and phone number the same
    - Generally good people to work with, familial vibe
    - Direct contact with execs, partners, etc
    - 401k eligible after 6 months
    - Annual company retreats (aka drinking olympics)

    Cons

    - Little direction for entry level workers
    - Execs are still figuring out what being an executive means
    - Training and procedures are almost non-existent
    - CEO has the same personality as that guy you knew in college who pissed people off all the time by saying and doing inappropriate stuff, but somehow was charming and smarmy enough to be able to keep hanging out
    - No insurance (at the time I was there, this might have changed)
    - Has 4 offices in 2 different time zones despite employing less than 30 people, because the partners can't get along and need to be several hours apart from one another to avoid blowing the company up.
    - Open office spaces make it too easy to hear people talking on the phone about coworkers (in review calls etc)

    Advice to Management

    Figure out your structure, make procedures and policies that WORK and KEEP them. Changing the reporting structure and organizational chart all the time isn't helping anyone do their job. Give more feedback (negative or positive) and direction to employees fresh out of college. Train people how to manage others before you put people below them.