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  1. "Great entry-level experience."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I recently started working at VDC as a junior analyst, and my experience has been very positive.

    The firm is split into multiple, small, extremely focused practices that are jointly overseen by the two EVP's who run the company. Many of the past Glassdoor reviews reflect the poor leadership and management of the CEO who has stepped away from the company to pursue other opportunities.

    Because each practice area is so specialized, the quality and relevance of the research is extremely high. The senior analysts are experts in their fields, they work hard, and they have high but realistic expectations of new employees and interns. I was sitting in on small meetings and engaging with very large clients within the first week of joining.

    There is a good mix of custom consulting projects as well as syndicated, general research. This leads to healthy work hours, as you will not be expected to wait hand and foot on clients all of the time, as you would in IB or big 4 consulting.

    Because the firm is so small, the personality of each analyst is very important in the overall makeup of the company culture. Every employee is earnest and ethical. This makes for a great company culture with no drama and no misgivings about the company's reputation.

    The dress code is great, hours are flexible (as long as you get your tasks done), benefits are on-par with any other company.

    Overall a very healthy work environment at an honest company that has done well to carve out a relevant niche in the tech market research industry.

    Cons

    There is no formal training, but this doesn't matter too much do to the fact that you're immediately working on projects and learning from coworkers who are always willing to take some time out to help.

    Some of the tools we use are outdated.

    The brand could be a lot stronger with some modification to the public-facing tools such as the website, social media, business cards, even just putting a sign outside the building.

    Advice to Management

    Great job turning the company around so far from what I can see. Looking forward to helping the company grow.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Unpleasant Work Environment for Junior Analysts"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VDC Research (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good, centralized location in Natick, Massachusetts. Sometimes the project work flow slows enough to allow for an extended break or two.

    Cons

    Fairly weak research organization. I learned nothing of value at VDC when I was there. I always felt under-appreciated and overlooked as a junior analyst. No advancement potential.

    Advice to Management

    The new strategy of hiring younger (translation: inexperienced) employees may not bring the results you desire.


  3. "Research Analyst Intern"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst Intern in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Research Analyst Intern in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VDC Research (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place for a starter internship. You will be exposed to the real work right away and you don't have to take the time to go through all of the "corporate BS" that you experience at large corporations. The employees there are all warm and nice and they promote a casual office environment. All managers seemed very flexible.

    Cons

    The pay was a bit low

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Don't expand too quickly but at the same time, don't stay as a static company.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Be careful before choosing VDC as the next step in your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Industry Analyst in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Industry Analyst in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at VDC Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Central location just off Rt. 9

    Only have to work 4 out of every 5 days

    Cons

    While VDC offers some nice perks such as free coffee, the career and salary advancement opportunities at VDC are non-existent. After working at VDC for over 2 years I have yet to see any of my fellow employees earn a decent promotion. Raises are on the order of 5% annually or less, which is not much considering the low base of under 60,000 that many of us work for. We also receive no 401k match which should tell you exactly how management feels about the work force. Here at VDC we are subject to something called salary secrecy where we are encouraged not to discuss our salary with other employees. This is an illegal practice which is why organizations like GlassDoor are so important for us. A new candidate will quickly notice that there are no senior employees left at the company even after 40 years of operation. If you are interviewing at VDC, make sure to interview with the MBAs, CFAs, or some other sort of industry accredited analyst.

    Advice to Management

    Offer training programs so that we can advance our careers. We so very much want to work with new software and learn new skills so that we can enhance our productivity.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Smart People + Interesting Work = Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Liked the people I worked with. Liked my clients. Liked some of the custom research projects I got to work on (wish there were more of these). Liked the qual & quant aspects of the job. Good comp & benefits.

    Cons

    More training would be good. More travel. Would have liked more media exposure. Late nights and some weekends during key client deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    More parties. Fix the AC...I called my cubicle "the ice cube." Ha ha...More training for sales.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Valuable Step in My Career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VDC Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My time at VDC provided me with opportunities to develop in a number of different ways that I think were pretty valuable. The work was intellectually challenging, my contribution really mattered (since it's a relatively small company...no hiding here), I had to juggle a pretty wide variety of tasks which challenged my ability to organize and prioritize, and there was a good balance of qualitative and quantitative work. I was generally impressed with my colleagues and my boss / management, and feel I grew quite a bit during my time here.

    Cons

    There are some office politics here that I think could be toned down for the betterment of the company. Also big clients tended to push us around a bit, which sometimes made the workload pretty significant and hard to manage. There are a lot of expectations placed on you here, so expectations for performance are pretty high.

    Advice to Management

    Divide work among various tiers of staff to free senior people to do higher value-adding work.


  8. Helpful (10)

    "Getting Paid to Learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VDC Research full-time

    Pros

    VDC does pretty cool work for its clients, even though I had never heard of them before interviewing. Company is a quiet competitor to IDC and other big research firms, but with niche expertise that clients value. I'm learning a ton about key tech markets, including what's going on with iOS vs. Android and why, and talking regularly with exces who are really influencing the market, and basically getting paid to learn a ton. The work can be a bit solitary at times, but there are some decent opportunities for collaboration I suppose. Learning is really important to me at this point in my career, so this is a very good fit for what I was looking for.

    Cons

    I like the learning (see pros), but a lot of it is a function of what I teach myself. Colleagues are also good resources. Flexibility on work from home makes the office a little quiet sometimes. It also seems like it could take a fairly long time to develop deep subject matter expertise, so you have to be willing to pay your dues.

    Advice to Management

    Seems like current business model is working, but wonder about growth strategy...which I haven't really seen anything about.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Lots to Like Here"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall, I had a really good experience at VDC, working as part of the sales team. The guy I worked for was a strong sales manager, and it was pretty exciting to call on some big name tech companies. The company's product line is strong, though delayed publication dates are sometimes a problem that had to be managed. I learned a lot working here, selling a fairly complex product and complex buying process.

    Cons

    Better collaboration / coordination between sales and research. Also, research should trust sales to do its job. and not get so involved in the sales process. We got it.

    Advice to Management

    More contests & perks for the sales team and better snacks...


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Trends Are Favorable"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Industry Analyst in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Industry Analyst in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've enjoyed my time at VDC and see a positive future for this business and the people who work here. I'm not going to tell you it's perfect here but on the balance I have many more good things to say than bad. The team is really great and there truly isn't anyone here that I don't like and can't work with. The management has tried very hard to create a strong sense of camaraderie and team spirit, and I think it's paying off. I'm learning a ton about technologies that I find quite ineresting / cool, and that in itself is rewarding. I see the opportunity to take on ever-more advanced / important work over time, and feel that my manager is very interested in my growth and success (though he is on the road a lot and is prone to a bit of micromanagement). The workload is definitely significant (and also pretty unpredictable), but the learning and variety in the work is a good thing. I also don't know another job that pushes all your skills like this does: writing, quant analysis, strategic thinking, presentations. It's a lot, but it's worth it.

    Cons

    I'd like to spend more time in the field with clients (I think others share this perspective).

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in the firm's more junior people, who are really eager to learn and help the company succeed.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "It's Ok"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros...well......let's see...the people were nice enough I suppose. Most of the time the projects I worked on were pretty cool. Free coffee is nice......so were the bagels on Friday. Occasionally we'd do pot lucks or big lunches from a BBQ place nearby which was awesome. Seems like I liked the food ha, ha, ha.

    Cons

    No big cons...I just can't get that excited about the whole deal, either pro or con.


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