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Vital Findings Reviews

Updated Jul 12, 2019

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23 Ratings
  1. "Great team, loads of room to grow your research skills"

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    Current Employee - Researcher 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vital Findings full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive group of smart thinkers: - High-caliber team of smart, creative, friendly and fun people. Each employee has a can-do attitude, is supportive of each other’s growth, and is motivated to produce exceptional work for clients. - Great team camaraderie which leads to a positive, collaborative work environment and friendships outside of the office. I genuinely look forward to spending time with my coworkers....

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    Cons

    Like any vendor-side market research firm, work can spill into late nights or the occasional weekend to meet project deadlines. The company does a good job at managing these busy times by offering work-life balance benefits (flex time, comp time, work from home), and other rewards to acknowledge the hard work, like a sponsored night out. Custom research can invite challenges, especially if the team is new to the approach....

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    Advice to Management

    The high-volume of deadline-oriented work paired with the high-level creative thinking that is expected can be tiring to maintain. Continue to find ways to prevent burnout with effective resourcing, hiring smart thinkers to support the workloads, and adopting more of “good is good enough” mindset.

    Vital Findings2019-07-12
  2. "VF Invests in Their People"

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    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vital Findings full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Vital Findings is the best place to start your career as a market researcher. The company offers a huge variety of clients, methodologies, and industries that allows employees to gain exposure to everything and learn where their individual interests lie. With this variety and exposure in addition to formal training, entry level employees learn the fundamentals of all different research methods and are given opportunities...

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    Cons

    As is the name of the game in vendor side market research, there can be busy times when employees will have to work long hours. This can get tough when long hours are sustained over an extended period of time, so a strong work ethic and internal motivation is required. Employee compensation including salary and time off could also be improved to offset the extra hours employees have to put in at times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue looking into resourcing solutions to ensure workload is evenly distributed to prevent longer hours and burnout. Continue listening to employees' needs and investing in the people and office culture.

    Vital Findings2019-06-24
  3. "Guaranteed to make you a better researcher"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vital Findings full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you ask anyone at Vital Findings what they like about the company, 9/10 times the first thing you'll hear is the people. It's a small company (hovering around 20 people), so everyone works really closely with each other, and for that reason, they make sure that everyone who joins the team will be a good fit. This was one of the only companies I've interviewed at where I met and spoke to every single person in the...

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    Cons

    The same things that make Vital Findings a great place to work can also be challenging at times. Since the company is small and still growing, there are still some processes and efficiencies that are being worked out. And since it's all custom work and can be tricky at times, it can sometimes translate into longer hours during certain busy periods, though that seems to be a common thread in most Market Research work....

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    Vital Findings2019-01-01
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vital Findings full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    In my two years here, I have grown in more ways in terms of research skills, methodology experience, and leadership skills than in my entire career and education before joining here. Since there aren't different departments (research vs. account management vs. sales, etc.), everyone gets exposure to the entire research process from proposal to report delivery. That's a huge asset and something I really value, having come...

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    Cons

    Part of creating custom methodologies and innovation is that you're often doing something no one has done before--which is exciting, but also means that sometimes you're left to feel as though you're shooting in the dark without any real direction or guidance. There are also times when the workload gets a bit overwhelming, or certain individuals are taking on much more than others. To an extent, this is part & parcel...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue to take an introspective look at the company, and an empathetic ear to employees. Continue to keep an eye on workload & resourcing to prevent burnout. Be sure to set a clear vision when approaches are especially exploratory and new. Be careful not to box people in to certain roles or opportunities.

    Vital Findings2017-09-01
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Quality shop, market research for researchers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vital Findings for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Vital Finding has a smart and motivated team who care about research and the market research profession. I feel we’re at the top of our profession, and we have some of the best in the business. Other research companies I've worked for seemed more like a report factory - reports moving down an assembly line with no real line of sight to the end product. However, management here is always pushing for a better end product,...

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    Cons

    The first few months were tough for me here because it’s very different from the big box research companies. I was challenged to not be lazy with my research, and to have excellence throughout the process (even in the parts the client probably wouldn’t see). It was honestly challenging, but I’m a better researcher because of it now. The hours can be tough, but management has recently instituted flex time and comp time...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on building the skills of the team. You’ve got some great development programs, but continuing this will ensure Vital Findings stays top notch.

    Vital Findings2016-03-29
  6. Helpful (10)

    "WARNING DISASTROUS COMPANY AHEAD"

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

    I worked at Vital Findings full-time

    Pros

    Good location. Decent pay and benefits. OK work/life balance for the industry not much better than other market research companies though.

    Cons

    Ok, this company has a bad reputation if you’ve been in the industry you know and it honestly lives up to it! Stay far away even when they offer you more money, you can find better elsewhere! Dubious research methods along with other dated procedures, lack of knowledge on software. If you’re an intellectual, you’re looking in the wrong place. Don’t be deceived by their initial friendliness, the senior management...

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    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately, I think it's beyond any advice at this point.

    Vital Findings2016-03-17
  7. Helpful (1)

    "A company made up of intelligent, driven, and creative researchers striving to deliver beautiful, actionable insights."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vital Findings full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Vital Findings brings together top researchers in a collaborative and creative environment unlike any other company I’ve seen. Senior leadership is always open to suggestions from junior members and everyone’s contributions are given equal weight. Decisions are rarely made without team discussion. Vital findings is also a great place to grow one’s career because of this. Frequent and active discussion with senior team...

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    Cons

    Intense projects and many projects going at once can lead to late nights. However, dedication to projects pays off at Vital Findings.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire people that fit the Vital Findings culture so we do not lose our small company feel as we continue to grow.

    Vital Findings2013-11-21
  8. Helpful (2)

    "A Talented and Ambitious Company That Offers Amazing Opportunities to Those Motivated to Succeed"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vital Findings full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Vital Findings is a company that caters to motivated individuals. Give, and you shall undoubtedly receive, in ways that other companies would never even consider. VF offers opportunities to advance your career like no other. The company is run by a true visionary, one of the smartest and hardest-working people I've ever met. He's a guy who will stop at nothing to deliver the finest, most actionable research possible....

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    Cons

    Occasional long hours/weekend work, but other than that, I have no qualms with this company. Employees must be dedicated and hard working.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be supportive of your staff, while allowing them to exit their comfort zone

    Vital Findings2013-10-13
  9. Helpful (8)

    "Not worth your time, find something better"

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

    I worked at Vital Findings full-time

    Pros

    Gave me a sense of the industry Relaxed office environment Good location

    Cons

    Company has a bad reputation A lot of better options out there Founder takes people who don't know any better because it's their first job

    Vital Findings2013-11-05
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Exceptional Place to work - consultative, collaborative and FUN!"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vital Findings full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pros: amazing leadership, exciting projects, team atmosphere, regular parties/happy hours, personal achievement and job fulfillment. Vital Findings is an exceptional place to work. The people are amazing - each hand picked to collaborate well as a team and to be able to function well autonomously. VF does very high level, consultative research engagements with clients. Senior management makes it clear that VF doesn't...

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    Cons

    Cons: like any other excellent research firm, days on deadline can be long, Vital Findings is growing fast but is extremely selective when choosing new personnel

    Advice to Management

    As the company grows, keep the same unique culture. The skies the limit for Vital Findings!

    Vital Findings2013-06-20
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