I worked at World Research Group full-time
As the only IT Specialist, i was allowed to make the necessary decision to solve issues. The office is pretty small and the staff are friendly.
The constant communication HQ, located in Boston, can be a hassle if a major decision needs to be made.
I worked at World Research Group full-time (Less than a year)
Entry level co-workers were awesome.
No work life balance. No proper training.
The location - right around the corner from Bryant Park. The lower-level workers - very nice new graduates looking to start their careers.
Lack of respect from management Lack of proper training to do the job well The roach infested office NO work-life balance Cold-calling all day (although cold-calling was only supposed to take up 2 hours/30 calls in the job description) Management will not bother to listen to you suggestions and instead rely on antiquated methods of "getting the job done" (if the job gets done at all). The incredibly high level of turn over The lack of job security It's just not a healthy place to work.
Advice to Management
Please come up with a better training method for your new hires.
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Although I would not recommend joining this company, one of the best reasons to work for World Research Group is the office location which is central and close to many mass transit hubs. The office is also very close to Bryant Park and the New York Public library which is pleasant and convenient. Another potential benefit of working for World Research Group is that the company is very unstructured so you can essentially choose your own title depending on what you think will sound most impressive to clients. While most employers will see right through this, the title may look good on a resume while in search for another position.
The following is a breakdown of the most notable downsides of working at World Research Group: RESPECT: None. Management is extremely rude and completely unwilling to consider new ideas (even though the company is in desperate need of change and modernization). Employees are made to feel completely incompetent because most are new to the workforce and/or industry due to excessive turnover. PAY: Base salary is on the low end but your hiring manager will assure you that total compensation will be much higher with the "profit share" received for each conference you produce. Do not count on this. A vast majority of employees have been either forced to quit or conveniently fired before their bonus pay date. JOB SECURITY: As stated multiple times in this review, employee turnover is outrageous at WRG. Also, describing the company as financially unstable is a definite understatement. Most of the turnover is not voluntary making job security a very substantial issue which is not being addressed properly. WORK/LIFE BALANCE: Management watches staff like hawks. Required hours are 8:30-5:30 but a large majority of the office regularly stays well past 5:30. Staying late and working to the point of exhaustion and burnout seems to be praised by “management,” revealing that they are completely out-of-touch with the correct and most efficient way of running a healthy, sustainable business through a happy workforce. CAREER POTENTIAL/GROWTH: Do not expect to grow within this company. Promotions are extremely rare and usually given only to those who threaten to leave the company. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The WRG office space is absolutely disgusting. Do not expect any type of office luxuries or perks if you decide to join us (not even a water cooler!). There are a few windows on each end of the “railroad-style” office but all other spaces are like dungeons. Most furnishings are decades old and frequent visits from the exterminator are necessary.
Advice to Management
Leadership does not invest the proper amount of time to train emplyees which creates an ever-present sense of confusion permeating throughout the office. Although the company has been in business for over 10 years, no concrete structure has been put in place due to the constant turnover. There are no job descriptions or organizational charts and only a makeshift training manual to learn from on your own. The company's president keeps scheduling pointless "trainings" to make it seem like they are investing in their employees but the majority of these sessions are not sufficiently prepared which makes them a complete waste of time for everyone involved.
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