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Updated 29 January 2015
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  1. Okay part-time gig

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    Current Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Nashville, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Nashville, TN (US)

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible shifts available with the option to choose the times you come in and leave (note that if you change your schedule, you must work that schedule for at least 30 days before changing it again if you need to; Provides paid training; positive work culture with fun supervisors (some) and co-workers; while a part-time position, they offer the ability to come in and work hours you are not scheduled for based on client needs and hours available; Promotion opportunities made available; Open door policy with all management

    Cons

    Low pay ($8, which goes to $8.75 after completing the 90 day probation period and .75 cent raises available after each year); Trainers/Supervisors not all trained to be or qualified to be in management and leadership positions; paid training provided but the curriculum contains many flaws; not allowed to use cell phone in down time (between calls as its an automated system that dials the numbers for you but has 1 to 2 minute delays between calls/ you can doodle and work in crossword puzzle/Sudoku books but cant read from actual books in between calls, which I find strange because I'm a big reader.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for employees to submit their comments and suggestions (anonymously if needed) and follow through with the suggestions; further develop the training curriculum so that it's not so dull and more interactive instead of requiring us to read the manuals from cover to cover

  2. Frustrating -- no paths available

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's pretty flexible in terms of when you can work. Nobody is looking over your shoulder. Also, the vacation benefit is good. Depending on your manager, you can also have more agency to do what you want to do in your area of interest.

    Cons

    There is no commitment to helping employees progress along a path towards their desired career path. The whole philosophy is for you to optimize your current position. Talent is bought not developed. Do develop your own talent, you have to go rogue and do it under the radar.

    Advice to Management

    Take off your blinders to see the talent you have right under your noses and stop buying high level executive 'talent' who then prove to not be talented enough to aid your business.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Good place to learn about quantitative research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High standards for primary research. People with good experience who are willing to mentor

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. All other functions except business development is under valued. Flattery provides faster career advancement than job skills

    Advice to Management

    Consider investing in analysts and research managers.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great place to start your career.

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    Former Employee - User Support in Livonia, MI (US)
    Former Employee - User Support in Livonia, MI (US)

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place for anyone starting out, especially if you're interested in a career in research. There is much experience to be gained and many of the people are intelligent, hard working, and kind. I will admit that Market Strategies unlike many companies of it's size provides a sense of camaraderie amongst its employees.

    Cons

    Compensation and personal growth varies depending on position/department. While some departments offer guaranteed upward movement in as little as one or two years, it may be common for others to have employees with 6+ years of experience with zero career momentum. The largest complaint is the decrease in moral due to the steady increase in work load, in relation to the steady decrease in raises.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage communication and listen to what your employee's are telling you.

  6. Promising company; needs to pay attention to non-management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people in the Portland office but the Livonia office is highly corporate and very stuffy. Decent work life balance. Occasional training. Some managers are flexible with work at home and flex time.

    Cons

    No good / clear career paths. Lower than average industry pay. Very cut-throat environment; not at all collaborative. Very top heavy (upper management/vps) which leads to a great workload on analysts.

    Advice to Management

    Being top heavy hurts the organization. Need to recognize people for their work and make the company a much more collaborative environment which will promote greater teamwork and more innovation. Listen to your analysts, they are in the trenches everyday and have the 'spark' to take the company further.

  7. Expanded Insights.

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    Current Employee - Telephone Research Interviewer in North Little Rock, AR (US)
    Current Employee - Telephone Research Interviewer in North Little Rock, AR (US)

    I have been working at Market Strategies International part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work force at MSI actually represents a dynamic portion of a transitional society.

    Cons

    Market Strategies can and does possess the capability of having a dynamic work force that can further accommodate eligible employees to home-based and/or virtual offices; therefore, I believe a cost versus benefit analysis should be seriously researched.

    Advice to Management

    During down times, a well-organized face-to-face meeting to communicate employee and management concerns would be a valuable asset to achieving the company's short and long term goals.

  8. It is very monotonous and there is no motivation.

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    Current Employee - Surveyor in North Little Rock, AR (US)
    Current Employee - Surveyor in North Little Rock, AR (US)

    I have been working at Market Strategies International part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    No physical strain
    Can work extra hours

    Cons

    Sitting for long periods of time
    Very monotonous
    Place is not appealing
    Advancement through favoritism
    At the end of the month there is not enough work for everyone. Many are sent home very early
    Unsteady pay when it comes to the end of the month

    Advice to Management

    Give more motivation to employees
    Pay more attention to those who really do work

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great people, poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI (US)

    I worked at Market Strategies International

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They tend to hire very knowledgeable people, some have extensive industry experience.

    Cons

    Smart people don't always make good managers. Overall, company lacks quality staff managers; no consistent systems to develop employee talent across the company; no clear career path for employees.

  10. Good old boy network of who you know rather than what yo know

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Market Strategies International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They start with 3 weeks of vacation which is uncommon for full-time jobs.
    All employees are allowed to work from home once a week.

    Cons

    Low salaries for tech people. Promote only those that are friends with the bosses.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of VPs and spend the money on low level positions that actually get the work done. Do we really need 30 VPs for the turnover we have?

  11. good company for family person

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I have been working at Market Strategies International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    liberal, work and life balance, full of opportunity internally

    Cons

    flexible, lack of centralized power to control oversea business

    Advice to Management

    be stronger to manage global business

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