Market Strategies International

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Market Strategies International Reviews

Updated 20 November 2014
Updated 20 November 2014
32 Reviews
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32 Reviews
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  1.  

    Leadership

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    Generally run by acceptable business ethics.

    Cons

    Corporate leadership is very weak and ego driven. Revenues have declined and they continue to look for people to blame or businesses to buy to prop things up. Formation of Qual business and purchase of Cogent have been failures. Junior and mid-level staff have borne the brunt of the hubris of the company (mis)managers. After several attempts over the past few years it would not be surprising if VSS sold them off

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I love it here.

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

    I have been working at Market Strategies International part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is super nice and the job is fun, it has very flexible hours and right now is offering full time hours! I think that everyone should give it a go! You won't regret it one bit. People are very considerate and it does offer room to grow... pay raise after 90 days = 75 cents.

    Cons

    Pay starts out at 8 bucks an hour wish it was better compensation. I dont see this as being bad as it weeds out the baddies:)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Descent pat-time job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    fast-paced, independent, and well organized

    Cons

    my main issue was that it is part-time

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  5.  

    Solid experience but little potential to grow within company.

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Livonia, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Livonia, MI (US)

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, ability to take on new tasks and responsibility to gain a variety of experiences, ability to work from home, good location and nice work spaces.

    Cons

    Inability to grow within company unless there is a position open to apply for (difficult for certain career paths), top heavy, little direction from upper management, underpaid workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the good employees and reward them while they are still around. Many have already left so it's probably too late now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Ok first job

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    Former Employee - Interviewer in Nashville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Interviewer in Nashville, TN (US)

    I worked at Market Strategies International part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good part time hours for people who just need a second job. Good money and hours for maybe a high school student someone who doesn't have any bills.

    Cons

    Pretty strict environment. If you are use to have a free flowing dialect with customers this is not the position for you. You can be written up for not reading verbatim and answering customers questions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nothing interesting about this company

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    Current Employee - Market Research in Livonia, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Market Research in Livonia, MI (US)

    I have been working at Market Strategies International full-time

    Pros

    Depending on the manager, you can work from home some days. That is pretty much it.

    Cons

    Highly political environment and promotions are based on friends promoting friends model so plenty of unqualified managers who don't know how to manage and can barely use basic MR tools such as SPSS. Managers are self serving and "add value" by escalating issues so it is a CYA type of culture. If you aren't in a sales role, you don't count even though you are expected to work 60 hours a week. There is no training for staff unless you are in Sales ("Client Manager"). Constant turnover and layoffs creating heavy workloads for those remaining. Company likes to hire people straight out of school but no real, meaningful training so lots of issues and stress. Would only recommend this firm to someone who is laid off. This isn't a place to join if you are looking for career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of placing pressure on the "doers" you really need to start looking at those who are in leadership IG roles not delivering what they have promised.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Consider investing in analysts and research managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Maxed out on growth, battered by churn

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    Former Employee - Lead Analyst in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Analyst in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at Market Strategies International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people and opportunities to work with major clients. Casual dress code and reasonable work from home policies.

    Cons

    Just fired their third C-level (counting MSQ among these) person in a year hoping to re-org their way out of stagnated growth. Major shifts in HR since 2012 created big disruptions but I'm sure this recent re-org will fix everything,

    Oh and benefits are pitiful. No retirement match, no annual bonuses paid in the last 4 years.
    On the spot bonuses of $50 to $500 take 4 month to process.
    Vacation time is accrued even though time off summary treats it as a lump allocation which can cause confusion.
    C-level staff gets more than double the vacation time of the average cubicle dweller.
    If you don't sell, you don't matter.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former employee horrible atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Market Strategies International

    Pros

    Free coffee in the break room

    Cons

    Full time admin staff seems to have the kick the cat syndrome. They leave their interviewers in the hands of incompetent lower managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal with issues within the call center instead of hiding in your office.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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