Market Strategies International

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Updated 4 March 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  2. 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 a year)

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

    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

  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)

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (2)

    Great place to start your career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. This is not the same MSI

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    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

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

    Pros

    I liked working with MSI. My team was dedicated and really enjoyed the work. We made some long lasting relationships and did very well while we were together.

    Cons

    Sometimes it was stressful. Keeping clients happy was sometimes tough, but we managed to be able to keep most people happy.

    Advice to Management

    Do it again!!

  10. 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

  11. 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.

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