Kantar (Worldpanel Division) Employee Reviews about "senior management"

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  • "A good work life balance is actively encouraged by the business(in 29 reviews)

  • "Great people, open minded and supportive(in 28 reviews)

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  • "Senior management involved in high level politics (affects promotions and increments)(in 20 reviews)

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    1. Kantar - Worldpanel Division (UK&IRE) | Division of Kantar (Worldpanel Division)
      5.0
      Current Employee

      A hugely successful company that cares about it's employees

      Jun 16, 2016 - Business Unit Director in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very comprehensive training/support programmes from Graduates right up to Directors - this is particularly beneficial for high performers who can be placed on 'fast track' programmes. A strong management team which has real ambition and vision- evidenced by the continued fast growth & success of the company over the last 10 years. A real feeling that the company values its employees and is prepared to invest in them to further their potential. Great opportunities to work around the world (whether temporarily or permanently) A great product that everyone believes in - a constant focus on quality and being the best helps drive employee belief in what they are doing. Very open senior management -approachable and prepared to listen and take on board feedback.

      Cons

      HR/management constantly coming up with new inventive ways to drive down/disguise wage deflation at a junior level. The benefits are very strong, but they don't pay London rents, and in the end that's what matters to employees starting their career. Kantar performance can often adversely impact the workings with KWP, regardless of KWP business performance e.g hiring freezes, travel bans.

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    2. Kantar - Worldpanel Division (UK&IRE) | Division of Kantar (Worldpanel Division)
      4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Place to Develop

      Oct 17, 2019 - Business Development Executive in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Incredible amount of training, learning and development opportunities Given lots of responsibility early on Real team spirit in the New Biz team (this is when I was there, I have heard that this may be different under current management) Opportunity to develop presentation and pitch skills to high value accounts The people are great, you will make friends for life

      Cons

      Senior management aren’t transparent Over promised on new company capabilities to the board and then took everyone’s bonuses away When I was there the target was yearly and if you didn’t hit you didn’t get any commission Very old school In Hanger Lane..... nothing there

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      Kantar (Worldpanel Division) Response

      Media Communications Manager

      Thanks so much for your review - really appreciate you giving the time. We'll take your comments on board.

    3. Kantar - Worldpanel Division (UK&IRE) | Division of Kantar (Worldpanel Division)
      3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Meh.

      Oct 12, 2019 - Senior Executive in Wembley, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Exposure to FMCG * Exposure to senior stakeholders early on * Given high degree of freedome and responsibility (if you want it) * Encouraged to take charge of your own development and learning

      Cons

      * Low salary for London based roles * No transparency regarding wage expectations for other roles - "competetive" is all you get... * Senior management disconnected from their teams' staff * High focus on "soft" skills - don't seem to value subject matter experts and technical expertise * Hanger Lane doesn't really have much in the way of places to see

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      Media Communications Manager

      Thanks for your review - there's lots to think about in there. I've passed on to our management team to consider.

    4. Kantar - Worldpanel Division (UK&IRE) | Division of Kantar (Worldpanel Division)
      1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      One thing said private, opposite said public

      Jul 12, 2019 - Head of Panel Communications in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Close to a bus stop

      Cons

      Very Senior Management push blame to their line reports when unable to handle political issues themselves.

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    5. Kantar - Worldpanel Division (UK&IRE) | Division of Kantar (Worldpanel Division)
      4.0
      Former Employee

      Great culture

      Nov 14, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in London, England
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      Pros

      Very social, great training scheme, high level of responsibility at a junior level. Hard working people dedicated to high standards of client servicing.

      Cons

      High churn of employees meant gaps in team that were not quickly filled. Poor bonus scheme compared to contemporaries. Senior management often not transparent with company/team changes wh8ch could be frustrating.

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    6. Kantar - Worldpanel Division (UK&IRE) | Division of Kantar (Worldpanel Division)
      3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great experience but role not for me

      Sep 22, 2017 - Category Analyst in London, England
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      Pros

      Overall company culture eg free fruit, breakfast on Fridays, free socials ect Given a lot of responsibility early on Knowledge sharing sessions- always opportunity to learn about something new Tim Kidd is a good leader - really friendly Colorful office and friendly atmosphere, agile working so you're not on your own when not many people are in didn't feel like I had to work late, although I was one of the only people who left on time

      Cons

      The role was also a lot more sales orientated than I expected, which is something I had 0 interest in Also got the impression that career progression depended on if senior management liked you as oppose to your actual work low salary and also rubbish location - paying london rent but not really experiencing it. however both of these factors you are aware of when applying so can't really complain although the job title is category analyst, I found the work not very analytical and too easy - think it should have a title more representative of the role people are put into managerial roles at a young age with no previous experience - not everyone is meant to be a manager The role wasn't right for me and I needed a more technical role, however my move to the more technical department was discouraged despite it being the best for me, resulting in my departure

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    7. Kantar - Worldpanel Division (UK&IRE) | Division of Kantar (Worldpanel Division)
      4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to start your career

      Feb 26, 2017 - Panel Quality Graduate in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good work life balance, given responsibility early on, senior management is approachable

      Cons

      Uncompetitive wage compared to other London based jobs. Tedious office politics

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    8. Kantar - Worldpanel Division (UK&IRE) | Division of Kantar (Worldpanel Division)
      3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to start and develop your career

      Sep 28, 2016 - Consumer Insight Director in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people are really friendly as is senior management. The MD sets a great tone and is one of the most approachable people in the business and you can tell he is genuine. Good training as a graduate and a clear mapped out development path. Industry leader in panel insights in FMCG so you'll be working with some top clients. The office environment is easy going and there's a strong identity. Commercially the business does well and looks set to continue in this fashion in the foreseeable future. There are some really great managers in the business and the FMCG products are as good as it gets in the continuous panel arena. Solid company benefits available once at a certain level. Training is really good, so you'll leave Worldpanel with some great sought after skills. Overall, you won't come across many companies like this one.

      Cons

      The office location isn't ideal. The pay scales need revamping. Pay bands are very much below the market average and the gap grows the further up the food chain you go. Pay is also inconsistent across teams and there's no clear guidance on what you can expect at each level. Movement to other Kantar agencies isn't really promoted as much as it should and movements to other teams within the company is promoted at the corporate level but still yet to be fluid as you'd like to see. Beyond the graduate academy set up, individual career development is more of an after thought for the business. Senior management not measured on staff development. Many managers are more than happy to lose good people as there is little appetite to retain someone in the wider business if they have outgrown their immediate role. Many roles are advertised but often it's already been decided who will get that role. If your business unit is growing and the unit leader likes you, your growth could be accommodated. If that's not the case, then you may struggle and a large part of this depends on luck as to which business unit you end up in or start in. Company perks are largely focussed around funding social nights out or free drinks but it is a poor long term incentive and feels very much like a cheap alternative to a real rewards structure as the novelty wears off after a few years of this. The graduate pay is pretty bad to begin with as well compared to London rates. Very hard to get up and running if you're coming to London and this is your first job. Many senior managers have gained management responsibilities through tenure and their own rises through the company and some are ill equipped to actually manage well. There are many great managers but it's open to luck. Business has tried to address this but the main focus is on the commercials, so things like this often take a back seat. Strong sentiment of secrecy creeping in. Elements of cliques coming in at high levels in the business where things are decided in an opaque manner and then communicated to the rest of the business. If you're in that crowd you'll do well but if you're not then you may find your career hits a ceiling. Office has a great atmosphere but at times it lacks a professional environment. Lots of office politics and gossip and 'inappropriate' behaviour between colleagues on a work night out is pretty much the norm, from very senior staff too, which I think sets a bad example and can create conflicts of interests if senior members engage in such behaviours with more junior staff. The company offers some good benefits but certain key elements only kick in at a certain level. For example the bonus scheme only applies to client managers and above with the same being true for health insurance, which will leave you feeling undervalued at certain levels. Kantar, part of WPP, the overarching brand in which Worldpanel sits has largely left it alone to operate as it has done but that is beginning to change, some of it for the good but in reality this can often have day to day implications on hiring policy, pay rises, promotion frameworks, equitable appraisals and incentive & bonus schemes. In terms of developing the product, the ideas coming out are good but are implemented at a very slow pace. Operationally the business is moving in a cost cutting direction or looking for 'efficiencies' and resource for developing products is always under severe strain. Other agencies are more driven in the pace at which they move.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    9. Kantar - Worldpanel Division (UK&IRE) | Division of Kantar (Worldpanel Division)
      4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      As good as it was?

      Sep 19, 2016 - Senior Director in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      1. There are a lot of great people 2. Client list is a who's who of food and drink in the UK 3. Early exposure to clients and responsibility 4. If you're good you can progress very quickly 5. A very sociable company

      Cons

      1. More aggressive senior management which will in time change the company culture 2. Pay is low versus the industry average 3. Location is awful 3. Dropped out of Times Top 100

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      6 people found this review helpful
    10. Kantar - Worldpanel Division (UK&IRE) | Division of Kantar (Worldpanel Division)
      2.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      A former employee engagement power house. Not anymore.

      Dec 21, 2015 - Anonymous in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people at KWP are excellent. Many have been with the company for years - decades in some cases. There's such a huge, rich, deep knowledge base and there's a wide-ranging culture of mutual respect in most areas. The work can be interesting and varied. Team spirit is strong and supportive. Despite now being part of an enormous global organisation, the people in KWP UK really do go the extra mile to pull together and work like a family. The product sold is the best in the industry. The company and its products are something to be immensely proud of. Clients hold the company in very high regard, and rightly so.

      Cons

      Over the past year or so, engagement began to be eroded. A culture of fear and uncertainty is growing from many changes being applied and some changes that seem to be being implied. The senior management team of the Operations division is becoming considerably disconnected from the people and the processes. The 'we're all in it together' approach is being replaced with a management group pretty much divorced from the reality of the day-to-day. There's a constant expectation of more, with little offered or given in return. Turnover of staff is on the increase. Long-standing as well as newly-hired individuals are leaving, actively looking for work or considering looking elsewhere. Many people had their bonuses cut mid-year. Internal people appear to be being overlooked for promotions and new roles. New pay-for-performance changes look like they'll further exacerbate the two-tier approach to managing the division. Next year, proposals include increasing the base hours and cutting company pension contributions.

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      8 people found this review helpful
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