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Lieberman Research Worldwide Reviews

Updated 14 November 2017
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Lieberman Research Worldwide CEO Dave Sackman
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Pros
  • Smart people that are honestly a pleasure to work with, great location (in 14 reviews)

  • Lots of opportunity - you want something, put in the work and go for it (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • work / life balance is pretty non-existent due to intense working hours (in 19 reviews)

  • The salaries are slightly below average, and you work very long hours without extra rewards or recognition (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Ok place for first job"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Huntington Beach, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Huntington Beach, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy entry position with minimal challenges and not a ton of complexity. Young friendly staff who are helpful and fun.

    Cons

    Boring work and path that is set in stone; inability to grow quickly. A lot of paper pushing and process driven tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Allow strong candidates to be tested in more than trivial tasks and see if they can handle it


  2. "Work with the best"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lieberman Research Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will work with polite, professional, intelligent people. Management will genuinely care about you. You will eventually be rewarded if you stick it out.

    Cons

    Some people get overworked trying to be good teammates. You need strong boundaries to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward more people more often.


  3. "A good place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lieberman Research Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    LRW has a great training program and the fast-paced nature of project work ensures that you'll pick up valuable skills. Your coworkers are smart people and most teams have good culture. Virtually all of the clients are blue chip companies and LRW alumni are frequently headhunted for market research positions.

    Cons

    The pay okay but not incredible. I remember hearing from a recent hire that the president Jeff had sat down with them and told them that "you get paid in two ways - money and experience." Well that's true, but eventually you have to start paying people extra for that experience or they find someone who will

    Advice to Management

    Leaders at every level need to protect their people and champion their achievements. They need to seek out opportunities for their team members so that they grow and give them timely feedback when they are in error.
    If you want them to eagerly seek growth, guide them there. That's your responsibility.


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  5. "Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Century City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Century City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lieberman Research Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Surrounded by SMART talented people. Room for advancement. Casual work environment. Flexible Schedule. Bagel Fridays. Team outings, happy hours, parties.

    Cons

    Benefits and salaries could be better


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Burn-out Factory"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lieberman Research Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are opportunities to work on projects for high profile clients, and it can be interesting to learn about the business questions they are trying to answer. You get a lot of exposure to different research methodologies. If you are ok with sacrificing your life for a couple of years right out of college to get a lot of market research experience and exposure to interesting clients, this could be a good place for you. At junior and mid-management positions, pay is average at best, but nowhere near enough to justify the sacrifices asked of you. Pay at more senior positions (account manager and above) is better.

    Cons

    You won't have a life outside of work if you work here, that is not an exaggeration. It only gets worse the more senior you become in the company. 12+ hour days are common, working on weekends is not unusual. A large number of employees in the company are in their early to mid 20s, I would guess it might even be a majority of employees at the company. Most people start fresh out of college and burn out after a few years, only to be replaced by the next years recruit of eager college grads, most of whom will inevitably burn out and leave in a few years as well. A few will stick around and become senior management eventually. I believe top management at the company knows this and is ok with it.

    People who join the company mid-career often struggle, and many leave within a year of joining the company. This is something I have seen myself multiple times. Anecdotally, the number of people who have joined LRW at a Senior Research Manager or Research Director level and have not quit within a year or two is extremely small. I think it's because most people joining at this level have enough experience working for other companies to realize pretty quickly that the demands LRW places on them are often unreasonable.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to staff/spec out projects appropriately so that people can have some semblance of a life while working at this company. A lot of people are miserable here, and a lot of them are going to leave if you don't figure this out. I'm not holding my breath.


  7. "Overall great job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lieberman Research Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great people in a great location. You get out of it what you put into it which means you can excel quickly and move up the ranks on the research side.

    Cons

    Long hours and a "do whatever it takes" mentality can lead to burnout quickly. Client management could be stronger to avoid this.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the growth that is happening and that things will be changing. Address the issue head on and put more process into place.


  8. "Market Research Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Market Research Intern in Century City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Market Research Intern in Century City, CA (US)

    I worked at Lieberman Research Worldwide part-time

    Pros

    -Excellent structure for learning the basic tasks/responsibilities involved in project execution
    -Flexible exposure to skills and tasks that you wish to improve on

    Cons

    -Frequent scheduling of intern's time to projects outside your main business unit, which can lead to hastily explained instructions or difficulty communicating with project leads.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the practice of hiring and grooming graduate interns for work at LRW!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Research Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lieberman Research Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Good place for junior people to start in market research since they do research right

    Cons

    Overly aggressive timelines and no pushing back on the clients' demands with the expectation employees work around the clock, not an easy environment for a working parent


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No work-life balance and lack of authenticity, but at face value, excellent place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lieberman Research Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friday bagels
    Intelligent friendly people
    FUN happy hours and holiday parties (when they do have them about 3x year)
    Great training
    Lots to learn

    Cons

    Shady upper management. Never believe what you hear at the QUFFIN quarterly meetings. The big boys are trying to make a buck. Sales sales sales, clients clients clients, money money money. It's not about you. The people getting business are under immense pressure to keep finding business to keep things a float. Ultra lean budget leads to micromanaging

    Advice to Management

    Pay more, micromanage less and find a new structure


  11. "ok place to work"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lieberman Research Worldwide full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good growth environment for some

    Cons

    Provided a poor work life balance


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