Balance between analysis and project management not ideal
Senior Research Manager (Current Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – December 18, 2017
LRW will give anyone an extremely solid grounding in market research, including different methodologies and guiding principles. However, on the project side, the job becomes more of a project management role than a true research/analyst role. Over time, you will be exposed to different types of research and methodologies and learn a lot, but you will be pulled in the direction of project management, limiting how much you can really dive into what's actually interesting.
LRW is also obsessive about processes, which can be good, but it tends to be overkill and leads to timelines that feel crunched to employees but long to clients. Not a good balance. Work/life balance is also not ideal.
Pros: Ability to learn a lot, quick promotions if you earn them, casual dress code, good people, decent salary structure as you move up
Cons: Long hours, tons of project management tedium, terrible 401(k) match (and right now it's suspended), insultingly low bonus amounts for senior staff (and no real structure/justification to the bonuses, leading to a lack of motivation), a company-wide obsession with financial performance even though the benefits/motivation for middle management are essentially non-existent, dated office space