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43 English questions out of 43

9 March 2021

Does YouGov pay for a gym membership?

Pros

The colleagues are exceptional, and the social atmosphere in the office is great. Like honestly, sometimes all the bad can be ignored for the friends you can make in this company.

Cons

The company doesn't care. They will work you until you have a nervous breakdown, try to blame you for it, and expect everyone to be fine. They also had this one guy who only got asked to leave after MULTIPLE sexual misconduct instances... it's that kind of company. They have a painful "the client is always right" approach which will make you deal with some Dbag people and have to treat them like royalty. They won't care if you're too busy you will have to do additional work and they claim that they will listen to any issues, but the only things that change are those that make the company more money you really don't matter to them here. The company has provided little to no practical assistance through the lockdown. HiiT classes and yoga are useless when you have no space in your flat and can't take the time because you're being forced to stay late and work harder than literally all the managers. I honestly don't know a single colleague who is happy here who doesn't have management responsibilities and even then it's a mixed bag. The staff turnover is appalling. People don't leave retail at the rate they leave this place. The staff leaving are not being replaced. They have so many smart, intelligent, skilled and experienced workers leaving because the company treats them bad, then hires fresh faced grads to do their work who are too scared to complain even tho they are miserable. It is a bad system, and I can't see it being able to sustain itself personally, but I'm no business analyst. Mostly though, it's just going to make your life harder. There used to be great benefits, like the bonus and the parties, the monthly drinks as well as gym membership, but they literally dropped all that the second they could and haven't spent a penny since. They even got some of the researchers to start doing social stuff, which they were all waaaay too busy to make good. They literally asked the worker bees to do all their usual stuff plus do HR's job for no extra money. That is how cheap they are. Don't even get me started on the CEO's expenses. Man is a joke.

Advice to Management

Treat your staff like people who want to work, give them a break, give them rewards for doing their thankless job, and try to retain your skilled staff plz

There used to be great benefits, like the bonus and the parties, the monthly drinks as well as gym membership, but they literally dropped all that the second they could and haven't spent a penny since.

9 March 2021

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6 January 2021

Does YouGov offer unlimited holiday?

Pros

Good benefits and holiday time

Cons

Established company that still seems to have consistent growing pains

Good benefits and holiday time

6 January 2021

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19 November 2021

Does YouGov offer disability insurance?

Pros

The people below senior management still make the company. Generally collaborative and willing to do what's needed to get the job done. Very open to work from home opportunities. Great history of growth financially.

Cons

Lack of recognition for lots of departments, with all structure and focus on sales and research, and even then only for select few whose power and pay increase exponentially with faux c-suite titles whilst those that do the work are left to get on with it. Management focus is on cost cutting, with increasing numbers of roles being offshored with no actual analysis on the benefits or impacts. Quality is suffering as a result, putting more pressure on existing staff. Company promotes great financial results to the market and on all staff calls, but then gives staff below cost of living increases and leaves managers to handle the fallout. New initiatives around diversity and inclusion are reactionary and ultimately lip service, with few in the company beyond the chosen few actually thinking anything meaningful will happen. HR team change every 18 months max, and always before much vaunted details on benchmarking or leveling programs are announced, yet the company always insists pay is competitive and market level. New companies bought, often from close contacts of senior managers, lauded as game changing, they are then shoe horned in and staff are expected to make a success of them despite rarely offering what management believe they do, failure is then judged on the existing staff for not making them work. Focus can switch very quickly to a new idea, however with a lack of planning this typically means existing products are left unfinished, and valuable resource is taken away to build and support something that rarely actually delivers any long term benefit.

Advice to Management

Expand the pool who make the decisions - lots of committees of the same 'trusted' people, ignoring others who actually know the areas better. It looks like they are designed to rubber stamp the ideas of the select few and CEO, not actually seek new ideas. Look at the disconnect between staff and senior management. The gulf is huge, and the attitude on the few occasions things have been challenged is at best dismissive or worst confrontational. Manage the messaging to the staff, like the annual pay conversation. Telling staff what a great year the company has had, and how you've increased the share dividend doesn't sit well with staff when you are giving them effective pay cuts.

Focus can switch very quickly to a new idea, however with a lack of planning this typically means existing products are left unfinished, and valuable resource is taken away to build and support something that rarely actually delivers any long term benefit.

19 November 2021

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29 March 2021

Does YouGov offer massages?

Pros

Events often organised by social team committee that you can get involved with, also Friday morning free breakfast for the whole team Office is modern and well located Great team spirit

Cons

Quickly learnt it was more of a back-office intern role, being given jobs that were mundane, repetitive with no scope for learning. General management was distant, unapproachable and totally uninterested if there were any employee concerns that needed to be addressed - contributing to a more concerning level of employee turnover At the end of the year only a lesser paid junior role was offered

Events often organised by social team committee that you can get involved with, also Friday morning free breakfast for the whole team

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13 February 2021

Does YouGov offer parental leave?

Pros

Most of the staff are the nicest people you will ever meet. Very sociable and enjoyable to be around in the office.

Cons

The work never ends and it leads to complete burnout and utter dissatisfaction with every day you go in. There is no consideration for development (no internal run courses and every external course is denied) or your wellbeing. The team leaders only care about profit and will delegate all the work to the juniors. There's no room for errors, no saying no to clients, and absolutely no consideration for how many projects someone is currently working on. It's also an incredibly sexist company. Both in the way I was personally managed and in the way the company treats senior female staff - in short there are none and its common knowledge if you are to go on maternity leave, your job will not be there when you return. There is both a gender and race pay gap that is, again, open knowledge. Employees are fired without support or driven out with a focus on completely isolating them from their team and work. Management do not communicate openly enough about serious matters and Stephan Shakespeare himself has often made remarks that he simply does not care about certain teams in the company during company events. Every big change is overpromised and underdelivered. They have been promising a pay review for three years now but unfortunately they keep firing the HR team before they get chance to publish it so there still hasn't been any sign that's coming soon. If you want to watch a team of (mainly) white men who have never taken a management training course in their life manage to completely mess up almost everything they try to do then you'll have a great time. If you're looking for some kind of career development that is reliant on you bringing home a competitive salary or any kind of perks and benefits, I would give this place a miss. This company does not and will not ever care about you. Looking back, I have gained a lot of skills in how not to run a company, encourage your employees, and make a decent working environment. But I'm not sure those learnings are worth it.

Advice to Management

I'm not sure how many staff surveys, glassdoor reviews, and people leaving it will take until you understand people aren't happy there but hopefully the message is starting to sink in. You are not paying these people what they deserve or treating them with the same care and attention that that are putting into the work you are profiting off. You need to consider how long this high turnover can continue because soon there won't be any market researchers left to exploit.

in short there are none and its common knowledge if you are to go on maternity leave, your job will not be there when you return.

13 February 2021

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