Focus Group by Schlesinger Reviews and Features

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Focus Group by Schlesinger

101 Wood Avenue South, Iselin, New Jersey  08830 US
Tel: +1 (855) 244-0886   Contact: [email protected]
Operated by: Sago


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On June 15, 2020, merged into the Inspired Opinions panel and re-named itself as Focus Group by Schlesinger. member account information and balances were transferred over to the new platform.

Focus Group by Schlesinger, is a Schlesinger Group online community. It is comprised of people like you who are interested in sharing their opinions and views on a variety of topics to help influence the development of technology, food, healthcare and much more.

Members of Focus Group by Schlesinger participate in research studies in a variety of ways:

  • In person at one of their 16 offices across the USA
  • On the telephone
  • Online from a computer anywhere in the world

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Focus Group by Schlesinger Surveys

Focus Group by Schlesinger invites you to get rewarded for sharing your opinions. Join today to begin receiving invitations for upcoming studies.

Variety of Interesting Topics

Not only does Focus Group by Schlesinger offer many research types, they also provide a variety of studies on completely different industries which include: consumer, business and medical topics.

Plenty of Reward Options

The compensation provided varies from project to project, and is paid out either via pre-paid Visa card, check, gift card, or cash. Payment for research can vary from $75-$150. Most groups and interviews take less than 2 hours to complete.

  • In-Person Rewards: Rewards for in-person marketing research projects are typically given to participants via prepaid Visa card or check, at the end of the session.
  • Telephone Interviews: these are rewarded with pre-paid Visa cards and usually take 6-8 weeks to arrive. Note, however, that some studies take a few weeks to complete and the incentive payment processing will take place only after the study has closed.
  • Online Rewards: Online surveys are rewarded with "Focus Group Reward Points" which are racked up in your member account. The average survey pays between 100 and 1000 points, which translates to $1 to $10. Panel members can cash out once they reach 1000 points. Points are rewarded in gift cards and members can choose between physical and virtual cards. Virtual cards can be used immediately whereas physical cards are mailed within 7 to 10 business days. Accumulated balances may be withdrawn by the participant once the account balance reaches 1000 points.
  • In-Depth Online Research: Rewards are similar to "in-person" rewards and can come in a pre-paid Visa card. Once the study is complete, expect rewards to arrive within 6-8 weeks.

Community Features

4 Steps of Eligibility:

To participate in a research study with Focus Group by Schlesinger, you must pass 4 stages of screening:

  • Step 1 - Eligibility: Short screening survey determining what products and services you are familiar with. If the answers you provide fit into a group that is needed then you will move on to the next phase.
  • Step 2 - Verification: In this phase, you will speak with a Focus Group by Schlesinger representative who will confirm that the answers you have given are correct. There may be other additional questions asked in this phase.
  • Step 3 - Confirmation: Focus Group by Schlesinger will work to identify who the best candidates for a study will be. If you are chosen as a participant you will receive a confirmation email.
  • Step 4 - Participation: A location will be set and you will be asked to share your insights and experience.

Eligibility: United States residents only.

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Focus Group by Schlesinger Reviews (72)

5 Star Reviews (11) 15.3
4 Star Reviews (4) 5.6
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Non Payment and surveys take too long.

May 27, 2024 by Barry from United States

Allows you to completely finish a survey and then informs you that you are not qualified.
I have had several instances of doing online surveys in full only to be informed at the very end That I did not qualify. They are just trying to get information for free.
If I 'don't qualify' they should inform me at the beginning not at the very end.

Also many of their surveys take two or three times longer than promised. They have to know they are lying about their estimated time.

Time Thieves

April 16, 2024 by Christy from United States

This company has endlessly sent offers over the last 3 months for supposed "paid studies" then says I don't qualify every time, but only AFTER asking the actual survey questions (so basically taking my information & specific survey answers for free). Absolutely infuriating and shameful to take advantage of people like this.

As of 2024, this company now takes 20+ days to pay upon request

February 11, 2024 by Curt from United States


After completing several studies and surveys, at the end of 2023, and start of 2024, I have yet to be compensate upon request, in anything less than 20 days from the day I made the request.

When reaching out to customer service, I receive the same form message every time: "rewards may be delayed longer than normal during busy times." Well, considering every single reward I request leads to a 20+ day wait, that leads me to believe that's standard for this company at this point.

Additionally, I'm requesting virtual cards, not physical cards. No other company takes anywhere near as long to pay as this company, and frankly, I find it insulting at this point.

After I receive my last rewards, I don't think I will continue to participate in research with this company because they clearly don't respect me or anyone else who participates.

I've completed numerous high paying surveys, focus groups, and interviews with this company, over the past 3 years. During that time, I've always been compensated. However, payment times vary wildly, and occasionally, I have to follow up 1 or more times.


1. Lower paying surveys through their site, are usually credited within days.

2. Higher paying surveys through their site often take several weeks to be credited.

3. Many screeners for interviews/focus groups/projects are very lengthy.

4. Even if you're called for an interview/focus group/project, that doesn't not necessarily mean you've been selected to participate. Until you've actually received a confirmation email with directions, and a request to confirm your participation, you haven't yet been chosen to participate.

5. After you've participated in any interview/focus group/project, expect a lengthy wait to be send your gift card(usually Visa/Mastercard debit). I've waited as little as 10 days, and as many as 60+ days to be paid.

While the pay is often very good, the exceedingly lengthy wait to be compensated, is quite frustrating. I'm fortunate not to need the money from side gigs like this, but when I give of my time, I expect to be compensated in a reasonable amount of time. So, waiting several weeks or more is often very annoying.

When I've inquired about the slow times for compensation, I'm told it has to due with when studies are closed. However, this is the only company I've ever completed tasks with that pays this slowly.

6. Regardless of what you complete, keep all your emails. If you haven't been paid in several weeks, be sure to follow up.

Over the last 3 years, there's been a handful of times I've had to contact project leads to finally be compensated.

Bottom line:

- Many of the longer surveys pay quite well, and are very interesting.

- Most interviews/focus groups/projects pay very well, and often involve really fascinating topics.

- Compensation is very slow to be credited or mailed. If you're participating because you need the money, I'd suggest you look elsewhere because compensation times vary wildly, and are always lengthy in wait times.

- This company has ALWAYS eventually paid me.


February 2, 2024 by archie from United States

Do surveys and get nothing back. Their site says up to 20 days to receive your incentive. You will never get anything from them! Dont go here if you want your incentive. Dont believe me, waste your time and see. Please, their customer service doesnt exist, they will not contact you back. Dont bother!

Rarely a good option

January 20, 2024 by Jesse from United States

Occasionally you qualify for a worthwhile survey, but you likely won't see that money for quite some time. Their arcane payment structure and customer support system essentially tells surveyors SAGO couldn't care less when people get paid for their surveys.