Argus Information & Advisory Services
3.0 of 5 44 reviews
www.argusinformation.com White Plains, NY

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Updated Jun 21, 2014
Argus Information & Advisory Services – White Plains – “Argus Information Services”

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Michael Heller

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Okay... but extremely repetitive and boring.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDepending on the team you are on, you commit to work on the same level as the full time employees.

    ConsThere are times when interns don't get paid b/c time cards weren't approved or the finance dept. didn't put it through.

    For a company that makes a good amount of money, they barely invest into upgrading their technology. The computers and servers are all outdated and extremely slow.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFun people who are outgoing. Many young people who are fun.

    ConsCertain managers are nasty and many employees are expected to work long hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImplement a plan for employees to have a better work/life balance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Argus' work culture leaves a lot to be desired

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
    White Plains, NY

    ProsYou get to say you work as a consultant (although its somewhat misleading). There is room for rapid advancement and the ability to take on responsibility of managing a team a little bit more quickly than at other places.

    ConsArgus has a work culture that is very unkind to its employees. They treat new analysts without respect and do not 'trust' them with internet access until you become a manager which is 2-3 years out. As others have mentioned, employees are treated like replaceable factory line workers and doesn't really show any appreciation for their hard work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart respecting your employees and care about their professional growth. After about 6 months, the learning curve falls off and analysts do not continue to develop useful skills. At this point employees are seen as commodities. It is very unfortunate that analysts (and senior analysts) are not allowed internet access in order to squeeze every ounce of productivity out of them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior management is desperately in need of improvements

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    White Plains, NY

    ProsA. Great peers and co-workers
    B. Fair salary
    C. Projects resulting and involving great understanding of credit card industry and data management
    D. Fast-paced environment

    ConsA. Senior management (I cant think of any exceptions) shows no respect for juniors and other team members
    B. Senior management does no planning whatsoever. Due to a non-existence of planning, you are constantly managing "fire-drills" or emergency situations and playing catch-up
    C. Senior management desperately needs management training (especially people management skills and retention skills)
    D. Most of the senior management micro-manages to the core (There are a few exceptions)
    E. Senior management does not have trust in their people

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease realize and believe "People are very critical to your success and they are your real strength"

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    Lots of opportunity because everyone leaves

    (Current Employee)
    White Plains, NY

    Pros-Fast environment
    -Lots of exposure to high-level and mid-level executives
    -Lots of opportunity to move up quickly since most people don't stay for very long

    Cons-Upper management has a hard time connecting with staff
    -Huge representational risks since not all relevant problems are communicated
    -HR department is clueless and is not an advocate for the employee
    -High turn over so you have a lot of young managers that are only experienced with Argus. Managers have very little experience in managing/growing people
    -Expect to work min of 50+ hr weeks
    -Management is interested in growing the company as fast as it can in order to sell the company off and cash out

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good "Only" if you want to be in the Credit Card Industry. IF you don't, then just avoid it like the plague

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
    White Plains, NY

    ProsIf you are smart and get the job done, you get promoted
    You learn a lot about the Credit Card industry
    Company supports H1B visa
    Generally smart/hard working people at entry/mid level

    ConsWork hours are terrible. You are treated like a commodity, you will be pushed to the max. Expected to work on weekends and until 3 am on weekdays. Having a family does not make senior management lenient about this requirement.

    If you don't want to work in the CC industry for the rest of your life DO NOT JOIN this company as the skills you will pick up are very hard to transfer. What is called "Consulting" is actually data supply, you will not be doing any "serious analysis". You will learn about general trends which could help you succeed in an interview with other credit card issuers.

    If you are a US citizen, just dont join this company (unless you really want to be in the CC industry and have been rejected by Amex, BofA and the rest....)
    If you are on a student visa, dont join unless it is your only option....

    P.S. All this review is for Client delivery and Consulting part of the company not the systems/developpers jobs

    Advice to Senior Managementthere has been an average of 50% of turnovers in the past 4 years....i am sure they know what needs to be done.....

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dont join unless you have to

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    White Plains, NY

    Pros-Above average compensation
    -Close to New York City
    -Get to work with knowledgeable people in the finance domain

    Cons-No work life balance. All work and no life
    -Unrealistic deadlines
    -Have to Work on many of the weekends
    -Have to do 2 persons of work

    Advice to Senior Management-Treat employees like humans not machines
    -Have More fairness and transparency on promotions
    -Disclose the structure used to award bonuses
    -Revamp the time logging system

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not so great

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    White Plains, NY

    Pros-Meet a lot of great people
    -Not far from NYC
    -Pay is decent
    -Free breakfast on Fridays
    -Beverages are provided

    Cons-Employees are not treated that well
    -Reimbursement system is absolutely a nightmare
    -Organization is poor
    -Unrealistic deadlines that serve no real purpose
    -Hours are long

    Advice to Senior Management-Listen to the lower level employees
    -Allow more flexibility with deadlines
    -Don't keep on adding miscellaneous tasks to employee workload and still expect them to be able to complete your original assignment by the arbitrarily-set deadline

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Join Argus, be exploited

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    White Plains, NY

    ProsYear End Bonus (approx 20%)

    ConsLong work Hours
    No Flexible timings
    Managers calls for work on weekends, late nights
    Fake deadlines set by managers
    No information flow from top to bottom
    Worst procedure for expense reimbursement
    Zero appreciation
    Every individual is overloaded with work
    Improper distribution of work load among the teams

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement hires a lot of H1B employees, as they know it is not easier for H1B employees to switch job. Do not exploit H1B. Reduce your work week from 50-60 hours to 40hr/week. Get your Human resource dept. clean up.

    Here is the story: There are two teams in rowing race Team A and Team B. Team A has 9 supervisor and 1 rower while Team B has 1 supervisor and 9 rower. Team A lost, they tried to dig deeper for the root cause and found that the single rower was inefficient and fired him.

    Team A = ?(Management to think.....)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    White Plains, NY

    Pros+ contacts with many credit card issuing companies
    + work can be interesting
    + co-workers are good people
    + workday starts at 9

    Cons- lots of work that should be automated is not
    - lots of inconsistency in methods
    - bad communication between departments

    Advice to Senior Management+ communication, better team management, more documentation, more writing, more consideration of the time it takes to do analysis and gather data

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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