Argus Information & Advisory Services

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Argus Information & Advisory Services Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
58 Reviews
3.0
58 Reviews
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Michael Heller
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Projects resulting and involving great understanding of credit card industry and data management (in 12 reviews)

  • Learn a lot about data, where it's from and how it's abstracted and then advised for clients (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Very long hours depending on the team which you're in (in 11 reviews)

  • bad work life balance, lower pay rate, over confidence (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Treated like slaves!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good exposure to credit card industry. Good Bonus. Too many projects are coming in, company is expanding but then there are negatives as well.

    Cons

    Company is very laid back. Attrition rate is so high and the management still doesn't care. Employees are paid less than the average market rate and are treated like slaves. Work! Work! Work! Long hours, no perks, no community activities, basically the company doesn't care about the employees. Whether they are satisfied with work or not. Very difficult to move across the teams. No diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it high time that you care about the employees.
    Technologies are so outdated.
    Managers, VP are inexperienced. They cannot handle pressure from clients and keep seeking for Principal to help.
    Very difficult to collaborate between the teams. Too much of politics. I literally had to beg to get a work laptop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay... but extremely repetitive and boring.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services as an intern

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Argus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a plan for employees to have a better work/life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Argus' work culture leaves a lot to be desired

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Argus 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 ManagementAdvice

    Start 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Senior management is desperately in need of improvements

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services

    Pros

    A. 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

    Cons

    A. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please realize and believe "People are very critical to your success and they are your real strength"

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity because everyone leaves

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services

    Pros

    If 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

    Cons

    Work 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dont join unless you have to

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not so great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Join Argus, be exploited

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services

    Pros

    Year End Bonus (approx 20%)

    Cons

    Long 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.....)

    Doesn't Recommend

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