IHS Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great data assets, incapable senior sales leadership

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    Current Employee - Sales Leadership
    Current Employee - Sales Leadership

    I have been working at IHS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting company, great data assets and Scott Key is a compelling, sincere leader.

    Cons

    Highly matrixed organization creates major rift between market needs and company deliverables. Senior Sales leadership is inept. Hides behind countless hours of internal sales spreadsheet reviews instead of engaging with teams and customers. In certain verticals, global sales lead knows literally nothing about the business line and is incapable of voicing market needs when it matters. They are embarrassing in front of customers.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at your most senior sales leaders. All of your efforts around colleague engagement and customer delight will continued to be wasted and viewed as lip service if you don't sort out this layer of incompetence. *Scott - Don't judge your leaders by the volume of spreadsheets they produce, rather, attend a customer meeting with them and have them lead the discussion. You won't need a survey to figure this out.

  2. Helpful (8)

    Wasted two years of my career...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Englewood, CO

    I worked at IHS full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Senior leadership has a vision, but it doesn't translate to individual worker's contributions easily
    - Global company
    - Employees are highly intelligent

    Cons

    - No opportunity to develop new skills - hired on at your current skill level and you leave with the same skill level
    - Directors and VP have no leadership skills - "do what I say" mentality
    - Employee engagement is all lip service - no real actionable items and no changes regardless of engagement results
    - No work/life balance - 60-70 weeks are the norm, and when world sales conference comes around in Q4, 7 day 80-100 hour weeks are the norm for the three months of planning and implementation
    - Teams and team members are regularly pitted against each other for resources, projects and recognition

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to your employees when they express concerns during the employee engagement surveys and offer up real solutions.
    - Throwing money at a problem doesn't always work.
    - Layoffs are not the best way to control expenses and cut costs

  3. Helpful (3)

    Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Management philosophy and manager philosophy differ.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    No communication

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    Cannot think of one always something bad happens every day. They do not any clue on the running this business.

    Cons

    Back stabbing, no communication, no raises, lies, just a terrible place to work. Thank you Scott key

    Advice to Management

    No lies tell us the truth.

  6. Helpful (9)

    Very Harsh, Manage People by Threats

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not many. If you like constant change management and dysfunction - this may be the "Best Company in Colorado" for an employee like you.

    Cons

    - Managers do not care about their employees
    - Continual layoffs
    - they threaten employees not to write any "negative" reviews on this site
    - more concerned about wall streets perception of the company
    - could careless about employees
    - watch the movie "Outsource!" It is what their new plan is all about!

    Advice to Management

    Since you really do not make a product, your employees should be your greatest asset! Stop outsourcing jobs to India for the sake of looking good on wall street! Your "products" will suffer in the end.

  7. Helpful (7)

    Senior Leadership is not trustworthy

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    Former Employee - Finance in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Finance in Englewood, CO

    I worked at IHS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They try to create a positive environment, but only the low level employees feel this way.

    Cons

    Executives over compensated, middle management abused and under appreciated. Too many closed door meetings, too much drama, Leaders do not tell the truth, they are not invested in their employees in the long term. They fail to focus on the problems within the company, rather, they focus on who to blame, or how they will look.

    Advice to Management

    Anyone with any type of education or real experience will struggle there, because the leaders do not value experience or knowledge. They have broken processes, bad accounting practices and general disregard for the truth.

  8. Helpful (7)

    Completely sold out.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at IHS full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good managers, some good coworkers.

    Cons

    Not a single one of my immediate colleagues trusted or believed in IHS's "we're a family" rhetoric or big corporate goals. Upper management are ruthless in their pursuit of quarterly $ goals and have no problem ordering secret layoffs or canceling promotions (both happened in my division) to make the numbers sparkle. Enjoy watching record growth as your cost of living raises drop. Upper mgmt (at least in my division) were laughably bad at integrating colleagues brought in through acquisitions, resulting in a fragmented, tense culture in which lower managers protect their own and throw others under the bus. A profoundly dysfunctional company that will continue doing well at the expense of employees.

    Advice to Management

    When employees don't trust management, a company is broken.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Severely dysfunctional.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The contract rate was decent, and the crazy overtime made some of the time worth it.

    Cons

    The company was a complete disaster. I was working in the Broomfield office, so the office down south may have been run differently.

  10. Helpful (5)

    More managers than workers and management could careless about people doing the work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Web Producer in Englewood, CO
    Former Contractor - Web Producer in Englewood, CO

    I worked at IHS as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If your an employee the benefits are good but over half the company is contractors.

    Cons

    Over half the company is contractors so you have many people who are treated poorly so care very little about work quality and have poor attitudes.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring so much upper management that doesn't do the heavy lifting and hire on employees.

  11. Helpful (7)

    It's His, Scotts = IHS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at IHS full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    stock benefits were good until they got stingy

    Cons

    Its His, Scotts. That describes IHS. Either you fall in line with the new CEO, or you get the boot.

    Advice to Management

    Stop surrounding yourself with a bunch of yes men

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