IHS Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Pros
  • work/life balance possible if you're vigilant (in 32 reviews)

  • good starting pay with good benefits (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Company middle management increasing isolating themselves from day to day events (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper management are ruthless in their pursuit of quarterly (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Business Analyst chemical consulting

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IHS

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

    Pros

    Good project exposure, growing company

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities unless specific degree

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more for their efforts


  2. Helpful (4)

    Low paying, poorly managed company that exists only to make acquisitions

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Normal routine, decent lunch spots nearby, comfortable chairs

    Cons

    Boring work, no raises, poor vacation time, no room for promotion. IHS can be a good place to work if you join as part of a merger, since you will have been trained by your previous job, acquire skills, and have a career path. If you join IHS directly, you'll join a confused company trying to integrate your old company into this giant international beast, with no idea where you fit. You'll have 8 bosses to keep straight, and none of your coworkers will help you since they are protective of their own careers. Incredibly hypocritical company that claims to care about global warming, yet all of their business lines are large contributors to global warming (Oil and gas, shipping, defense, automotive...). Makes me think what else they are lying so blatantly about. Incredibly long winded meetings with nothing but meaningless corporate buzzwords. Makes me believe nobody has anything of real substance to say and just need to fill up an hour to look good. This is a trait of all consulting / analyst firms though since the need to always have an answer is so important. Creates a culture of making things up instead of saying "I don't know." Eventually this starts to drain you. After leaving IHS I got a job as a server at a restaurant and made the same amount of money with better benefits while working fewer hours. Pretty eye opening on the current state of jobs in this country.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acquiring so many new companies


  3. Helpful (4)

    Was good, went bad

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Creative, lots of great content, so much potential

    Cons

    More and more work, same pay, due to acquisitive nature of the company. If you speak up about it, you are a malcontent. They keep the carrot of raise, bonus, or position always out ahead of you, while smothering you with new requests for reports, updates, and other inputs from you on what you are doing and why. These get in the way of doing your job, could take up to 15% of your time. COmes with being a big company I suppose. ANyway I have a lot more complaints. The company I worked for was acquired and it fell apart within 2 to 3 years. Shame. I worked to a fairly high level only to watch my career progression snuffed when some guy parachuted in from HQ. They talk so much about employee culture, but Sr. leadership are hippocrytes. Morale was so low in the office I worked in, we had about 70 people and nobody spoke to one another- no chatter, no water cooler discussions. On and on...

    Advice to Management

    Roll up your sleeves and work alongside people in the territories for a week. Then shut your mouths.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Brutal

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at IHS

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

    Pros

    Good workers in the trenches and first line management

    Cons

    Too many hours, too many politicians

    Advice to Management

    Fix it and stop putting window dressing on it.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Great data assets, incapable senior sales leadership

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (10)

    Wasted two years of my career...

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    • Senior Management
    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


  8. Helpful (3)

    Director

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    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.


  10. Helpful (9)

    Very Harsh, Manage People by Threats

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Senior Leadership is not trustworthy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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