IHS Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
244 Reviews
3.0
244 Reviews
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Scott Key
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance - some travel but minimal, mostly 40 hour weeks (in 31 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent salary - but poor merit raises unless you change roles (in 26 reviews)


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

  • Buddy system in LOB upper management promotes themselves even with poor performance results (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    No lies tell us the truth.

  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Very Harsh, Manage People by Threats

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Senior Leadership is not trustworthy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Finance in Englewood, CO

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Completely sold out.

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at IHS full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Severely dysfunctional.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Web Producer in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Web Producer in Englewood, CO

    I worked at IHS as a contractor (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    It's His, Scotts = IHS

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    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at IHS full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop surrounding yourself with a bunch of yes men

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 11 people found this helpful  

    Miserable place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    The benefits are good.
    I honestly can not think of any other 'pro' comment about the company, except that HQ is in Colorado.

    Cons

    Low Pay.
    Micromanaging and inept Directors and Vice Presidents.
    Success is very much about who you know, not what you contribute.
    It is a combination the worst things in Dilbert and The Office.
    In spite of talk about ethical behavior, many employees are rewarded for unethical behavior.
    In spite of talk of diversity, there is little of it here.
    Poor training or mentoring opportunities.
    Chaotic matrix environment makes it difficult to progress in the company, and many managers, including VP's, refuse employees opportunities to work across the matrix.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Walk the walk. There is a lot of talk about 'Customer Delight' and employee satisfaction, but it falls flat on most levels. Standards are not the same across departments.
     - Make stock options more reasonable for all employees.
     - Make earned incentives available to more employees. Many departments cannot earn them.
     - Human Resources is a nightmare and typifies the worst of HR.
     -Do not allow managers to refuse an employee any opportunity to work with other departments. That is the only way to move up in a matrix environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Lots of talk, little action.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    * Great benefits package
    * Managers are very accepting of needing time off for doctor's appointments, etc.
    * 3 Weeks vacation @ entry level

    Cons

    Too many meetings that prevent you from using work-time effectively; you end up working longer hours to get your every-day stuff done. Most of those involved in the meetings are on a need-to-know basis and shouldn't be involved.

    Getting things approved and actually put out the door is a long, overly complicated process.

    Incompetency of middle management is frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the middle men holding things up. It's ridiculous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Changes in top management led to chaos.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Englewood, CO

    I worked at IHS

    Pros

    They do have an excellent health/vision/dental package, although it was difficult to get time off approved for doctor's appointments.

    Cons

    Immediate manager was micro-manager, and top management had no idea of how to use technology to make the job more productive. We were using a CRM system circa 1995.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some actual time with people that do the jobs there before you make sweeping, nonsensical technology decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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