IHS
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www.ihs.com Englewood, CO 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 8, 2014
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2.7 187 reviews

                             

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Scott Key

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41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Low engagement and mobility

Senior Analyst (Former Employee)

I worked at IHS full-time for more than 3 years

ProsInteresting people from diverse areas of research. Fairly good benefits and work-life balance.

ConsDespite all the lip service toward colleague engagement, IHS seems completely driven by the quarterly financials. Salaries are below market, and raises are meager, if at all. The lower tier of analysts is a revolving door of (mostly) smart people who move on when better opportunities come along. Corporate structure changes every quarter and decisions take forever to be made. Also, for all the talk of delivering world class information and insight, analytical capabilities and techniques are often over-promised, out-dated, rely on hand-waving, and in some cases would not stand up to any rigorous external peer review.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on quality over quantity and make an effort to retain talent and listen to your employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Nice environment, interesting work but terrible compensation

Consultant (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at IHS full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIHS is a large company and experiences will differ in different groups and locations. This is based on the consulting organization:
- Great work/life balance - some travel but minimal, mostly 40 hour weeks
- Mostly nice people though there is a lot of politics higher up
- Interesting strategic, economic and market insights projects with top firms
- Have access to great data resources that help execute consulting engagements and bring value to clients

Cons- Constant reorganization of the matrix - but you usually end up doing the same job you have been but can end up reporting to a new manager
- Opaque performance reviews - abstract metrics do not really account for performance
- Very poor compensation - a consulting company with great work life balance can definitely pay less than one that makes you work more, but the pay is really low compared to even research and data companies
- Lack of growth - hard to get promoted despite good performance

Advice to Senior ManagementReward talent to retain it. People left because of compensation - they otherwise liked their jobs and would have stayed if you just paid them industry wages.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great work life balance...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at IHS

ProsWork-life balance is great. Good benefits package.

ConsIt was great for a while, but the change in leadership and hiring of more suites and reduction of workforce doesn't allow projects to get completed.

Advice to Senior ManagementA good company is based on its people. Remove the politics and value your employees and stop promoting people that just suck up.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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OK, but...

Director (Current Employee)
Lexington, MA

I have been working at IHS full-time for more than 10 years

ProsCompetitive compensation, yearly stock awards (when goals are met) can add up, generally decent people to work with, good opportunities to work with some really smart people on interesting projects.

ConsEmpire building by ridiculously short-sighted managers leads to internal, behind-the-scenes tension. Lots of pressure to hit quarterly numbers. The pace of acquisitions and changeover of personnel sometimes creates continuity problems both internal and external.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a serious look and a listen down in the trenches to really see if your employees are engaged.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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busy busy busy

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at IHS for more than 3 years

Prosinteract with top executives; interesting colleagues and initiatives

Consconstant change and reorganization, conflicting priorities, and management disconnect with client message

Advice to Senior Managementlet the company mature before more acquisitions are made. Needs a time to integrate all the companies it has acquired. Focus on importance of long-term relationships both with colleagues and clients.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Englewood, CO

I worked at IHS full-time for more than 10 years

ProsKnowledgeable people, work culture is very good.

ConsA lot of changes and acquisitions. Expect management changes regardless of you providing value.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good learning experience

Marketing Database ANalyst (Current Employee)

I have been working at IHS full-time for more than a year

ProsGREAT team, one of the best managers I ever had

ConsShockingly low compensation, unsupportive upper management, inappropriate use of contractor workforce

Advice to Senior ManagementAcknowledge the hard work and contributions of your employees, "Colleague" is not just hot air, everyone counts. Consider elevating the workforce to a sustainable income.

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

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Somewhat vanilla, a very steady, status quo kind of place

IT Support (Former Employee)
Englewood, CO

I worked at IHS full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat benefits for employees, stable work, somewhat low-stress environment in most IT departments, and mostly hands-off middle management.

ConsLots of wasted money and inefficient processes. Promotions are not skills-based but popularity-based. Social politics of the project environment prohibit efficiency and are not good for morale.

Advice to Senior ManagementBring back the PMO, seek capability maturity, leaner processes, and place greater value on continuous process improvement.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great change agents

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at IHS full-time

ProsMove fast...follow-through on investment...great data

ConsPerhaps a bit too product-centric

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bought out and sold out

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Detroit, MI

I worked at IHS full-time for less than a year

ProsIHS very recently bought the private company that I had been working at for 10 years. Right after buying the company IHS made an effort to communicate regularly with employees, do satisfaction surveys and have town hall meetings to give updates on progress that was being made in the integration process between our two companies.

ConsBefore the end of IHS's fiscal year there was a very large reduction in force and a major reorganization of the company, This was done after only purchasing the company 3 months earlier. What seemed very clear was that despite any nice words about wanting to retain the best of both companies and keep talented people, there were financial objectives that had to be met and if valuable employees had to be sacrificed to meet those goals - so be it. I do understand that a business case was made to buy the company I worked for and that financial targets were part of that deal. Those responsible for making the case also had to make the numbers - I do get that. However, for any company that is a prospective purchase target of IHS I would warn that despite any promises made, make no mistake that employees valuable or not will be sacrificed to meet whatever accounting goals were set out by the corporate office. Severance packages were far from generous for long-term employees. Bottom line goals will be met at whatever cost and your company and its remaining employees will find themselves in upheaval.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe real value in a company is in its talent - integrate talented employees vs. making big cuts to meet arbitrary accounting goals. Purchase companies with a goal of understanding the company and the value of its employees and business vs. strictly meeting accounting goals at all costs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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