IHS Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
294 Reviews

3.0
294 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance - some travel but minimal, mostly 40 hour weeks (in 25 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent salary - but poor merit raises unless you change roles (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Company middle management increasing isolating themselves from day to day events (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management are ruthless in their pursuit of quarterly (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fantastic company..frustrating product to sell!

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The culture is great. Friendly, sharp, intelligent co-workers. Great benefits and internal communication.

    Cons

    My training was unorganized. So was the structure in terms of having a functioning sales target list. Confused and complicated value prop, no marketing support, and very expensive product that I was trying to sell to a market that is used to much lower pricing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better organized sales plan for the next guy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work if you’re flexible and self-directed.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Englewood, CO

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

    Pros

    It’s the best place I’ve worked for years that allows employees to do their job. Employees can make a lot of decisions about what they do and how they do it. There are some very smart and innovative people here – that thrive in this environment. Those same people contribute amazing work. Management (not all managers) tend to get out of the way rather than direct. This style does contribute to a more silo’d work environment, and hence may not be a good fit for everyone.

    IHS may be a challenge for some people who want to talk about what they do with monosyllables. It’s a complex and shifting environment. I like that the organization I work for is doing many things at once, and moving quickly.

    Cons

    Politics are more evident among higher ranks. While employees are empowered, sometimes that means that they are on their own. The worst (for me) is the new ‘bench’ seating. Try comparing several technical diagrams while listening to conference calls on one side and shouted alerts on the other. (One humorous note -- I have a coworker who sings along with her music. We can’t hear the music, but just got a rousing chorus of “Show Me the Way”.) The bench seating would have been a factor in my decision to apply here if I’d known it was in the works.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Content Editor  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Content Editor in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, flexible schedule, responsive leadership. Many opportunities for advancement especially if you are willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Sometimes suffers from too much bureaucracy; communications from the higher-ups make for an entertaining game of corporate buzzword bingo.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Very Friendly and have a company culture (in Calgary) that is second to none. They give you 3 volunteer days a year to be out in the community giving back. And very much promote a healthy work life balance. They focus on putting the customer first in all that they do and have company values that can be seen at work everyday.

    Cons

    Like any big company comes the red tape. At times it can be slow to get change pushed through which if you are not use to it can be frustrating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good culture, but constant change and inefficient systems

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst II  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst II in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great people, supportive and collegial culture, focus mostly where it should be (on clients) rather than purely on quarterly earnings (though in a public company that is of course inescapable).

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, lack of full integration of acquisitions before moving on to the next one, so overlapping systems and confusing hierarchy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You now have way too many top level people from previous acquisitions that need to be given "senior" roles. Want to cut costs without impacting productivity? Give a few of these people the boot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lead Developer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at IHS full-time

    Pros

    I was able to leave my work task at my work place and not let it seep into my home

    Cons

    I was not mentally stimulated as the problems I was tasked with were not of interest to me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Newly Acquired and so far, so good

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    Current Employee - ETL Developer II  in  Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - ETL Developer II in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at IHS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I am a part of R L Polk that was recently acquired by IHS. I really liked Polk and not just because they hired me fresh out of college. The atmosphere here is pretty good, depending on which team you're on, but my team is great. I work well with all of my team members who are all great, the hours a somewhat flexible, and the workload is very manageable. As of writing this, IHS has not made any drastic changes to any of that, at least for my team, and I really appreciate that.

    Cons

    Even though IHS has kept a lot of the things I liked the same, they have also changed a lot as well. I know it was strictly a perk, but they have taken away most if not all of our company sponsored outings. Furthermore, since we're now publicly owned, we also lost a lot of our company vacation time. I know none of this is really job critical or anything like that, but when you've had it and it's taken away, you definitely notice it. But, a con of the structure remaining largely the same is the fact that there isn't a lot of room for advancement within the Polk, so I'm not sure if that'll change with IHS or not. The managerial positions are pretty few and usually held for a pretty long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I had anything to say to upper management, it would be to really analyze what works and what people like, and continue to do that. Generally, when employees are happy and well taken care of, it shows in their work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    An acquisitive company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to grow and expand capabilities as company constantly expands into new markets and through acquisitions. Unique opportunity to work on a wide range of problems in a wide variety of industries.

    Cons

    Change is a constant given as the company continually wrestles with putting together process and procedures in place that allow many small companies act as one big one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep the lines of communication open

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learning about the oil industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Clerk  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Data Clerk in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IHS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits , Flex Hours and schedule

    Cons

    Not knowing what the future holds

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fascinating company

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

    I have been working at IHS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You've probably never heard of IHS, but undoubtedly you use IHS data. IHS is a data company that is doing some cool things.

    Cons

    VERY management top heavy. Every quarter I swear we get 10 new VP's
    Terrible telecommuting policy - for a company that claims to be "green" the WFH policy is terrible
    Growing by acquisition, but not doing a good job of integrating companies or people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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