IHS
2.8 of 5 217 reviews
www.ihs.com Englewood, CO 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 10, 2014
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2.8 215 reviews

                             

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Scott Key

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsLike 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.

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

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    Good culture, but constant change and inefficient systems

    Senior Analyst II (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat 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).

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou 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.

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Newly Acquired and so far, so good

    ETL Developer II (Current Employee)
    Southfield, MI

    ProsI 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.

    ConsEven 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    An acquisitive company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots 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.

    ConsChange 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 Senior ManagementContinue to keep the lines of communication open

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

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    Learning about the oil industry

    Data Clerk (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsGreat Benefits , Flex Hours and schedule

    ConsNot knowing what the future holds

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fascinating company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Englewood, CO

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

    ConsVERY 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Love working here. Every day is a challenge

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits are outstanding compared to other companies.

    ConsMany organizational changes. Sometimes confusing who reports to who.

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

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    Relaxed enviornment to intern and learn about data warehousing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking with people from around the world
    Worked with solutions of major problems

    ConsConference calls with staff around the world at different times

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    Good place to work especially early in career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat position in healthy industry (energy). Decent salary. OK work life balance. Access to senior staff is easy. Lots of opportunity to learn.

    ConsCorporate culture was all over the map mainly because of so many acquisitions. There was way too much "us versus them" and not enough "we". Way too much politics. IT support was terrible. HR was weak.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on creating a unique culture that's sensitive to range of acquired firms' legacy but that ties the whole together. The politics have to stop!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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