IMS Health

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IMS Health Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
261 Reviews
3.2
261 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • In consulting, you will learn things while enjoying a decent work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • very strong vacation, work from home, tuition reimbursement, and retirement plans (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Offsites for employees should be held for a better work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Poor transition of senior management following acquisition be capital venture (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plymouth Meeting, PA

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, benefits, and decent vacation.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape. Folks more interested in punching the clock.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aggressive in the market, treat employees well

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time

    Pros

    The company is very aggressive regarding market growth. The senior leadership is very savvy with regards to strategy and finding growth opportunities. They look for organic growth and through acquisition. So this strategy creates the opportunity to work on various types of projects and technologies.

    Has a virtual monopoly on pharmaceutical industry data with their products. Parts of the organization are very process driven and very good at operationalizing client implementations. The company does invest in training for their employees.

    Cons

    The lower skill level of some of the employees will present a challenge in getting things done in an efficient manner. The salary is lower than other firms IMS positions themselves against in the same market place.

    Has a virtual monopoly on pharmaceutical industry data with their products.
    Senior leadership keeps the lion share of the bonus money and raises can be paltry at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a lot of inefficient processes that can be tightened up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Top of its industry

    Cons

    People are promoted for who they know not what they know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people in the trenches who deal with clients daily.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company and strong leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work / Life balance
    Ample opportunities to grow if you are looking to build a career in healthcare consulting and market research
    Great leadership
    Best in class and leader in its domain - Healthcare data, technology & consulting services
    Well respected and market leader

    Cons

    Some opportunities to better leverage & integrate strong & newer data assets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue transparency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Company to work with.

    Cons

    Overall policy are not so good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great resources, lots of red tape

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, talent, resources
    Flex time work from home
    Good work life balance
    Lots of learning opps
    Interesting projects

    Cons

    Red tape and more red tape
    The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing
    Silos, conflicts and lots of time and talent wasted
    Circular conversations about the same things over and over again

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a talent management plan in place and reduce the confusion and stop the exit

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big fish swallowing up small businesses

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I suppose this is not the worst place to start your career. In consulting, you will learn things while enjoying a decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Massive corporate structure that uses many processes that make very little sense. Managers seem distant and detached. Computer/network problems occur at bare minimum once a month, necessitating a call to the help desk in India. For a technology company, this is embarrassing. Insanely little care for secure passwords. The quarterly emails from management always make me laugh by how little they inspire. (But maybe I am alone in not getting rallied up by talk of EBITDA). Maybe these people are good managers, but they sure are not good leaders. In terms of promotions, it seems like once you're in, you're unlikely to get promoted. They'd rather bring in outside talent and simply give you more responsibility with the same pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees. Don't treat them like children or idiots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    IMS HEALTH is decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMS Health

    Pros

    nice working environment, excellent opportunity to work remotely

    Cons

    few communication with colleagues, too many administration staff

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Consultant in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Good work/life balance and flexible work schedule
    -Good pay
    -Colleagues encourage learning and growth

    Cons

    -narrow career growth
    -lack of transparency to management initiatives

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at IMS...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The associates here are really some of the nicest and hard working people you'll ever meet. There is a real feeling of "we're all in this together", and there are no shortage of people willing to help if you need it.

    Cons

    From a cultural standpoint "the talk" doesn't really match "the walk". For example we recently moved into a new office and as part of the move we transitioned into a more open office environment, along with all the schtick of how beneficial the move into the space would be for everyone. But we didn't all have to make the change, upper management who will now have an entire floor to themselves. Also, responsibilities and workloads increase disproportionately compared to compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They bought a new building less than half an hour away from the old one and it may be the world's worst kept secret that this was done so they could have bigger offices and not have to share bathrooms with other people. There may be more beneficial ways to spend the company's money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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