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IMS Health Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.0 215 reviews

54% Approve of the CEO

IMS Health Chairman and CEO Ari Bousbib

Ari Bousbib

(94 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Ability to telecommute greatly helps work-life balance(in 27 reviews)

  • very strong vacation, work from home, tuition reimbursement, and retirement plans(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor transition of senior management following acquisition be capital venture(in 13 reviews)

  • No work-life balance, unrealistic deadlines with not enough resources(in 6 reviews)

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEasy to commute to location is very nice

    ConsVery difficult to work for,,,no training...expect to much

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to set up good training schedules

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    Big-company problems

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe work:
    Very agreeable and mild-mannered, as far as the "consulting" world goes. The work is heavily data-driven and technical, which is a plus for the many science-oriented folks we have here. Hours are reasonable, however, can fluctuate depending on how tough your project or manager is.

    Workplace/Social atmosphere:
    The workforce is comprised of young, intelligent, friendly, and fun people. Most are between 20-35. The bosses like to treat us well (occassional catered lunch, summer "field trip" (e.g. sailing on the harbor), softball team, etc.), but things like that have been getting harder to approve since we were acquired (see Cons).

    ConsCorporate is bad at integrating new acquisitions

    Leadership has been strugging to address inconsistencies since being acquired in Dec 2013.

    Hours can be inconsistent and often down-played.

    Numerous frustrating IT and admin problems have been causing headaches ever since the mentioned acquisition.

    The commute from Boston/Cambridge/Somerville can be tough (40-60 min) in stop and go traffic.

    Other business units don't seem as invested in doing things quickly or thoroughly to help each other out.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Went downhill very fast last couple of years

    Manager Statistical Methodology (Former Employee)

    ProsCurrently I can think of very few Pros.
    If you are not in headquarters at Plymouth Meeting, you can enjoy better work-life balance and the opportunity to work from home. Some people are completely remote. However, all new US hiring seems to be happening only in headquarters in PA.

    Cons- Highly disorganized company - there are no good processes in place that would get people from all over the company working together smoothly.
    - Bad at integrating acquisitions.
    - All the good people in consulting and analytics are leaving.
    - The emphasis is only on quarterly revenue growth, as the private equity owners prepare for a sale or IPO. There is no focus on clients or employees. Deliver some garbage first, fix it later after the end of the quarter if the client is not satisfied.
    - Roles are extremely automatized. It feels like we work on an assembly line. Smart, educated people are basically told to churn out the same thing over and over.
    - Very little room for growth and almost no training is offered. Managers pretend to pay attention to this, but in reality the focus is only on revenue. There is no opportunity to learn new types of analyses or projects because of the existing work-load.
    - There are no core teams that people work with on projects - the sales people are allowed a complete free for all - as long as they sell it, they cobble together a project team to try to deliver something to the client.
    - A lot of outsourcing. Custom consulting work is not highly valued - the emphasis is trying to move what they can to standardize data reporting and ship it out to Beijing or Bangalore. This is not really a consulting company - its more of a data and research sweatshop.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and look at the turnover. Your best people are leaving because of the culture and environment. The workloads keep increasing because you do not replace people who have left.
    Try retaining talent by identifying it and rewarding it - share some of that tremendous revenue growth that we have delivered with your employees.

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

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    waste of time

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosi liked the benefits offered

    Constoo much kissing ass ...

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

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    Very unorganized- departments do not share information

    Analyst (Former Employee) Plymouth Meeting, PA

    ProsGood people working, but there is a lot of uncertainty in resources available to conduct work. Training is negligent.

    ConsDepartments could work together easier. Seems some areas are secretive of information / data available.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement does not rely on SMEs or groups that provide the higher income (higher potential sales and more clients) and instead relies on bureaucracy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This company has a long way to go.

    Client Service Analyst (Current Employee) Parsippany, NJ

    Pros- Working with some talented people
    - Good work-life balance for me personally
    - Commute

    Cons- Employee morale has plunged since the company went private - management has become covert in its strategies and plans for its employees for the future.
    -Training opportunities are not the best. In-person training has been substituted with generic, forgettable e-learning
    - Limited growth opportunities - there aren't very many new job opportunities at the company (particularly the Parsippany office) and it is rare to here of people getting promotions
    - Compensation is below industry standard - the company has taken advantage of the economic climate to strip down to nothing, like someone else has posted as well. Prospective employees should consider that it will take quite a while to get to a more competitive salary.
    - Each department/client group is run very differently. Some groups are flexible. Some rigid. It varies quite a bit.
    - Seasoned veterans make it difficult for the company to break from its antiquated ways - the company needs new blood and new ideas. Employees that have worked at the company too long may not be able to think outside the walls of IMS
    - Stale workload since only higher-level or favored employees are put on new projects

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare information regarding the state of the company with employees. Invest in good talent and properly reward high performers. Give employees a challenging workload and allow them opportunities for growth.

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

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    Good only on your resume

    Analyst (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsGood benefits, great work from home policy, friendly people

    Cons-They do not promote lower level employees and hire outside - turned down for 2 positions in favor of outside hires, one of which was a referal who was fired after 2 months
    -Not innovative, work on same things over and over
    -Poor at hiring: Will say anything to get top notch employees, and than will give them remedial work

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote from within, promote innovation, consider the qualifications of employees before hiring them

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Upsetting

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Parsippany, NJ

    ProsThe people you work with day to day .

    ConsTPG and management. Sr. Mgt scrambles to make every dollar, unfortunately Pharma is not buying. They are trying to put a consulting practice in place by devaluing the data assets and masking the true results with a pretty package and bow. The way they are making money is by cutting the staff to the bone leaving a skeleton crew here in the US. and outsourcing to affiliates in other countries. They actually boost about this to US employees......because you are on the team until you are not.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are only in this for the money not the advancement of health. Capitolsm is great when everyone shares in the success, reward your US employees up and down the line and you will succeed beyond your dreams.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent Medical Benefits, On site Fitness Center,

    ConsNo room to be creative or think outside the box, limited opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry not to be so obvious with favoritism

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not much room for growth, weak salary

    Business Process Analyst (Current Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsGenerous PTO, good work-life balance.

    ConsSalary, not much room for growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore room for growth, more communication.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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