IMS Health Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
227 Reviews
3.1
227 Reviews
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IMS Health Chairman and CEO Ari Bousbib
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Ability to telecommute greatly helps work-life balance (in 28 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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  1.  

    The place to be for Big Pharma Data consulting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal
    Former Employee - Principal

    I worked at IMS Health full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Culture is casual. You call everyone by their first name

    Cons

    IMS is totally paranoid about its employees leaving to go to other competitors. Also, do not be critical on any of their anonymous surveys! I have watched the employee's responses end up becoming part of the ammunition to let them go. Beware. Everything is monitored for IMS employees considered "at risk" for leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IMS has too many stovepipes that make it difficult to get things done. Management has far too many layers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    IMS HEALTH

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time

    Pros

    Good Company to work. Work and personal life balance

    Cons

    Not technology oriented. Business oriented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA -- -- -- -- -- -- --

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Average Company, Not good if you are having experience and looking for Career growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Timings are flexible, you can avail WFH when required but with some valid reasons. Not much work pressure.
    There are some Good managers but they cant do much do you there bosses.

    Cons

    Worst Management from top level, If you leave long hairs it a problem, if you leave beard its an problem, if you are using handsfree while working then its a problem, do you believe these are all considered for your appraisal. And these things are checked by the Director, Doesn't he have any other work other than check how and what employees are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please behave professionally, this is not a school to tell your employees to have hair cut, come shaved.. bla bla bla...
    And stop all these micro management and politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great people but company in flux

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IMS Health

    Pros

    The people are great: knowledgeable and fun

    Cons

    Constant layoffs make your job uncertain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your front line employees more.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Principal

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IMS Health full-time

    Pros

    All pharma companies use their data. From sales perspective, you have a foot in the door.

    Cons

    Doesn't have a good collaborative culture across different consulting practices. Sometimes even steal each other's business - not a happy environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    watch out for managers who keep destroying value by making blind decisions

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

    Ebbs & Flows

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

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

    Pros

    Not micro-managed, flexible schedule, ability to work virtually.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, unhealthy obsession on sales without considering the implications to delivery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire early and often. It takes a considerable amount of time to bring people up to speed so by the time you know you need to hire, you're already in a bad situation.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great pay but ongoing corporate arrogance hinders long-term success

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at IMS Health full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    high pay, large company with lots of diverse healthcare data and solutions

    Cons

    ongoing practice of buying lots of small companies and slamming them into the big machine isn't working very well in many areas. While solutions look great at the 30,000 foot level, things get ugly as you drill down to lower levels and uncover the gruesome details. IMS has always been arrogant because they're the 800 lb healthcare data gorilla, but in markets outside of their traditional pharma/biotech deathgrip, they are less known and successful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to truly partnering with clients in other markets. Stop acting like the king when you have little/no proven success.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid data business...needs fresh ideas from experienced managers

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager  in  Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Plymouth Meeting, PA

    I worked at IMS Health full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good processes and procedures within the data business - recently the organization has been focusing on acquisitions in order to diversify its business. strong knowledge on pharma and stronger hold on pharma companies that most of players in the space...

    Cons

    poorly executed integration...lots of red tape...you are just a number so do not be surprised if you are relocated, removed, or reassigned without notice. emerging business areas are not thought through...lots of smoke and mirrors...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring in experienced senior managers to run different businesses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great work/life balance...some concerns regarding constant changes

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, lots of talented and pleasant people to work with

    Cons

    There seems to be a lot going on in terms of restructuring, moving, etc. In the current economy, change is not surprising. The problem is that the changes aren't broadly communicated until there's been an information leak via the rumor mill. The salary is ok-- not anything to jump up and down about but not horrible, either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent about changes that impact peoples' lives. Don't take talented people for granted.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Strong Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IMS Health

    Pros

    very stable environment with opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    need to go more cutting edge and be willing to adopt change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt change - be accountable

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