IMS Health

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IMS Health Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 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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    Great people but company in flux

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people are great: knowledgeable and fun

    ConsConstant layoffs make your job uncertain

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your front line employees more.

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementwatch out for managers who keep destroying value by making blind decisions

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

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    Ebbs & Flows

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNot micro-managed, flexible schedule, ability to work virtually.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire 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.

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    Great pay but ongoing corporate arrogance hinders long-term success

    Regional Sales Director (Former Employee) Phoenix, AZ

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Engagement Manager (Former Employee) Plymouth Meeting, PA

    Prosgood 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...

    Conspoorly 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 Senior Managementbring in experienced senior managers to run different businesses

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

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

    Project Manager (Current Employee)

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

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

     

    Strong Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosvery stable environment with opportunities for advancement

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdopt change - be accountable

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    Lots of opportunities, lack of leaders to follow

    Engagement Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsSince IMS Health is shifting from a market data provider to a consulting and services company, the opportunities for professional growth are tremendous, specially in non-US offices

    ConsSenior Management, internal collaboration and capabilities to deliver innovative services or technology platforms to clients

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

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    Frustrating at times, but a notable improvement vs. 2 years ago. Employees have to be in it for the long haul.

    Technical Architect (Current Employee) Collegeville, PA

    Pros+ Work / Life balance in most non-consulting positions
    + Death-march projects are rare to non-existent. Putting your career on cruise-control is possible while still inching up the compensation ladder.
    + Benefits
    + In all but one role I've been in, the immediate co-workers and managers watch your back

    Cons- Career advancement is slow paced; much like the environment.
    - Autonomy has to be fiercely fought for and defended at every turn.
    - Technologist culture is still stuck back in the 80's, but at least now pays lip service to modernity.
    - Sr. Management still has no good way to accurately value knowledge workers. In-sourcing to India is an overall improvement vs outsourcing, but still can't compare to real, co-located development teams in the US and EMEA where the majority of development is done.
    - Many of the highest value employees have found that the only way to get proper compensation is to leave and come back, or leave and become a consultant; many just simply leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is still an inconsistency between the stated strategies of product leadership and customer centricity and the actual budgets. There's a difference between being cost conscious and being penny-wise, pound-poor. We employees need to hear that while top-line driven EBITDA growth is the motive, and will drive the terminal value when the company is sold / re-IPO'ed, it's not the goal. Revenue growth isn't treated like a consequence of the right strategy and action.
    The "hub and spoke" model is still resulting in functional silos and is frankly not working. I strongly believe that all portfolio and infrastructure projects can be done in a local, federated fashion by co-located teams and that technology principles and standards can drive consistency and reuse internationally. If we are a technology company, and our success is measured by the amount of functionality within working software that we deliver, then we need to abandon the silo-ed approach and hire more, real software developers who are generalists and polyglots.

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

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    IMS HEALTH

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsStable company, available e-learning courses

    ConsDependent on Pharmaceutical companies contracts

    Advice to Senior Managementdevelop training program

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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