IMS Health Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
241 Reviews
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241 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 31 reviews)

  • very strong vacation, work from home, tuition reimbursement, and retirement plans (in 7 reviews)


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

  • No work-life balance, unrealistic deadlines with not enough resources (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place to start my career

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

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

    Pros

    From my first day Interviewing with IMS to my first day on the job, I felt welcomed and felt like I was really part of the family. The atmosphere is very accepting and laid back, while still very career driven and work focused. Everyone is very good at what they do and are willing to teach you to make sure you understand/ feel comfortable with your position. There are many opportunites for advancement as well as opportunites for learning growth. You can find people who have worked here their entire career, with people here for about 40+ years. Their client offerings are innovative and exceptional. They are one of the biggest players in the healthcare data field and they deserve all the praise they recieve. Wonderful place to work. Highly reccommend.

    Cons

    There is a bit of disorganization sometimes in respects to the building assignments for departments, however they offer so much opportunity for working from home it balances out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a location!! You cannot just keep moving people all around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid company with great potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Engaging work and interesting projects; very smart colleagues who have a willingness to help each other; strong upside within this particular industry; excellent opportunity to work remotely; one of the few companies that still offers a pension PLUS a 401(K) to employees.

    Cons

    Now that the company is publicly traded - it needs to implement a long-term stock incentive (LTI) initiative. There has not been any communication in this regard and it needs to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate and implement an employee LTI plan as soon as possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Work Life Balance!

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great. Flexibility to move within the various departments/ business units. Competitive pay. Undisputed Market leader in a very niche domain and well positioned to grow further! Good brand of leadership.

    Cons

    WIth a lot of acquisitons, sometimes understanding all the new offerings and data assets can get challenging/ counter productive and may take a while to settle! Brand awareness among the public is low and there is more potential there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater focus on synergies and collaboration with all the recent acquisitions will reap greater benefits!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good place

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

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

    Pros

    Decent, competent and smart people at all levels. Solid culture of respect and recognition of talent and hard work.

    Cons

    Integration of acquired companies is slow, collaboration difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Great work culture, understanding and supporting colleagues, no pressure if you are good at your work, a big company with global presence allows many opportunities to explore different areas, if intended

    Cons

    Meager bonus, if you are unlucky then you might get a bad manager who doesn't care about your career but that really can't be blamed on your company, it could happen anywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Occasionally Principals and DIrectors get busy with business development only, and Consultants and Analysts have to carry the heavy project workload. Senior management, please make sure that there is equal work sharing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Exciting work place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Plymouth Meeting, PA

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

    Pros

    Full liberty to innovate, scope to grow, fast growing company,

    Cons

    None, I can't thin of any cons working in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    An Insight on IMS Health and the Significance of Data Integrity

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

    I have been working at IMS Health

    Pros

    IMS Health is the global pharmaceutical market research leader, therefore the experience gained by working for IMS can create many future opportunities. The health care benefits are no-cost coverage which is always a plus. Furthermore, positions in the Data Integrity department require very fulfilling analytical work (think puzzle solving). Since IMS is a knowledge oriented company, advancement is also knowledge oriented rather than seniority oriented.

    Cons

    Nothing internal comes to mind. However, externally, the clients tend to always question the data provided. Inquiries come in about data trends that are exemplary of competitive product switching, yet still clients will be in denial and question the data. For the most part, data integrity's job is to resolve data issues or validate data trends. Second, like in all companies there are some small adjustments that can be made to increase efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase efficiency by increasing server resources for data extractions vital to data integrity; eliminating the one day lag on most Toad extractions and the casual crashes while extracting.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place, but you should be proactive in your career goals and don't get too distracted

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

    I have been working at IMS Health

    Pros

    there flexibility and support of staff. They let you travel to go on conferences. they don't however give appropriate direction on future career opportunities. they have good benefits. they have good customer servivce and employee solutions center.

    Cons

    feel underpaid and don't feel manager supportive. they say you can work from home, but really you can't. It depends on the client. No introduction to company potential career options/paths for well-educated employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider education adn experience of employees. they should meet with the employees more. give better pay. bonuses should be higher and be well-earned. there should be no limit to success.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    great company with talents around

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    nice boss and great team members around. flexible office culture

    Cons

    no Cons can be shared really. IMS Health is a great company indeed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at IMS Health as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are super nice. The atmosphere is friendly also. I think I'm exposed to a lot of things in the filed and indeed learn a lot.

    Cons

    The limitation and also the specialization of this company would be the biggest obstacle for IMS to be the first-class consulting firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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