Ipsos Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Sinking Ship

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

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company, big clients, good projects

    Cons

    Compensation is pathetic. You will receive an annual 1% "merit" increase, which will sometimes come before your manager has even started your review. If you qualify for a promotion and it is approved by your SVP, be prepared to wait a minimum of six months for it to be approved by the CEO. The company also just raised health insurance premiums by 30% (an extra ~$2000 a year for family plan). If you account for inflation, you will effectively make less money every year you work here.
    The company also offers no parental leave benefits beyond what is required by law, so nothing for dads ( you need to use your meager vacation time to see that baby) and six weeks disability pay / six weeks unpaid for moms. Good luck paying for childcare on your Ipsos salary!!

    Advice to Management

    Recognize there is a problem with the way you run this company. Stop restructuring and redoing / renaming all Ipsos services. The way people do their work is not the problem - the problem is you.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Dysfunctional

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ipsos full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many people there are smart.

    Cons

    The most unprofessional, dysfunctional place imaginable. Gossip runs wild, starting at the highest levels. What a nightmare to work there! Excessive hours; they could care less about a work/life balance. Factory for churning out reports/data. No people development.

  3. Unstable, unkind

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ipsos

    Pros

    Some decent clients who appreciate your work

    Cons

    no guidance, no very interesting work - very cookie cutter

    Advice to Management

    Consider why there is such high turnover, especially those who work under certain VP's

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Tiresome

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

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good for your resume, leadership is improving, opportunities to learn and work outside of team, commitment to training ( though it doesn't always apply, and there isn't always follow up training)

    Cons

    Salary could be better, expected to do more over time for the same pay. In ASI if you're not copy testing it's like you don't exist to management.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair with promotions and salaries. Loyalty and hard work should be valued (put your money where your mouth is.) Threatening to leave shouldn't be the way to get a promotion or salary increase.

  6. Horrible place. Stay away.

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

    I worked at Ipsos full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The resume would feature a big research company, and you'll have an opportunity of working with world's most popular companies and brands. But, that's about it.

    Cons

    No work-life balance.
    Too much restructuring and moving people around.
    No sense of community in the organization. People in one office won't even know the names of all working around them. Very impersonal.
    Too much of time spent in checking work produced by others, and other aesthetics of client deliverables.
    I found myself too often filling-in on projects that I was not managing, because of lack of resources on other teams. This just showed poor planning and management of projects.

    Advice to Management

    Be sensitive to the fact that employees have a life beyond work. There may be personal commitments that people, especially those with families, may have.
    Have some system of providing feedback on your managers/supervisors for their commitment to nurturing a team.

  7. Helpful (5)

    Think carefully before working here

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

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many very smart, very experienced researchers here.

    Cons

    -Extremely long days - quite a few people work 50-65 hour weeks.
    -Very limited support. There are not enough junior people to get work done.
    -The pay is very low, they make you feel like you should be grateful that you have a job.
    -Bonuses are almost unheard of - it doesn't matter how hard you work.
    -This is not a family friendly company.
    -There are VERY FEW women who have senior positions - it is definitely a boys club and you have to be able to play office politics to get ahead.
    -Hard work is not recognized or rewarded.
    -Terrible management.
    -In order to get your studies done you have to work with IIS (Ipsos Interactive Services) but both sides are battling for bottom line. The company could launch studies for much less if they used outside vendors.
    -Not able to work from home.
    -No flexibility.

  8. Helpful (2)

    No work/life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ipsos

    Pros

    locations all over the globe, many different areas of research to expand skill sets

    Cons

    long work hours, no work/life balance, low pay compared to other companies

  9. Helpful (4)

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interviewer in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Interviewer in Fresno, CA

    I worked at Ipsos part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. This place is so depressing I honestly have nothing good to say about them. They are a shady company that treats employees horribly. I started with Synovate which was ok but when Ipsos took over it all deteriorated. Horible, demoralizing unappreciative. Should I go on?

    Cons

    Everything! Low pay, harassment, bad employee reviews so they don't have to pay bonuses, treat employees like slave labor, takes employee's whole paycheck, force sick people to come back from leave early, no incentive to work just constant putdowns

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your Fresno Office, and your HR department in Canada. Learn United States and California labor laws and treat your employees like people not cattle. Also stop forcing interviewers to harass respondents. Better yet sell back to Synovate!!!!!!

  10. Helpful (5)

    Horrific

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ipsos full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Helpful co-workers within the team.

    Cons

    It is so bad it honestly feels like you're part of some psychology experiment that's created to test how much you can take until you break. The tools and processes are about as bad as they could possibly get. There's so much to fix that it will take years to dig out of the hole, and that's the best case scenario only if management starts loosening the budget so the teams can hire quality talent and produce better tools. Inefficiency abounds.

    Advice to Management

    I do not know where to start. I'm not sure how far up the issues go but the level of disconnect from senior management is unfathomable. The need for more resources for the teams could not be overstated.

  11. Helpful (3)

    There are better places that may appreciate talent.

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

    I worked at Ipsos full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers.
    Learning operational tasks.
    Decent place to learn the ropes for recent grads for a year.

    Cons

    No appreciation of hard and intelligent work (thru compensation or merit based growth opportunities)
    Selective promotions not based on merits
    Long hours 60+/week
    Not client centric or strategic
    Issues are known but not a priority for management.

    Advice to Management

    Manage by walking around and check pulse on each location. Not by surveys or meeting with upper management at locations. If you are really concerned, ACT.

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