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Ipsos Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
310 Reviews
3.1
310 Reviews
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Ipsos Chairman and CEO Didier Truchot
Didier Truchot
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Pros
  • More often than not, they have positions for part-time market research/survey interviewer (in 25 reviews)

  • Good work environment created by the lower level management (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Management acts like they own you - there is no work-life balance other than lip service paid to the concept (in 23 reviews)

  • Some extremely dull work, long hours for which you are not recognised, poor pay (in 21 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company struggling to not lose what made it great ever since Synovate acquisition

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

    I worked at Ipsos full-time

    Pros

    Ipsos attracts really smart people, and my division was full of both smart and good people. Ultimately, I remained at Ipsos longer than I should have career-wise because I enjoyed the work and loved my colleagues.

    If you start your career here, there will definitely be room for you to learn and grow your career over time. They offer terrific training (Ipsos University) as well, which is there for the taking.

    Cons

    Compensation is not great compared to competitors (and certainly not compared to corporate/client side).

    The culture and general management has been suffering since the Synovate acquisition--rather than what made Ipsos great helping to make Synovate better, the ills and weaknesses that plagued Synovate have bled into Ipsos. While this varies by division, being a matrix organization, the company generally (and certain divisions specifically) is blind to this infection and struggling to stay on track performance-wise as a result.

    If you move to Ipsos mid-career, be prepared, you may likely find that room for growth will be limited...exec level positions tend not to open often and, when they do, too often are filled by outside hires than inside promotions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Learned alot- but all about REVENUE

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

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

    Pros

    For the most part, the people I worked were pleasant. I developed some great relationships.
    Established & developed sound project management experience.
    Was exposed to a wide array of clients and research methodologies

    Cons

    Even if you deserved a promotion, you may not get it if you made "too" much money for your title or your teams revenue wasn't as strong as they wanted. I knew of entry level PD's that would get promoted faster, because they started out at such a lower pay range. So it was easy to move them up, since technically they were being underpaid already. They had no clue what other PD's or Sr. PD's made, so didn't even realize it. There was ALOT of shuffling from team to team, so you rarely had any consistency when it came to managers. That said, it was hard for anyone to "invest" in your growth as things were constantly changing. During my time there,, I had appx 8 managers. Really?
    Lastly, before I left, people were really overworked. It was also after the Synovate buyout, the moral was SO LOW. Once acquiring Synovate peoples titles didn't align very nicely, so people with higher titles/pays were doing much more junior tasks (and vice versa). It was really insulting!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make titles and pay ranges fair and consistent.
    Show support of one another in management. I witnessed alot of pettiness and back stabbing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Changing environment

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

    I worked at Ipsos

    Pros

    Industry leading products. Good people though many are leaving.

    Cons

    Too management heavy. Seem to be losing a lot of experienced employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain your long-term employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people; growing pains

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Ipsos as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good smart people; good client base

    Cons

    Company committed to a major client on an exclusive contract, and scrambled to staff it adequately. May have sacrificed quality to meet deadlines. Good committed staff, tough situation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Expects too much from staff considering the rewards

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time

    Pros

    Interesting job with good people. In some ways it is a job that is what you make of it and there is potential to grow in the organization.

    Cons

    Management acts like they own you - there is no work-life balance other than lip service paid to the concept. Corporate culture is officially "work hard, play hard" but in reality it is "work forever, play never".

    Staff who leave are never replaced as hiring freezes abound.

    You are expected to be on call 24/7 and check emails and go on calls when you are on vacation or out for an evening.

    There is a complete lack of training, and HR assistance is non-existent.

    Long hours are pretty much guaranteed and no overtime means that Ipsos profits on you being "salaried" while your personal and family life suffers with no compensation.

    Pay is also lower than other places, and internal pay structure isn't elastic or based on performance but how good you negotiate at the start of your career.

    No team spirit within departments - teams will pretend to be busy rather than help others.

    Unrealistic demands are applied by a management who apparently are unable to comprehend that if you sell projects, you then have to devote time to completing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that staff are replaced properly, and that support is offered.

    Offer training for managers as currently people are promoted and just expected to manage, and some are naturally good and others are not.

    If you are going to work people to the bone, offer perks or overtime.

    In terms of culture, reduce the number of meetings people are expected to be on. It's hard to meet clients, gain new business and work on projects when you are constantly in meetings.

    Remember that you are a French-owned company and that in most Ipsos offices around the world, vacation means vacation, and is not a special favor granted to you by the benevolent powers-that-be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Norwalk, CT

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, 3 weeks paid vacation

    Cons

    lack of communication, training and personal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider increasing salary that is competitive in the market place

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Relaxed environment, limited promotion potential depending on department

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, medium pace of business day; generally good coworkers; interesting work in some departments; work from home available in many areas.

    Cons

    Technology lags in many areas; promotion potential depends on department but is limited in many places; upper management tends to do things their own way and does not give sufficient responsibility down the chain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow lower level managers more flexibility to take care of employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of red tape, stagnant role

    • 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

    Pros

    Job security, good people, sane hours.

    Cons

    Small raises, hard to come by promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your people do good, reward them. Otherwise you will keep loosing people at a high rate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sad end to Synovate

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

    I worked at Ipsos full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Camaraderie among the rank and file; "we're all in this together" mentality...at least until we can figure out how to move on to something better.

    Cons

    Coming from the promising and increasingly global Synovate, where at least an effort was made to develop connections across geographies and business units, Ipsos' completely siloed approach/mentality was a big letdown. Not to mention the staff cuts resulting from its acquisition of Synovate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    siloed

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    coworkers were great. I learned new skills within the team, but never able to share or collaborate across business units.

    Cons

    Little communication with outside teams. Work was micro-managed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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