Argus Information & Advisory Services

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Updated June 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Projects resulting and involving great understanding of credit card industry and data management (in 12 reviews)

  • Learn a lot about data, where it's from and how it's abstracted and then advised for clients (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Certain managers are nasty and many employees are expected to work long hours (in 11 reviews)

  • bad work life balance, lower pay rate, over confidence (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Hectic work. No personal life at all

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    Former Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities exist because turnover is high

    Cons

    Long working hours - 10hours a day to 11 hours easily during week days. U have to work in weekends too.

    Advice to Management

    No one can work for this long hours on a long term basis. that is why everybody leaves in a year .


  2. Helpful (9)

    Argus Cheats You With Misleading Job Description and then Beats the Soul out of you

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    Former Employee - Analyst - Client Delivery in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst - Client Delivery in New York, NY

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services

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

    Pros

    1. Above average salary in this economy (not nearly worth it for this hell) 2. Near New York City 3. Good colleague camaraderie (at the analyst level mind you, because you are all SUFFERING) 4. bagels and donuts on Friday, i guess

    Cons

    1. They recruit from top schools for client delivery and lie to prospects by claiming you get to do consulting, learn about the CC space...well you don't. This is a programming job where you crunch SQL code all day long without learning what any of it means. No consulting. Not even gaining an understanding of the credit card space let alone basic consulting. It's like the movie Momento, DON'T BELIEVE THEIR LIES. 2. Everyone at Argus is disgruntled. Over the last 5 years something like 125 employees have left (this is not hyperbole). This place beats out all the i-banks as a shitty place to work. 3. Managers here are incompetent, selfish, and manipulative. They don't care about the professional growth of analysts and beat the living soul out of them. I personally witnessed one good manager, so you are playing a game of Russian roulette here. 4. They tell you that you are not expected to know SQL coming in. But you basically are. If you are not a whiz in SQL, expect hell and I promise that 6 months in you will either by searching for new jobs or if you are lucky enough not to be a foreign worker you will quit. 5. Aside from the terrible work conditions (ok, you might say, so every job is a grind, this is life) the point is that YOU DON'T LEARN ANYTHING RELEVANT TO WHAT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN WHICH I MIGHT GUESS IS FINANCE AND CONSULTING. For good sakes, the world is a big place, don't take their offer.

    Advice to Management

    Do the world a favor and LBO this company so it can be liquified. Otherwise, stop recruiting from top schools and claiming that Client Delivery is consulting. That's just plain cruel.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Warning: Don't work here - terrible place

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    They will sponsor even people with bachelor's degree and no experience (eventually). Can help get you job with credit card company or maybe EY/PWC.

    Cons

    1. They don’t consider employees human. Everybody miserable, analysts and managers. 2. They only care about revenue targets and will make you work after midnight, weekends, on holidays for weeks at a time. Analysts have had to work on New Year Day – so basically all your personal commitments don’t matter, ever. Bonuses are not bad but just not worth it for this hell. 3. You have to work in office – most analysts don’t get laptops and can’t work from home. The office doesn’t have AC after 6pm in the summer, so you have to work past midnight in 90-100 degree temperature with no air circulation. 4. No internet access for analysts - you have to work in White Plains for 60-80 hours a week with internet only on your phone. 5. They take your personal cellphone number and put it in company directory, then call you anytime. 6. Only 17 days off per year, including sick days. And you don’t get half of federal holiday like columbus day. A lot of time you have to push your already limited time off to next year. 7. Normal companies have 360 feedback so everyone gives everyone feedback. Here you only give feedback to people below you. Thus managers don’t have to give crap about analysts. This shows every day in everything they do. 8. They lie about sponsorship. They will hire analysts telling them they will sponsor them immediately, then push off to next year. 9. They lie about giving good raise. New analyst will start at $65000 salary, then get pathetic 2-3% raise even though company revenue is up 20-30%. Imagine working 60-80 hours a week for a year to get such tiny raise. 10. Expense report system very bad and takes very long for you to get your money back. 11. Very cheap in general, particular for recruiting - you have to share hotel room when you go to campus to recruit. They won’t pay for 1 hotel room per person. And they will try best to make you come in and out same day as interview candidate through cheapest transport method, no hotel stay of course. 12. This not real consulting – just brainless SQL coding all day. 13. No good planning or project management, so big changes are frequently made at absolute last minute so analyst’s life becomes hell doing everything again with almost no time. And projects are usually understaffed as they clearly say they want to keep everyone very busy. Finally, data ops frequently lets major error get into production tables, which requires Client Delivery to find last minute workaround. Data ops people miserable too so don’t blame them. 14. Most managers have little to no people management skills. Some who work here for years will actually SCREAM AND SHOUT at you if you only worked till midnight and didn’t stay all night to finish something. 15. You have to bind presentations by hand. Expect to spend Friday evenings at work binding presentations for 2 hours instead of doing actual analyst work. Is attrition very very high? What you think? Awful place. Glad I am gone.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Absolutely Terrible

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services

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

    Pros

    You meet some great people. I made many good friends here.

    Cons

    Everything else I guess I'll start from the top down. Management here is horrendous. The way Argus as a company manages its assets, down to how the managers manage their teams. Just poor quality management all around. The company itself could care less about you. The rate of turnover is extraordinarily high, so high in fact, that if you stay there for three or more years, you are probably in the top 5% of employees who have. This company will make you work easily up to 12 hours a day. Don't even get me started on the computers they give you. You would think that a rapidly growing company who handles multiple PETABYTES of data would have some decent quality machines to handle all of that data processing. Wrong. They stick you with a computer, that which I calculated, cost them less than $30/computer. A lot of machines are still on XP too which is hilariously awful. The computers themselves I think have around a gig of ram each? It's absolutely terrible and takes FOREVER to get things done. For a company that expects so much from their workers, how about spending your money on things that would increase productivity for your company? It makes absolutely no sense. Many of the managers are just horrible people. Talk about condescending and treating employees like replaceable garbage. Don't get me wrong, I've seen some fantastic managers, who do actually care about you and treat you as a person, but don't expect much of it. Many managers think extremely highly of themselves, so much so that it is just laughable. They are so oblivious to everything except things that will earn him or her more money in the end. They expect respect too, which I find hilarious as well. There is no organization here. Everything seems to just be done on the fly. They use old, outdated code generated years ago by people who had enough sense to move on to another company. Nobody has any idea what is going on. Argus just tends to wing it, and miraculously gets by. I guess that's due to the fact that they work their employees in to the dirt. Work smart, not hard, should be the ideal scenario in any type of work, Argus does the exact opposite. If you went to school for anything technical related such as Computer Science or Info Technology. Please do yourself a favor and do not even look at this company. They lie in their job descriptions saying that you will be making some real contributions in writing SQL code that will blah blah blah. All you will do is run pre-made, extremely inefficient crap. If you want to develop, do NOT come here. Run far away. Payroll can also be a nightmare sometimes. There are times when the payroll department will forget to give you part of your check, and you have to wait another two weeks to get compensated for their mistakes. To sum things up: Avoid this company like the plague. The company is expanding, sure, but if they continue on like this, it will eventually collapse to the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Hire people who care about their teams.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Churns through quality employees like an old maid making butter

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    o Free Sodas and Coffee, Clean Bathrooms

    Cons

    - low salary offset by what they call a "Generous Bonus". I call it baloney. They just hope you quit before the bonus. - terrible management - very long hours -no clear vision - lots of infighting. - meaningless promotions and insignificant raises

    Advice to Management

    Verisk should fold this company and sell it, or retain its intellectual property and absorb it.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Worst company to work for

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    Former Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good analyst camaraderie since all are disgusted by the work and environment

    Cons

    Pay - at or below market. I'm surprised that some reviews mention that salary is competitive - look around and almost all credit card companies pay similar salaries or better. Work - the job is re-running some SQL code to pull data. Managers dont have a clue of what the clients really want. So, as an analyst the learning is limited to a handful of SQL commands and hitting the green button to execute the code. Hours - absolutely crazy (11-12 hours all through). Analysts are treated like slaves. Management - most of the managers are utterly incompetent. They've just worked at Argus and dont know how things actually work in the real world. Neither do they really have any understanding of credit cards. Analysts are hired hoping they quit in 11-12 months so bonuses dont need to be paid out. Avoid this firm like plague...it is better to just stay at home for a few months and find something better than work at a place like this and lose sanity. If for some reason you're working here, just start looking right now - you'll find something. Dont believe the good reviews...they're just being written by the HR department.

    Advice to Management

    No point giving any advice


  8. Helpful (8)

    Run Away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Argus has many nice people who work very hard. Many are really smart and working like crazy.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and getting worse. Anyone who had a real vision of how to build a business has left. The current CEO (Banerjee) is really weak and plays favorites. He is only in it for himself and is in way over his head. Long hours, little if any training, and highly political. New owners (Verisk) under-invests and is milking the place; couple this with a new CEO who is second rate and punitive and you have a terrible place to work. Compensation and career path is at risk.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on leadership and taking care of your people. Get back in touch with how to drive value to clients and provide an attractive place to work.


  9. Helpful (18)

    Consider this as your last option

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I cannot find any to be honest. I would say it is the best option if you do not have any other option. Bonus: 20-35 percent but IMO it's not worth your free time that you would have got if you will not be working for this company. You will anyway be frustrated and will not be able to enjoy your life

    Cons

    Compensation: Looks average on the onset but when you calculate the amount of time that you spend working you realize you earn less than the folks working on a construction site on an hourly basis Work life balance: It is a joke. When the upper management says that you will not have a work life balance and that is how we operate then there is something wrong in the way they manage their projects. Neither this is a start up or working on ground breaking technology and wasting your time and career here would be a big mistake. Office Culture: Let me start with analysts; they are fun to work as they are in the same situation. So, people are good till you reach the associate managers position. Moving on to the managers, oh my the less I express the better it is. Most of them moved up internally and don't know how a project should be handled. I have not seen any manager doing any kind of planning everything is up in the air and they themselves don't know how to manage the project. If you suggest something that is right, that will mostly fall to deaf ears. Work is fast paced but it is all rework due to the mistakes made by the management on not asking for ample of time or proper planning for developing the product. Average amount of time that an analyst stays here is about a year and work hours are ridiculous. What shocked me while development is that if you call yourself as a data warehouse company and do not involve the DBA in any planning then what kind of planning do you do. DBA's are TBH non-existent. No proper data modelers, test plans or development resources. They fall short on all aspects. If you work here and then move on to a different company you will realize how much you are lagging in all aspects. Personal growth: You don't have time for yourself, forget about taking extra classes or working on a side project. Other aspects: Technology, one of the worst databases i.e. MS SQL Server. It is mostly an operational shop and no analytics done by the company. They think running min, max and average on historical data is analytics which is a joke. If you have an expectation that you will be writing optimization algorithms and some machine learning codes to run on a distributed servers then you are at the wrong place. Please don't go by the description provided on glassdoor by the company

    Advice to Management

    This is not a startup anymore and there is no substantial growth in the past 15 or so years. No startup like work or technology, everyone are working on 90's technology. Treat your analysts like humans and retain the best of them as they are the future. Bring managers from other companies who have been there and done that as the mangers who have only worked for argus are not good enough in planning/analytics or man management. Do your homework before taking on any projects, just bringing in random employess will not make the project a success


  10. Helpful (6)

    Change in culture desperately needed

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    Former Employee - Manager in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities for those willing to give yo their lives for career growth

    Cons

    Lack of management people skills. Terrible work life balance. Salary or bonus do no compensate for slave like hours.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp of culture and management style. Need to train managers more people skills and allow for more flexible work hours. Complete change in attitude from senior management.


  11. Helpful (16)

    How fast can you run from this company?

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services

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

    Pros

    Other than free breakfast on Friday's, free cokes and other soft drinks, and ability to order dinner on company dime if you work late (you would mostly work very late), can't think of anything good with this company.

    Cons

    Where do I start? First, its not consulting. Don't get fooled by what they say when they come to your school. Just querying data in SQL, manipulating in Excel, and putting in PPT is not consulting. If you don't get any job, then you can join - they will do your H1B. But know that they will own every minute of your life. How? They will ask you to work very late if you are in client delivery or data ops - you will likely work till 10-11PM, and are expected to show up by 9 or so. And you are supposed to come in on weekends too. BTW, there is no long weekend. Inevitably the Friday afternoon before the long weekend they will give you some big stuff to work on and they expect to see results 1st thing when everyone is back after the long weekend. If don't have the results (irrespective of how new you are in the job), they get upset. Specially, if you are unlucky to work in any of the 3 ladies' teams in CD, your life will be miserable. These ladies consider themselves entitled because they have been here for a while and they are treated like that by senior management too. So these ladies talk down others and if you contradict them with a different views you will not be in their good books any more. One of these ladies will spend 3-4 hrs making you sit in front of her and changing shades of colors on your almost complete PPT deck. She wastes half of your day doing this, and then she would expect you to finish all your other work as originally scheduled. They are very abrasive - I have seen some of these ladies become really nasty with poor Data Operations folks and demanding their stuff be done yesterday irrespective of other workload. The CEO does nothing but promote the bad attitude of these folks. In fact, he has openly called one of these ladies his favorite. Talking about CEO, he is full of himself. He doesn't believe in work-life balance of any of the analysts. There was an employee survey done last Sept/Oct at Argus - the opinions were so poor that they didn't share the results until April. And what does the CEO do when he shares the results selectively? He tells everyone a BS story about when he was an analyst, the HR of that company called him and asked him to go home early because he was making others in his department look bad. Really? He cannot accept the fact that most of the employees truly believe that they don't want to work here and will be looking elsewhere. Instead CEO thought that there were only a few bad apples causing the poor atmosphere. The CEO has no idea how poor Argus system and computers are and how much extra work analysts have to do to work around non-working servers and tables. Probably because his CIO himself does not know what is modern technology. As I said most of the work is done in SQL - even .NET is considered revolutionary at Argus. You don't get to use any data visualization tool like Tableau, or software like R or SAS (except for a few modelers in couple of teams). Big data tools like Hadoop? CIO thinks they don't need it since their data is structured. The servers go down often, or they are very slow. They want you to work late, but don't give you laptops in many cases. Because they don't trust that you will log in from home and work as late. At least now they allow you to go to the internet - I'm told a year ago they didn't even allow that! You might think that this will be a way for you to get your first job or a H1B, But after 4-6 months you will not learn anything new. So basically, you are wasting your time and stunting your career growth. Analyst salaries are not that great either considering this being NY and you are working minimum 10-12 hrs a day. So be careful about that illusion that Argus creates when they visit your campus that they do cutting edge consulting work.

    Advice to Management

    There is no point giving any advice to management because they don't listen. There have been same comments over and over again on Glassdoor, but management hasn't tried to change anything at all.



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