Argus Information & Advisory Services

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Argus Information & Advisory Services Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
61 Reviews
3.1
61 Reviews
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Michael Heller
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Review Highlights

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
  • Very long hours depending on the team which you're in (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great internship experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services as an intern

    Pros

    As a intern, you will obtain great work experience that will jump start your career. Many interns are hired on as full time employees.

    Cons

    Young professional environment with many recent graduates. Fast paced and not for the faint of heart. Not a place where you can push paper and still get by.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture but long days

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services

    Pros

    There was a great atmosphere amongst the workers. The employees were very friendly and approachable.

    Cons

    The work days tended to stretch into around 10-12 hours. A little more interaction during the day would be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Pay, Hire From Within

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services

    Pros

    Hire from within, good pay, many benefits

    Cons

    They work you very hard (12 hour + days)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The benefits will leave employees satisfied after working long days, so keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely Terrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Quit. Hire people who care about their teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Argus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fun people who are outgoing. Many young people who are fun.

    Cons

    Certain managers are nasty and many employees are expected to work long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a plan for employees to have a better work/life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    good place

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

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    lots to learn, good for fresher. good to start a career after graduation from undergrad or maybe good to get sponsorship

    Cons

    bad work life balance, lower pay rate, over confidence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    High Turnover

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

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    1) work life balance is tough but management will accomadate time for your needs (broken car, waiting for the cable guy, etc...)
    2) Telecommuting is occasionally permitted.
    3) Best data company in the world

    Cons

    1) infighting between the two major company divisions-- lack of communication between the two
    2) Salary is adequate, but they make you wait until March for the bonus. People quit just before receiving their bonuses, which leads me to my next point.
    3) NYC companies are out pacing argus in both base pay and bonuses, anecdotal evidence would support this.
    4) On average 1-2 people quit per week for a better option.
    5) Company only matches a better option rather than going over the top to retain talent.
    6) Major brain drain going on here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to spend it to make it. Start giving meaningful raises to employees. More people are on the way out, you just have to listen around the watercooler carefully enough.

    Stop hiring from outside to fill manager vacancies. You have talented Senior Analysts that can do the job. Promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good work experience. Competitive salary+bonus. Great culture

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Web Developer in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I joined Argus in May 2013 as a web developer. So far it is FUN.

    Great work experience and challenging projects.

    Competitive salary + good annual bonus.

    Most employees and managers have a nice personalities. Great mix of backgrounds. No one feels like the outsider.

    Casual Friday + Bagels day.

    Cons

    poor Communication between Teams and departments.

    Too much security restrictions because of their data sensitivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Strictly okay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time

    Pros

    Good for new graduates to get finance related experience

    Cons

    Not much information sharing, very limited training on job, high turnover

  11.  

    Great Learning in the Credit Card industry space

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Really smart and bright co-workers
    Great for those interested in data analytics
    Many opportunities to grow and get promoted

    Cons

    Low base but high bonus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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