Argus Information & Advisory Services

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Argus Information & Advisory Services Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
58 Reviews
3.0
58 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.  

    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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely Terrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 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
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  5. 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 an 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
  6. 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 an 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
  7.  

    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

  8.  

    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 an 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
  9.  

    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 an 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
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It get intense

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    High growth potential.
    Rich Retail banking experience with Credit card , depository account data.
    Free Coffee, Juice, Soda
    Free dinner if you work more than 11hrs
    H1 B Visa

    Cons

    Low salary.
    Less work - life balance
    Stressful environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please listen to cons and improve salary structure, low salary and higher bonus will not going to help in long run.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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