Argus Information & Advisory Services

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Argus Information & Advisory Services Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
55 Reviews
3.1
55 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 10 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    good place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for 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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    High Turnover

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    Good work experience. Competitive salary+bonus. Great culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Great Learning in the Credit Card industry space

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for 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
  7. 4 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 for 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
  8.  

    It get intense

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for 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
  9.  

    Competitive Pay but long hours

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

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Argus was a great place to start as an analyst - since you are surrounded by people who are intelligent and hardworking. The pay structure isn't bad either.

    Cons

    Long hours. High expectations from managers - and you are expected to stay late. Probably a better job for the fresh-graduates who can handle those work loads :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the needs of your employees more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Argus' work culture leaves a lot to be desired

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to say you work as a consultant (although its somewhat misleading). There is room for rapid advancement and the ability to take on responsibility of managing a team a little bit more quickly than at other places.

    Cons

    Argus has a work culture that is very unkind to its employees. They treat new analysts without respect and do not 'trust' them with internet access until you become a manager which is 2-3 years out. As others have mentioned, employees are treated like replaceable factory line workers and doesn't really show any appreciation for their hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start respecting your employees and care about their professional growth. After about 6 months, the learning curve falls off and analysts do not continue to develop useful skills. At this point employees are seen as commodities. It is very unfortunate that analysts (and senior analysts) are not allowed internet access in order to squeeze every ounce of productivity out of them.

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

    Good place to learn about Credit Card Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation
    Opportunity for advancement
    Exposure to credit card industry
    Very smart co-workers
    Senior Management has significant experience within credit card industry
    Company has great potential for growth and there is room to grow within the firm
    Employees recognized for their hard work and efforts

    Cons

    Lack of company culture
    Office located in White Plains
    Poor work/life balance
    Expensive commute from NYC

    Approves of CEO

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