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Not a pleasant experience

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

I worked at IHS full-time

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

Pros

Pay and benefits are in line with market, or a little above. Generally nice people to work with, outside of management.

Cons

Management is a mess -- they project smiles but it's well known it's open warfare among the senior management team as they position themselves. Middle managers are terrible -- they do nothing but protect their paychecks at the expense of everyone in their departments. I've seen horrible treatment of good people who were doing good work. Be prepared to be in early, stay late and always be available, no matter what your position or situation, and don't expect to be thanked for the extra effort, because there is no work/life balance.

Advice to Management

You have too many layers of management for such a medium sized company, and they are not serving your employees well. It's a keep your head down mentality for most employees, who could and want to do better.

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  1. Helpful (7)

    The business outlook for the business is often brighter than the business outlook of the business!

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Sales in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at IHS full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Talented dedicated people
    Great benefits...outstanding benefits.
    Great potential
    Cash flow and successful stock IPO

    Cons

    Mis-guided self-serving middle management.
    No sense of team based leadership
    Business segments are highly silo'd
    Lack of consensus with regards to identity, not possible to describe company in 30 seconds with any degree of clarity.
    Loss of expertise in energy research and insight. CERA has become irrelevant.
    Stuck in antiquated business models that limit pathways of progressive growth.
    Lack of focus on industry specific market sectors.
    No real understanding of government(s) business.
    Management has failed to provide any leadership regarding employee development.
    Metrics towards the development of SMART goals & objectives are often mis-understood and dependent on external events that are beyond the control of many employees.
    Employee goals and objectives are rarely communicated in a manner that would synergize the individual, the team or business group with the overall company mission.

    Advice to Management

    Engage the middle management, make them accountable for all aspects of the areas they are responsible for.
    While the acquisition strategy sounds plausible to shareholders and the board, underneath it is simply not working. There is great potential "IF" the strategy was being executed as planned. That plan is not understood, nor is it defined or documented, thus, creating limitations to the overall potential of this company. Hopefully a stock dump and run is not in order.


  2. Helpful (10)

    Great Colleagues, Poor Executive Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Denver, CO

    I worked at IHS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    98% of the poeple I worked with were amazing - hard working, dedicated, teammates in success, etc. I made incredible friendships and found it easy to work at or below my level to get things done.

    Cons

    The executive management team in action was like watching an MMA event. I have never seen the amount of jostling, positioning, back-stabbing, etc for executives to try and gain power, control, and favor with the CEO as at IHS. It's senior leadership team truly resembles the one sitting on the dias in the original "Wall Street" movie. It is a shame, as the few good leaders get pushed down or aside by the bad ones.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that, despite your best intentions at the CXO level, your VPs underneath you do not practice the company values or mission. They are more concerned about power than people or quality. It might look good today as the stock value appreciates, but it is NOT sustainable long-term.


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