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Not a pleasant experience

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

I worked at IHS full-time

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 ManagementAdvice

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. 7 people found this helpful

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

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    Former Employee - Sales in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Sales in Alexandria, VA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Advancing Decisions that Advance the World

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at IHS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -IHS has acquired dozens of companies and will some day be able to offer a single platform to deliver content from any of its best-in-breed critical information and insight solutions
    -Global company, hosts a world sales conference annually to bring sales colleagues together
    -Sales incentive trip awarded each year to top performers- usually a week in Hawaii
    -Good benefits, stock rewards for improvements on customer satisfaction surveys/hitting sales targets

    Cons

    -acquisitions take a long time to "melt" into a feeling of truly being "one company"
    -trudging through integration of internal processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in technology starting with a new ihs.com. Beef up servers for internal systems such as CRM. Beef up sales peoples' laptop performance capabilities so they are not slowing them down.. the extra $50 for RAM is a big help! Invest more into product development to ensure we can stand behind the pricing that we ask for our best-in-breed products.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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