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Former Employee - Director
Former Employee - Director

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

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

Pros

Good comp and benefits, growing company

Cons

Lost its way. Lack of leadership. Poor policies for growing and maintaining talent.
Little investment in R&D and development of innovation. Most investment is focused on acquisition not development of existing businesses.
They don't live their values.

Advice to Management

It is all about the people! Invest in the existing business and new products.

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    Inconsistent Upper-Management Focus & No Career Growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is excellent, and technical employees are intelligent and easy to work with; bottom-level management is reasonable; IT is responsive - I had the necessary equipment to do my job; compensation is reasonable, and day-to-day environment is professional

    Cons

    There is a poor management culture at the middle-to-C-level: a culture of telling higher-ups what they wish to hear, rather than the truth, or your informed opinion. Design meetings are like Kabuki theater: figure out what the senior person in the room is thinking, and then agree with that. Some Director-level managers have fired people for single disagreements. Penny-pinching attitude toward choice of architecture: even highly-profitable projects were starved for resources. Poor collaboration among departments - general dysfunction in communication.

    There seemed to be an emphasis on pleasing stock analysts: cut expenses for the sake of cutting expenses this quarter, and don't worry about longer-term profitability or viability. I don't believe that the CEO or his direct reports are pumping the stock with an intent to dump it, but the relentless pace of acquisitions and emphasis on immediate satisfaction of metrics left little time to address the issue of the dysfunctional, bloated, and unproductive middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Management is bloated: far too many Directors and Senior Directors. There is a chronic love affair with off-the-shelf packages from external providers in place of internal development of solutions. Nothing wrong with using pre-built tools when appropriate, but you should stick with your decisions once you make them - constant reversals mean nothing ever gets completed.


  2. Helpful (5)

    IHS can be a great company to work for, if you are in the right position.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some very smart people working on some truly amazing things.

    Cons

    The organization of the company is a bit schizophrenic. They do relatively frequent layoffs to "trim the fat". Not always ready to embrace new technology, which leaves them behind the curve.


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