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Very strong company and a good place to work.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Plymouth Meeting, PA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth Meeting, PA

Pros

-fast paced environment is good for those with a strong work ethic
-interesting and challenging work
-friendly and collaborative environment
-you are given autonomy to take care of your workload; not much micro-managing from what I can tell
-always something to learn
-generally, management is good about communicating with its employees regarding individual / departmental performance, and also regarding the overall state / direction of the company
-informative town hall meetings inform any employee who wishes to attend about the state of the company / business unit on a quarterly basis
-a true "global" atmosphere and model...offers opportunity to gain international experience
-solid benefits
-very good HR and recruiting departments
-payscale has been improving for most positions to be on par with competitor companies
-very strong vacation, work from home, tuition reimbursement, and retirement plans
-very profitable company and most business units hit most to all of their bonus targets
-company has grown by 10% + revenue in each of past 3 years, while remaining very lean

Cons

-like any mid-sized company, politics sometimes come in to play; can be difficult to introduce new ideas or push your initiatives into play if senior management disagrees
-many contractors uncertain if / when they can become full time
-can be difficult to tell best way for individual advancement within the company
-some uncertainty with pending purchase / IPO of the company

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to be transparent to the employees.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other reviews for IMS Health

  1.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very flexible, though expect to work more than 40 hours a week

    Cons

    They tend to let go of people without regard to knowledge/experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating at times, but a notable improvement vs. 2 years ago. Employees have to be in it for the long haul.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Architect  in  Collegeville, PA
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Collegeville, PA

    Pros

    + Work / Life balance in most non-consulting positions
    + Death-march projects are rare to non-existent. Putting your career on cruise-control is possible while still inching up the compensation ladder.
    + Benefits
    + In all but one role I've been in, the immediate co-workers and managers watch your back

    Cons

    - Career advancement is slow paced; much like the environment.
    - Autonomy has to be fiercely fought for and defended at every turn.
    - Technologist culture is still stuck back in the 80's, but at least now pays lip service to modernity.
    - Sr. Management still has no good way to accurately value knowledge workers. In-sourcing to India is an overall improvement vs outsourcing, but still can't compare to real, co-located development teams in the US and EMEA where the majority of development is done.
    - Many of the highest value employees have found that the only way to get proper compensation is to leave and come back, or leave and become a consultant; many just simply leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is still an inconsistency between the stated strategies of product leadership and customer centricity and the actual budgets. There's a difference between being cost conscious and being penny-wise, pound-poor. We employees need to hear that while top-line driven EBITDA growth is the motive, and will drive the terminal value when the company is sold / re-IPO'ed, it's not the goal. Revenue growth isn't treated like a consequence of the right strategy and action.
    The "hub and spoke" model is still resulting in functional silos and is frankly not working. I strongly believe that all portfolio and infrastructure projects can be done in a local, federated fashion by co-located teams and that technology principles and standards can drive consistency and reuse internationally. If we are a technology company, and our success is measured by the amount of functionality within working software that we deliver, then we need to abandon the silo-ed approach and hire more, real software developers who are generalists and polyglots.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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