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Helpful (1)

Very strong company and a good place to work.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Plymouth Meeting, PA
Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Plymouth Meeting, PA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at IMS Health as a contractor (More than a year)

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 Management

Continue to be transparent to the employees.

Other Employee Reviews for IMS Health

  1. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Collegeville, PA
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Collegeville, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Good company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time

    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


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