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IHS Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
275 Reviews
3.2
275 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance - some travel but minimal, mostly 40 hour weeks (in 32 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent salary - but poor merit raises unless you change roles (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Company middle management increasing isolating themselves from day to day events (in 12 reviews)

  • Buddy system in LOB upper management promotes themselves even with poor performance results (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Day Activity Supervisor in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Day Activity Supervisor in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at IHS

    Pros

    Benefits,Bonuses, PTO,Volunteer Work. Get to help Adults in need of someone who cares to take the time to help them accomplish more daily aspects of living.

    Cons

    Working with clients need a lot of patience. Feel need a new supervisor who is over the lead supervisors due to she is not very hands on nor polite with over all staff instead she has her favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up good work! Need new supervisor who's over the lead supervisor's.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company

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

    I have been working at IHS full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Profitable company, strong leadership from upper management which keeps the company moving to the right direction.

    Cons

    Lack of career advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide your employee with more opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    Growing fast- lots of opportunities. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Uncertainties associated with constant change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good work life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at IHS full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, nice and friendly work environment

    Cons

    Career path is limited and the company is not that organized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tightly manage organization and give more motivation to employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Probably a great place to work if you work at the Englewood HQ

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

    I worked at IHS

    Pros

    IHS is making money hand over fist. And if you work for one of the business units that is bringing in most of the cash, I'm sure it's probably a great place to work. Senior managers who are universally reviled are, eventually, after a couple years, shown the door.

    The benefits package (for PD&D colleagues anyway) was fairly generous.

    Cons

    IHS shows no interest in retaining talent below management. In fact they have a conceit that you should be glad for the privilege of working there. Once or twice a year there will be a required colleague engagement survey, but if your survey results show that you are unhappy in your job, that's considered to be your fault.

    When they acquire a company, if that company was a startup paying slave wages, you're gonna keep working for slave wages. The help can't expect to get a bump bigger than 10% without the say-so of a senior VP, and that's if you walk on water, bring sight to the blind, and raise the dead. In my organization, several people who had put in years of struggle during the lean years prior to acquisition left the company after a few years of 2-3% raises when they received offers in excess of 200% of what they were earning at IHS, and IHS countered with a 10% bump to their existing salary. Vast quantities of domain knowledge walked out the door, and nobody outside of the trenches was at all concerned.

    If that wasn't bad enough, corporate will look at an empty position like that and say "Well if the guy who quit worked for $35,000/yr for 5 years, the most we will offer in that position is $50,000/yr" and never mind that the regional average for that position is closer to $80,000/yr. There was at least one such critical position that had gone unfilled for more than two years when i left, with no hope in sight. This meant that other people with the same skill set had to split their time between job functions. This lead to further attrition.

    Meanwhile, the hiring guidelines for new colleagues in new positions are to hire at the regional average for the job. And you don't have to talk about compensation to get an idea for who is struggling to get by and who is doing just fine.

    When i left, the trend was for technical staff to become increasingly fungible assets. This means that if there is a slowdown in your business unit, you may have the opportunity to work remotely for a team you've never met, working business you've never considered before. Because we're all happiest when we are put to the fullest use.

    If you work for a smaller office, you will get used to sitting through all-hands conference calls that have nothing to do with your business unit, run by people you will never meet, who have no idea what happens at your office.

    As a matrixed organization, people in different functions at the same office report up completely different management chains. Invariably this will mean that the most senior manager in the building has "site leader" responsibilities, but there will be several junior people in the office who report one of his out-of-town peers, who can and will disagree from time to time. This can lead to epic contests of micturition in which you will be the bucket boy.

    If something becomes an HR issue, you might have a department HR person to talk to or you might have a region HR person to talk to, or both. It will not be unusual to find out that the last HR rep you talked to is no longer your HR rep. This can enable a great deal of manipulation during ongoing issues.

    Org charts don't seem to officially exist. Your manager will have an org chart that he got from his boss. It's content will be a matter of dispute.

    All staffing has to go through the staffing office. Your staffing rep just started this week, because the last one didn't work out so well. Your staffing rep will list the job on the website and occasionally check to see if anyone has applied.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you talk the talk wrt culture and values. start to walk the walk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    good benefits, but bureaucratic structure was frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at IHS full-time

    Pros

    intelligent co-workers with real expertise (in the field of energy research)
    good work-life balance
    good benefits

    Cons

    often difficult to get things done owing to a uncoordinated management structure and process
    hard to reward great performance or sanction poor performance from one's staff, as the review and compensation system tends to flatten compensation compared with performance
    bonus system is top-heavy--I felt it should be extended to employees at all levels
    for comparable performance in comparable jobs, men are promoted faster than women

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Longevity depends on the budget each year.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at IHS as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Down to earth, very outside the box thinking, rewards employees by allowing them to move up in the way they want.

    Cons

    Not a great place for remote contractors. You can be let go at any time, without notice. Depends on the budget each quarter and/or changes in management...which happen constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and tell employees and contractors how it is, and how it may be so that they don't get the wrong idea.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    Better benefit than average, 3 weeks vacations

    Cons

    Do not have too many opportunities for the career development

  10.  

    Enriching experience where one literally learns something new everyday. Truly a company of 'Information'

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

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    Leadership team understands business needs and has done a great job in growing the company to what it is today

    Cons

    Greater emphasis on integrated solution offerings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities to move from one business area/division to another as part of career enrichment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Absolutely loved my Analyst position, but needed advancement in my career!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, ability to work from home. Good culture and values, smart and considerate colleagues. Great mentorship - I loved who I worked with and who I worked for. AMAZING BENEFITS (slightly offset the slightly lower cash comp). Beautiful office nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Slow career progression, slightly lower salary than other Analyst position (i.e. I Bank, PE)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more paths for advancement for analysts. You do a great job of bringing in the right talent and retaining them, they would even more gracious if given a chance to move up the corporate ladder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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