IHS Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • work/life balance possible if you're vigilant (in 32 reviews)

  • good starting pay with good benefits (in 26 reviews)

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

  • Upper management are ruthless in their pursuit of quarterly (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Could be worse

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

    I have been working at IHS full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    IHS offers relatively competitive salaries and a comfortable work environment. They provide one day of volunteer time every year to use for any 501(c)(3) activity you would like to use it for. They are open to flexible scheduling and telecommuting.

    Cons

    They are publicly-owned, so there is a lot of emphasis on the quarterly results. They have grown quickly over the last few years, and have reorganized things frequently, sometimes to the detriment of existing productive working relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Management by spreadsheet is not always successful.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Too Big and May Fail

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Southfield, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company has access to lots of data and information that can be fun for a self starter

    Cons

    Senior Management focused on keeping their own jobs - few are focused on creating a true company. Workers feel disconnected from company - in every office

    Advice to Management

    Automatic customer price increases isn't really organic growth.


  3. Senior Economist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Economist in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Economist in Lexington, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great colleagues, interesting work.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for advancement. Promotions don't change what you do, just your title.


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  5. Great company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Care in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Customer Care in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at IHS full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. The company has a strong team atmosphere and the managers really work hard to help their employees with their job satisfaction and career growth. Great vacation benefits, healthcare and encourage volunteer time in the community.

    Cons

    Though they work hard on career growth, it is difficult for many to move up in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more job shadowing and training opportunities for possible job positions within the company.


  6. Okay work place

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at IHS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance and team environment

    Cons

    Slow on any opportunity for advancement. Low pay.


  7. Helpful (7)

    It depends on business unit

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at IHS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Your experience will depend on the business unit and area (IT, Product Management, etc). At the corporate level I think there is benevolence, but focus on the short-term and acquisitions (which thankfully has slowed and the targets have become larger). Not sure we know what we want to be when we grow up. An Energy company? Something else?

    Cons

    My business unit has a very poor understanding of the customer: they don't need data, they need answers. The focus is on making current customers happy and retaining them instead of thinking about how to attract new customers and leapfrog the competition. Nothing innovative here.

    Advice to Management

    Our CEO just left (was gotten rid of?) so advice right now is to hire a dynamic leader that can articulate a long-term vision and a specific strategy to get there. Innovate!!


  8. Helpful (2)

    Two Thumbs Up!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Englewood, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to be creative and drive innovation for changing, growing areas within Information Technology.
    Many opportunities for advancement based depending on what you are willing to contribute
    Great benefits
    Good work/life balance
    Great managers

    Cons

    Offer incentives for employees to increase their bonus earnings within each pay grade...so they don't have wait until the next big promo for a pay bump.
    Offer a sabbatical after so many years of service.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your employees and addressing legitimate concerns as they arise. It is good to know we are being heard


  9. Helpful (1)

    Business Analyst chemical consulting

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IHS

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

    Pros

    Good project exposure, growing company

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities unless specific degree

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more for their efforts


  10. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Finance in Denver, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good business model, subscription based revenue provides stability and cash flow

    Cons

    Public company quarterly focus pressures

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the M&A


  11. Helpful (5)

    Researcher II

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at IHS (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible remote working schedule, lots of chances to meet colleagues from other departments

    Cons

    No support from management for career growth, very disrespectful communication from managers

    Advice to Management

    Need managers who have experience managing and engaging with people and can support/train employees



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