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IHS Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
273 Reviews
3.2
273 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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    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
  2.  

    Good work life balance

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    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
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Longevity depends on the budget each year.

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    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
  6. 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

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    good benefits, but bureaucratic structure was frustrating

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    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.  

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

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    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
  9.  

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

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    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
  10. 9 people found this helpful  

    Great place to collect a paycheck, poor place for the ambitious or creative

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at IHS full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    IHS is a good place for a long-term middle management (manager) and below (analyst) career. If you're interested in keeping your head down, earning a decent but not outstanding salary, and collecting a paycheck, you've come to the right place. If you're ambitious, dream of continuous advancement and desire an opportunity to work in other countries or offices, then this isn't the company for you. And if you're female and have those same ambitions, definitely look elsewhere.

    Depending on your supervisor, there is usually a good amount of flexibility in hours as long as you are serving your clients; but you are expected to be on email 24/7 regardless of your pay scale.

    Negotiate at the beginning of your hire as pay raises are usually 2-3% annually at best. I had to fight hard to get 5% for a direct report who was outstanding one year in particular, capping off 7 years of excellent work. Benefits are pretty good and stock options can be rewarding, especially if you're on the "other" list - those compensated heavily in stock.

    If you're a particularly clever political animal, you'll do well here. With all of the acquisitions, it is a continuous minefield of change. and so your ability to navigate will be challenged, catnip for political players but misery for others.

    Cons

    Make no mistake, IHS is not a gender-neutral workplace. Just look at the leadership team - 2 of 11 are female and unlike many companies, that ratio permeates throughout, it doesn't increase as the funnel widens. There are a handful of female directors, but it's nearly impossible for a female to be promoted above that level so extremely difficult for an analyst to rise to a management position. There are very few female managing directors, and based on discussions with former employees, most were paid 20-30% less than male counterparts.

    Considering it's difficult enough to move up at IHS, adding in gender to the mix and most females can be assured of a long, slow, potentially very unproductive grind up the corporate ladder to middle management at best.

    IHS' style of growth by acquisition means there is a continuous stream of newly acquired talent coming into compete with you for your job, and there is no advantage to being an existing IHS employee. In fact, the newly acquired company sometimes will completely overwhelm the incumbent IHS division and the new employees will be running the division before you know it. In the last six years, in my experience, more existing IHS employees were laid off than newly acquired, excluding shared services (see below). The leadership team is often blinded by the shiny new objects rather than the tried and true.

    Management of divisions is often remote, so directors and VP's are often woefully out of touch with the sentiments of local offices, resulting in promotions of ill-equipped colleagues and redundancies of those actually doing the work. Decisions are made based on the opinion of a few people canny enough to have the ear of the remote manager. Managers see no issue with taking credit for new ideas or implementing new strategies without recognizing the original source.

    Speaking of redundancies, these are done in secret with no communication from managers. One day the person next to you is sitting at his or her desk, and the next day they're gone and there is no official information from management. This secrecy extends far up the management chain, and the entire leadership team is not briefed on the list of redundancies, even when that list includes very senior or high-profile individuals. Considering the company framework is about matrices and limiting silos, this is counterproductive, but telling.

    If your company is being acquired, and you work in accounting, HR, ops, or other "shared services," do start looking immediately. You'll have your job for about a year and then your tasks will be folded into the existing shared services division of IHS. I've seen it happen many times during my tenure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide transparency to staffing decisions. Listen to employees closer to the ground than the lofty heights of VP's and SVP's. Don't be so distracted by shiny, new objects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair, great people to work with and the leadership has integrity.

    Cons

    Some work really hard and others not so much

    Recommends

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