IHS Reviews

Updated July 28, 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. Research Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Reasonable 40 hour work week. Access to lots of industry data and experts. Good benefits, rewarded with extra stocks for staying long term and doing a good job. After 2-3 years, it's common to get job offers from your clients. If you resist job-hopping and are patient, you're likely to improve your position thru attrition.

    Cons

    Career development can be slow, and is largely up to you and your initiative. Pay raises are slow and some people find it better to leave IHS and come back after a year to negotiate a better salary.

    Advice to Management

    Give better pay raises for long term employees; don’t force them to leave and come back to negotiate better pay. IHS researchers/analysts who stick become more knowledgeable and valuable with each year of experience.


  2. Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible with work from home. Good team environment

    Cons

    Too much red tape to get anything done. Not enough recognition of in-house talent.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talent and keep rewarding hard working/smart people to retain talent.


  3. Senior analyst

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

    I worked at IHS

    Pros

    Great people and fun environment to work in

    Cons

    Salaries are low. Work hours are not flexible.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acquiring company and work in growing the ones you already have


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  5. Dynamic company

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    • 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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Acquisitive company means always gaining new colleagues and capabilities; extensive international network; wide range of services and products to support your work

    Cons

    Change fatigue from constant reorganisations; feeling that some business units are more in the spotlight than others; investment in new headcount often deprioritized; organisation can often be bureaucratic


  6. Helpful (6)

    Too Big and May Fail

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    • 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.


  7. Could be worse

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    • 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.


  8. Senior Economist

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    • 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.


  9. Great company!

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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    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.


  11. Helpful (8)

    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!!



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