IHS Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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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. Company culture is one of the BEST and also very flexible with schedules/ competitive pay.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    IHS continues to grow globally. They have amazing benefits (including volunteer time off- they treat it like PTO and bonuses. This company has unlimited opportunities. CEO- Scott Key is very down to earth and really makes an effort to keep the work environment/culture positive.

    Cons

    Structure/ consistancy is lacking in some areas. This company is perfect for people who are driven and self starters- people who want to "go the extra mile" without having a micromanager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to collaborate more with other departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    Wouldn't do it again.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS

    Pros

    Don't have any pros to include here.

    Cons

    Who you know, not your performance and contribution to the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make better choices when you lay people off. Age or "CLICKS" aren't good business decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Dynamic but over reaching

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS

    Pros

    Great people and very collaborative leaning

    Cons

    Too many projects means low implementation rate very little time for daily operations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage for the long term and not the next quarter - ignore stock price and analyst recommendations in short run and think strategically in building teams and businesses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    People there are really smart and nice.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS

    Pros

    Nice learning place for young professionals.

    Cons

    Slow growth and under appreciation for smart hard-working people.

  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Great entry level career opportunity. Interesting work and great culture. Misc. drawbacks left much to be desired.

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn a lot. Relaxed office culture and good work-life balance. Great entry level job. Access to IHS content and products from other teams/areas allows for very unique learning opportunities if one has the motivation to pursue them individually. The work can be very engaging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Geographically dispersed teams can cause communication difficulties. Lack of communication with senior leadership can lead to sub-optimal synergies and confusion. There seems to be a focus on acquisitions, although integration/follow through is less than ideal. There are not very many opportunities for career advancement, especially at lower levels. This coupled with everything else has led to a seemingly above average turnover ration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on team cohesion and make the extra effort to keep employees informed and engaged. Recognize existing talent and consider placing an emphasis on retaining employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. So far so good!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    Great reputation and tremendous reach

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say

  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Great potential, uneven execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Fantastic breadth of expertise and data. Working with extremely smart people.

    Cons

    Poor to terrible middle management. If not in large business area, can feel like you are left out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reassess fitness of all management for their roles (not just for Energy) every org change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 7 people found this helpful

    Growth by acquisition leading to routine layoffs

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX

    I worked at IHS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Commitment to sustainability
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Acquired companies not integrated well, conflicting methodology and leadership issues never resolved
    Too invested in Street value and not people, making them overly reliant on managing Profit/Loss by layoff
    Lots of lip service to colleague engagement but no long term effort to act on survey results
    Endless meetings with no benefit/lots of "rah rah" talk but no substance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understanding as a market research firm your people are your true product, work on fully integrating former competitors and standardizing methodology, stop siloing your teams and let people cross-train more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Very rewarding, and tons of still-untapped potential

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    * Intellectually stimulating work, and tons of opportunity for exciting new projects
    * Genuinely collaborative and friendly workplace culture
    * Great work-life balance

    Cons

    * Still some resistance to collaborating across workgroups, but this "my turf" attitude is improving rapidly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep encouraging entrepreneurial streaks and taking initiative!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 4 people found this helpful

    Compensation is too low

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at IHS full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, growing company, lots of new business

    Cons

    Doesn't fairly compensate its employees. Stuck at same salary for multiple years with always a promise of a raise and never getting one. Negative reviews only get managers fired, nothing changes, forced into giving positive reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start compensating your employees fairly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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