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IHS Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
262 Reviews
3.2
262 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.  

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

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    • 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
  2.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good company, excellent benefits, good management

    Cons

    Internal processes could be streamlined

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working on streamlining internal processes to make life easier for people in the field

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Missing its potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS full-time

    Pros

    IHS has purchased a very impressive slate of companies that, if properly integrated and engineered together, could present a very formidable, exciting and commercially attractive collection of data, analysis and expertise. The potential is high and prospects for the company to become something really unique are real and achievable.

    Cons

    The leadership of IHS is uninspired and uninspiring with regard to actually doing the creative and challenging work of integrating all of its valuable "parts" to create an even more valuable and powerful whole. We seem to be led by a collection of "plug and play" executives from a range of different business who lack the vision and charisma necessary to really take this company to where it needs to go. The focus is on making quarterly earnings targets instead of spending the time and resources to first build a fundamentally sound and strong company that, in their terms, "has never existed before".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the hard work of building and integrating. Value the WHOLE company as much as you value the sales force. Aim to be the innovative, unique and exciting company that you always talk about. Value your employees - many of whom are still excited about the prospects for IHS, but some of whom are starting to wonder if our leaders have the talent and will and patience to see this through.

    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    good company to work for if you don't want to work too much and have too much responsibility

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    vacation is good, some people are nice, few lay offs

    Cons

    no upward potential, huge gap between workers and directors, they lie about titles, directors don't really direct as many don't even have reports, they are just well paid employees for the most part, the HR department is evil at its best

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good, with flexibility and a fair amount of independence

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    1) Flexibility - as long as you complete your work and deliver results, the working hours are not strictly 8-5pm if you aren't busy. During deadline time, however, it's a different story.
    2) Politics - having worked at companies with politics/gossip, there are benefits to having an environment where the focus is on getting your work done
    3) Expanding, so new faces quite often
    4) Good international exposure
    5) Generally very willing to pay incoming colleagues whatever they ask for
    6) Great career opportunities for a very select few "chosen" ones--depends on where you stand on the scale

    Cons

    1) Not a big office, so the people you tend to meet can be quite limited
    2) The downside of having an office with little politics/gossip--colleagues generally not interested in building relationships outside of work. Office parties, happy hours may not happen and though there are attempts, participation tends to be limited and overall, the experience is fairly stilted
    3) Prior experience plays a significant part in how you are perceived, and there are automatic benefits for those who have the years behind them. Although experience is definitely beneficial, my personal opinion is that IHS places an over-emphasis on this factor.
    4) Increments can be small for those who have worked a while, as they follow a defined structure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company great team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at IHS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working environment lots of opportunity for independent direction and growth. Company growing and doing very well

    Cons

    Large multinational company sometimes you feel insignificant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to recognize contributions from employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great work life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS full-time

    Pros

    good pay and good training for entry-level employees

    Cons

    hard to move up in long-run

  11.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    Growing Company with lots of money

    Cons

    Very aggressive growth expectation, high stress.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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