IHS Reviews

Updated April 22, 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. Great salary and benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary, terrific benefits. Colorado location is down south in Inverness Business Park so it avoids the hassles of downtown Denver. Growing company with stock benefits for all FT employees if Customer Delight targets are met.

    Cons

    Can be Denver-centric even though it is a global organization. And they have their fair share of politics. But not a lot to say here even though I was recently laid off. The company treated me with respect and offered a decent severance/outplacement help package.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you hold all functions and all levels of management accountable to IHS' vision, mission and values.

  2. Summer Internship

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at IHS as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Was fairly easy work for an internship, worked as a product support specialist and essentially had to assist customers with issues dealing with one of the company's products

    Cons

    Didn't seem challenging enough, reminded me more of simple administrative works and tasks, was a temporary summer internship

  3. Helpful (2)

    Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Coworkers are a good bunch

    Cons

    Everything else including salary is below average.

    Advice to Management

    Sell GS

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    compensation, executive team, culture, flexibility.

    Cons

    iT team, typical growing pains as a result of acquisition

  6. Helpful (5)

    Sr Network Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

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

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

    Pros

    They seems to care about their core employees, so if you drink the kool-aid by the gallon and manage to stay employed (mostly because there isn't anyone else that can do your job (duplicate positions will be eliminated)) then you can profit well. Severances package is ok. 2 week base, plue 2 weeks for every year and extended health care for the same period of time.

    Cons

    IHS is a purchasing company. They have developed very little on their own. In most cases, they see a company purchase it, integrate it and then RIF anyone that doesn't go on their own after a cooling off period unless you are unique. If your position is a duplication of what they already have, you won't make it long after the cooling off period (example IT manager). They will always prefer someone in Denver over you. I've known several folks that moved out there and are very happy and I've known several folks that were offered the change to move to Denver and after turning it down (after being told "that's ok because we are a world-wide company") that were given their release. If you are purchased by IHS, I would recommend updating your resume and start circulating it. The biggest issue with IHS is their lack of respect for other companies that are purchased. No matter what you contribute you will will be the red headed step child. If you have your own ideas, they will not be met with an open mind. They have done integrated 100s of companies and no matter what you bring to the table they will always know better than you. And you will be told this. This might sound bitter, but it's the cold truth. Internally they know it too, but care very little to change their own ways because they are happy to have jobs. The squeaky wheel gets the kick. People are just punching the clock because they know if they voice their opinion they will find themselves on a shortlist. They toss millions of dollars away due to inefficiencies in all departments, but don't care because they are a multi-billion dollar company. There are a few exceptions to this. If you are a cash register then you'll be fine, but you have to be a unique cash register (A great example would be a certain car reporting company).

    Advice to Management

    You're right hand has no idea where the left hand is let alone how to communicate to it. There is plenty more to say, but I don't believe that "management" actually read these comments. I would wish anyone who it looking in to IHS or has been purchased, good luck.

  7. Helpful (3)

    More focused on growth through acquisition than people

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Austin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Strong portfolio of products
    Lots of contact with outside companies/networking opportunities

    Cons

    Too many mandatory meetings where little gets done
    Training and Education assistance only available to those at higher levels; those that need it the most can't get it
    Integration of previous competitors not smooth
    Too stuck on doing things the same way

    Advice to Management

    Open up education assistance to all levels of employees and find ways of moving employees versus laying off.

  8. 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)

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

    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 Management

    It would be nice to collaborate more with other departments.

  9. Helpful (7)

    Wouldn't do it again.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS

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

    Pros

    Don't have any pros to include here.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  10. Helpful (2)

    Dynamic but over reaching

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people and very collaborative leaning

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    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

  11. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

    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

    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 Management

    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.

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