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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. 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
  3. Empowered to be visionary

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    Current Employee - Director in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Director in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Incredible content powers thought leadership across many capital intensive industries. Harnessing this breadth is a rewarding challenge, albeit a challenge.

    Cons

    Still lacking the infrastructure or will to enable budget management at lower levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the investments in future flagship products, even when margins are challenged.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Great experience with a small team of intelligent colleagues

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    Former Intern - Banking Risk in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Banking Risk in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Worked in small autonomous team, great training considering I was there a short time, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Little interaction with other teams, compensation for interns is not great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Fantastic organisation. Great culture. Great people

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    Huge range of industries and range of opportunities

    Cons

    Hard to leave such a great company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits are very good but salaries dont reflect individual country regions. For example a UK salary differs significantly from south east to other regions but this isnt reflected sufficiently

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 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
  8. Fast paced but too cost focused to mmsje the right investments for a sustainable business

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    Former Employee - Director in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Director in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Becoming more people and process driven as core functions get professionalized afterten yrs of rapid growth.

    Fascinating content. Plenty of smart and decent people.

    Lots of room for new ideas, though little financial support to invest in them. The company is cost focused and the most successful people are people who are able to manage costs. Not a company where yiu shoukd expect your leaders to be visionaires, great product people, stellar marketers etc. Cfo-led.

    Cons

    See above.
    For asia office, quite us-centric. That includes the best and worst of what that means.
    Plenty of mediocre people too.
    Tier 2 or 3 company. Good stepping stone. Leaders are not the same quality as simikar people who I have firsthand experience with from top public companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are smart get out while the stock is high. If you look at the fundamentals I cant see growth sustaining itself. A lot of smoke and mirrors. Synergies from multiple acquisitions often are only theoretical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Great company great team

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    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
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    Fast growth

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Exciting place and growing fast. Lots of training and opportuities. Very rewarding to see IHS outpacing all its competitors as we build something unique. Reasonable work-life balance with some home working allowed.

    Cons

    High growth rate gives growing pains so if you want a quite time then its probably not the best place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great leadership from the top. Sometimes messages can get watered down as they go down the organisation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. High growth company via acquisition and organic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very high growth expectations both organically and by acquisition mean that things are always changing. New products, markets and the integration of new companies is the norm and this creates big opportunities for people and also challenges to overcome. Resources are applied rapidly and fast. If things are not working rapid changes are made. Strong sales and customer focus. Company rewards everyone with IHS shares with more and more of your reward being in shares as you progress up the company. This gets people aligned in the same direction. Good working at home policies, time off for sustainability events and a caring environment for employees.

    Cons

    Company is 8000 plus people and listed on the NYSE so internally it has to have more approval processes than typically the much smaller owner-run companies it often acquires. This can make some transitions for people tough, as any change is. In fact one thing you can be assured of in IHS is change and rapid change so if you want to work in a static low growth company then IHS would not be for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, keep trusting your people and try to not get sucked too much into the NYSE focus on quarterly results.

    CEO Scott Keys is a true inspiration to the whole company as are many of the other senior leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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