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. Helpful (1)

    It is chaotic!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IHS

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Care for employees, great people, lots of experience, modest attitude

    Cons

    No real long term strategy, change of management and organizational structure on yearly basis, top down management, US company despite international presence

    Advice to Management

    Take time and make a long term decision, then stick with it!


  2. Senior Software Engineer

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    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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    • 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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    • 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 (9)

    Another big bureaucracy with a 'Bottomline Only' mindset

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at IHS full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    IHS buys up primarily information and analytics companies focused on all sorts of industries. For anyone wanting diversity in career, IHS could be a viable option. Their salary and benefit packages are competitive, if not very stellar. Workplace is respectable and decent if you are not impacted by office politics. Work-life balance is decent.

    Cons

    Big bureaucracy, dirty office politics, clueless and incompetent managers plagued the location where I used to work at. There are so many people with lofty, superman like job titles but nobody had any clue what these people exactly do or know. Some did not even show up at the office for days or weeks but continue to keep their big titles and job. Brown-nosing and kissing rear ends of the 'right people' ensured whether or not one would get promoted/keep his or her job in a layoff. Being an American company, they also tend to go after visible minorities and colored people first when laying-off people in North America. Gender bias at this company (negative towards women) is subtle but real. IHS grew a lot by acquisition but generally does a poor job in organic growth. They couldn't really improve companies they buy out. Rather, they apparently negatively impacted morale and culture of many smaller companies which became part of IHS acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch with the people who serve and work hard everyday for you, instead of locking yourselves into corner offices or traveling endlessly to attend useless meetings. Stop treating colleagues as 'commodities'; they are humans first. Make time for inputs from real experts who know things as opposed to those with superman job titles without the brains.


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Working at IHS

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IHS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company Competitive salary for graduates / entry level

    Cons

    - Very acquisitive - Too much restructuring - Poor Salary growth

    Advice to Management

    Need to use modern technology for data analytics


  9. Nice place to start

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    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

    the work environment is really nice

    Cons

    there are to many deadlines


  10. 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.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Too Big and May Fail

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.



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