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IHS Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
287 Reviews
3.3
287 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.  

    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

  2.  

    Growth by acquisition leading to routine layoffs

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Management philosophy and manager philosophy differ.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Compensation is too low

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Good to be first 3 -5 years, and find decent job later

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Manager in Asia (Jamaica)
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Manager in Asia (Jamaica)

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    Good sales incentive + stock bonus

    Cons

    Too many acqugition, so it could be unstable for the posion which you are staying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider to existing people & give more chance to promotion with internal staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Global Redundancies Executed Quietly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Brand name in oil and gas sector

    Cons

    IHS derives 40% of its income from the oil and gas sector, doing research and analysis of the sector.
    The company has implemented redundancies around the world as the oil shock has really spooked the Energy side of the business and a hiring freeze has been put in place.
    The layoffs are all done quietly and this company ought to be hung out to dry!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be obsessed with your stock price. Think of the employees' welfare!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    IHS Consulting is a mixed bag

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Lots of room to grow and learn about the consulting business and new skills. Great direct managers. Reasonable hours for entry levels.

    Cons

    Compensation is below market, there isn't a true commitment to devoting necessary resources for consulting which is immensely frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The consulting business as a whole, let alone in a non-energy business line felt like an afterthought at all turns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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