IHS Reviews

Updated April 29, 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. Good Company with below average salaries

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS full-time

    Pros

    Good work - life balance

    Cons

    Below average salaries and senior leadership is getting beaurocratic

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved and innovative

  2. Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS full-time

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere with very nice friendly staff, world class experts sit right beside you. great benefits and good area in town.

    Cons

    intense pace, not streamlined, intense competition but i suppose this is what you get with any job, particularly one in this location.

    Advice to Management

    Training, better on boarding process, team building activities, exhausted staff, foster streamlined relationships, lunch and learn, bonuses, and the like.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Implementation Consultant II

    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IHS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being able to work in a dynamic workplace with interesting people

    Cons

    Department does not have an organized process

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    Implementation Consultant

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    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IHS full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, Flexibility, Flexibility. Great team collaboration environment. Fast paced learning.

    Cons

    Depending on the project, you may not have as much time for yourself as you would think. Many times the project timeline is aggressive and the team is leaner than what requirements would suggest.

  6. Senior Consultant

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bangkok (Thailand)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with a professional global team, with access to variety of industrial information. Knowledgeable colleagues. Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Company grows with heavy M&A, it is difficult to make a seamless integration, in term of system and also working between colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    None

  7. Helpful (4)

    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

  8. HR

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, good company culture. Get the sense that they care about employees

    Cons

    Progression. Can be US centric. Can be difficult to make changes due to size

  9. Helpful (3)

    Senior Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at IHS

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

    Pros

    Had the opportunity to work across a diverse range of industries.
    Also, had the chance to keep in touch with what was happening economically in various different countries.

    Cons

    Due to all of the acquisitions, it doesn't really have a company culture, just some sort of contrived culture that is not authentic.
    IHS does not invest in its employees at all well. You mainly only receive training if it can be done cheaply or if it can be regurgitated from some other part of the business. Sometimes, "no brainer" training suggestions (in terms of improving productivity) would be refused due to management's obsession with keeping costs down.
    Analysts expected to work very long hours, but with very little reward which goes to others.
    Overall, it is a highly process-driven company where processes drive people and not the other way around (i.e. people driving processes).

    Advice to Management

    Invest properly in your people. That means meaningful training which enables them to do their jobs better long-term (even if it costs a bit long term).
    Get a proper incentive scheme in place for analyst staff. It is not just that sales people receive generous commissions when sometimes they play a negligible role in getting the sales. And don't patronise staff by claiming that analysts are content with getting "the buzz of the sale" without any rewards - that's just plain lies.
    Finally, don't be so fixated with acquisitions. Acquisitions at the rate which IHS have undertaken them are destabilising to existing staff and it makes them question where they stand with the company long-term. Instead, use the spare cash to develop staff and develop a more authentic culture and sense of camaraderie within the company, instead of this contrived and false culture that you currently have.

  10. Sr Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IHS has lot of options to learn new technologies and subject areas.
    Very flexible timings and good benefits

    Cons

    Business teams has more influence than IT teams and developers are not treated same as product teams.

    Advice to Management

    Please plan clear strategy for acquired products instead of keeping legacy apps for long

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great salary and benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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