IHS Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
235 Reviews
3.0
235 Reviews
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48 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance - some travel but minimal, mostly 40 hour weeks (in 25 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent salary - but poor merit raises unless you change roles (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Company middle management increasing isolating themselves from day to day events (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management are ruthless in their pursuit of quarterly (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Growing too fast

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    Nice office,
    some great people, fexible working.
    good opportunites to move around the the different divisions

    Cons

    growing too fast and not supporting its staff.
    too many acquisitions leading to an unstable structure.
    Very American led

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate more and look after the people you have

  2.  

    Multi-Technicial company into 5 or 6 differenrt fields

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I worked at IHS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and bonus plan

    Cons

    Very large company alot of opportunties in Houston, Tx not in the DFW area.

    Recommends
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    bad company to work in if you are career oriented

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at IHS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is no check on the break timings till the work is completed.

    Cons

    No value for the work done. No recognition. Politely bad behavior! less salary. Work is not as per the JD provided. Hired for a different role and working on different role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should not give false hope to employees before joining. JD should be proper described. Designation shall be given as per the role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    High growth seeking opportunities to outsource operations.

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at IHS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, time-off, relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Poor communication, minimal salary increases, lot's of pointing the finger

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency and better programs for promoting from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    "All colleagues are equal" (but management and sales colleagues are more equal than others)...

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

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

    Pros

    Get to learn a lot about how different industries work.
    Some really world-class people within the organisation.

    Cons

    Does not properly invest in its people. Management are incentivised to minimise costs which is to the detriment of proper training and development.
    Sales staff receive huge bonuses on the back of analysts' work. Analysts receive hardly anything except a really poor work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Properly incentivise the analysts by putting in a proper training program and give them a decent bonus. Remember, it is the analysts who produce your products and services and often the analysts do more than the sales people to sell them to the customers.
    Don't be such a process-driven organisation as it stifles innovation.
    Be true to your vision, mission and values otherwise spare everyone the wasted effort in promoting them when it is plain to see that numerous senior staff disregard them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome company to work for like no others

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A great place to work with practising work-life balance. Benefit-wise pretty good if compare to same industrial.

    Cons

    Limited job scope and responsibility that lead to low jobs satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Polarized opinion - A Tale of 2 cities

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Muti-cultural workforce, brand name in some sectors, beautiful office, good maternity benefits, good budgets for company events, some great souls and kind people. A great place for ladies about/planning for babies, whites or unambitious people who wants a work/life balance and employees in their 50s, 60s and even 70s.

    Cons

    Racist - helps if you are white as promotion are more straightforward and salaries are higher for them. 80% of key managers are whites. If non-whites are managers, their level and salaries are much lower than their counterparts in EMEA/US.
    HR extremely powerful - gives themselves promotion every 2 years, hardly mix with anyone below director level, and limit annual increment to a very low single digit. All new hires salaries are being ridiculously pressed down by HR, so negotiate smartly before taking up job. They can offer you a salary lower than your current one while knowing that the hiring manager wants you badly.
    Lip service is a norm especially with management, everything is easier to say than to do. Local leadership is spreadsheet and CRM software driven.
    A bad place for go-getter, smart and ambitious non-whites. A bad place for effective managers/leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even a good company needs to be challenged and have good strategies to maintain leadership.Lip service works in classroom and among junior employees only.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place for lifers, stagnating if you are looking to grwo

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    Current Employee - Managing Director
    Current Employee - Managing Director

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

    Pros

    IHS has lots of interesting data. If you want to do research and have access to it it may be a good place.If you're looking for a relatively stable environment where you can create balance with the rest of your life. Stock price is rapidly rising. For people just starting out in their careers you can learn a lot if you have a good manager. For those in mid career this a place you can go to coast to retirement if that's what you want.

    Cons

    Despite the talk and lots of activity, there is no genuine career progression system. Entry level staff may be able to get promoted through the 4 new lower level rungs fairly quickly. Beyond that you're likely stuck unless you can mange to become an executive's pet. There is no help from VPs or SVPs to provide you with training and skills to move up. Despite being a knowledge company, humans are treated as interchangeable resources.

    CEO disease exists and filters down through the executive team and VPs. The scarcity mentality which they use to drive results also creates an environment of distrust. There is a lack of executive support to put money where it is needed to improve processes and engagement. If you bring up issues that need fixing and higher level support to get done people are labeled complainers and opportunities taken away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A significant culture change to be more open, honest and trusting is needed. Despite all the talk about convergence, industry heads are generally speaking still fighting each other for revenue and credit, resulting in a lack of collaboration. Even where there are initiatives to collaborate fighting goes on and there is no reward for the person who let's go. This problem starts at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to work - depending on your career

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Englewood, CO

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

    Pros

    If the company is doing well, bonus are decent. Good work environment.

    Cons

    Very hard to get promoted.
    Wages are sub-par.
    Not a good place to work for technical innovation - they are 5 years behind the high-tech industry.
    In some departments, if you have a pulse you can function as a project manager or an implementation lead, and working with those inexperienced people is almost impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk, when it comes to employee engagement. There is a lot of talk about keeping employee's engaged but very little "walk"

    Promote good staff.

    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic company..frustrating product to sell!

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at IHS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The culture is great. Friendly, sharp, intelligent co-workers. Great benefits and internal communication.

    Cons

    My training was unorganized. So was the structure in terms of having a functioning sales target list. Confused and complicated value prop, no marketing support, and very expensive product that I was trying to sell to a market that is used to much lower pricing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better organized sales plan for the next guy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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