IHS Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
294 Reviews

3.0
294 Reviews
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Severely dysfunctional.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS

    Pros

    The contract rate was decent, and the crazy overtime made some of the time worth it.

    Cons

    The company was a complete disaster. I was working in the Broomfield office, so the office down south may have been run differently.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Bought out and sold out

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    IHS very recently bought the private company that I had been working at for 10 years. Right after buying the company IHS made an effort to communicate regularly with employees, do satisfaction surveys and have town hall meetings to give updates on progress that was being made in the integration process between our two companies.

    Cons

    Before the end of IHS's fiscal year there was a very large reduction in force and a major reorganization of the company, This was done after only purchasing the company 3 months earlier. What seemed very clear was that despite any nice words about wanting to retain the best of both companies and keep talented people, there were financial objectives that had to be met and if valuable employees had to be sacrificed to meet those goals - so be it. I do understand that a business case was made to buy the company I worked for and that financial targets were part of that deal. Those responsible for making the case also had to make the numbers - I do get that. However, for any company that is a prospective purchase target of IHS I would warn that despite any promises made, make no mistake that employees valuable or not will be sacrificed to meet whatever accounting goals were set out by the corporate office. Severance packages were far from generous for long-term employees. Bottom line goals will be met at whatever cost and your company and its remaining employees will find themselves in upheaval.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The real value in a company is in its talent - integrate talented employees vs. making big cuts to meet arbitrary accounting goals. Purchase companies with a goal of understanding the company and the value of its employees and business vs. strictly meeting accounting goals at all costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The culture and people work here are amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Solution Advisor  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Solution Advisor in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    work and life balance, keeps you interested, continuous changes and learning environment.

    Cons

    pay less than competitors, slow growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Everyone is very professional.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Communications  in  Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Contract Communications in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at IHS as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good environment. Friendly, professional coworkers. Very little oversight by management.

    Cons

    Limited upward movement. Limited training for contractors. No training on corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make contractors such separate employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great change agents

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS full-time

    Pros

    Move fast...follow-through on investment...great data

    Cons

    Perhaps a bit too product-centric

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    More managers than workers and management could careless about people doing the work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Producer  in  Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Web Producer in Englewood, CO

    I worked at IHS as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    If your an employee the benefits are good but over half the company is contractors.

    Cons

    Over half the company is contractors so you have many people who are treated poorly so care very little about work quality and have poor attitudes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring so much upper management that doesn't do the heavy lifting and hire on employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Heavy in Outsourcing outside of the US

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good Middle management

    Cons

    Low raises, bonuses, etc.. they keep cutting these benefits even though the compnay is very profitable and keep buying other companies.
    not enough IT Technical people to do the work. The Business ;people live in luxery, travel, expenses, meals, parties, while IT staff are being starved with any of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the employees with more stocks and less vesting to show that you are rewarding them for the work the've done so far, instead of a reward given now, but vesting in a year, when you lay some of the employess on a monthly basis and a yearly basis, they will lose this reward. Sotcks need to be more than what's allocated, because most of the reward go to taxes, so the only ones who get rewarded really are the top execs...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid place to work for a while...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    Good work environment, friendly and smart people.

    Cons

    Lack of career development, disjointed organization

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Acquisition Hungry

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    Large company with great benefits

    Cons

    Large company, power concentrated in Englewood

  11.  

    Choose the business unit you will work for wisely

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - competitive salaries and benefits
    - overall good work / life balance
    - some great colleagues and managers
    - some business units very successful
    - good corporate vision

    Cons

    - some not so great managers and execs
    - frequent policy changes - could have been my group only, not sure about the others
    - "do this and don't do that, no wait - don't do this and but do that, perhaps do this other thing, no wait, lets go back to...."
    - culture of acquisitions also brings culture of lay-offs, like the seasons...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    its a challenge to get so many acquisitions moving in the same direction, you're doing a good job for the most part

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