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IHS Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
251 Reviews
3.1
251 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.  

    Love working here. Every day is a challenge

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding compared to other companies.

    Cons

    Many organizational changes. Sometimes confusing who reports to who.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nice environment, interesting work but terrible compensation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    IHS is a large company and experiences will differ in different groups and locations. This is based on the consulting organization:
    - Great work/life balance - some travel but minimal, mostly 40 hour weeks
    - Mostly nice people though there is a lot of politics higher up
    - Interesting strategic, economic and market insights projects with top firms
    - Have access to great data resources that help execute consulting engagements and bring value to clients

    Cons

    - Constant reorganization of the matrix - but you usually end up doing the same job you have been but can end up reporting to a new manager
    - Opaque performance reviews - abstract metrics do not really account for performance
    - Very poor compensation - a consulting company with great work life balance can definitely pay less than one that makes you work more, but the pay is really low compared to even research and data companies
    - Lack of growth - hard to get promoted despite good performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward talent to retain it. People left because of compensation - they otherwise liked their jobs and would have stayed if you just paid them industry wages.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    OK, but...

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    Current Employee - Director in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at IHS full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, yearly stock awards (when goals are met) can add up, generally decent people to work with, good opportunities to work with some really smart people on interesting projects.

    Cons

    Empire building by ridiculously short-sighted managers leads to internal, behind-the-scenes tension. Lots of pressure to hit quarterly numbers. The pace of acquisitions and changeover of personnel sometimes creates continuity problems both internal and external.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a serious look and a listen down in the trenches to really see if your employees are engaged.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work life balance...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IHS

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    It was great for a while, but the change in leadership and hiring of more suites and reduction of workforce doesn't allow projects to get completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A good company is based on its people. Remove the politics and value your employees and stop promoting people that just suck up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    In theory, it could be good but in reality, it's a mess

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    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at IHS full-time

    Pros

    - Smart research colleagues across many disciplines
    - work/life balance possible if you're vigilant

    Cons

    - Incredibly bureaucratic with new layers of management constantly being created
    - Top-down decisions are made too slowly and are out of touch with reality
    - The stock price is the only thing senior leadership cares about, despite rhetoric to the contrary, with random lower-level employees being disappeared right before a new quarter starts so that IHS can make its estimates
    - Annual "merit" increases, if granted at all, are often less than inflation, and promotional jumps are small and infrequent, so make sure you negotiate the highest possible starting base salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in researchers, not just sales and marketing. Encourage small, innovative risks by employees that might not always succeed instead of rewarding only the risk-adverse managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    busy busy busy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    interact with top executives; interesting colleagues and initiatives

    Cons

    constant change and reorganization, conflicting priorities, and management disconnect with client message

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let the company mature before more acquisitions are made. Needs a time to integrate all the companies it has acquired. Focus on importance of long-term relationships both with colleagues and clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I worked at IHS full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people, work culture is very good.

    Cons

    A lot of changes and acquisitions. Expect management changes regardless of you providing value.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very supportive of career development. Lots of opportunities. Economists are very nice and knowledgable.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IHS

    Pros

    Location is good.
    Supportive of attending different events

    Cons

    there is not any con

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good learning experience

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    Current Employee - Marketing Database Analyst
    Current Employee - Marketing Database Analyst

    I have been working at IHS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    GREAT team, one of the best managers I ever had

    Cons

    Shockingly low compensation, unsupportive upper management, inappropriate use of contractor workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge the hard work and contributions of your employees, "Colleague" is not just hot air, everyone counts. Consider elevating the workforce to a sustainable income.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Senior Leadership is not trustworthy

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    Former Employee - Finance in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Finance in Englewood, CO

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

    Pros

    They try to create a positive environment, but only the low level employees feel this way.

    Cons

    Executives over compensated, middle management abused and under appreciated. Too many closed door meetings, too much drama, Leaders do not tell the truth, they are not invested in their employees in the long term. They fail to focus on the problems within the company, rather, they focus on who to blame, or how they will look.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Anyone with any type of education or real experience will struggle there, because the leaders do not value experience or knowledge. They have broken processes, bad accounting practices and general disregard for the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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