IMS Health Reviews in London, England

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IMS Health Chairman and CEO Ari Bousbib
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Ability to telecommute greatly helps work-life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • very strong vacation, work from home, tuition reimbursement, and retirement plans (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor transition of senior management following acquisition be capital venture (in 13 reviews)

  • No work-life balance, unrealistic deadlines with not enough resources (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large opportunities and exposure to clients.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Offering Management  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Offering Management in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good internal promotion and mentoring. Highly varied work with the opportunity to learn outside of job scope.

    Cons

    Low salaries compared to other sectors and a heavily structured promotion path that does not encourage specialists. There are no processes in place to share internal knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase flexibility with technology and share knowledge and proposed road maps internally

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great potential but leadership lacks vision

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for development, good work culture

    Cons

    Resource management is a mess

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    More to be done by fewer people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Programmer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Programmer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at IMS Health full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Build contacts with people in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Get a handle how and what sales and marketing data is consumed by the Pharmaceutical industry

    Cons

    Is now more like a sweatshop since it has been taken over by venture capitalists. Used to be a great and friendly company to work for. That has all changed since 2000. Management once fired a person on the same day this person was received a super red letter day reward. Figure that one out. IMS has been known for a shambolic ally managed (dis organised) company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your morals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Highly talented employees

    Cons

    Management is required to be more motivated and be replaced by new faces

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more creative and hardworking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    High quality standards

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Principal in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Working as a consultant at IMS in one of the regional offices often entails work with international clients and more stimulating projects than your average local consulting job. As a premium provider to the pharma industry IMS offers a variety of opportunities, consulting, data services and everything in between. Employees are well respected.

    Cons

    Silo'ed departments, the company has acquired several smaller companies in the past and some still operate as such. The pressure to perform often creates disruptive competition between employees. Promotions are only every six or twelve months, not when a person is ready for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to be the answer to everything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IMS Health

    Pros

    - people are very helpful
    - a lot of people have been there for around 20 years, so IMS is good at keeping its employees happy
    - opportunities to work with biggest pharma companies in the world
    - just moved to new offices in kings cross which are nice

    Cons

    - sometimes get told to do a number of tasks by different managers, but i suppose that is expected at most companies

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could be such a great company but let down by poor organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance
    - Very specialized so great if you like pharma

    Cons

    - Poor salary and bonus. Unfortunately, they seem to think it's good enough.....really need to get your act together!
    - Lack of proper career management and support.
    - Very poor training
    - Too much focus on data makes people think they 'know' what they're talking about when they're really not...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To turn this into a proper consulting firm you need to PAY WELL! Stop counting pennies!!! You say you want to compete with McKinsey/BCG/Bain but a) the projects are not nearly as strategic b) the salary is bad and c) the opportunities to develop are not nearly as good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the great company it used to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at IMS Health full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Access to huge amount of data and internal resources, international environment, most people are friendly and sociable.

    Cons

    Huge bureaucracy, way too many directors/VPs, very little training, constant erosion of employee benefits, obsession with cost savings at the expense of quality..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pennypinching, it's not all about cost. Do something to retain talent and boost morale. Stop outsourcing/offshoring key parts of the business with total disregard tor quality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    knowledable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IMS Health

    Pros

    good learning opportuniy with exceptionally experienced people. interesting projects

    Cons

    easy to burn out...multiple projects, long hours and average pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more people or quit selling work

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great potential, but a long way to go in fully recognising and rewarding staff and truly taking off as a consultancy

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Projects Manager - Product Development - EMEA  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Projects Manager - Product Development - EMEA in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IMS Health

    Pros

    - Great exposure to multiple geogaphy projects
    - Good introdution to busy, complex project environment
    - Great introduction into pharma industry
    - Huge depth of pharma market data available - global leader in this area

    Cons

    - Top heavy management structure
    - Poor salaries
    - Very limited progression opportunities
    - Poor professional/personal development opportunities (in spite of the management claims)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Streamline senior/middle management (example, reduce the numbers at Vice-President/Director level for a start!)
    - Offer genuine professional development opportunities (i.e. Industry recognised courses and qualifications, and a more realistic Bright Sparks budget)
    - Improve remuneration and perfomance incentives (make the PMP process genuine)

    No opinion of CEO

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