IMS Health Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Biggest company in the industry , some great people and great assets

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Plymouth Meeting, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Rich resources and opportunities to learn if you are looking to challenge yourself and have an intellectual curiosity.

    Cons

    Big company issues, not a reactive or nimble as it should be for a company that sees itself as a technology leader

    Advice to Management

    Multiple systems are used for tracking the same projects, these are adding overhead and sapping efficiency. Streamline and allow your people to take on the responsibility.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Big Machine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Plymouth Meeting, PA

    I have been working at IMS Health

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is sustainable, and core strategies are aligned with trending industry.

    Cons

    Too slow to move, and affect change. Disconnect between daily operations and functional business. Communication is slow to filter. Getting things accomplished takes forever, and can be very discouraging. Many people I know that left, did so because of how slow moving initiatives took and blame came quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Empower people and eliminate the bottlenecks.

  3. Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plymouth Meeting, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, benefits, and decent vacation.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape. Folks more interested in punching the clock.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    My recent hire became a disappointment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Developer in Plymouth Meeting, PA

    I have been working at IMS Health

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

    Pros

    Office culture is easygoing. People are professional yet not as stuffy as I expected. Most people seem to enjoy their jobs but not the company. People are saying that prior to the merger, IMS was more employee conscious and that all the strongest people left.

    Cons

    They care more about saving and making money than establishing a good working environment or developing their future with the company. Clearly they don't prioritize employee job satisfaction at all. Everyone is rated with how much money they bring in or save, even if we're not in sales. We're computer and bio-pharm people, not salesmen.

    Advice to Management

    If you pay the lowest salary in the industry, you will get what you pay for. All the best qualified employees will go elsewhere and IMS will be left scraping the bottom of the barrel. Counting on foreign workers and entry-level recent grads will eventually turn IMS into an obscure data mill unable to compete with evolving technology with Wal-Mart quality products but without their level of service. Talented and innovative people don't work for peanuts.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good products, good people, marketing needs to mature

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Phila, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Dedicated staff producing excellent data products and generally effective health IT solutions. Very competitive benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Difficult achieving organizational synergy across product/services lines as needed to define integrated customer solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to do it all. Define your core markets and tailor your products to client needs rather than trying to force fit solutions

  7. IMS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth Meeting, PA

    I worked at IMS Health full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Growing company that offers great work life balance, flexibility to move within the organization, and the people provide a great work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Frequent acquisitions and the internal processes can make it difficult to navigate through the organization.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Excellent place to start my career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Collegeville, PA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Collegeville, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    From my first day Interviewing with IMS to my first day on the job, I felt welcomed and felt like I was really part of the family. The atmosphere is very accepting and laid back, while still very career driven and work focused. Everyone is very good at what they do and are willing to teach you to make sure you understand/ feel comfortable with your position. There are many opportunites for advancement as well as opportunites for learning growth. You can find people who have worked here their entire career, with people here for about 40+ years. Their client offerings are innovative and exceptional. They are one of the biggest players in the healthcare data field and they deserve all the praise they recieve. Wonderful place to work. Highly reccommend.

    Cons

    There is a bit of disorganization sometimes in respects to the building assignments for departments, however they offer so much opportunity for working from home it balances out.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a location!! You cannot just keep moving people all around.

  9. Part of small company acquired by IMS - Still feel somewhat isolated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Database Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Database Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    IMS is big company with a lot of employee benefits. There are a lot of resources available to employees for both professional and personal use. Working from home is an option for many teams within IMS. Career advancement seems to be encouraged and opportunities are available within the company.

    Cons

    Since IMS is so large, sometimes you feel like you are just another number. I don't know what a lot of my colleagues actually do and I'm sure many of them don't know much about my department.

  10. Solid company with great potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Engaging work and interesting projects; very smart colleagues who have a willingness to help each other; strong upside within this particular industry; excellent opportunity to work remotely; one of the few companies that still offers a pension PLUS a 401(K) to employees.

    Cons

    Now that the company is publicly traded - it needs to implement a long-term stock incentive (LTI) initiative. There has not been any communication in this regard and it needs to be.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and implement an employee LTI plan as soon as possible.

  11. Helpful (2)

    A good place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Plymouth Meeting, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent, competent and smart people at all levels. Solid culture of respect and recognition of talent and hard work.

    Cons

    Integration of acquired companies is slow, collaboration difficult.

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