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IMS Health Reviews in Philadelphia, PA

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
253 Reviews
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Pros
  • In consulting, you will learn things while enjoying a decent work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • very strong vacation, work from home, tuition reimbursement, and retirement plans (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Offsites for employees should be held for a better work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Poor transition of senior management following acquisition be capital venture (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    IMS

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth Meeting, PA

    I worked at IMS Health full-time

    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.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Good products, good people, marketing needs to mature

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Part of small company acquired by IMS - Still feel somewhat isolated

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    • 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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Solid company with great potential

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    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid data business...needs fresh ideas from experienced managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Plymouth Meeting, PA

    I worked at IMS Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good processes and procedures within the data business - recently the organization has been focusing on acquisitions in order to diversify its business. strong knowledge on pharma and stronger hold on pharma companies that most of players in the space...

    Cons

    poorly executed integration...lots of red tape...you are just a number so do not be surprised if you are relocated, removed, or reassigned without notice. emerging business areas are not thought through...lots of smoke and mirrors...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring in experienced senior managers to run different businesses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Mixed bag, your experience with this company will be what you make of it.

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

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

    Pros

    Large company with room to move around internally

    Cons

    Salary discrepancies and overcoming previous perceptions

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very unorganized- departments do not share information

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

    I worked at IMS Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good people working, but there is a lot of uncertainty in resources available to conduct work. Training is negligent.

    Cons

    Departments could work together easier. Seems some areas are secretive of information / data available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does not rely on SMEs or groups that provide the higher income (higher potential sales and more clients) and instead relies on bureaucracy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very strong company and a good place to work.

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

    I have been working at IMS Health as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    -fast paced environment is good for those with a strong work ethic
    -interesting and challenging work
    -friendly and collaborative environment
    -you are given autonomy to take care of your workload; not much micro-managing from what I can tell
    -always something to learn
    -generally, management is good about communicating with its employees regarding individual / departmental performance, and also regarding the overall state / direction of the company
    -informative town hall meetings inform any employee who wishes to attend about the state of the company / business unit on a quarterly basis
    -a true "global" atmosphere and model...offers opportunity to gain international experience
    -solid benefits
    -very good HR and recruiting departments
    -payscale has been improving for most positions to be on par with competitor companies
    -very strong vacation, work from home, tuition reimbursement, and retirement plans
    -very profitable company and most business units hit most to all of their bonus targets
    -company has grown by 10% + revenue in each of past 3 years, while remaining very lean

    Cons

    -like any mid-sized company, politics sometimes come in to play; can be difficult to introduce new ideas or push your initiatives into play if senior management disagrees
    -many contractors uncertain if / when they can become full time
    -can be difficult to tell best way for individual advancement within the company
    -some uncertainty with pending purchase / IPO of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be transparent to the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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