IMS Health

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IMS Health Reviews

Updated November 27, 2014
Updated November 27, 2014
253 Reviews
3.1
253 Reviews
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IMS Health Chairman and CEO Ari Bousbib
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work with.

    Cons

    Overall policy are not so good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great resources, lots of red tape

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, talent, resources
    Flex time work from home
    Good work life balance
    Lots of learning opps
    Interesting projects

    Cons

    Red tape and more red tape
    The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing
    Silos, conflicts and lots of time and talent wasted
    Circular conversations about the same things over and over again

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a talent management plan in place and reduce the confusion and stop the exit

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Getting out of hand

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

    I worked at IMS Health full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - many good people to work with
    - flexibility with doctor appts and working from home if needed, on occasion

    Cons

    - the workload has gotten out of hand and compensation does not increase with it. you are lucky to get a 2% raise every year, even if you are a good worker.
    - unrealistic deadlines
    - upper management simply does not care about its employees. they just keep taking perks away (i.e. summer fridays, no longer have private cubicals, etc) and making more rules without giving anything in return
    - as a result of above, employee morale is at an all-time low
    - offshoring many jobs
    - losing good employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try caring about your employees. don't underestimate the value of motivating and rewarding them. if they like their job, they will work hard. right now you have a bunch of sour employees not caring about the quality of their work or even if the company does well. this will impact the bottom line down the road.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big fish swallowing up small businesses

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

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I suppose this is not the worst place to start your career. In consulting, you will learn things while enjoying a decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Massive corporate structure that uses many processes that make very little sense. Managers seem distant and detached. Computer/network problems occur at bare minimum once a month, necessitating a call to the help desk in India. For a technology company, this is embarrassing. Insanely little care for secure passwords. The quarterly emails from management always make me laugh by how little they inspire. (But maybe I am alone in not getting rallied up by talk of EBITDA). Maybe these people are good managers, but they sure are not good leaders. In terms of promotions, it seems like once you're in, you're unlikely to get promoted. They'd rather bring in outside talent and simply give you more responsibility with the same pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees. Don't treat them like children or idiots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    IMS HEALTH is decent

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

    I have been working at IMS Health

    Pros

    nice working environment, excellent opportunity to work remotely

    Cons

    few communication with colleagues, too many administration staff

    Recommends
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    -Good work/life balance and flexible work schedule
    -Good pay
    -Colleagues encourage learning and growth

    Cons

    -narrow career growth
    -lack of transparency to management initiatives

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at IMS...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Parsippany, NJ

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

    Pros

    The associates here are really some of the nicest and hard working people you'll ever meet. There is a real feeling of "we're all in this together", and there are no shortage of people willing to help if you need it.

    Cons

    From a cultural standpoint "the talk" doesn't really match "the walk". For example we recently moved into a new office and as part of the move we transitioned into a more open office environment, along with all the schtick of how beneficial the move into the space would be for everyone. But we didn't all have to make the change, upper management who will now have an entire floor to themselves. Also, responsibilities and workloads increase disproportionately compared to compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They bought a new building less than half an hour away from the old one and it may be the world's worst kept secret that this was done so they could have bigger offices and not have to share bathrooms with other people. There may be more beneficial ways to spend the company's money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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)

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the same as it used to be

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

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

    Pros

    Great people who work well together and help make things fun. Benefits are competitive if not slightly better than average. Good wellness perks.

    Cons

    The climate is changing. More work is off shored, responsibility to make things happen for clients is shifted to entry level roles where there is only downside (people question when things don't go well but rarely recognize the countless times when things were done well and creatively), salaries have stayed stagnant despite increasing scope of responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more inspiring and invest in good people who want to make the vision a reality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The place to be for Big Pharma Data consulting

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

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

    Pros

    Culture is casual. You call everyone by their first name

    Cons

    IMS is totally paranoid about its employees leaving to go to other competitors. Also, do not be critical on any of their anonymous surveys! I have watched the employee's responses end up becoming part of the ammunition to let them go. Beware. Everything is monitored for IMS employees considered "at risk" for leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IMS has too many stovepipes that make it difficult to get things done. Management has far too many layers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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