IMS Health Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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IMS Health Chairman and CEO Ari Bousbib
Ari Bousbib
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Pros
  • Nice place to work with good work life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • If you are not in headquarters at Plymouth Meeting, you can enjoy better work-life balance and the opportunity to work from home (in 8 reviews)

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

  • Poor attitude of senior management (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Data company not yet a tech co

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No one has more access to top 20 pharma brand teams on a global basis

    Cons

    Not a tech company yet Data is not accessible enough for cool partnerships

    Advice to Management

    Innovation needs to become a higher priority - lean startup needs to become a part of the culture


  2. Senior Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    1) Face to face client work 2) Great training in different data sets and platforms 3) Good life/work balance

    Cons

    1) Poor career path 2) Under par compensation and no dividend when I assisted the account manager in selling expensive data sets and tools

    Advice to Management

    Improve career path in SAS team


  3. Client Service Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Service Analyst in La Canada, CA
    Current Employee - Client Service Analyst in La Canada, CA

    I have been working at IMS Health

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good company culture.

    Cons

    Salary sucks. Annual raise is a joke. Limited career opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Make salary scale/levels transparent. What is the range I can expect in a level.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Ex Sr Manager

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

    I worked at IMS Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Former SDI environment was stimulating, had flexibility/opportunity to build skills Many skilled colleagues Exposure to broad client base

    Cons

    Bureaucratic approaches, but somewhat expected as larger company Project meetings with 20 attendees but only needed 3 key people Outsourcing killed morale - teams were reduced then had to rework offshore results


  6. IMS Parsippany

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMS Health

    Pros

    Very smart people, decent work-life balance if you work in the right departments,

    Cons

    Very political, not much room for advancement


  7. Senior Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IMS Health

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance is okay

    Cons

    Upper management takes all the bonus money

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth!


  8. Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Consultant 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

    -Dynamic healthcare data company that continues to grow and is the leader in its space -Many opportunities for data-consulting engagements and exposure to leading healthcare technologies -Well-regarded within life sciences space -Great and intelligent coworkers

    Cons

    -Lack of transparency regarding career progression -Lack of communication and assistance with projects and clients -Below market compensation

    Advice to Management

    -Have greater transparency for career progression, or your best people will continue to leave -Be more accommodating regarding client issues and helping consultants adjust accordingly


  9. Helpful (3)

    Below Average

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Service Analyst in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Client Service Analyst in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at IMS Health

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

    Pros

    The west coast head quarters is in a mall, intimate, beautiful office space with little distraction. You get the opportunity to work directly with clients (onsite) to build meaningful business relationships and really have an impact on the business.

    Cons

    On-boarding and training was lackluster. I was supposed to join a group of other new hires for on-boarding on the east coast, but they tried to on-board me via Webex and e-learning tutorials. I basically had to self-train. You're also expected to work over time (early mornings and late nights, available all the time), which is fine, but you don't get compensated for it.

    Advice to Management

    When I was trying to set goals for my career path, I was also told the exams I needed to take to advance were "out of date" and I couldn't advance until they made updated versions. They never did and I never got to advance. I eventually got laid off. It felt like they took advantage of my hard work and patience.


  10. Good company to gain skills

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

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

    Pros

    you get good opportunities to work across the teams

    Cons

    Office politics is bad; People from same region are more preffered

    Advice to Management

    Accept the reality and focus improving the team environment; try to maintain the trained resources


  11. Innovation is preached but not practiced.

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

    I worked at IMS Health full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are marginal - matching 401K up to 3%, fixed percentage pension, and medical/life. Lots of available technology - it seems as if IMS has at least one instance of every possible solution. For example, there are over 60 different Business Intelligence packages.

    Cons

    Work is done in silos. Innovation is preached but not practiced. It's a finance-driven enterprise. All decisions are based on the immediate return without a 30,000 foot view of the advantages. Cost saving measures take a back seat to minimal revenue gainers. Constant acquisitions leave workforce in a state of panic regarding job security. A highly corporate-political environment.

    Advice to Management

    A data-driven company should be investing in its data assets and strategy. Competing with technology start-ups is not profitable, as the talent is lacking and the overhead is exponentially more expensive than 2 guys in a garage.



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