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Updated Jul 14, 2014

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2.8 156 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

IRI President & CEO Andrew Appel

Andrew Appel

(26 ratings)

46% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on the account you are assigned you may be able to work from home a few days a week(in 20 reviews)

  • Work life balance, great people, company is finally branching out into new business areas(in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • There is little work-life balance here(in 10 reviews)

  • Senior management seems to think UX is useless(in 6 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Great in terms of flexibility, needs work in advancement opportunities and compensation.

    Consultant (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood work/life balance, flexible work locations
    There are many very intelligent, hard working, warm hearted people at IRI; it makes for a good work environment
    Ability to move around within the company

    ConsInadequate compensation and poor bonuses
    Not enough visibility into actions of senior leaders
    Lack of advancement of women and far too few senior positions held by women

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Flexible, but no room for career advancement

    Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat opportunities to learn about the industry
    Downtown Chicago Location
    Able to gain a lot of experience in different areas in an entry-level position
    Work from home benefits

    ConsNot compensated for performance
    Upper management goals not in line with mid-level management goals
    No room for career advancement
    Lack of mentoring

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    UX has no room here. This is a developer's shop.

    User Experience (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsMaybe benefits. Some employees are really nice. French market across the street from the office. There are some nice happy hour activities. But thats about it.

    ConsSenior management seems to think UX is useless. They make it very clear verbally, repeatedly, which affects the team morale. The UX team has always been very small and it has been a struggle throughout. Managers have changed many times. This seems to be a case with the company in general. Every few years the company gets bought out, with leadership changing. This leaves the employees very unsatisfied, with nothing changing with the new management.
    There have been several disrespectful and offensive comments made by senior management to the UX team.
    Very negative attitude and absolutely no vision. Only vision I have seen is that they want to renew contracts with the few clients that they have. They don't care about user centered design. Everyone's in an ever Fix-This-Now mode. They just seem to want Visual design which is not UX Design.

    There are a few good people who unfortunately don't have power to change the culture here.

    As a UXers, we know it is a challenge to educate people who might not always understand what we do. But here, this attitude of being able to educate will be ridiculed. They just want you to "do as they say" (i quote one of the product managers here). What is this? some kind of a dictator regime?

    There is a false sense of entitlement that they are the smartest and know their clients when there hasn't really been a client satisfaction evaluation done since 3 years.
    No matter how much you are trying hard to do a great job, you are insulted, your work is ridiculed or worse - not even looked at.

    Although, if they had only been a little more open and respectful, UX could have really changed the game for them. There is a lot of opportunity for improvement, but they seem to believe that they only have one other competitor that will never beat them. Even good ideas are not considered because of the arrogance and the ever time crunch.
    There have also been disturbing interactions that involve screaming, stressing people out and micromanagement - very unprofessional behavior.

    I would not wish for this experience on any one else out there.
    If you are a passionate UX person, avoid this place. Its toxic and borderline disrespectful towards women.
    This has been by far my worst work experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBeing disrespectful to good employees will only work against you. Be a little open to new ideas and encourage working together, don't dictate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to start a career

    Consultant (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsLots of good, smart people that are great to work with.

    ConsWork/life balance can get out of whack.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen more to people on the ground

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of great experience but difficult to move up financially

    Analyst (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThey have a good work-life balance, work from home options, good benefits, and summer hours.

    ConsYou're not really trained and just thrown in expecting to know everything. They will also promote you but won't compensate you financially to match the salary that you deserve. HR isn't very reliable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok, to work here

    Consultant III (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsOffice location is great, just next to Metra station

    ConsNot focused on big picture and just want to make money by killing employee

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on your people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good pay, bad company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBase salary, thats about it

    ConsBonus, 401k, not a people first company. It feels more like a group of mini companies than one entity. Disorganized, unstructured, and focused only on the revenue goal.

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    Good company to learn CPG industry

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork life balance, great people, company is finally branching out into new business areas.

    ConsManagement often times discounts the knowledge of existing employees and repeats the same mistakes as prior management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good new management

    Director/Consultant of Client Insights (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThe new leadership seems strong and capable

    ConsPrivate equity ownership has negatively impacted compensation, bonuses, and operating processes; there has been a disconnect between leadership strategies and what has happened

    Advice to Senior ManagementReassess people model

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, but not yet great

    Analytics (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsHighly motivated and resilient workforce, Flexible work arrangements, Works tends to be demanding but very interesting, More focus on investment in people systems, Baseline systems and technology are starting to improve

    ConsMediocre comp and benefits programs, New exec team has some ttalent but lacks strong industry connections, Executives continue to struggle setting priorities, Company prefers to hire outside talent versus grooming internal talent for senior roles. Global expansion an initial miss in new strategy - playing catch up now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPrioritize work efforts better, Invest more in talent management, Improve exec team by hiring those with better connections

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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