IRI
2.8 of 5 154 reviews
www.iriworldwide.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

IRI Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014

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79% Approve of the CEO

IRI President & CEO Andrew Appel

Andrew Appel

(24 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Depending on the account you are assigned you may be able to work from home a few days a week"
    in 19 reviews
  • "Work life balance, great people, company is finally branching out into new business areas"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "There is little work-life balance here"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Benefits are terrible (including 401K match)"
    in 5 reviews
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    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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    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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    "Middle Class" Positions - Get used to it.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompetitive benefits.
    Very open to candidates from outside the company without referral.
    General tolerance for extremely large learning curve.

    ConsNo upward mobility.
    Very little incentive offered to employees.
    Poor work/life balance. "Good" employees expected to work 60+ hours per week with fear as prime motivator. "Lazy" employees allowed to skate by with little to no consequence.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote from within. Focus more on strategic processes, making promises to clients that can be made, and stop buying up outside companies at the expense of loyal employees' jobs. Saying things like, "We were able to expand client base without increasing headcount" only decreases employee moral.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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 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 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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    My experience at IRI has been fair

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI like the flexibility of working from home. Depending on the account you are assigned you may be able to work from home a few days a week

    ConsProfessional development is something the company is still struggling with. Opportunities to grow are limited in my opinion.

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