IRI Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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IRI President & CEO Andrew Appel
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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 22 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance, flexible work locations (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • There is little work-life balance here (in 13 reviews)

  • Senior management seems to think UX is useless (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Summary points

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IRI full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work with deep skilled team members and the CPG/retail industry is dynamic and very competitive and always looking of new innovative solutions,

    Cons

    Top management not very visionary. Too many changes and very short term focus. Siloed departments hurts the company to get the best out of the talented work force.

    Advice to Management

    You have a strong value proposition and an equally talented team to make that work for your clients. Please make the organizational culture and environment to support these unique capabilitiesd as opposed to hindering it


  2. Field Service Representative Good Part Time Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Representative Part Time in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Field Service Representative Part Time in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at IRI part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule as far as time of day that you can collect data.The stores assigned to you will generally have to be collected within 48 hours of their assigned day.My field manager always addresses concerns promptly.Offers 401K to part time employees.Seems to be acquiring new accounts to keep reps busy.Extra work is available through coverage of other Reps stores when they are on vacation ect.

    Cons

    Pay rate scans (730 per hour) can be difficult to achieve in some stores that require more detailed entry.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer more hands on training versus video training so that you can retain quality employees.


  3. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IRI

    Pros

    Flexibility. Working with best Marketers in industry. Understanding CPG

    Cons

    Doesn't care about employees or believe in career planning and development. Hard to stay motivated. Employees can be very stretched in their roles.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good place to learn CPG

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IRI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of smart people that know CPG.

    Cons

    Hard to get stuff done

    Advice to Management

    Consider how the company perceives the management team


  6. Good place to find work-life balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at IRI (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Highly analytical, real time data access helps provide granular insights to clients. Flexibility in work from home, client site etc.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, benefits are below industry average (e.g., maternity leave, etc.)


  7. IRI

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Illinois in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Illinois in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at IRI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Growth plans poorly managed by HR


  8. A great company albeit some long hours depending on the client

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at IRI full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, great training tools

    Cons

    Depending on the client, full time can be anywhere from 40 - 60 hrs a week.

    Advice to Management

    Set expectations with clients from the beginning to develop a healthy work life balance for your client facing team members. Doing so will fuel our efforts to provide outstanding value for clients and avoid burn-off.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Concepts, Poor Execution

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Delivery Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great schedule flexibility; convenient commuter location; awesome coworkers; ambitious managerial ideas; overall good systems to promote work-life balance; great corporate reputation in Consumer Product Goods industry; opportunity for above-average compensation

    Cons

    Overly ambitious managerial ideas are not supported by systems and processes to see them to fruition. The company operates with a "READY - SHOOT - AIM!!" mentality. Ever-increasing layers of middle managers are far more qualified and interested in following directives from above (regardless of the instructive quality of the directive or level of guidance provided) than developing their subordinate teams as a productive whole or individual contributing members. The lowest-level employees are expected to perform as if they know the most about how to effectively achieve the organization's high-level goals. Training is limited to Web Based Trainings which do little to replicate the on-the-job experience of most employees are often out of date. Most Operations teams have a wide breadth of responsibility, typically overlapping with multiple other teams within the company. However, rarely do teams work in concert, and often work at odds with one another. Each component of a client deliverable has about a half dozen teams with their hands directly in the pot; each with the ability to override the work of another team with little opposition. Again, management seems to have little interest in changing this dynamic. They also seem disinterested in challenging the organizational norms with fresh ideas unless those ideas align with the existing structure. The company claims to welcome change but recent history indicates that they are wholly resistant to fostering it.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time thinking of new ideas and focus on becoming proficient in existing business activities. When new ideas are so good that they deserve immediate organizational action, support those ideas with adequate systems and training to allow for proper execution and testing without incessant avoidable setbacks. Also, greater consideration to the feedback of the employees "in the trenches" would probably be worth the time investment. Hundreds, if not thousands, of man-hours are wasted every week while we are laden with myriad objectives and a dearth of means by which to efficiently reach them. We have SO MUCH potential in this company and most of it goes to waste by means of oppressively inefficient (or simply broken) processes.


  10. good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at IRI (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Stability in career, great colleagues, fair compensation. Work life balance is very good, but need to get job done when need arises of course.

    Cons

    Like anywhere, some managers can be challenging. Clients can also be challenging by demanding too much complexity

    Advice to Management

    Focus on excellence in delivery of current products before moving along to the next thing. Continue focus on employee development.


  11. Great benefits; too many hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IRI

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package and paid time off allowance

    Cons

    No work-life balance; if you post for an internal position, they post your current position right away but if it takes you longer to get the new position than it takes for them to hire your replacement, you could be without a job.



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