IRI Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
165 Reviews
2.6
165 Reviews
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IRI President & CEO Andrew Appel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on the account you are assigned you may be able to work from home a few days a week (in 21 reviews)

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


Cons
  • No work life balance, most of my co-workers along with me work over the weekend (in 11 reviews)

  • Senior management It takes 8 years to get 4 weeks vacation if you are not a VP (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Field Service Rep

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    Former Employee - Field Service Representative Part Time  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Field Service Representative Part Time in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IRI part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great part time job. Flexible hours is a plus.

    Cons

    Would be nice to have some benefits, even for part time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Andrew Has a Hard Row to Hoe in Righting this Ship

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IRI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work Life Balance
    Christmas and New Years Off

    Cons

    Clients have little to no respect for IRI folks -- view them as the "data provider"; entrenched level of senior leadership below the CEO have a new car salesman mentality and will say anything to make a sale, internally or externally -- do not believe anything they or HR say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Andrew, you will never change the culture of this organization and make it the world-class consulting firm you dream of without gutting the entrenched "lifers" who effectively run the place. Bring in and empower quality outsiders -- at all levels of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, but undervalued

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    Current Employee - Client Service  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Service in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IRI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - The people at IRI are amazing individuals, who are all willing to help one another learn
    - Provides solid foundation for understanding POS and Consumer data
    - No micro management
    - Great culture, and alot of time off
    - Work with top CPG companies

    Cons

    - Employees are undervalued and underpaid
    - Almost impossible to get promoted
    - When you do get promoted, the increase is next to nothing
    - Global company that offers no global career opportunities or job switching/sharing programs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Compensate them for great work. Let your mid-level managers have more control over giving raises and promotions, as they can better gauge if it's been deserved. Offer more incentives to your sales force as a motivation tactic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Promising but frustrating...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IRI full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of raw potential with new innovations coming down the pipe...mostly staff are extremely hard working and helpful.

    Cons

    Expectations are way beyond reality. Client supporting roles are very seperated from the rest of the organization. It's impossible to find someone who can help you until you've haphazardly just keep asking around for a connection. Minimal to no training occurs. Outside of working in HQ everyone else just gets on-the-job-training as you stumble along. 11-12 hour days are the norm on many work teams with no work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to build and maintain your clients you need to first build up and develop your staff. They are overworked and just fumbling through trying to do their best. Unfortunately, there is little to no culture, engagement, or support outside of the Chicago building. It's a true shame because they really are great people and a great asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, well respected but owned by a VC company

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IRI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strategic, well known within CPG industry, like Nielsen it is the core business language

    Cons

    Very disjointed, with may divisions and a lot of promise, but very short term goal oriented,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to keep your best people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great CPG analytics provider to work for

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    Current Employee - Consultant II  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant II in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IRI full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment with some of the brightest minds in the CPG arena, good launch pad for a career in Marketing, expanding global footprint.

    Cons

    Lacks competitive advantage in several areas relative to key competitors, work-life balance can be tough at times if you want to grow (not unique to IRI), privately-held company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create better career path opportunities. Programs like CEO of my Career are good but not having any material effect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to start your CPG career

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Elizabeth, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Elizabeth, NJ

    I have been working at IRI full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work from home
    Flex Time
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    No work life balance, most of my co-workers along with me work over the weekend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent and add more employee to share work load

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    No one is held accountable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IRI full-time

    Pros

    Good team and for the most part, nice people to work with.

    Cons

    There are a select few who seem to get away with whatever they want to do because our leader is too afraid they will leave. We've had significant turnover on our team over the last few years. No one wants to stay because our leaders and some people on our team are not held accountable and we do not feel valued. Our leader says she will hold others accountable but then acts the complete opposite. Not a lot of flexibility as far as working from home or leaving early - you have to ask permission to leave 30 mins or more early, but this might depend on your supervisor. Also, the team feels that they have no where to move within the organization. You almost have to threaten to leave before management takes you seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold everyone accountable, especially our leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IRI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good 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

    Cons

    Inadequate 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Flexible, but no room for career advancement

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at IRI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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