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Ipsos Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
282 Reviews

3.1
282 Reviews
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Ipsos Chairman and CEO Didier Truchot
Didier Truchot
89 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • emerging as one of the most comprehensive market research entities on a global scale (in 24 reviews)

  • Flexibility with work schedules, great people on the team (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Management acts like they own you - there is no work-life balance other than lip service paid to the concept (in 22 reviews)

  • Some extremely dull work, long hours for which you are not recognised, poor pay (in 21 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work closely with management, advancement

    Cons

    Can be stressful at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Battling BUs- make sure you are in a good one!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good reputation. Generally smart motivated people. Intellectually stimulating. Some very good data scientists. Great clients.

    Cons

    Too dependent on division heads. My division's leader was a total middle manager- a sycophant to those above him and a dictator to those below. He had no sense of market strategy and his energy was internally facing. I finally had to leave. Last I heard he got removed from the position, but is still with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your own advice and think outside the box. Get rid of the middle management mentality and battling business units. Innovate around big data and analytics. Your data scientists are your biggest assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company struggling to not lose what made it great ever since Synovate acquisition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    Pros

    Ipsos attracts really smart people, and my division was full of both smart and good people. Ultimately, I remained at Ipsos longer than I should have career-wise because I enjoyed the work and loved my colleagues.

    If you start your career here, there will definitely be room for you to learn and grow your career over time. They offer terrific training (Ipsos University) as well, which is there for the taking.

    Cons

    Compensation is not great compared to competitors (and certainly not compared to corporate/client side).

    The culture and general management has been suffering since the Synovate acquisition--rather than what made Ipsos great helping to make Synovate better, the ills and weaknesses that plagued Synovate have bled into Ipsos. While this varies by division, being a matrix organization, the company generally (and certain divisions specifically) is blind to this infection and struggling to stay on track performance-wise as a result.

    If you move to Ipsos mid-career, be prepared, you may likely find that room for growth will be limited...exec level positions tend not to open often and, when they do, too often are filled by outside hires than inside promotions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Learned alot- but all about REVENUE

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Director in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    For the most part, the people I worked were pleasant. I developed some great relationships.
    Established & developed sound project management experience.
    Was exposed to a wide array of clients and research methodologies

    Cons

    Even if you deserved a promotion, you may not get it if you made "too" much money for your title or your teams revenue wasn't as strong as they wanted. I knew of entry level PD's that would get promoted faster, because they started out at such a lower pay range. So it was easy to move them up, since technically they were being underpaid already. They had no clue what other PD's or Sr. PD's made, so didn't even realize it. There was ALOT of shuffling from team to team, so you rarely had any consistency when it came to managers. That said, it was hard for anyone to "invest" in your growth as things were constantly changing. During my time there,, I had appx 8 managers. Really?
    Lastly, before I left, people were really overworked. It was also after the Synovate buyout, the moral was SO LOW. Once acquiring Synovate peoples titles didn't align very nicely, so people with higher titles/pays were doing much more junior tasks (and vice versa). It was really insulting!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make titles and pay ranges fair and consistent.
    Show support of one another in management. I witnessed alot of pettiness and back stabbing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Changing environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Industry leading products. Good people though many are leaving.

    Cons

    Too management heavy. Seem to be losing a lot of experienced employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain your long-term employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Unstable, unkind

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some decent clients who appreciate your work

    Cons

    no guidance, no very interesting work - very cookie cutter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider why there is such high turnover, especially those who work under certain VP's

  8.  

    Project Director - IUU

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    Current Employee - Project Director  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Project Director in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    Location and free parking are good for employees. Easy to get an entry level position.

    Cons

    Constant management and employee turnover. Management lacks professionalism. Low salaries and experience is not taken into consideration. No clear vision or direction. Terrible work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect current employees and do not burn them out. Give promotions where deserved and not to those that complain the most.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Room for Improvement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility with work schedules, great people on the team.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. No empathy for people who are working nights and weekends, as it is expected. Little respect for people who actually execute the research. Processes are cumbersome -- things that should be easy are challenging to get through the "system". Feedback to management falls on deaf ears, as the focus is SALES SALES SALES. Often sell things that we have no idea how to execute and then we have to figure things out on the fly. The pressure often drives people to quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit the revenue to staffing model. Need more Project Directors vs. PhD's. It doesn't matter how much research is sold if we can't deliver or deliver with poor quality.

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

    Overworked, Underpaid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    The training and mentoring are reasonably good. They made it rather easy to get a start in the company, and yearly reviews made it possible to advance within the company.

    Cons

    There is a lot of work being out-sourced, which has led to reduced quality. Those left in the U.S. have watched their co-workers drift away through attrition and not replaced. This resulted in unreasonable workloads, as the remaining associates had to cover the work, usually through unpaid overtime. Morale was dismal when I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is deaf to problems. The same points were brought up time and time again though yearly or bi-yearly surveys, but never addressed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good people; growing pains

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    Former Employee - Research Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good smart people; good client base

    Cons

    Company committed to a major client on an exclusive contract, and scrambled to staff it adequately. May have sacrificed quality to meet deadlines. Good committed staff, tough situation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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