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Ipsos Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
321 Reviews
3.1
321 Reviews
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Ipsos Chairman and CEO Didier Truchot
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • More often than not, they have positions for part-time market research/survey interviewer (in 26 reviews)

  • OK working environment and friendly colleagues (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Excessive hours; they could care less about a work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    SVP

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work load, consistency of accounts to manage, involved in decision making, and independence

    Cons

    Ceiling hits at SVP, slow upward mobility, lack of added fringe benefits from VP to SVP

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make SVP a slightly more special and appreciated role with some fringe benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    An interesting and rewarding contract position.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Regional Coordinator in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Regional Coordinator in Manchester, NH

    I have been working at Ipsos as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interaction was facilitated through email, phone, and Hipchat. For the most part, the people I worked with were professional. Suggestions based on my expertise were incorporated into the project.

    Cons

    A few last minute additions to the upper level administrative hierarchy were very ineffective. They had some experience in earlier projects but it did not translate to the current project. They never did get up to speed. Also, In some instances communication broke down with the lack of response.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in people with expertise early in the project.

  3.  

    A decent desk job if you don't mind being an underpaid cog in the wheel

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Ipsos full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mostly friendly co-workers, especially in Operations. Manger was very supportive and accommodating. You can have some interesting studies come across your desk. Benefits package is standard and decent. They reward long-term employees.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, with little room for growth. It is such a large company, change is slow moving, if it occurs at all. Departments often pass accountability off, lots of "that's not my job" attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, they probably have ideas of how to improve things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager

    I worked at Ipsos full-time

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible in telecommuting. Salary is decent.

    Cons

    Poor management. Too focused on sales instead of quality of work. Senior management is expected to sell and everyone below them is stuck with workloads that are hard to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on quality work instead of quantity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good and Ethical Company With Large-Company Issues

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, supportive atmosphere, and a positive, ethical, fair place to work. Great benefits package and management tries hard to always do the right thing. A great reputation and a lot of really bright, curious and dedicated people. Minimal political issues, no toxic personalities. Wonderful from these perspectives.

    Cons

    Has some large company maladies: lots of red tape, processes and procedures which act to insure quality, but can be frustrating if you are used to a more entrepreneurial culture. Pockets of 'rebellious' people help to counter that, so it depends on the unit and the hiring manager's bent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very little opportunities for continued growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a great place to start your career and learn about the basics of Market Research. For junior level staff, it can be initially rewarding and a great stepping stone. Training has improved in the past few years and seems to be much more readily available. Benefits are about average for the industry.

    Cons

    Over the past few years the company dynamic has changed a great deal. There is very little growth opportunities for further advancement and work life balance is nearly non-existent. Many internal business units seem to be extremely top heavy in leadership, with few resources to actually get the work done. The expectation is to work late nights and weekends and do whatever it takes to get the work accomplished with no reward which can be very disheartening over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is not enough focus placed on junior level staff. When there is late night/weekend work, it is often the junior level staff that makes that happen. Consider improving morale, work-life balance and making senior management more accountable for their teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company, big clients, good projects

    Cons

    Compensation is pathetic. You will receive an annual 1% "merit" increase, which will sometimes come before your manager has even started your review. If you qualify for a promotion and it is approved by your SVP, be prepared to wait a minimum of six months for it to be approved by the CEO. The company also just raised health insurance premiums by 30% (an extra ~$2000 a year for family plan). If you account for inflation, you will effectively make less money every year you work here.
    The company also offers no parental leave benefits beyond what is required by law, so nothing for dads ( you need to use your meager vacation time to see that baby) and six weeks disability pay / six weeks unpaid for moms. Good luck paying for childcare on your Ipsos salary!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize there is a problem with the way you run this company. Stop restructuring and redoing / renaming all Ipsos services. The way people do their work is not the problem - the problem is you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ipsos full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many people there are smart.

    Cons

    The most unprofessional, dysfunctional place imaginable. Gossip runs wild, starting at the highest levels. What a nightmare to work there! Excessive hours; they could care less about a work/life balance. Factory for churning out reports/data. No people development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Overall Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ipsos

    Pros

    smart and interesting people. everyone is always willing to help out if someone needs it. team is great to work for.

    Cons

    protocols are different when working with our divisions. ops is a little slow and can't really help if project is outside the norm.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at Ipsos full-time

    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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