Ipsos Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Ipsos Chairman and CEO Didier Truchot
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20 Ratings

Pros
  • It's one of the top 5 Market Research Company in the word so you could end up working with people from who you can learn a lot (in 26 reviews)

  • Great working environment, team players (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Management acts like they own you - there is no work-life balance other than lip service paid to the concept (in 25 reviews)

  • Very long hours and stress level with little to no support from management (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    work until you drop

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I really can't think of anything good aside from some of the other people in work with.

    Cons

    Little communication to help employees unless it's to tell us about stuff we can sell to clients. people leave without any reason being given and they are rarely replaced. 60, 70 80 hour weeks are fairly common. The standard is 50+, but HR make out that such weeks are the exception, when everybody knows they are the norm

    Advice to Management

    Don't bother pretend - just be honest about the company aims


  2. Helpful (2)

    Jump Ship - I left, save yourself.

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ipsos (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues. The people you work with are amazing. Management and everything above not so much

    Cons

    Overworked, under paid - If it was only this it would still be a 3 out of 5.. Now they have added on a boys club mentality, where they only promote the vocal and somewhat mediocre employees. So many of us who left felt the same about it. It is a shame, if France only knew how they are treating the US employees.

    Advice to Management

    Ask for REAL answers to how the environment is at IPSOS.. Don't Skew all of the results. Hear the truth about moral and what needs to be fixed. Customers are feeling the stress, and soon they will leave also.


  3. Helpful (2)

    No work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place for junior people to learn some skills. Some great, smart people doing the work – but most companies have these.

    Cons

    Senior management say the right things about caring about work life balance, but nothing is actually done to change this, as this would impact profits. Their words are empty. People leave and are not replaced, and sales targets are increased. The expectation is that people regularly work evenings and weekends, as this is the only way to meet deadlines. Not ideal for anybody with family or friends.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think management will listen to any advice given. Their lack of sincerity is an insult to anybody with intelligence.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Sinking Ship

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Dysfunctional

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ipsos full-time (More than a 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (3)

    Tiresome

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time

    Pros

    Good for your resume, leadership is improving, opportunities to learn and work outside of team, commitment to training ( though it doesn't always apply, and there isn't always follow up training)

    Cons

    Salary could be better, expected to do more over time for the same pay. In ASI if you're not copy testing it's like you don't exist to management.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair with promotions and salaries. Loyalty and hard work should be valued (put your money where your mouth is.) Threatening to leave shouldn't be the way to get a promotion or salary increase.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Horrible place. Stay away.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ipsos full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The resume would feature a big research company, and you'll have an opportunity of working with world's most popular companies and brands. But, that's about it.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Too much restructuring and moving people around. No sense of community in the organization. People in one office won't even know the names of all working around them. Very impersonal. Too much of time spent in checking work produced by others, and other aesthetics of client deliverables. I found myself too often filling-in on projects that I was not managing, because of lack of resources on other teams. This just showed poor planning and management of projects.

    Advice to Management

    Be sensitive to the fact that employees have a life beyond work. There may be personal commitments that people, especially those with families, may have. Have some system of providing feedback on your managers/supervisors for their commitment to nurturing a team.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Think carefully before working here

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many very smart, very experienced researchers here.

    Cons

    -Extremely long days - quite a few people work 50-65 hour weeks. -Very limited support. There are not enough junior people to get work done. -The pay is very low, they make you feel like you should be grateful that you have a job. -Bonuses are almost unheard of - it doesn't matter how hard you work. -This is not a family friendly company. -There are VERY FEW women who have senior positions - it is definitely a boys club and you have to be able to play office politics to get ahead. -Hard work is not recognized or rewarded. -Terrible management. -In order to get your studies done you have to work with IIS (Ipsos Interactive Services) but both sides are battling for bottom line. The company could launch studies for much less if they used outside vendors. -Not able to work from home. -No flexibility.


  11. Helpful (3)

    No work/life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    locations all over the globe, many different areas of research to expand skill sets

    Cons

    long work hours, no work/life balance, low pay compared to other companies



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