Ipsos Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
293 Reviews
3.1
293 Reviews
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Ipsos Chairman and CEO Didier Truchot
Didier Truchot
92 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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  1.  

    Former market leader going down fast

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    No pressure
    Job for life if you don't rock the boat

    Cons

    Weak and uninspiring Australian Leadership team. CEO and MDs in Australia lost with no plan or ability to turn the business around. Staff just go through the motions as that is what they do. Company now led by finance compliance checklists and processes rather than by customer needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take control back from CFO and regain the spirit that formally made the company great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Unstable, unkind

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ipsos

    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

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tiresome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrible place. Stay away.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ipsos full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely dreadful place to work.

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    Former Employee - Research Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Ipsos full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Absolutely no pros whatsoever, worst company I've ever worked for. So cheap they make employees pay for their own 'celebratory' events and the toilets at their offices are literally overflowing with excrement. An apt analogy for the senior management of the company I think...

    Cons

    Incompetent management, lazy senior staff who only turn up to the office when they can be bothered, junior staff are treated terribly and paid peanuts, self-obsessed egotistical CEO, disgusting filthy offices which should be condemned, lazy directors, high staff churn, boring repetitive work, no interest in developing junior staff, ridiculously low wage increases. All in all a complete disaster of a company that should be avoided at all costs!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the terrible management you have in place, pay some attention to staff needs and development and maybe you could marginally improve the hell that is working for Ipsos Mori.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, Awful management in internal finance and promotions/career progressions are based on favoritism

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    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Ipsos full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People are overall very nice to work with and the company will invest in your education if you want to study for an accountancy qualification. Finance teams do arrange meals and team events.

    Cons

    Do not expect to be promoted or recommended if your work is good as the upper management do not look at your quality of work or the suitability of yourself. Do not expect to make a career here as it is based more on whether you get along with the management staff and whether they like your personality and your ability to get along with them as opposed to the performance of your work. Upper management work off favoritism rather than your individual performance or quality of work. Your work can be poor or average standard but if you get along with management then you are likely to get a promotion.
    Also a lot of internal politics and micromanagement in the work place to the point where it will dampen your morale. Expect to do a lot of overtime with little appreciation from upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Poor company work culture, not a recommended place

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    Former Employee - DATA PROCESSING Executive  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - DATA PROCESSING Executive in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Ipsos full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free breakfast and early time off on friday

    Cons

    Company politics are common, poor leader management and guidance.If they don't need you, they will just ask you to leave. No job security to mention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Think carefully before working here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time for 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    No work/life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ipsos

    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

  11.  

    Good place to learn, start research career.

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    learning opportunities, rub elbows with smart people, move to other offices worldwide.

    Cons

    Like most research agencies, long hours, as responsibilities increase so does emphasis on sales. Like most large agencies, emphasis on pushing standard products , approaches.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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