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Ipsos Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
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3.0 277 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Ipsos Chairman and CEO Didier Truchot

Didier Truchot

(86 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Horrible place. Stay away.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Expects too much from staff considering the rewards

    Anonymous (Current Employee) Culver City, CA

    ProsInteresting job with good people. In some ways it is a job that is what you make of it and there is potential to grow in the organization.

    ConsManagement acts like they own you - there is no work-life balance other than lip service paid to the concept. Corporate culture is officially "work hard, play hard" but in reality it is "work forever, play never".

    Staff who leave are never replaced as hiring freezes abound.

    You are expected to be on call 24/7 and check emails and go on calls when you are on vacation or out for an evening.

    There is a complete lack of training, and HR assistance is non-existent.

    Long hours are pretty much guaranteed and no overtime means that Ipsos profits on you being "salaried" while your personal and family life suffers with no compensation.

    Pay is also lower than other places, and internal pay structure isn't elastic or based on performance but how good you negotiate at the start of your career.

    No team spirit within departments - teams will pretend to be busy rather than help others.

    Unrealistic demands are applied by a management who apparently are unable to comprehend that if you sell projects, you then have to devote time to completing them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure that staff are replaced properly, and that support is offered.

    Offer training for managers as currently people are promoted and just expected to manage, and some are naturally good and others are not.

    If you are going to work people to the bone, offer perks or overtime.

    In terms of culture, reduce the number of meetings people are expected to be on. It's hard to meet clients, gain new business and work on projects when you are constantly in meetings.

    Remember that you are a French-owned company and that in most Ipsos offices around the world, vacation means vacation, and is not a special favor granted to you by the benevolent powers-that-be.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great, below average pay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat experiences, good people, amazing work/life balance

    ConsBelow average pay, promotions sometimes take longer than they should

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork closely with management, advancement

    ConsCan be stressful at times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Reasonable firm but not good to its people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible schedules (though lots of hours). Global reach - can work almost anywhere if you want to.

    ConsPoor work-life balance. Salaries/titlesdo not match workloads/hours. Pretty poor (expensive) health insurance for such a large company also.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployee retention should be number 1 on the list for the year, not down towards the bottom. Everything else will improve if your employees are happy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Meh

    Research Manager (Current Employee) Norwalk, CT

    ProsGreat benefits, 3 weeks paid vacation

    Conslack of communication, training and personal growth

    Advice to Senior Managementconsider increasing salary that is competitive in the market place

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Market Research Associate

    Market Research Associate (Current Employee) Culver City, CA

    ProsGreat place to work but it also depends on your business unit.
    Very supportive staff.
    Creative and down to earth employees and facilities manager
    Fun, relaxed, and always have a fun event going on every month

    ConsIt is a global company so off-shoring work to different depts can be a challenge

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Bureaucracy is pretty crazy

    User Support (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsOne of the largest Market Research companies in the world

    ConsThey aren't afraid of outsourcing

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    Research Analyst - Entry Level

    Research Analyst (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe client centric atmosphere is exciting. The firm has numerous resources and trainings and coworkers are friendly and willing to assist.

    ConsInternal shifts and restructuring complicates management teams and growth potential. The merger with Synovate resulted in numerous complications and could have been handled better. Moral was low for over a year due to layoffs and lack of job security. The wages are low compared to other firms in the industry.

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    Great work experience and room to move up the ranks

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat environment, proven methodologies, great clients

    ConsStudies moved really quickly and sometimes it easy to get lost

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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