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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.  

    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

  2.  

    Learned alot- but all about REVENUE

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Director in Chicago, IL

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

    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
  3.  

    Changing environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Ipsos

    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
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  5.  

    Project Director - IUU

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

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time (more than an year)

    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
  6.  

    Room for Improvement

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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 full-time

    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overworked, Underpaid

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Ipsos full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  8.  

    Good people; growing pains

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Ipsos as a contractor (less than an year)

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's all about lining their pockets

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Ipsos gets that customer service gets repeat business, so encourages behavior that gets good customer reviews.

    Cons

    Research is secondary, culture is internally competitive and heavily siloed (you're on your own!), and it's a sweat-shop mentality. If you killed yourself to get great results last year, you're rewarded by a high goal and no help - you made it last year, so obviously there are enough people, right? Never go the extra mile at Ipsos!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really want to get turnover down, find a more rational way of setting workloads that rewards loyalty and effort instead of punishing it.

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

    Tiresome

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Horrible place. Stay away.

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

    I worked at Ipsos full-time (less than an 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

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