Ipsos Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. On an Upswing

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

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I've seen lots of positive changes since I joined two years ago...industry is difficult which has an impact on morale and retention but Ipsos is improving the culture, doing more for employees and the Friday beer carts are the envy of all my friends!

    Cons

    Clients and their demands can be intense but at least I am learning and growing.

    Advice to Management

    Please invest more in your talent. We need to do more to keep the people who have been here 3-5 years.

    Ipsos Response

    Jun 16, 2015 – HR Manager

    We are always pleased to see and hear the positive reception of our social activities - thank you for taking the time to share your experience!


  2. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ipsos full-time

    Pros

    Good company for basic market research

    Cons

    Need to have more travel assingments


  3. Helpful (3)

    Sinking ship that needs new staff in upper management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some staff members that are truly dedicated and depending on what department you work in you could get lucky and learn a few things. Join as a stepping stone for your career, not to stay long term. The benefits package is about average for the industry.

    Cons

    Expect little work/life balance. The job must get done and deadlines must be met. Period. One of the major downfalls of this company was the Synovate merge a few years ago and it just doesn't seem as if this company can recover from it. This merger acquisition coupled by the poor decisions from a dinosaur senior management and a decreasing and ineffective Operations department with no supervision and poor leadership is not helping this company to rise to the ranks it once was.

    Advice to Management

    It's not to late to weed out the leaders you placed in positions that do not belong there or replace the leaders that have been there too long. Revitalize a company that used to be really great.


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  5. Works on ad hoc and brand tracking projects.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good name, lots of opportunity to move within the company, learn a lot in a short period of time. Opportunities to work remotely and flexibility with location.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid. Lots of long hours with little respect for work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better resource management and invest in your employees happiness and well being.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Office Manager

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

    I worked at Ipsos

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The office is really spacious, Great co-workers. Casual attire. One can work independently and not worry about people micromanaging. I really enjoyed having my own office, but not all office in Ipsos is like that.

    Cons

    Having to constantly deal with IT due to internet dropping, because of poor installation of VOIP. Senior Manager in remote location. Not given proper training. The company under pays their employees, and yearly re-structuring is nerve racking.


  7. Research Analyst

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

    I have been working at Ipsos full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Environment is good. People are nice.

    Cons

    Sometime involves long hour working with unmatched salary.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Research Analyst

    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Columbia, MD

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

    Pros

    Interview process was very easy. I was hired the same day.

    Cons

    Poor incentives. Salary was too low. No room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Replace people when they leave so the work load wont be left in the hands of a few.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Beware of Project Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Director in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Project Director in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Ipsos full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Project Director role is great for someone who has recently graduated from college and needs to build a foundational skill set for business. You will work with big name clients, and get immediate exposure to supplier-client relationships. Your projects will take place across the world, so you will also gain exposure to international relationships, customs, etc. You will learn accountability, organizational skills, time management, and conflict management. You will gain surface knowledge on qualitative market research, but know that you will likely never go to research - you will plan logistics and support recruitment. There are about 1-2 weeks of onboarding and training, and expectations of your role are 100% outlined. Those who are in your role, or work closely with your role, can become great friends. Vacation, holidays, and benefits are good.

    Cons

    There is little to nothing to motivate you in this role. The role is so underpaid, and odds are that you will never get a bonus. Monthly "recognition" is in place, but it is poorly managed. Management and Sr. Management take all of the client and internal feedback (you're lucky if you get either) and filter what they want to recognize - it's delivered with a sheet of paper, and a treat of "you get to leave 2-hours early one day," but you won't be able to use it. You're also the middle man. If anything goes wrong, everyone points their fingers at you. Is there an opportunity to excel, or do something that you'd like? They tell you "put in the extra time to make the opportunity happen," but that extra time is spent on managing an outrageous project capacity and anything you couldn't get done during the day, and you become burnt out - it's a vicious cycle. Being treated unfairly by management? You're told to be the bigger person, and that senior management will "talk to" the manager that disrespected you. The Ipsos UU office is made up of about 70% of this role - you are all doing the same thing. If you have any skills outside of what they want their Project Managers to be, they will rarely be utilized, and if anything, they will be deflated. Maybe these skills are better suited for a non-operations role? Good luck getting out of this silo of the company. Want a promotion? Try threatening to quit. 20% is middle-management, which gets what you're going through. But beware - some of these managers get it, but want you to go through the hell that they've been through, and some want to make sure you don't go through anything they ever went through. The latter is rare, but you'll see who they are based on how much turnover is on their team. The final 10% is the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), who hears and sees that the company is falling apart but continues to "move forward" like nothing is happening. Turnover has become so bad that it's laughable here, and it's not limited to Project Directors, either. Communication about turnover is even more ridiculous - it rarely happens, and if it does, it's weeks after that desk is noticeably empty, which leaves that event up to gossip.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your employees' motivations: whether it's a title, recognition, money, etc. The type of work that Project Directors do is not the "standard" at other companies - there is rarely a moment when they aren't going above and beyond. They learn this when they interview and other companies want to hire them immediately, and pay them appropriately for it.


  10. Application Support Specialist

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

    I worked at Ipsos full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good compensation and good life work balance

    Cons

    Management in flux in the middle of downsizing departments


  11. Helpful (1)

    No work-life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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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