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Ipsos Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
282 Reviews

3.1
282 Reviews
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Ipsos Chairman and CEO Didier Truchot
Didier Truchot
89 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Deteriorating environment

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

    Pros

    Good benefits as well as great team of people to work with.

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance, lack of career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer career growth and better work life balance

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

    Fun people and environment but making a corporate turn for the worst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Manager  in  Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Culver City, CA

    Pros

    activities, work space, projects, lax environment, free food, growing in the industry

    Cons

    bad HR, boring, under-paid, pigeon holed in positions, innapropriate work relationships in some departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your people what they're worth, everyone works hard and takes their work home with them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Best market research company around!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist  in  Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Stamford, CT

    Pros

    They support advertisers for many of the Fortune 500 companies, and they are the best at determining the best market research campaigns for each company.

    Cons

    There was not enough opportunity for career growth for employees in lower level positions despite the training that was offered, and it was difficult for employees to change career paths despite their potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is to look more closely at employees who try to change career paths, for example from accounting to market research, because employees should not be pidgeon-holed into their current job. After learning the general business, an employee can be trained to do a different job and still be as asset to the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Vice President

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    People, Smaller office atmosphere, life-work balance

    Cons

    Not caring about people, main philosophy being "everyone is replaceable"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Uneven Corporate Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    - Smart people, collaborative atmosphere (at times, see cons)
     - Decent pay
     - Knowledge/communications from top down are good

    Cons

    - Unevenness in culture (some divisions have poor leadership, argumentative bordering on abusive managers while others have extremely supportive, motivating leaders
     - Benefit offerings are a hit/miss
     - Career path management is non-existent. There is no real consideration for those who want to jump to a different role in the company; your main choice is to stay in your current role or look outside the company for a new position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have HR actually send private survey to every employee and ask what they want to do next within Ipsos, then work toward setting up a path to make that happen so you don't loose too many more employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Only focus is bottom-line numbers, not Employees

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, enjoyed the work, but...

    Cons

    No training; figure-it-out-yourself mentality.
    They don't pay good money to keep good people.
    Expect to work at least 50hr/week (no compensation except being able to keep your job).
    Oversights and errors due to too little good employees having too much work.
    Processes/procedures to complete and useless meetings to attend.
    No balance of work (either too much or not enough).
    Promises clients too much in too little time (hence 50+hr work weeks).
    Say they are innovative but lack creativity.
    HR the Help Desk not that helpful.
    A boys-club (good luck if you're female and want to move up).
    Downhill began with"outsourcing" and buying a competitor every year... they are just lost, wrapped up in money money money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop listening to what upper management is telling you; work in the offices your employees do; not many, if any, are happy.
    Stop taking employees for granted; only thing employees are happy about is having a job, will do what they can to keep it, and you hang it over their heads everyday.
    If something doesn't work, fix it, instead of just saying 'this is how it is done' even if it is nonsensical, non-productive and time-wasting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Focused only on money, money, money, money

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The people. We try really hard to keep morale up, even if it means we stand around venting about all the problems - or who is the most recent person to have escaped!

    Cons

    Focused too much on money. We have at least 3 meetings a week to discuss sales, but management doesn't want to ensure that there is someone available to work on the projects that are sold, or that the projects are executed properly/on time/efficiently. They literally wave their hand and call the meeting done if someone brings up an active project instead of a sales opportunity.

    Because of that, client service people are working 60-80 hours a week cleaning up the mess made by operations - who cut costs by any means (even at the expense of quality and timeliness) because they have profit goals as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk around all of the offices and really pay attention... you say things are going well and employees are happy, but everyone, ok - 95% is more realistic, is looking for another job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    These guys know advertising

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people who really understand brands, advertising and research methods deeply

    Cons

    Having trouble keeping up with the modern always-on, digital and mobile world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the company to being more digital and media focused as swiftly as possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Rapid growth, decent people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Qualitative Researcher
    Current Employee - Qualitative Researcher

    Pros

    Dedicated, earnest people who work together...but are sometimes constrained by workload

    Cons

    Rapid growth and lean staffing, along with management changes, have made for a more stressful environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Stuck in same job

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

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance
    lots of holidays
    Great colleagues

    Cons

    compensation
    little change in career path...little growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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