R. L. Polk

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R. L. Polk Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
44 Reviews

3.2
44 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good learning experiance

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Intern in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    For an internship, they will teach you a lot. Polk accomplishes some very good work with high quality data, and they do have some the best industry practices.

    Cons

    There was a significant lack of innovation, code bases were bloated and every process was set in stone.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Was a great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People were awesome.
    Appreciated employees
    Lots of training/mentoring programs available

    Cons

    Moving up was very political, all about who you know and how good of friends you were with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen. Asking the same question over and over won't get you a different answer.
    Hire someone because they are good for the job, not because you've gotten a beer at the bar with them.

  3.  

    Terrible-- due to massive layoffs at all levels when sold to IHS.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    Polk brand heritage and reputation.

    Cons

    Lack of current management vision and auto industry expertise. Narrow product focus (IHS) -- global forecasting only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that people are necessary to do the work -- so be nice to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Was a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - IS&S  in  Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - IS&S in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    Easy to make contributions. Easy to influence higher ups.

    Cons

    Not quite the same place after IHS acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more clearly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience that really helped give my career a jump start.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    Good company with a long and mostly successful history.
    Decent pay
    Good benefits
    Interesting work
    Great people
    Executive team was pretty strong when I was there.
    Stephen Polk is a friendly, very generous and approachable guy.

    Cons

    Seemed like lots of highs and lows in the business. The company would be growing like crazy one year and then we'd be laying people off the next.
    Communication from the director level down to the rank and file could have been a lot better. Executive leadership was doing some really cool things when I was there but we employees didn't always see it coming or have any inkling that things were changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've been gone for a while and the company was recently sold and the management team is completely different, so I don't have much insite to offer today.

    Best of luck to the new owners, management and the employees!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Learned a lot but with no advancement.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Casual work environment with good benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Due to "budgetary" reasons, one person was stuck doing the job of what should have been done by two or more people. Sometimes you felt like a hamster on a wheel, working really hard but with no opportunity to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know what the people you manage actually do. Listen to them and their ideas. Then act like leaders and lead. Stop promoting people who have no business being leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at Polk

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    Good people, process and technology

    Cons

    Senior management was too focused on politics and not the company's performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Minimize the political jockeying

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent work life balance and benefits

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    Current Employee - IT Programmer Analyst  in  Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - IT Programmer Analyst in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Hard to get promotions unless you know the right people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over communication is better than the lack of communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very ethical
    Strong values, very committed to doing the right thing
    Great people who care about the work they do
    Good pay, good benefits

    Cons

    Slow to make decisions, do not empower people to make decisions
    Too conservative
    Flip flop on key product strategies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging and rewarding helping a 140 year old company stay current

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    Current Employee - Lead IT Programmer Analyst  in  Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Lead IT Programmer Analyst in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    Great people, wealth of data, long history, in-house gym

    Cons

    in the 80s, 90s and early 2ks we got specific direction about our goals and plans. Since, however, very vague and ambiguous leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lay out a plan with specific roles each of us can play.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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