R. L. Polk
2.9 of 5 39 reviews
www.polk.com Southfield, MI 1000 to 5000 Employees

R. L. Polk Reviews

Updated Apr 1, 2014
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2.9 39 reviews

                             

60% Approve of the CEO

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Stephen R. Polk

(25 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Was a great place to work.

IS&S (Current Employee)
Southfield, MI

I have been working at R. L. Polk full-time for more than 5 years

ProsEasy to make contributions. Easy to influence higher ups.

ConsNot quite the same place after IHS acquisition.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate more clearly.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Southfield, MI

I worked at R. L. Polk full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood 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.

ConsSeemed 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 Senior ManagementI'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!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The acquision by IHS was terrible. An absolute bloodbath occurred with in six months.

Manager (Former Employee)
Southfield, MI

I worked at R. L. Polk full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPay was consistent with market reference points.

ConsThe acquision by IHS lead to many people being fired.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest to your most valuable asset--employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Learned a lot but with no advancement.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Southfield, MI

I worked at R. L. Polk full-time for more than 10 years

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

ConsDue 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Southfield, MI

I worked at R. L. Polk full-time

ProsGood people, process and technology

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

Advice to Senior ManagementMinimize the political jockeying

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

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Excellent work life balance and benefits

IT Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
Southfield, MI

I have been working at R. L. Polk full-time for more than 10 years

ProsExcellent work life balance and benefits

ConsHard to get promotions unless you know the right people

Advice to Senior ManagementOver communication is better than the lack of communication.

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

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at R. L. Polk full-time

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

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

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

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Challenging and rewarding helping a 140 year old company stay current

Lead IT Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
Southfield, MI

I have been working at R. L. Polk full-time for more than 10 years

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementLay out a plan with specific roles each of us can play.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Top heavy salaries, opportunity for massive improvement at Polk - Sale?

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Southfield, MI

I worked at R. L. Polk full-time for more than a year

ProsPay, benefits, facility, health and wellness

ConsLack of loyalty, communication, organization structure at the top is misaligned, finance function is very disfunctional (leadership) - also, really just accounting function, very little analysis to support operations.

Advice to Senior ManagementRestructure top management reporting lines.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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IT Programmer Analyst (Former Employee)
Southfield, MI

I worked at R. L. Polk full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat co-workers, casual environment and a lot of learning opportunity. Very interesting work. I enjoyed working there very much until being laid off.

ConsWorst management I have ever worked with. Favoritism and Nepotism are rampant and people are in upper management positions that have no business in their roles. Their method of balancing their budget by laying off people and later re-hiring new employees is despicable. They destroyed hundreds of peoples lives (temporarily) by laying off during the worst possible economic times.

Advice to Senior ManagementClean house and find talent that is focused on the business.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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