R. L. Polk Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. Great benefits, culture that values employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R. L. Polk

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good performance evaluation system that rewards employees who can articulate their progress

    Cons

    mid level managers need to be aggressive to move forward in company

  2. Helpful (3)

    Worst company ever seen

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at R. L. Polk as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There are no pros I could think of here.... except that they try to evaluate and make use of latest technologies

    Cons

    Dont ever join here as a contractor. Contractors are treated as slaves. Apart from that there is no planning at the management, project production dates are decided and people are pushed to their extremes to meet the deadline. Contractors are dumped on with tons of work and they would break their contract right on the project production deployment date after getting all the work done.

    There are managers who have absolutely no planning and prioritization skills. On the name of agile, they follow some process, which would expect you to put in 8 hrs of efforts everyday no matter however long discussion meetings, you have. All the changes in the requirements have to be accommodated within the same deadline. The funniest thing is the director and the executives wont smile at contractors and during team meetings the director would not directly respond to the contractors. If they have such a dirty atitude against contractors why do they need to hire them in the first place..

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of good companies outside learn how to treat people fairly atleast by seeing them. If you have such a hatred towards contractors dont hire them, try to do your work with your own employees..

  3. Good learning experiance

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

    I worked at R. L. Polk as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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  5. Was a great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R. L. Polk

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    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

    I have been working at R. L. Polk full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (1)

    Was a great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IS&S in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - IS&S in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at R. L. Polk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to make contributions. Easy to influence higher ups.

    Cons

    Not quite the same place after IHS acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more clearly.

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    I worked at R. L. Polk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!

  9. 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

    I worked at R. L. Polk full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Working at Polk

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

    I worked at R. L. Polk full-time

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

    Pros

    Good people, process and technology

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Minimize the political jockeying

  11. Helpful (2)

    Excellent work life balance and benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Programmer Analyst in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - IT Programmer Analyst in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at R. L. Polk full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Hard to get promotions unless you know the right people

    Advice to Management

    Over communication is better than the lack of communication.

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