I have been working at Ipreo full-time (More than a year)
- The people, generally speaking, are great, and want you to succeed, at least on the team I'm on.
- Senior management: they may be the source of some of the cons below, but in general are fantastic people with a true vision for the company.
- Very start-up like culture, even though the company really has been around since 2006-7, management at all levels seem to be open to ideas.
- Compensation compensation compensation... can't stress this one enough. When I was interviewed, after the first round one of my interviewers (a director who was fired in the 3 months between my interview and start date), said that Ipreo has a problem retaining people for more than 2 years, and they're trying to change that. When I got the offer, I was told that I would be eligible for promotions each March thereafter with 10k raises for each. Unfortunately, expecting somebody to live in NYC on the 50K offered initially is not exactly a best practice in employee retention. You could end up doing IB hours for 40% less pay.
- Seems like there's little room for advancement beyond the level of Lead Analyst.
- Technology needs to be upgraded, and IT infrastructure still needs substantial work.
Advice to Management
Fix your compensation structure, if you're as focused on employee retention as you claim to be.
I applied online. I interviewed at Ipreo (New York, NY) in May 2017.
I interviewed with 4 different people.
The first was a woman who either was so miserable in the morning that she didn't want to see another face, was the worst interviewer on the planet, hated my guts instantly for some reason or all of the above. She read monotone, pre-prepared questions off a sheet of paper, acted like she wished she was anywhere else from the very beginning, and walked out 12 minutes into our 30 minute scheduled session. Awful.
I had to wait 18 minutes for the next guy to come in after. He seemed to be a decent guy, but sounded dead tired and beaten down, totally miserable as well. Terrible sign for the working environment of this place. Half-heartedly asked me his questions and left.
The next person was terrific. The first person who seemed like a genuine, upbeat person who didn't look at me like I was a proctologist waiting to see him. He engaged me about the role, was very transparent, and seemed like he would be very pleasant to work for.
The last guy kept grilling me on technical questions and looked like he had no personality and never laughed at a joke in his life. Another waste of time.
HR was especially frustrating. Afterwards, they specifically told me to email them tomorrow to set up a time to discuss the interview. I emailed the next day, as HR told me to, and they just didn't write back.
A few days later, I emailed her asking if there was any feedback yet since a holiday weekend is coming up, and instead of replying, HR waited until the end of the day and sent me the most copy-and-pasted canned response ever. One of those "Dear ROBERT, Your experience was impressive however blah blah blah" deals.
Total garbage and completely classless of the HR department.
Glad I did not get the opportunity to work here.
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