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Argus Information & Advisory Services Reviews

Updated September 11, 2017
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Pros
  • I think you get to learn a lot about the credit card industry and the fast paced environment is definitely challenging (in 17 reviews)

  • You have the chance to learn a lot about the banking industry (if that is your aim you can do it here) (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • The concept of work/life balance absolutely does not exist here (in 18 reviews)

  • Long hours and tight deadlines needed to keep the clients happy/engaged (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunity for Growth!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent environment to learn from industry experts, and play a visible role in the organization. Strong culture of developing internal talent, and positioning employees to take on broader roles.

    Cons

    Could benefit from additional formal training opportunities, however, Argus has been working very closely with Verisk's L&D team to close that gap.

    Advice to Management

    In the last few years, the leadership team has actively maintained a pulse on employee morale, and introduced several exciting initiatives to combat pain points. Keep this up!


  2. "Anonymous"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to quickly learn about credit cards and banking industry
    People are friendly and helpful to new hires
    They have a growing international business and people do transfer, so that opportunity exists

    Cons

    Expected to adapt quickly to pace of work
    Need to be proactive in finding opportunities to transfer from one team to another

    Advice to Management

    Make internal transfers easier
    Continue talking about broader business strategy to teams

  3. "Excellent Opportunity to gain Worldwide Exposure to Market-Leading Strategies"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As an employee, effort put into your career at Argus will be repaid back with a significant multiple.
    Argus provides employees with the opportunity to work with worldwide clients across the finance and (recently) the retail sectors, and use modern analytical and modelling techniques and solutions to add value.
    Key pros:
    - salary and benefit package is competitive
    - opportunities for career/grade advancement are readily available, and are provided fairly. Again - the more you put in, then the more you get out of it
    - opportunities to work across worldwide sites - many people from the US and UK offices are currently working in Australia, New Zealand and other locations
    - work assignments tend to be of limited duration - so if you don't like the work task for that job, you're not doing it forever, and you quickly move onto a new role
    - you get exposure to best-in-class solutions at banks and retailers, and have a great opportunity to learn from this exposure
    - there is a good team culture and morale - which does come from the top down
    - good retention rate within the broad team demonstrates that something is right!
    - the company has a good balance between promoting from within, and also bringing in (limited) external talent, which helps refresh and deliver new perspectives

    Cons

    Hours can be long, but again as in any aspect of life, you will get more out, if you put the time and effort in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on providing the opportunities for individuals to grow within the company.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time

    Pros

    Friendly employees and laid back culture. Solid bonuses.

    Cons

    Really important that your given a good manager.

    Advice to Management

    Give larger increases especially for new hires


  5. "Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time

    Pros

    Location, benefits, opportunities, flexibility and time management.

    Cons

    Management not prepared to lead people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Ability to drive personal career path"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time

    Pros

    The environment is similar to a small business, meaning that ingenuity is appreciated and employees in the same role can have very different projects & experiences. It is not uncommon for someone with 2-4 years of experience to lead a team, present to executives, and have developed a broader understanding of the payments industry. Projects can span a wide variety of areas, including financial services, retail, advertising etc.

    Also new hires tend to be in a similar peer groups and become great coworkers/friends as a result. The annual soccer tournament and Friday train back into the city are extremely fun social events.

    Cons

    It can be challenging to balance work-life during the week as the hours are often long (45-60) and the commute into NYC is about an hour. A few managers are not as invested in employee development as others (you can switch teams if requested though).


  7. Helpful (1)

    "I know exactly why you, you and you are still here"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time

    Pros

    Easy to shape yourself to a workhorse;
    Free breakfast on Friday;
    So easy to play games as middle and upper managers are so unprofessional and most of your colleges who doing the work are fresh graduates.

    Cons

    - Lack of training, or skill development, or any kind of career growth. (they don't care as easily they can ship someone from Bangalore to replace you)
    - Internationally too few resources to take on too many projects (that's no secret as senior management is completely focused on selling new projects and care about their bonus numbers only). the small and shrinking employee base is forced to take on increasingly extreme workloads.
    - High turnover at all level of the organization. (within the last 3 months, even the CIO and another C level founder left the company)
    - no respect for employees or U.S. labor system. Managers will harass you on weekends, bank holidays, and personal vacation days.
    - Methodology and technology are so primitive and outdated (I Do Not Care literally as long as revenue can be recognized this year, you go and get it done.)
    - - The lists can go on and on and on.... but if you are an Indian or Chinese foreign student who just want to prolong your legal presence in the country, my apologies for wasting your time.

    Advice to Management

    Upper and middle management: you might be able to barely keep up with your current bonus in your pocket, but it won't last long as this model is not sustainable. 3, 5 years down the road, see what's the bonus number in your pocket !!!

    And I am writing as if I still care about this place.

  8. "Payments Consulting"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Manager - CMS in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Manager - CMS in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Rapid exposure to the payments industry
    Opportunities to gain responsibilities early on
    Good environment to develop analytical and consulting skillsets
    Hard working colleagues trying to share the load
    Reliable business performance and job security

    Cons

    Long hours and tight deadlines needed to keep the clients happy/engaged.
    Can easily end up working for managers who are "yes-happy" to client requests and timelines.
    HR team is not a strong performer within the company.
    Company is owned by a larger firm which has put pressure on increasing profit margins at the expense of employees.
    Difficult to get opportunities to work with other teams or gain exposure outside of business unit.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to advertise a "work hard play hard" mindset, one needs to make sure the "play" portion is balanced with the work. A single "happy hour" at the end of a quarter (which people may have to miss due to work) looses its appeal when people get beyond the stage in their lives of binging at a bar.

    You are too happy to benchmark yourself against companies which fail in the same areas as yourself. Imagine the company's "work/life balance" and "compensation & benefits" performance against firms outside of NYC's financial district.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nothing,absolutely nothing.Join only if you have nothing at all. I would suggest if you have an on-campus,stick to that and keep applying for better options.After joining you wouldnt have time to even apply.

    Cons

    Manager doesnt pay attention, supervisors havenot worked at a better place so they dont know what work life balance is all about.If I were you,I would rather sit at home,study and apply to better firms than intern here.commute is way too long and no one seems to be a bit considerate about that.I have usually been assigned work mostly at times I am calling off the day and expected to stay back.If you propose to do it the next day you are reminded that you came 5 mins late .I started of this internship with a lot of enthusiasm but am Very disappointed! Havenot been given any idea of the project yet.Being an intern i already know this is not a right place to start your career.

    Advice to Management

    If you didnot do anything after so many bad reviews , I am not going to waste my advice here.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Work here ONLY if you have absolutely no other option! Awful place to work!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Breakfast on Fridays. Most colleagues are helpful.

    Cons

    Projects are repetitive and you'll learn nothing new after about 8-9 months into the job. Extremely long hours almost on a daily basis especially for the analysts and senior analysts. Respect for an employee's life after work - ZERO!! The concept of work/life balance absolutely does not exist here. You can see lots of employees quitting after a year or two of working here. The employee attrition rate is so high that an entire section is dedicated to it during every quarterly town hall. The CEO is well aware of this issue but all he could say during one such town hall is "we cannot change the fact that we are a client focused company and we have to do whatever it takes to make the client happy". So basically nobody cares if the employees are unhappy with their work schedules and quit as a result. The pay is too low for the amount of work that the analysts are expected to do. Raises and bonuses aren't high either. Highly unrealistic deadlines when employees are assigned multiple projects. Employee events are organized every now and then but nobody except the senior management will have time to go to those because they have a ton of work with strict deadlines.

    Just listing out the cons are making me stressful!! Every negative review on Glassdoor is 100% true! You probably won't think so 2-3 months into the job but later on you'll wish you'd paid heed to the warnings here.

    The hardworking international employees are the ones who usually suffer the most here since they can't easily quit/switch employers due to their work visa situation. All they can do is grit their teeth and wait until they are free to find a new employer. My advice to them would be to totally avoid this place unless they're taking up a position at the Senior Manager level or above.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge how bad your technology is. Either fix that or set deadlines taking that into account. Stop asking your employees to work more than 9 hours everyday and continue working into the weekend. You're only making them want to run away from this place soon as they can. Like so many reviewers have mentioned, it is better to retain employees than wasting time every so often finding replacements and training them. It only adds to the already high pressure on existing employees when they have to take on projects of people who leave.


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