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Argus Information & Advisory Services Reviews

Updated September 11, 2017
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Pros
  • You can learn something about the credit card industry and at the same time polish your SQL skills (in 18 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 (3)

    "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Take it if you dont have any other option,

    Cons

    its a staffing company in disguise of a Consulting firm


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Associate Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn about Banking Industry.

    Cons

    No work life balance, Lots of work, Usually will end up working on 2 Projects simultaneously and deadlines are super tight. Technology is outdated and personal growth is limited. This is a company which never encourages innovation and if you would suggest one, management kills it.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage innovation and respect your employees.

  3. "Growing Company in an Interesting Field"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly colleagues, with lots of young people. Fast opportunities for promotion (~3 years to your own office). Great pay. An exciting opportunity to be on the front lines of the data revolution.

    Cons

    The work can be challenging, and is usually boring at the granular level you'll be working with at first.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing and developing, it's obvious that you invest a lot of time and energy into new hires and interns, and we really appreciate it.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Glad that I'm not working here anymore"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary was OK. Can easily get promoted to a manager.

    Cons

    Terrible work environment. Managers up to the CEO have no idea how to interact or respect other employees. They pretend like, none of their employee have a family. The HR department is among the worst, they don't even reply to your emails.

    IT department has no idea how to do their job. Fog, e.g., you don't have administrator privilege to your laptop.

    The work is never ending. Since managers don't know how to stand-up, they accept whatever the clients ask. And dump all those work on his team members. For the same reason, the requirement changes every day.

    Advice to Management

    Train all your managers. Have better processes through out. Like, for, e.g., get a source control system to manage the SQL codes. Have a ticket/case management system to distribute work among the team.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Like a 80's slasher film but its your hopes & dreams that are cut down one by one"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Free snacks on Wed and breakfast on Friday. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available every day.

    2. Support staff (IT, HR, administrators and finance) are pretty good. They will help you if a problem arises so try stay in their good graces. Its a good idea to try and get a connection with their team in case something fishy or bad happens.

    3. Career prospects are good. You can expect to be promoted every 1.5-2 years simply because turnover rates are so high (kind of like the units storming the beaches of Normandy in WWII high).

    Cons

    1. The number of H1-B visas is incredibly high. There is nothing wrong with the workers themselves but they are quick to agree with management because they are afraid to lose their job/get deported. This leads to errors being made even when the analyst knows its wrong because they are afraid to get into arguments with management or working so much over time that they become prone to make mistakes.

    2. Work environment is awful. They tried to put a Foosball table in the kitchen but boarded it up because god forbid people start to socialize and enjoy working in the office. Whenever people start laughing, management starts glaring at you like the Eye of Sauron and any semblance of a personality is stripped from you.

    3. Attrition rate is high and it leads to work place inefficiency as you are constantly training new people only to watch them leave in a year or two. It adds to work place stress on the remaining team members who have to pick up the slack and saps morale in the office (usually the better employees are the ones leaving). You come to that realization pretty early on in your career here. About a year in, I noticed I was the last person left on the team I came in with and it was a nightmarish feeling. Its like in a scifi movie where the heroes have to jettison part of the ship in order to save it but there is that one guy who didn't make it. Im that guy who has to look out in horror through the blast door as I see my fellow crew members escape and I drift away into the abyss knowing full well my time has come to an end.

    Advice to Management

    1. Please stop sending those company wide generic copy and paste welcome emails. "Welcome ___. He graduated from ___. He likes to ___,___,etc in his spare time. They will have lots to contribute, please drop by to say hello". Honestly, its depressing because at the rate we lose people, the associates use it more as a body count than a greeting tool. Its tough enough to get through the day without being reminded by some generic email that we didnt ask for, from a manager that we dont even know, about a guy who we will probably never see, for insincere sense of community in the world place. Just work on treating the current workers better and reducing turnover rate. This isnt some Darwinian theory of survival of the fittest, the best workers end up leaving because they dont have to accept getting treated like trash. Our product would be better if we kept our best workers.

    TIP for new Workers!
    Try and find a good mentor, there are a few in the office that will take time out of their day to help foster your growth. They are the people you want to build connections with and along with your fellow coworkers are your 'Band of Brothers', a light in the darkness so to speak. In the future you'll come back and retell the crazy stories you had working here. Best of luck, hope this is helpful and now my watch is ended.


  6. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good for fresh graduates; lots of learning and training of credit card industry

    Cons

    Hours can be bad depending on projects one is working on; a lot of repetitive work


  7. Helpful (3)

    "senior analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    good location, only 3 minutes from White Plains train station.

    Cons

    a lot of H1 employees; manager does poor job and always asks for over time.

    Advice to Management

    respect employees; do your job and really manage the team.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Data Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent company to start working

    Cons

    No work life balance, lots of politics where moving between teams

    Advice to Management

    Help employees with work life balance


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Terrible would be an understatement"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting your feet wet with data. Glassdoor is making me have 20 word minimum. There's no other positives really. Filler Filler

    Cons

    This place is essentially the professionals version of a sweat shop. Managers have no respect for their employees personal time. You'll be asked to constantly sacrifice for the firm, but they will invest very little in investing in you. The data is often so messed up that you spend more time cleaning then doing actual analysis. The data quality is dubious, the hardware is absolute junk. The type of work and tools are also rather limited to the point where your skills are not easily transferable making it very hard to transition to anything beyond one of your clients. Unless you absolutely have to, DON'T JOIN!

    Advice to Management

    Learn to treat your employees if you want to actually want to keep talent.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "If you are still here then get out for your own good!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Steep initial learning curve, smart and professional colleagues and free drinks. But that's about it!

    Cons

    Awful senior management. Employees are treated like replaceable junk. Raises are a joke, hours can be extremely long - 12+ hrs sometimes, work gets repetitive after 9 months of initial learning and you keep doing the same stuff for at least 4+ years in most teams. Their own internal employee survey gave them such an awful review that they were ashamed enough not to share it for a while. DO NOT WORK HERE UNLESS YOU HAVE NO OPTION!

    Advice to Management

    These guys will never change. They don't understand that its more economical and efficient to make an effort to retain employees than the replace half the work force annually. They are only concerned about maximizing margins and revenues. Every time experience leaves you end showing shoddy analysis based on bad data to your clients done by a new hire with no training and no one to oversee their work. The clients just don't know about this!


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