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Argus Information & Advisory Services Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Good exposure to data analysis and the credit card industry (in 15 reviews)

  • You have the chance to learn a lot about the banking industry (if that is your aim you can do it here) (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance, lots of politics where moving between teams (in 14 reviews)

  • Extreme long hours, so work life balance is not possible at all (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (20)

    "How fast can you run from this company?"

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

    Pros

    Other than free breakfast on Friday's, free cokes and other soft drinks, and ability to order dinner on company dime if you work late (you would mostly work very late), can't think of anything good with this company.

    Cons

    Where do I start?
    First, its not consulting. Don't get fooled by what they say when they come to your school. Just querying data in SQL, manipulating in Excel, and putting in PPT is not consulting. If you don't get any job, then you can join - they will do your H1B. But know that they will own every minute of your life.
    How? They will ask you to work very late if you are in client delivery or data ops - you will likely work till 10-11PM, and are expected to show up by 9 or so. And you are supposed to come in on weekends too. BTW, there is no long weekend. Inevitably the Friday afternoon before the long weekend they will give you some big stuff to work on and they expect to see results 1st thing when everyone is back after the long weekend. If don't have the results (irrespective of how new you are in the job), they get upset.
    Specially, if you are unlucky to work in any of the 3 ladies' teams in CD, your life will be miserable. These ladies consider themselves entitled because they have been here for a while and they are treated like that by senior management too. So these ladies talk down others and if you contradict them with a different views you will not be in their good books any more. One of these ladies will spend 3-4 hrs making you sit in front of her and changing shades of colors on your almost complete PPT deck. She wastes half of your day doing this, and then she would expect you to finish all your other work as originally scheduled. They are very abrasive - I have seen some of these ladies become really nasty with poor Data Operations folks and demanding their stuff be done yesterday irrespective of other workload. The CEO does nothing but promote the bad attitude of these folks. In fact, he has openly called one of these ladies his favorite.
    Talking about CEO, he is full of himself. He doesn't believe in work-life balance of any of the analysts. There was an employee survey done last Sept/Oct at Argus - the opinions were so poor that they didn't share the results until April. And what does the CEO do when he shares the results selectively? He tells everyone a BS story about when he was an analyst, the HR of that company called him and asked him to go home early because he was making others in his department look bad. Really? He cannot accept the fact that most of the employees truly believe that they don't want to work here and will be looking elsewhere. Instead CEO thought that there were only a few bad apples causing the poor atmosphere.
    The CEO has no idea how poor Argus system and computers are and how much extra work analysts have to do to work around non-working servers and tables. Probably because his CIO himself does not know what is modern technology. As I said most of the work is done in SQL - even .NET is considered revolutionary at Argus. You don't get to use any data visualization tool like Tableau, or software like R or SAS (except for a few modelers in couple of teams). Big data tools like Hadoop? CIO thinks they don't need it since their data is structured. The servers go down often, or they are very slow. They want you to work late, but don't give you laptops in many cases. Because they don't trust that you will log in from home and work as late. At least now they allow you to go to the internet - I'm told a year ago they didn't even allow that!
    You might think that this will be a way for you to get your first job or a H1B, But after 4-6 months you will not learn anything new. So basically, you are wasting your time and stunting your career growth. Analyst salaries are not that great either considering this being NY and you are working minimum 10-12 hrs a day.
    So be careful about that illusion that Argus creates when they visit your campus that they do cutting edge consulting work.

    Advice to Management

    There is no point giving any advice to management because they don't listen. There have been same comments over and over again on Glassdoor, but management hasn't tried to change anything at all.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Mundane unintelligent work but good comp."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consulting Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Consulting Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, growth, intelligent coworkers

    Cons

    Work hours (exceeds 70 hrs most weeks!), work is mundane and repetitive (don't be fooled by the job description).

    Advice to Management

    Find new ways to engage workers and keep them interested


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Change in culture desperately needed"

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

    I worked at Argus Information & Advisory Services full-time

    Pros

    Growth opportunities for those willing to give yo their lives for career growth

    Cons

    Lack of management people skills. Terrible work life balance. Salary or bonus do no compensate for slave like hours.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp of culture and management style. Need to train managers more people skills and allow for more flexible work hours. Complete change in attitude from senior management.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Fast Growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    High Bonus, fast growth, free snacks and food

    Cons

    Long hours, expectations are too high


  6. Helpful (19)

    "Consider this as your last option"

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

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

    Pros

    I cannot find any to be honest. I would say it is the best option if you do not have any other option.
    Bonus: 20-35 percent but IMO it's not worth your free time that you would have got if you will not be working for this company. You will anyway be frustrated and will not be able to enjoy your life

    Cons

    Compensation: Looks average on the onset but when you calculate the amount of time that you spend working you realize you earn less than the folks working on a construction site on an hourly basis
    Work life balance: It is a joke. When the upper management says that you will not have a work life balance and that is how we operate then there is something wrong in the way they manage their projects. Neither this is a start up or working on ground breaking technology and wasting your time and career here would be a big mistake.
    Office Culture: Let me start with analysts; they are fun to work as they are in the same situation. So, people are good till you reach the associate managers position. Moving on to the managers, oh my the less I express the better it is. Most of them moved up internally and don't know how a project should be handled. I have not seen any manager doing any kind of planning everything is up in the air and they themselves don't know how to manage the project. If you suggest something that is right, that will mostly fall to deaf ears. Work is fast paced but it is all rework due to the mistakes made by the management on not asking for ample of time or proper planning for developing the product. Average amount of time that an analyst stays here is about a year and work hours are ridiculous. What shocked me while development is that if you call yourself as a data warehouse company and do not involve the DBA in any planning then what kind of planning do you do. DBA's are TBH non-existent. No proper data modelers, test plans or development resources. They fall short on all aspects. If you work here and then move on to a different company you will realize how much you are lagging in all aspects.
    Personal growth: You don't have time for yourself, forget about taking extra classes or working on a side project.
    Other aspects: Technology, one of the worst databases i.e. MS SQL Server. It is mostly an operational shop and no analytics done by the company. They think running min, max and average on historical data is analytics which is a joke. If you have an expectation that you will be writing optimization algorithms and some machine learning codes to run on a distributed servers then you are at the wrong place. Please don't go by the description provided on glassdoor by the company

    Advice to Management

    This is not a startup anymore and there is no substantial growth in the past 15 or so years. No startup like work or technology, everyone are working on 90's technology. Treat your analysts like humans and retain the best of them as they are the future. Bring managers from other companies who have been there and done that as the mangers who have only worked for argus are not good enough in planning/analytics or man management.
    Do your homework before taking on any projects, just bringing in random employess will not make the project a success


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting work, smart colleagues, genuine development opportunities for the right people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

    Opportunity to work on the most relevant issues facing the banking industry. Argus does care about retaining top talent - and is doing everything they can to make the job sustainable while continuing to deliver the highest quality for its clients. Personal development opportunities are big, but only for the better performers.

    Cons

    Travel can become the norm. First few years are tough as one needs to prove themselves. No easy passage based on reputation. Experience can vary significantly across teams and projects.

    Advice to Management

    Training, perks and work-life balance.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Nice people
    Team outings
    Food
    Food
    Food
    Food

    Cons

    Low pay
    Long working hours
    No learning structure for interns
    Low pay
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    pay good


  9. "Senior Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Exposure
    Smart Peer Group
    Good Business Technical Knowledge

    Cons

    Low Pay Package
    Less Mobility
    More perks would have been an add on

    Advice to Management

    Please work on Mobility as that will help keep in house talent within the company


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Run Away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Argus has many nice people who work very hard. Many are really smart and working like crazy.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and getting worse. Anyone who had a real vision of how to build a business has left. The current CEO (Banerjee) is really weak and plays favorites. He is only in it for himself and is in way over his head. Long hours, little if any training, and highly political. New owners (Verisk) under-invests and is milking the place; couple this with a new CEO who is second rate and punitive and you have a terrible place to work. Compensation and career path is at risk.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on leadership and taking care of your people. Get back in touch with how to drive value to clients and provide an attractive place to work.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Neutral"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Ops Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Data Ops Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Decent salary + bonus for starting-level salary
    - Young and intelligent team mates
    - The company's rapid growth rate gives opportunity for advancement if you stick long enough (most don't)
    - Opportunity for moving to better jobs after a year or two
    - H1B sponsorship for foreign workers (even for entry-level positions)

    Cons

    - Very long hours depending on the team which you're in
    - The salary rise is pathetic. The company grows by 20-30%, but your salary goes up only 2-4% after working 50-60 hour weeks on average.
    - The bonus is pretty nice, but after tax deductions you're not left with much.
    - Unrealistic deadlines for most of the projects.
    - Office politics, and blame-games are a very popular pass-time at Argus.
    - Management's quality varies alot
    - Most of the work at Argus is repetitive SQL querying. If you're able to stay focused and calm for 10-12 hours a day querying and checking metrics, then this is the job for you.
    - The technology used is pretty much outdated... hence ALOT of manual work and room for human error.

    Basically, the company employes mostly foreign workers, because they know how hard it is for the poor guys to move to other places. Most of the American ones stick for short periods of time, unless their persuaded to stay longer for higher salaries. It is a decent starting job, however there is better out there, and many at Argus have moved on to greener pastures after a year or two.

    Advice to Management

    None... By now Argus has developed a company culture, which I doubt that management is either willing or able to change.



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