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"Inconsistent Upper-Management Focus & No Career Growth"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at IHS full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Work-life balance is excellent, and technical employees are intelligent and easy to work with; bottom-level management is reasonable; IT is responsive - I had the necessary equipment to do my job; compensation is reasonable, and day-to-day environment is professional

Cons

There is a poor management culture at the middle-to-C-level: a culture of telling higher-ups what they wish to hear, rather than the truth, or your informed opinion. Design meetings are like Kabuki theater: figure out what the senior person in the room is thinking, and then agree with that. Some Director-level managers have fired people for single disagreements. Penny-pinching attitude toward choice of architecture: even highly-profitable projects were starved for resources. Poor collaboration among departments - general dysfunction in communication.

There seemed to be an emphasis on pleasing stock analysts: cut expenses for the sake of cutting expenses this quarter, and don't worry about longer-term profitability or viability. I don't believe that the CEO or his direct reports are pumping the stock with an intent to dump it, but the relentless pace of acquisitions and emphasis on immediate satisfaction of metrics left little time to address the issue of the dysfunctional, bloated, and unproductive middle management.

Advice to Management

Management is bloated: far too many Directors and Senior Directors. There is a chronic love affair with off-the-shelf packages from external providers in place of internal development of solutions. Nothing wrong with using pre-built tools when appropriate, but you should stick with your decisions once you make them - constant reversals mean nothing ever gets completed.

Other Employee Reviews for IHS

  1. Helpful (5)

    "IHS can be a great company to work for, if you are in the right position."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IHS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some very smart people working on some truly amazing things.

    Cons

    The organization of the company is a bit schizophrenic. They do relatively frequent layoffs to "trim the fat". Not always ready to embrace new technology, which leaves them behind the curve.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I miss the "old" CERA (before it merged with IHS)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IHS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at CERA when it was located in Harvard Square, and the people were great, the top brass would often walk around the office saying hello to everyone in the various departments, the annual bonus was fabulous, salary and benefits were great. Then the company moved to its current location (near the Cambridgeside Galleria) and things went downhill (see cons, below).

    Cons

    Before CERA merged with IHS, it felt like a friendlier place to work. Once the company was bought out by IHS, things became top-heavy and corporate. The merger caused CERA to lose its identity and be sucked up into another bland, corporate entity.

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