IRI - Great place to work in terms of work life balance IF you are disciplined and can handle politics | Glassdoor
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"Great place to work in terms of work life balance IF you are disciplined and can handle politics"

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Former Employee - Principal Client Insights in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Principal Client Insights in Chicago, IL
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Working in the field across multiple clients means you are not tied to one place, one team, one anything - you have a variety of projects, personalities, and your job is flexbile

Cons

Bonus almost never happens - goals are always too aggressive

Advice to Management

Tie compensation to measures beyond revenue goals - and do not hold people to margins that they cannot impact

Other Employee Reviews for IRI

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Big Talk, No Action"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Decent pay
    - Flexible work hours
    - Good office location
    - There are some nice coworkers
    - There is no real performance evaluation process, so just suck up and you are golden

    Cons

    - Managers are often clueless about how to lead and develop their employees. Mostly, they are just looking out for themselves.
    - Confusing mess of products and services. During onboarding the HR people struggle to explain exactly what IRI does, handing out outdated sales materials that give little clue what we do for clients other than "data".
    - Backstabbing. I think the number one way to rise to the top at IRI is by standing on top of a pile of other people. People will smile to your face and then run over and badmouth you to whoever will listen if it helps take the pressure off their poor performance.
    - Topheavy. When a VP reports up to another VP who reports to a Senior VP who reports to another senior VP who reports to an Executive VP.... well, don't expect things to happen quickly. Upper management seems a well-paid pasture.
    - Does not listen to clients or the market. IRI thinks its the greatest thing since sliced bread, and so much of the "innovation" is just trying to find ways to reslice the same old thing they have been doing for years. Don't expect your new ideas to gather much support.
    - Lackluster benefits. For example, management had the "great idea" of taking 50% of an employee's merit benefit and turning it into a stock option. That means that 50% of what used to be cash is now locked away as some future promise to maybe be paid out in full value, or maybe as a fraction of the value... anyway, it requires the parent company to sell IRI at a ridiculous price for a huge profit. So as long as that happens, and you're still working there, you're golden.
    - Poor technology. Employees get a low end Dell laptop, a small monitor, and that is about it. Clients are often screaming because IRI's systems frequently crashing. That causes huge amounts of stress around the office. They say they have improved stability, but that just moves them from "terrible" to "poor".
    - P & L structure means that other departments are your enemy, not someone to collaborate with.

    Advice to Management

    "Manager" is not an honorary title - only people who can lead and develop a team of others should be given management positions. Bad morale and a broken culture are making IRI a very depressing place to work. Having marketing put up snappy slogans on the walls every week won't fix that.


  2. "A great place to learn."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Insights Analyst in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Client Insights Analyst in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IRI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of of work time Flexibility

    Cons

    Can be some lome long hours

    Advice to Management

    Expand the bonus system

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