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IHS Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  1. "Progressive Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Trainer in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Corporate Trainer in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at IHS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    IHS values employees. Excellent benefits. Innovative. Open-minded

    Cons

    Specialist Areas means narrowed scope for career opportunities


  2. Helpful (14)

    "Senior Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Nice work environment
    401K match
    Some health benefits
    OK work-life balance

    Cons

    Constant change of direction
    Management is disconnected from everyday activities, bottom line is shareholder revenue, not long term strategy
    Compensation is below average
    Weak bonus
    Career opportunities are close to zero once you get to certain levels

    Advice to Management

    Connect with the people in operations. Too many acquisitions have not necessarily blended well at the staff level, lowering quality of some products. Think long-term


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Not a bad place to work but......."

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

    I have been working at IHS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, particularly within the research group
    Some flexibility for working from home

    Cons

    Compensation structure does nothing to incentivize staff members. Managers have no power to change anything. Company moves too slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Push decisions into the hands of line managers and address the compensation issue


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is fair, not great but fair. People there are generally nice, not a lot of politics.

    Cons

    Management does not know how to retain its top employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great workplace, strong portfolio

    Cons

    Comp plans, Expectations can be un-realistic


  7. Helpful (2)

    ""Corporate Services""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people. Decent pay and benefits. Work-life balance is acceptable.

    Cons

    Going through a merger. Lots of change and uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction, commit to it, and support it with resources.


  8. Helpful (29)

    "A sad story: great potential, botched execution, no place to build a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IHS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    IHS is a company with all the potential in the world. The product line is an endless parade of truly fascinating knowledge, analysis, forecasting and insight, covering the most important and fastest-changing industries in the world. It is impossible not to get excited about what could be if all this knowledge were inter-related. The company offers good benefits and work/life balance, with generous time off and very flexible work arrangements. There are a lot of wicked-smart, friendly people here (at least working in the trenches).

    Cons

    For a company whose products literally are the knowledge and insight of its staff, IHS surprisingly treats its employees as expendable drags on the balance sheet, rather than assets. It pays lip service to what it calls "colleague engagement", with a lot of hype, regular surveys and committees, but in practice the company invests little in employee development, training, growth or retention. HR has defined "career paths" for certain business areas, but the company rarely allows employees to advance along the defined paths, with politics being the top criteria for promotion (if it happens at all -- there are a lot of long-timers at IHS, and often you'll find your own career progress blocked). Salary growth is meager, with annual increases in the 1-2% ballpark, contingent of course on stock price performance, which naturally you will have no control over.

    There is a glut of middle management jockeying for attention from senior execs, with varying and haphazard results that have more to do with politics than adherence to a broader strategy. The word “strategy” is abused often, most commonly by small-time tacticians trying to sound more important and thoughtful than they are.

    IHS is a serial acquirer. The vision is obvious and the potential enormous, but the company sucks at integrating acquisitions from a product management standpoint, and the main outcome of all these acquisitions is two rounds of layoffs and re-orgs a year, a bunch of independent products that don’t integrate, and teams left without any resources or leadership to improve. Many a plan to fix this is written. Few are executed.

    In general, working at IHS lately is a demoralizing experience. Since the management team isn’t changing a whole lot in the forthcoming merger with Markit, I wouldn’t expect much to change here either.

    Advice to Management

    You’ll notice this review sounds a lot like all the others on here. To Mr. Uggla, who one hopes will finally save this company from itself: Reboot your management team completely… you have a lot of yes-men and short-sighted folks reporting to you. Dump them. Focus on your staff in the trenches and invest in their knowledge and growth… and let them grow and progress in their careers, rather than be forced to leave the company to do so! Don’t let people stagnate. Make IHS a place people want to work at again. Don’t acquire more businesses until you can digest and assimilate all that you already have. Worry less about the quarterly results, and instead look at the long term. Invest in product management -- go out and talk to your customers and past customers about what is working and what isn’t… then pick the top 5 priorities and invest heavily in those. You have so many priorities right now that none are really priorities. Take a hard look at your go-to-market strategy. The vision for the company is so compelling… it’s a tragedy that the execution is so poor!


  9. "Join IHS"

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

    I have been working at IHS full-time

    Pros

    good , fantastic to work with IHS

    Cons

    No Cons with IHS please


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Some Good Some Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work life balance, excellent extras such as vto's and is very friendly about working from home. Is a nice place to work and has upward mobility if you follow the career paths they outline.

    Cons

    The management is all over the place and very short sighted. Buys a lot of companies but integrates them poorly. Switches direction regularly and then acts surprised when the shifts don't work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so clever and fix what you have rather than chasing the next best thing. There are so many opportunities you could introduce if you just changed your focus to your own company rather than future acquisitions. If you're going to be an information company, don't look down on the brains of the company.


  11. "Manager"

    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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding CEO, dedicated colleagues, global presence

    Cons

    Improve/increase collaboration and teamwork.



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