IRI Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2020

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3.2
48%
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58%
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IRI President & CEO Andrew Appel
Andrew Appel
190 Ratings
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  • "Work/life balance typically depends on the client(in 44 reviews)

  • "Everything is a fire drill - absolutely no strategic planning or prioritization from Senior Management(in 19 reviews)

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  1. "I love working for a company that cares about its employees and our development"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Edison, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IRI full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, client contact, flexibility, well compensated

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes client management struggles

  2. "Disorganized leadership breeds poor work life balance"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IRI full-time

    Pros

    Being located in the Chicago headquarters provides a lot of learning opportunities from senior leadership, ability to see CEO in person for town halls, etc. IRI is very good about helping their employees move around to different roles within the firm. HR is working hard to improve benefits as well as company culture by launching a diversity and inclusion initiative

    Cons

    Predominantly male leadership team lacks communication skills and create rework for those below them, which is the main source of the (completely valid) work/life balance complaints on GlassDoor. Departments/groups across the company fail to communicate with one another, also leading to significant overwork (specifically when trying to track down numbers). Very inconsistent work from home policy and many managers make their employees feel guilty about WFH.

  3. "current employee review"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IRI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    some positions are work from home. 15 vacation (pro rated first year- none carry over) 10 sick and 2 personal. Health benefits are good.

    Cons

    job responsibilities change alot. More put on plate, not compensated for. Time sensitive projects prohibit a work/life balance for most.

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  4. "Getting better and better to work here."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant I in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IRI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Variety of opportunities, Benefits improving, Flexibility in location

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by, lateral moves don't come with an increase in many cases

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "High expectations, low support from management"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at IRI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work was very engaging, and offered a challenge (which I enjoyed, despite the cons that are mentioned below). Additionally, the flexibility offered was nice to have, some companies do not offer this much (especially so soon). Some companies offer more, but some is better than none at all.

    Cons

    The poor quality of training (which was well-known to management) was incredibly difficult to surmount. How can an organization succeed if its training is incredibly ineffective and not properly administered (especially for a critical, client-impactful role)? For the amount of challenges that were faced, management provided little/no support when and where it mattered. If something failed or an error occurred, the (responsible, though poorly trained) analyst was stuck with the blame and the fix, not management. The work-life balance that was purported by management was a pipe dream. Compensation, recognition, etc. were also markedly absent. This was hard to ignore when the workload and demands from senior management increased yearly. No – free food, a new lounge, or gift cards do not constitute meaningful compensation. Finally, there was a lot of meaningless corporate culture that amounted to nothing tangible (or was questionably effective at best). "Better, faster, cheaper" was the main cliché that was tossed around. It seemed as though upper management wanted to inject some entrepreneurial life into the division, without providing any support or incentive to do so. There was also some amount of drinking-the-corporate-kool-aid too. These include undergoing useless trainings, following poor/archaic procedures, attending irrelevant seminars, and accepting the status quo for existing problems while touting new opportunities.

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  6. "Repetitive work but fairly easy once you get the hang of it"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Retail Data Collector in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at IRI part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours and easy tasks

    Cons

    Can be boring, repetitive, and hard on your body.

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Decent place, but nothing to rave about"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IRI full-time

    Pros

    Depending on which team you end up working with, people are great! Convenient location Quite office space Client face-time and engagement (depending on role) Remote work available

    Cons

    Extremely siloed teams with minimal to no collaboration Senior leadership over-promises and under-delivers Aging or obsolete phones and computers

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Highly intelligent workforce"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CIient Insights Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IRI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work with some of the field's best. Competitive but rewarding environment to work in. Similar to most top end research/consultant firms, there are lofty goals.

    Cons

    Work/life balance typically depends on the client.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Low Pay"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IRI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Small company that allows an employee to gain a wide range of experience. International travel.

    Cons

    Low pay. High turnover. Questionable management.

  10. Helpful (7)

    "So disappointing"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IRI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people, the work and the location

    Cons

    Male dominated, women marginalized, limited career opportunities

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