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Indian School of Business Reviews

Updated October 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Work Life Balance, opportunities to grow (in 12 reviews)

  • great campus, excellent work life balance, those who have good friends within, its only life for them (no work), (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay but that is true for any academic job (in 4 reviews)

  • Research staff is the cattle class of ISB and about 0% of the senior management cares about them (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Research Associate in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Indian School of Business full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to get exposure to academic research. Amazing professors and world class research

    Cons

    Can't work for more than a year or two. Pay!


  2. "LearnWhileYouEarn"

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    Former Employee - Academic Associate in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - Academic Associate in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Indian School of Business full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learn while you earn opportunity

    Cons

    low pay and little career options

    Advice to Management

    Pay the employees a good salary and help the academic associates to get some certifications at the end of their term if they do not wish to go for phd

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Has potential but needs serious direction and overhaul of leadership"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Mohal, Punjab (Pakistan)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Mohal, Punjab (Pakistan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Indian School of Business full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great campuses, good infrastructure (especially in Mohali), relaxed work atmosphere, pleasant colleagues (mostly), lot of extra-curricular activities

    Cons

    The school leadership is completely confused about whether it wants to remain a good B-school or diversify into other areas. The 4 research institutes at Mohali were started to diversify and do applied research. However, short sighted management completely botched up the potential of the institutes by not letting them hire senior researchers and faculty. It seemed like absolutely no thought had gone into how to develop these institutes although a lot of money was spent on the infrastructure. Although the public policy institute did a number of high quality research projects, there was little appreciation for the overall work done by the institute. The other institutes were mostly defunct, very little output came out of them. The management of those institutes went to some retired bureaucrats and you can imagine their fate after that.
    The faculty-staff discrimination is quite high. Staff is treated almost like necessary evil, rather than full fledged stakeholders of the organisation.
    The resident faculty is mostly quite mediocre and with a lot of attitude. Throw tantrums about working with the institutes as equal partners.
    The admin teams are extremely incompetent - be it operations, finance or HR.
    Little intellectual atmosphere, especially at the Mohali campus. Hardly any interesting seminars. Just a annual conference which is a talk fest without substance or random American/Australian/British diplomats/bureaucrats coming for visits.
    It is only good for semi-retired folks or those who want to focus on their kids and home. Not much of career or intellectual growth.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be short-sighted about the potential of the institutes - get high quality research oriented leadership and let them work independent of the faculty (or at least make them equal partners). Don't make staff feel redundant - without them your school wouldn't run. So treat everyone with equal respect.


  4. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Indian School of Business full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employee friendly and a Knowledge Hub

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Its run by a great qualified team


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Please DO NOT work at ISB"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Punja (India)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Punja (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Indian School of Business (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Meeting some select nice people
    2. Good campus infrastructure

    Cons

    1. Highly unprofessional staff who go out of their way to inconvenience you.
    2. Poorly made policies which are implemented even more abysmally.
    3. No clear direction of work and often - no work.
    4. Research staff is the cattle class of ISB and about 0% of the senior management cares about them.
    5. No growth for research staff and rare appraisals. Appraisals when they happen are random. I had two different appraisals taken by two different heads and then was given a standard raise that was pre decided for the entire research staff.
    6. A steady trend of lack of freedom in research, writing or in one's professional and personal life (I live on campus and that is a different chapter for a different time) in general.
    7. Promotions happen only if you are in your boss' good books.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the irrelevant staff and senior management, decide once and for all what goals you are trying to achieve and work at them. Make the employees feel that ISB cares even 10% of what it does for its God-like students and professors. Motivate employees and bring in professionalism.


  6. "Employer review"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - Manager in Hyderabad (India)
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Pay is less compared to industry


  7. "Good place to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good tangible benefits for self

    Cons

    Age old mechanism with resistance to new methods

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Worst experience working as intern. Nothing to learn everything is based on vendor. Managers won't allow any innovations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good salary, Awesome environment and facilities

    Cons

    Unqualified mangers, For small excel work also they will depends upon vendors, Recruiting family members.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be change. Recruiting process should be done through qualified bodies. Unfortunately most of the unqualified officials from HR dept.


  9. "Research Intern at ISB"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I had an intern at CAF Isb. good if you want prof recommendations and want to pursue higher studies.

    Cons

    salary is not high. Isb highers research associates that help professors with their research.

    Advice to Management

    no


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Average"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Indian School of Business full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed, Great infrastructure. The school definitely has some bright young employees and some strong leaders.

    Cons

    Not very driven. Staff treated as non priority. Faculty and students matter far more. Many employees clearly not smart enough for the roles they've been assigned. Quality of experience depends heavily on your team and reporting managers.

    Advice to Management

    Re energize HR. Focus on real Learning and Development of employees. Introduce leadership training for people managers. Create clear cut measureables for every role. Cut the flab.


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