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Information Management Services Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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  1. "Great work-life balance, low pay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Information Management Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    laid back, friendly, flexible, low-stress

    Cons

    low-pay, favoritism, no career advancement


  2. "It's a decent place depending on your career goals"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Information Management Services full-time

    Pros

    -You can end up working on multiple projects at once
    -Laid-back atmosphere
    -You get an office instead of a cubicle
    -Free donuts/bagels on Fridays
    -Work/life balance is emphasized.

    Cons

    -Depending on the projects you work on, you may do little to nothing. If you want to barely do any work during the week and just surf the web all day, that's on you.
    -Can be too slow-paced. You may be told that your project will implement this and that very soon but it never happens.
    -Lack of team building. Lack of formal on-the-job training. Little to no emphasis on continuing education.
    -If you decide to stay longer than 2-3 years, you could find yourself deficient in programming when looking for other software developer jobs due to having unchallenging or simple work.
    -Pay is lower than average. Can't really compare to other companies about benefits but I think health insurance was great.
    -Not entirely a con, but bonuses are gift cards. Maybe others get something more for their efforts or longevity with company.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage on the job training and professional development to keep with the times and fast pace of technology. Also encourage team building. There will come a time when the oldheads will leave and hopefully that means a fresh identity and livelier environment for all employees.


  3. "Kind of a crapshoot"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Information Management Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Atmosphere is informal. Projects are often gov't contracts that get extended or delayed for reasons outside the company's control. Most people get put on multiple projects. This is good -- it enables you to learn from a variety of situations. It's sort of against company culture to directly pressure you. You won't be forced to work a certain way as long as you can juggle your tasks at the slow & steady pace that's expected of you.

    We develop primarily on Windows, which can be awkward compared to Unix-like systems, but we do keep up with developments in software. We don't develop in a cave.

    Cons

    Going hand-in-hand with that atmosphere, management style is passive and laissez faire. This is a double-edged sword. If you get on a project with management that's interested in what you're doing, the job can be fun and educational. If not, you can waste a lot of time and be quite lonely. Oftentimes I'm told that things will be happening 'very soon' and then wait months before work begins.

    I've never had an in-person code review. Some of my tasks are reviewed more thoroughly than others. Some of it is barely looked at. Again, this varies by whom I work with; some teams are quite good about feedback.

    The pay is relatively low. They're honest about this up front.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved and make sure people have enough stuff to do and that they're not getting jerked around. Being at least somewhat productive is important to me.


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  5. "Excellent work-life balance!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Specialist in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Specialist in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Information Management Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent flexibility. Very understanding supervisors who will work with you to help you handle family life along with balancing job responsibilities. Can work remotely and flex your hours, at least on a limited basis. Open-door policy: very easy to speak with management and even higher-up company leaders to voice any questions or concerns. Friendly people and comfortable, high-quality office space. Seems to continue to win contracts and with long contract terms, etc.

    Cons

    Flat management may be a con if you want to climb a corporate ladder. Uncertainty on which projects are coming in the future, career progression, etc, but it is a contractor after all. Not much support for continuing education, certifications, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Support employees in obtaining training/certifications - this can only strengthen your ability to complete the tasks assigned and also to win more business in the future!


  6. "Good Entry Level Job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calverton, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calverton, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Information Management Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The environment is fairly laid-back, without much micromanagement. There is a mentoring system for new hires, and they favor hiring entry-level. Flex time is available, and the paid time off is decent. There is also a work at home option, though generally this is meant to be used sparingly.

    Cons

    The structure of the company is mostly flat, with the majority of employees on the same level, and salaries based primarily on seniority. There are not many opportunities for advancement beyond staying at the company for a long time.
    Workload and interactions with management can vary greatly depending on the project an employee is involved with, and sometimes feedback can be difficult to get or inconsistent.
    Also the pay is below-average, and the health insurance is relatively expensive.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Clinical Data Specialist"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Specialist in Calverton, MD
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Specialist in Calverton, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Information Management Services (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great entry level position. There is the ability to learn a lot and take on new responsibilities if you are open to them and ask for work. IMS prides itself on its work-life balance. Managers are laid back and understanding as long as you are doing your job.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Work was tedious, and workload was a bit too light at times. Management does not encourage innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Create avenues for development for employees who aren't programmers or software developers. Your clinical staff has an important perspective to share with the more technical positions who don't have the clinical knowledge. Give them projects where they will have more opportunities for growth.


  8. "Good Company, Sad to Leave It"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAS Programmer in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - SAS Programmer in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Information Management Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible company which will train you and let you work on the projects you're interested in. Has been steadily growing for the last decade and probably won't be stopping any time soon. Extremely casual work environment and culture. Nice people and managers. Will assist with furthering education and certifications. Allows telecommuting full time and part time. Patient with training first time employees/SAS programmers. Never required to work OT without being payed, and when you do work OT it's extremely rare.

    Cons

    Promotions to management positions is mostly based on seniority. The work environment is almost too lax. If you didn't want any responsibilities, you could probably just float by.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to push people harder or raise your expectations for programmers.


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    "Great for entry-level"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst Programmer in Calverton, MD
    Current Employee - Analyst Programmer in Calverton, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Information Management Services (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hires almost exclusively at the entry level, so they don't have unrealistic expectations. Genuinely work with new employees to teach them the job. Give people work, but don't overload them, and also the PTO are very competitive.

    Cons

    Because they only hire entry level, the management structure like a pyramid, with too many people wanting to move into management without enough positions. Also, while they have been trying to improve somewhat, they do not encourage much professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Build into your employees more. Additional encouragement for professional development in the form of classes and conferences would be a great start.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "You could end up staying a long time"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Programmer in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, comfortable environment, collaborative workers, excellent managers. Strongly believe in a 40 hour work week and paid overtime if you do have to work. Training available (and getting better). A good mix of challenging work and some mundane work (someone has to do it). Strong drive to make sure the investigators are happy. No cubicals - just shared (2 people) offices. Free bagels on Friday. People stay a long time.

    Cons

    Pay is good, but not great - but the work/life balance makes up for that. Advancement seems to be somewhat unstructured, but you do find yourself moving into other responsibilities. The coffee sucks.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Overall, Good Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Family oriented company. Can telework in emergencies. Good starter job to get your feet wet and experience different types of projects. Good work and home life balance.

    Cons

    Training is reserved for the privileged. There is a very definite "clique" culture at the company and if you are not part of it, opportunities do not come easily. Too much micro-management.



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