IMS Health

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IMS Health Reviews

Updated 25 February 2015
Updated 25 February 2015
271 Reviews
3.1
271 Reviews
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IMS Health Chairman and CEO Ari Bousbib
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • In consulting, you will learn things while enjoying a decent work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • very strong vacation, work from home, tuition reimbursement, and retirement plans (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Offsites for employees should be held for a better work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Poor transition of senior management following acquisition be capital venture (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Human Resources in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Human Resources in London, England

    I worked at IMS Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the best teams I worked with, if not the best. Great development opportunities & Good work-life balance. Flexible working was commonly accepted.

    Cons

    For me the one and only Cons when working for IMS was the long commute (nothing to do with the company).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great place to learn about pharmaceutical industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    provides great knowledge about pharnaceutical industry, good work life balance, nice people

    Cons

    slow career progression, pay could be better, cost cuttinng measures are extreme (e.g. you have to pay yourself to attend company christmas party!)

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A challenging fast paced environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get involved in challenging and interesting work

    Cons

    Red tape and speed of execution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the momentum on improving leadership capability

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to many clients
    Some talented individuals on the payroll.

    Cons

    Poor management and leadership throughout the organisation. No corporate direction is communicated.
    Lack of real career opportunities.
    Organisational silos where self interest is more important than the client or overall business.
    Poor bonus scheme.Cheap! Bottom line is everything.
    Unless you are at VP grade you do not matter.
    No feeling of being part of something special or important.Amazing considering healthcare is the business!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate through the organisation. Make the corporate strategy clear. Restructure and remove the unecessary burden of poor administration systems and uneccessary internal competition at the expense of the client and employees through siloed business units and poorly thoufht out measurement criteria. Invest in effective management and leadership training. Our clients do it!!! Organisational change cannot be achieved via email.
    Employees are the organisation- remember this in the knowledge age when we are tryi g to deliver insights to clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    some very good people stuck in a monolith.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IMS Health full-time

    Pros

    People in small teams make the difference in organisation. Actual products and services are good and well established.

    Cons

    Senior management and leadership is very questionable, especially since it was taken over via private equity.
    No strategic direction and lacks vision on healthcare direction for the space they occupy. Cannot launch new products and appear disconnected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change leadership and transform faster into something more and greater.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A company grappling to shake off its monopolistic data provider roots

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time

    Pros

    Data offerings are industry leading, although this is changing.
    Company is willing to invest in new ideas/ventures/acquisitions
    People are outwardly pleasant

    Cons

    Massively uncollaborative culture
    Sense of entitlement (to monopolistic pricing)
    Quarterly sales focus at expense of project innovation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great potential but leadership lacks vision

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities for development, good work culture

    Cons

    Resource management is a mess

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large opportunities and exposure to clients.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Offering Management in London, England
    Current Employee - Offering Management in London, England

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good internal promotion and mentoring. Highly varied work with the opportunity to learn outside of job scope.

    Cons

    Low salaries compared to other sectors and a heavily structured promotion path that does not encourage specialists. There are no processes in place to share internal knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase flexibility with technology and share knowledge and proposed road maps internally

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    More to be done by fewer people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Programmer in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Programmer in London, England

    I worked at IMS Health full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Build contacts with people in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Get a handle how and what sales and marketing data is consumed by the Pharmaceutical industry

    Cons

    Is now more like a sweatshop since it has been taken over by venture capitalists. Used to be a great and friendly company to work for. That has all changed since 2000. Management once fired a person on the same day this person was received a super red letter day reward. Figure that one out. IMS has been known for a shambolic ally managed (dis organised) company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your morals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at IMS Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Highly talented employees

    Cons

    Management is required to be more motivated and be replaced by new faces

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more creative and hardworking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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