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IMS Health Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
224 Reviews

3.1
224 Reviews
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IMS Health Chairman and CEO Ari Bousbib
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Ability to telecommute greatly helps work-life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • very strong vacation, work from home, tuition reimbursement, and retirement plans (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor transition of senior management following acquisition be capital venture (in 13 reviews)

  • No work-life balance, unrealistic deadlines with not enough resources (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 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

    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
  2.  

    some very good people stuck in a monolith.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  3.  

    A company grappling to shake off its monopolistic data provider roots

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
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  5.  

    Great potential but leadership lacks vision

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for development, good work culture

    Cons

    Resource management is a mess

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    More to be done by fewer people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Programmer  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Programmer in London, England

    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
  7.  

    Good

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

    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
  8.  

    High quality standards

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Principal in London, England

    Pros

    Working as a consultant at IMS in one of the regional offices often entails work with international clients and more stimulating projects than your average local consulting job. As a premium provider to the pharma industry IMS offers a variety of opportunities, consulting, data services and everything in between. Employees are well respected.

    Cons

    Silo'ed departments, the company has acquired several smaller companies in the past and some still operate as such. The pressure to perform often creates disruptive competition between employees. Promotions are only every six or twelve months, not when a person is ready for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to be the answer to everything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Invaluable if wanting to understand the pharmaceutical pricing and market access sector

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England

    Pros

    Great people, great insight, fun teams

    Cons

    Long hours and heavy work load

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

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

    Pros

    - people are very helpful
    - a lot of people have been there for around 20 years, so IMS is good at keeping its employees happy
    - opportunities to work with biggest pharma companies in the world
    - just moved to new offices in kings cross which are nice

    Cons

    - sometimes get told to do a number of tasks by different managers, but i suppose that is expected at most companies

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could be such a great company but let down by poor organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance
    - Very specialized so great if you like pharma

    Cons

    - Poor salary and bonus. Unfortunately, they seem to think it's good enough.....really need to get your act together!
    - Lack of proper career management and support.
    - Very poor training
    - Too much focus on data makes people think they 'know' what they're talking about when they're really not...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To turn this into a proper consulting firm you need to PAY WELL! Stop counting pennies!!! You say you want to compete with McKinsey/BCG/Bain but a) the projects are not nearly as strategic b) the salary is bad and c) the opportunities to develop are not nearly as good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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